Plenary Sessions (Virtual)
The plenary talk will be limited to 30 minutes. Each speaker needs to submit a title of the talk, photo and a short bio as well as power point presentation. All will be included in the IEOM 2022 Paraguay Conference proceedings. If you are interested to be distinguished feature speaker, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
All speakers need to register for the 3rd South American Paraguay Conference. Please pay your registration fee ONLINE: https://www.xcdsystem.com/IEOM/attendee/index.cfm?ID=6bJlAH0
Tuesday, July 19, 8:00 – 9:30 am – Room 1
Session Chair: Prof. Anicia Peters
8:00 – 8:30 am (Tuesday, July 19)
Anicia Peters, PhD
Pro-Vice Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Development, University of Namibia
Chairperson: Namibia Presidential Task Force on the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Deputy Chairperson: Namibia Qualifications Authority (Namibia)
Council member: National Council for Higher Education in Namibia
President: Windhoek ACM SIGCHI local chapter
Anicia Peters is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development and an Associate Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of Namibia. She was also appointed in July 2021 by the President of Namibia as the Chairperson of the 4IR Task Force and has to complete a country assessment and organize the National AI Conference in early 2022. Anicia is further the Technical Programme Committee Chair for ACM CHI 2023 and case studies co-chair for ACM CHI conference 2022. She worked previously at Intuit and Oregon State University in the United States and pursued her PhD at Iowa State University. She was formerly the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She is the co-founder of the AfriCHI conference series (Africa Human Computer Systems Conference) and also a co-inventor of the GenderMag method which detects gender inclusiveness issues in software design/development. In June 2021, she initiated an AI Agriculture Start-Up incubation programme at the University of Namibia. She also implemented the Namibia-India Centre of Excellence in IT focusing on Cybersecurity and Big Data and expanding to AI and co-established an Inclusive Collaborative Tech Innovation Hub. Anicia has received a number of accolades for her work in research and social justice. She established 6 student organisations in the United States and in 2015, she received a Presidential White House Award as co-founder of the ISU Womyn of Colour Network. She further received among others research merit awards from Boeing, Iowa State University and the Rector’s medal at the Namibia University of Science and Technology; is one of 10 female African rolemodels for Information Technology; received a Next Einstein Advancing Women in STEM award; 2022 IEOM Distinguished Educator award; was a Google scholar and received a 2020 Google AI Inclusion Research Award. In 2019, she was selected as the UNESCO Chair for Gender and Digital Technologies but relinquished it when she left the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Her research focus is social computing, gamification, e-participation such as digital health, gender and e-government. Anicia published over 80 articles.
8:30 – 9:00 am (Tuesday, July 19)
Dr. Boris Herbas-Torrico
Full Time Professor
Universidad Catolica Boliviana San Pablo Regional Cochabamba
Cercado, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Boris Christian Herbas-Torrico is a professor of industrial engineering at the Bolivian Catholic University in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He is also a researcher at the Exact Sciences and Engineering Research Center (CICEI). He earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University Mayor of San Simon in Bolivia. In 2007 he was awarded the Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology to graduate studies in Japan. He received a master’s and doctoral degree in industrial engineering and management from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan). He has published journal and conference articles in the U.S. Japan, Europe, and South America. He received the 2012 Research Award from the Japanese Society for Quality Control. Additionally, in 2013 he was awarded the Nikkei Quality Control Literature Prize (Nikkei Keizai Shimbun). Moreover, in 2018, the Bolivian Senate recognized his science and technology contributions to the country. In 2019 he was a visiting researcher at Waseda University (Japan). In 2021 he received the IEOM Society’s “Outstanding Professor Award.” He has written two books and is an editorial board member for journals and conferences in Bolivia and abroad. His research interests are in the fields of marketing research, consumer behavior, and sustainability.
9:00 – 9:30 am (Tuesday, July 19)
Joseph Akyeampong, PhD
Human Factors Engineering Consultant
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
July 20, Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:30 am – Room 1
Session Chair: Victoria Canela
8:00 am – 8:30 am (Wednesday, July 20)
Asociación de Estados del Caribe
Trinidad and Tobago
8:30 am – 9:00 am (Wednesday, July 20)
Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
Victoria Canela is an Industrial Engineer Graduated (Summa Cume Laude) from the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC), with a master’s degree on Business Management and Productivity form APEC University. Also, she is recognized by the American Society of Quality as a Certified Quality Engineer. She holds a Green Blet, a Silver Lean Master certification. In addition, Mrs. Canela is certified as a Bullet Proof Manger form Crestcom International.
Victoria has been working on the Medical Devices regulatory Industry for over 10 years, with combine experience on Engineering, Manufacturing operations, Lean Six Sigma and Quality, to achieve the startup of several Manufacturing plans, with New Product Introduction, Machine and Line Transfers and Manufacturing process design using LSS tools and Quality Principles.
