Society for Health Systems Conference and Expo

Efficiency Engineers’ President, Michele Stuart, and Alison Kulp, Sr. Simulation Modeler, presented at the Society for Healthcare Systems (SHS) Conference and Expo in New Orleans. The SHS conference focused on creating a sustainable, efficient and low-cost healthcare system and feels that the best way to achieve these goals is to begin to utilize engineering principles, concepts, and methodologies in an effort to optimize system performance and increase patient safety. Two case studies were provided by EE to show how effectively change can be made using simulation modeling tools:

Geisinger Medical Center Looks for All the Pathways: Case Study in Healthcare Internal Logistics

Geisinger Tube Talk: Case Study in Pneumatic Tube Optimization

While networking with other engineers, healthcare professionals and even academic researchers, it was apparent that the health industry needs employees with industrial engineering and healthcare knowledge, as well as low risk tools and methods to get concepts into action quickly. Michele was surprised to learn how many healthcare professionals were not utilizing system “optimizers,” such as simulation modeling, to test their theories prior to implementation. Efficiency Engineers looks forward to helping the healthcare industry in implementing these methods providing safer and more efficient service to everyone.

The Society of Women Engineers Recognizes

President of Efficiency Engineers as Entrepreneur of the Year

Lehigh Valley, PA, October 2016 - The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has recognized Michele S. Stuart, PMP, President of Efficiency Engineers for her impact on the Society as well as the engineering community with the Entrepreneur of the Year award. Ms. Stuart will accept the award at SWE’s annual conference, WE 16, in Philadelphia, PA on October 28, 2016 during the formal awards banquet.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes a woman engineer who has demonstrated a conviction to dreams and a willingness to make them happen. Also, she is skilled in technical, business planning, administrative, and financial techniques, and excels in business leadership. Ms. Stuart knew that she had the right experience and capabilities to be seen as an expert and was willing to risk her own finances to launch a business. Innovation is key to entrepreneurship and she was way ahead of her time. Knowing that overhead is what can drive a firm’s profitability, she decided to set up EE as a virtual company – an almost unheard of concept in the mid 1990’s. Knowing that she would be unable to build the firm alone, she put together a team of experts and continues to use master’s level engineers as staff. Moreover, in her desire to expand the exposure of students to EE’s offerings, she has mentored over 85 interns since 1994 with 64% being female. Mentoring of the clients as well as her staff is a core expertise of Ms. Stuart and a key to her success.

“It is wonderful that SWE supports all who work to expand the access of STEM to girls and reinforces professionalism among women engineers. I am proud to be awarded this prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year honor and happy to share it with all my staff from over the years – Thanks for all your energy, intelligence and support!” said Michele S. Stuart, President, Efficiency Engineers.

The award also recognizes Ms. Stuart’s continuing dedication to SWE’s mission – striving to highlight the impact and importance of women in engineering across the globe, leading by example, and demonstrating that a career in engineering can be a fulfilling, rewarding pursuit for women of any background.

“The individuals acknowledged in this year’s awards program have made a significant impact on their community as well as the engineering and technology community as a whole,” said Jessica Rannow, president of SWE. “These leaders are who make it possible to remain a catalyst for change as we work together to empower women in STEM and close the gender gap in engineering.”