Dylan Burnette holds his certificate for First Place in the technical paper competition at the IISE Student Regional Conference.

Dylan Burnette holds his certificate for First Place in the technical paper competition at IISE Student Regional Conference
Dylan Burnette holds his certificate for First Place in the technical paper competition at the IISE Student Regional Conference.

(February 13, 2018) ISE senior Dylan Burnette was awarded first place in the technical paper competition at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, which was held at NC State University from February 9 to 11, 2018. The competition included both a written paper and an oral presentation, and judging criteria entailed depth, significance, and originality of the subject matter as well as project worthiness to be included in the industrial engineering body of knowledge.

Dylan’s paper, titled “Setup Reduction Application to Liquid Filling Operations,” described the actual production situation where a large consumer goods manufacturer was plagued with a product portfolio that was growing rapidly and therefore placing huge challenges on manufacturing infrastructure. Considering setup time reduction and single minute exchange of die (SMED) methodologies, he built a linear program to use historical production data to sequence production such that changeover time was minimized. The results of his efforts estimate a production capacity increase of 1.2 million units in the first 12 months. Dylan would like to acknowledge major help with the project from Brett Caine, ISE Class of 2017.

Although the top three papers received cash prizes, only the first-place winner from a regional conference is eligible to compete in the Undergraduate Technical Paper Competition Global Finals at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in May 2018 in Orlando, FL.  If you plan to attend the IISE Annual Conference, please join fellow VT ISE students or alumni to support Dylan’s presentation at the Technical Paper Competition Global Finals!