IEOM 2015





To All Conference Attendees

On behalf of the IEOM Society, we would like to welcome you to Dubai and the Fifth International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) in Dubai. This unique international conference provides a forum for academics, researchers and practitioners from many industries to exchange ideas and share recent developments in the field of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management.  Here we have an opportunity to collaborate and advance the theory and practice of major trends in Industrial Engineering and Operations Management. With a record number of attendees – over 500 – we will also have an excellent opportunity to network with the leading scholars and practitioners of our field. After a thorough peer review process, about 500 papers/abstracts have been accepted from about 750 submissions representing more than 70 countries. The proceeding includes many cutting edge topics of industrial engineering and operations management. Full papers will be published in the proceeding and in IEEE Xplore.

The challenge of continuous improvement will be significant in the 21st century and this conference will address the issue of continuous improvement for quality and service. Perhaps the most important example of this issue is the current financial crisis facing the world. This crisis represents extraordinary challenges, but it may also represent significant opportunities for future industrial growth and new directions.  We have selected six outstanding keynote speakers to address these issues:

  • Dr. Don Taylor, ISE Chair at Virginia Tech, and Past IIE President
  • Moraya AlGahtani, Division Head of Operational Excellence Department at Saudi Aramco
  • Chris Smith; Vice President & Managing Director of Boeing Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Chris Backhouse, Professor at Loughborough University, UK and ex-VP of the British University in Egypt
  • Hulas King, Director GO PLM & Global Community Relations, SIEMENS
  • Syed Mohammed Aumir, Senior Executive VP of Siemens Middle East
  • Dr. Leland Blank, Professor and Dean of Engineering at American Univ. of Sharjah, UAE and Past IIE President.

With the success of the 2014 Global Engineering Education, we have 36 engineering educators who will be talking about the readiness level of the engineering graduates around the world for the workforce.

New features of the conference this year include industry solutions, an undergraduate senior design poster competition, pre-conference workshops on six sigma and entrepreneurship and sessions on job interviewing for faculty positions.

Two panel sessions have been organized. The first is on Global Engineering Education with a high level discussion on what Global Engineering means and how that skillset is being or can be included in our training of future engineers in the field of Global Engineering Education. The second panel will focus on Industry Solutions with a discussion on challenges and opportunities for how lean can be effective with new technologies and industry trends.

We are also very pleased to announce that this year we will be launching a new initiative - "Women in Industry" - to support the development of women leaders and strategists in the global industrial environment'

The IEOM Society would like to express our deep appreciation to our sponsors, exhibitors, authors, reviewers, keynote speakers and the many volunteers who have given so much of their time and talent to making this unique international conference an overwhelming successful event.

We would also like to thank the students who are participating in this event.  Your Conference Planning Committee welcomes you to Dubai and wishes you an enjoyable learning experience at the conference and a safe and fun adventure exploring Dubai with its many outstanding attractions.  A desert safari and city bus tours have been arranged for your convenience. A map of Dubai and a list of many of the attractions to visit are included.

Enjoy the conference, and the Dubai experience.


Ahad Ali - Conference Chair
Lawrence Technological University

Majid Abab - Industry Co-Chair
The Boeing Company

Resh Plaha - Industry Co-Chair
Crystal Quality UK Ltd

Abdur Rahim – Honorary Chair
University of New Brunswick


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