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March 18, 2019

Industrial engineering student earns top award at Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Regional Conference

Submitted by Brandy Webb

Madison Tischhauser Award Photo

Madison Tischhauser, senior in industrial engineering, was awarded first place in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers South Central Regional Conference paper competition. Tischhauser and seven other students from the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department attended the three-day conference hosted by Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Tischhauser's conference paper, "Assembly Line Improvement Project for Great Plains Manufacturing of Salina, KS," was inspired by her summer internship with Great Plains Manufacturing. In developing a method to assess production capacity, a bottleneck in the process was identified. This bottleneck was then diffused by creating a new work station, shifting workers and evenly distributing the workload. Through this project, the company could save an estimated average of $75,308 per year without the addition of another worker.

This award qualifies Tischhauser to represent the IISE South Central Regional Conference at the IISE Annual Conference and Expo May 18-21 in Orlando, Florida.

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