2006 Irv Otis Scholarship Winner - Matthew Czech

Matthew Czech was awarded the $500 Irv Otis Scholarship from the Detroit Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). Matt will be presented the scholarship during National Engineering Week at the Engineering Society of Detroit’s (ESD) Gold Award Banquet on February 22, 2007 at the Dearborn Inn.

The scholarship, which is awarded each year by the Detroit IIE Senior Chapter, is based on grade point average, IIE student chapter participation and nomination by the Faculty advisor for the student’s chapter. Matt is an Industrial Engineering senior at the University of Michigan Dearborn. The successful scholarship candidate must show that he is dedicated to the Industrial Engineering profession and IIE. Matt has done just that over his career as an IE student. As President of the University of Michigan Dearborn IIE chapter, he not only manages chapter activities, but has leadership qualities and a vision for new things the chapter can accomplish, such as: increasing membership in the student chapter significantly, upgrading the web-site for the student chapter, encouraging and organizing attendance at the regional student conference at Purdue University in 2006 and the annual conference in Orlando. Matt also had a key part in organizing regular chapter meetings, heading a member recruitment drive for the student chapter, enabling the chapter to achieve the ‘SILVER’ award for Chapter Activity Competition with IIE.

Matt was nominated by his faculty advisor, Dr. S.K. Kachhal, Professor and Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Systems Department Head at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. In his nomination of Matt, Dr. Kachhal states, “Matthew is truly a very good student. He has done very well in his studies while serving as the leader for the student chapter of IIE. Matthew transferred into the Industrial & Systems Engineering program from Mechanical Engineering. He has already spent one term at NASA last summer and is going back for the winter 2007 term. He has always been available for recruitment activities for our department at various venues. He stays in close contact with the Detroit chapter and attempts to have a presence of our student chapter members at the events sponsored by the senior chapter. He is a deserving candidate for this award named for the person who gave so much of himself to the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the profession.”

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