She is specialized on Quality Engineering, test method design, validation process and Risk Management. Working for the top companies in the Medical Devices industry, Mrs. Canela coach and lead several teams in achieving more than US$10MM in savings form several lean initiatives and the reduction of Complaint levels by the implementation of End To End complaint analysis processes.
Victoria is currently the works for one of the Largest Medical Devices contract manufacturers in the world. She is also a part time professor for Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC), for Materials Science and Engineering for the Engineering Department. In addition, Mrs. Canela is a Consultant for Quality Systems Implementation, LSS and Productivity.
9:00 am – 9:30 am (Wednesday, July 20)
Black Belt Trainer / Kata Coach
President & CEO
Process Whisperer® Consultants LLC
Greeneville, TN, USA
David Harry, a.k.a. “The Process Whisperer®”, has more than 30 years’ experience as a project manager, business process improvement instructor and expert problem solver. Following a successful military career as a Naval Aviator, Dave taught Lean and Six Sigma “Belts” and project management classes for various companies including KPMG Consulting, Northrop Grumman, Rolls-Royce Energy, Arconic, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville. An Expert Trainer at Northrop Grumman, he was Manager of Continuous Improvement at Rolls-Royce Energy and has been involved with manufacturing and logistics Lean Six Sigma programs across several industries.. He has served on leadership boards of the American Society for Quality and the Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers and the OpEx Society. He has been awarded three Masters-level degrees in management, including from the University of Southern California and the University of Chennai (India). His certifications include PMI Project Management Professional, ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Bronze Certification from the SME/Shingo/AME Alliance, Agile Certified Scrum Master and a Certified Baseline Project Management Office (CB-PMO) Consultant. He is a recognized Toyota Kata “Geek” and has attended and presented at several IEOM conferences.
July 21, Thursday, 8:00 – 9:30 am – Room 1
Session Chair: Steven Sibrel
8:00 – 8:30 am (Thursday, July 21)
Dr. Haree Ramasawmy, RPEM, CEng MIMechE
University of Mauritius
Réduit, Moka, Mauritius
8:30 – 9:00 am (Thursday, July 21)
Senior Supplier Quality Manager
Novi, Michigan, USA
Professional Development Chair and Past Chair – ASQ Greater Detroit
Steve Sibrel is a business process improvement trainer, coach and auditor with over 35 years of experience in the business and manufacturing world. He is currently working as Senior Supplier Quality Manager at Harman International, a manufacturer of audio and infotainment systems for consumer, professional, and automotive industries, with well-known brands such as JBL, Lexicon, Crown, Infinity, Mark Levinson, Becker and Harman-Kardon. Previously he held a number of engineering and management positions in diverse industries at Applied Materials (Semiconductor), NEC (Telecommunications) and Texas Instruments (Military). He has conducted over 200 supplier audits in North America, Europe, and Asia and is a Lead Auditor for ISO/TS16949, ISO9001, ISO13485, ISO17025, and 21CFR820. He has been the Chair for Professional Development for the ASQ Detroit section since 2008. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Leadership Award in 2013 from ASQ. Current ASQ Certifications held are Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer, Quality Inspector, Quality Auditor, and Manager of Quality/ Organizational Excellence. He is an adjunct facility member at Macomb Community College. Steve has a BSEE degree from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and an MSEE degree from Southern Methodist University.
9:00 – 9:30 am (Thursday, July 21)
Dr. Christopher Harris
Associate Professor of Computer Science
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado, United States
Dr. Christopher Harris is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Mathematical Science at the University of Northern Colorado. Previously, he taught at the State University of New York in Oswego and has nearly 20 years of work experience as a technical strategist at companies including the World Bank, Northrop Grumman, Ratheon, E! Entertainment Television, and AT Kearney. He served as the General Manager at Advisa Group, a technology consultancy based in Beijing, China. Professor Harris received his PhD in Information Science at the University of Iowa, an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, his Masters in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and his Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida. Professor Harris’ research areas include applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to business, agriculture, human resources, and manufacturing, ensuring fairness in machine learning algorithms, and applications involving blockchain and smart contracts.
9:30 – 10:00 am (Thursday, July 21)
Dr. Sergio Salimbeni, Eng, MBA, PhD
Professor & Researcher – Industrial and Management Engineering – Industry 4.0 – Quality 4.0 – PLM4.0
Universidad del Salvador
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sergio Salimbeni has more than 17 years as Professor and Researcher in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at USAL – Universidad del Salvador – Argentina. His research on Industry 4.0 focuses on Quality 4.0 and Smart Products, both in the preparation of human resources and migration to digitalization in manufacturing and service industries. Director of Industry4.0 and Product Development MBA course. He is an Electronic Engineer, with a MBA and PhD in Business Administration, and doctoral candidate for the Industrial Engineering. He has published several articles related to Industry 4.0 maturity models and entry barriers, Simulation, Digital Twins, Digitalisation and Smart Products. He has more than 20 years working on Strategic Management, Quality Management, Business and Product Development, Project Management and Business Process Management, mainly in information and communication technologies, and electronics industries.