In the Fall of 1948, a senior Industrial Engineering Student named Jim Tom French created the very first Industrial Engineering Honor Society at Georgia Tech. He named the organization Alpha Pi Mu, after the three major areas of Industrial Engineering at the time: Administration, Production, and Methods. French chose nine students to help him build the student society. The vision of Alpha Pi Mu was to serve as a common ground where outstanding students could exchange ideas, excel in leadership and scholastic opportunities, and apply their passion for industrial engineering to the betterment of the profession.
In 1959, full membership in the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) was attained. Alpha Pi Mu is the only nationally accepted industrial engineering honor society, due to its association with ACHS.
Today, Alpha Pi Mu now has 60 active chapters with a total membership of around 15,000 bright scholars (with approximately 600 new members being initiated each year!) Virginia Tech's Chapter of Alpha Pi Mu was founded in 1949 and ever since then, we have been serving the Virginia Tech Engineering Department and constantly improving the Industrial Engineering curriculum.
The very first mention of the Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Pi Mu, was in Georgia Tech's 1950 Yearbook. This is a clipping from that page. As you can see, the membership requirements have stayed the same, 70 years later! You can find the entire 1950 "Blue Print" here.
Management of people
Understanding how a system works
Being a leader
Making important decisions
Instilling the importance of continuous improvement in the workplace culture
Manufacturing goods for consumption
Optimizing the production of goods both efficiently and responsibly
Using Lean and Six Sigma methodology to minimize wastes and improve quality
The tools we use to solve complex problems
Making sure to stay informed of the latest technology and developments in the profession
Engineering in a way that reduces waste, keeps people safe, and advances the state of mankind