Executive Board Election.
As we end the Spring Semester it is time once again to elect the next Chapter President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary for the 2018-2019 academic year. The new members of the Executive Board were nominated by their fellow Chapter members because they have shown commitment and interest in the future of IISE at UCF. Each candidate has submitted a short statement addressing their reasons for running, qualifications, passions for IISE, and their plans for next year.
Meet the Candidates
Angela Michelle Vaca
IISE means a lot to me because not only has it allowed me to excel professionally but it also has given me the opportunity to meet wonderful people that have helped me grow as a person.
The reason I want to run for President is because I want to see this club continue to succeed and expand in ways that it hasn’t before, I want it to excel in ways that haven’t been brought to the table yet. I want to be part of a group of common-minded individuals that allow me, and others like me, to expand our horizons; as well as others outside of our common majors. When it comes to my experience, I have been part of the networking committee where I contacted speakers to come out and talk to us as well as having an open panel for students. I have also been secretary and Vice President therefore I have brought guest speakers from large companies to come speak at our GBM’s, thus showing my extensive in being a leader and giving this organization the many opportunities it deserves. I have also organized a Lockheed, Pelliconi, and Publix Plant tour that have brought valuable knowledge.
Aside from IISE, I have had the opportunity to work and gain real world experience as a CWEP at Lockheed Martin as well as earning an internship at GE aviation in the summer 2018. As President, my main goal would be to expand our club by focusing on recruiting more members in an effort to reach more people and give them the experience of having the opportunity to have so many doors open for them through us. Some other things I want to do is invite big company speakers/recruiters to our GBM’s, more plant tours, workshops, and certificates/scholarships. I would like to expand the mentorship program, and accomplish an IISE career fair as well as more things.
When I first joined IISE as an Undecided Engineering major, the club helped introduce me to the necessity for industrial engineers, and the many interesting roles they can play. Ever since then I have enjoyed giving back to the club by holding a Board of Director and E-Board position, and would love to be able to continue to do so. I am very excited to have the chance to interact with professionals, and help get them to come out to our meetings as speakers, especially since the speakers at our meetings were some of the most compelling things that influenced my decision to become an IE. I understand that this, along with my other tasks, will take a lot of time and commitment, but I believe that my time as Fundraising Director and Treasurer have helped prepare me for the responsibility. Through the positions I have held, I have had the chance to improve my organization, communication, and leadership skills, by planning different events and programs, working on a tight schedule, collaborating with the rest of IISE’s leadership, and working with other members in the club. Additionally, I believe my past positions and involvement in IISE have also provided me with a good understanding of the club, including how it can be improved. I look forward to being able to grow the club and improve the experiences of our members, and appreciate having the chance to do so!
I’m running for this position because I want to become more involved with IISE and help this organization grow and develop. My qualification for this position includes my past engineering internship experiences which includes engineering associate at TLC Engineering for Architecture and engineering consultant and data analyst for Craig Technologies. During the duration of these internships I developed my Industrial and systems engineering skills. I organize project design meetings and examine system processes to see how my project design team can improve the quality of the system as a whole.
I have always tried my best to participate in most IISE events and meetings, I have developed many great relationships with most of the members of our chapter, everyone I’ve meet has helped expanded my professional development. I plan to be a great additional asset to the elected board of IISE this year. I will help the president, vice president, and treasurer of IISE to accomplish their tasks as well as complete the task that I’ll be given to the best of my ability. I’ll also help other members of IISE develop their professional and engineering skills. In the end, I just want IISE to be one of the best organization at UCF that provides its member with the best experience in professional development.
Hello! I chose to run for Secretary because I like being involved in IISE and want to continue to grow with the organization. As a freshman, I went to a few fall GBMs, but didn’t really feel like I fit in; therefore, I stopped attending. In the Spring of freshman year, I started a new CWEP position. The person who had previously held this position was actually the secretary of the club. I decided to go to a random GBM to meet her and that GBM happened to be the meeting when IISE was holding elections for the new E-board. I had gained some confidence since fall semester, so I started to talk to some of the newly elected E-board members. Once I formed those connections, I felt more comfortable in IISE and have been heavily involved ever since. Although I am grateful for all the opportunities that IISE has given me, I am regretful that I missed out on the opportunities that IISE could have provided me during my freshman year. That is why I have a personal mission to make IISE accessible to anyone interested in joining and that starts with making every member feel welcomed and valued.
I have a few plans that I want to implement in the upcoming year that will hopefully increase the membership of IISE. I want to continue with our efforts to increase campus outreach. This includes tableting at freshman orientation, speaking to the intro to engineering and intro to industrial engineering classes, tabling at engineering week, etc. I think it is imperative to inform as many industrial engineers about IISE and all the resources we can provide. Another focus that I want to have is the continuation of the IISE Webcourses platform. I think there are many benefits to Webcourses, but the main one is that it allows us to create more interactive workshops (Excel, python, Linkedin, etc.) Lastly, I want to collaborate more with other engineering clubs, like AIAA, to give our members the opportunity to work on more interdisciplinary projects.