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UWI hosts Industrial Engineering and Management Conference 2010

For Release Upon Receipt - October 6, 2010

St. Augustine

An upcoming conference hosted by The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus will highlight recent significant developments in the discipline of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM). The Second IEM Conference 2010 (IEM-2010), carded to take place from Thursday 7th to Friday 8th October, 2010, at The UWI Faculty of Engineering, will provide a forum for academics, researchers and practitioners in the field of Engineering, to exchange ideas and create region-wide awareness of IEM.

Following the theme, “Fostering Engineering Networking, Collaboration and Competence,” IEM-2010 aims to advance the theory and practice, and to identify recent developments and major trends in the discipline of IEM that meet the diverse needs of the Caribbean. At this conference, participants will examine IEM competence and the use of various IEM concepts, models and tools that support organisations in becoming more successful in the emerging CARICOM context.

IEM-2010 begins with an opening ceremony on Thursday 7th October, from 8.30 to 9.45am, which is free and open to the public. The conference follows at 10.20am, and will feature presentations by Professor Edwin I. Ekwue, Chairman, Conference Organizing Committee and Head, Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, UWI; Professor Brian Copeland, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UWI; Mr. Tony Ali, General Manager of S.M. Jaleel & Co. Ltd; Mr. Richard M. Saunders, President, Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad & Tobago (APETT); and Dr. Fernando Castellanos, Chairman, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Trinidad & Tobago Section. Feature speakers on the second day of the conference include Mr. Mark Hopkins, Vice-President Compliance, Project Management Institute (PMI) Southern Caribbean Chapter; and Dr. Leslie Monplaisir, Associate Professor, Wayne State University, USA.

Among the specially invited guests at IEM-2010, are Professor Clement K. Sankat, UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St. Augustine Campus Principal; and Professor Patricia Mohammed, Campus Coordinator, School for Graduate Studies and Research.

While attendance at the opening ceremony is free and open to the public, those who wish to participate in both days of the conference must register and pay the registration fee of TT $600 (US$100) per person or TT$300 (US$50) per student. The fee for attendance on only one day is TT$500 (US$83.33) per person or TT$250 (US$41.67) per student. Payment for two persons will qualify for a third person to attend the conference free of charge.

Participation in the IEM-2010 conference contributes to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of a number of professional institutions, such as APETT, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), IEEE, and PMI.

To register, please contact Mr. Kevin Awai, Projects/Training Officer, Engineering Institute, UWI, at 662-2002 ext 2175, or 662-6267, or via email at

For further information, please contact Professor Edwin Ekwue, Conference Chair, at 662-2002 ext 2171, or via email at, or contact Professor Kit Fai Pun, Conference Co-Chair, at 662-2002 exts 2068 or 2069, or via email at

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.