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Epstein Lecturer Named New IIE Fellow

Mayeshiba to be installed at Institute of Industrial Engineers

March 24, 2008 —
Theodore Mayeshiba
Viterbi School of Engineering lecturer Theodore Mayeshiba will be named a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers May 17 at the group’s annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C. 

A lecturer in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mayeshiba has taught courses ranging from Introduction to Industrial Engineering to capstone Senior Design Seminars, as well as specialized classes.
Epstein Department Chair James E. Moore II welcomed the news of Mayeshiba’s installation as an IIE Fellow.
“Ted is a longstanding contributor and friend to the Epstein ISE Department, and we are grateful for all he does to help develop our programs,” Moore said. “I can think of nothing more appropriate than for his national peers choosing to elevate him to the rank if IIE Fellow. He is a perfect fit for this special distinction.”
The position of Fellow is the highest classification of IIE membership and only 20 can be named in any given year. The award is meant to recognize outstanding leaders of the industrial engineering community who have made lasting and nationally recognized contributions to the field.
Since starting a management consulting practice in 1991, Mayeshiba has worked across a number of industries, including aerospace, automotive, biopharmaceutical, electronics and municipal and non-governmental agencies, where he has concentrated on the implementation of Lean practices, Moore said.

Lean operations is the process of producing goods using less of everything, Mayeshiba said. In more recent years it has subsequently become known as a systems approach to providing greater value to a customer by finding ways to reduce waste, human effort, manufacturing space and investment in a product, among other methods, he said.
His more than 25 years of experience include work with companies such as General Motors, General Electric, Gillette, Becton Dickerson and Crown Zellerbach, among others.
Additionally, Mayeshiba has been very active in the IIE community. A member for more than 20 years, he is the current president of the Los Angeles chapter of the organization and a senior member of the Institute, Moore said.
“By bridging the gap between industry and university IIE chapters through sponsored IIE activities, a greater number of companies are hiring local university graduates, and offering greater intern opportunities for local institutions. Increasing numbers of managers and executives now sit on the Industry Advisory Board of the Daniel J. Epstein School of Industrial and Systems Engineering as a result of Ted’s efforts,” Moore said.