Board of Directors


Chris Heinze

UTC Aerospace Systems


I am originally from Roseville, MN and attended college at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND earning a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management. I currently work at Carley Foundry in Blaine, MN as a Process Engineer developing tooling and processes to produce aluminum castings for the aerospace, medical device and recreational vehicle industries. My past work has been at other local foundries working with iron, steel, aluminum and magnesium alloys and in positions including Production Control, Quality Engineering (CQE) and Facility Engineering. I really enjoy my work in the foundry industry applying the latest engineering methods and tools to an industry that has been around for thousands of years. Throughout my career I have been able to apply my core IE skills such as time studies, facility design and layout, ergonomics, engineering economics, production control, and project management.

President Elect / Secretary

Kathryn Eckhardt 

Mayo Clinic


Kathryn Eckhardt works at Mayo Clinic as a Health Systems Engineer. She has been supporting Mayo Clinic Rochester and its Health System for the past two years as an internal consultant. Kathryn uses her industrial engineering skills for facility planning, simulation modeling and operations research projects in her role. Previous to Mayo Clinic, she worked as an Industrial Engineering intern at Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Kathryn is originally from Auburn, AL and has a BS and MISE in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University. She served on Auburn's IISE Chapter as Vice President during her time there, and also sat on the officer board for the INFORMS student chapter.
This is Kathryn's first year on the IISE Twin Cities Board, and she is excited to give back as one of the Event Directors!


Courtney Cheng



I was born and raised in Hinsdale, Illinois, a suburb to the west of Chicago.  My parents and my 14-year-old sister still live in that area.  I decided to take on an adventure and move to the West Coast for college.  I received both my BS and MS degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California.  I interned at Target’s Import Warehouse in Rialto, California during the summer after my junior year.  Following graduation, I moved back to the Midwest to work at Target Headquarters.  I was part of a rotational program called the Supply Chain Executive-in-Training program for my first nine months with the company.  Afterwards, I joined the Merchandise Flow team within the Distribution pyramid, facilitating the efficient flow of product through Target’s supply chain.


Outside of work, I love running, traveling, and trying new restaurants.  I ran my first half marathon in 2013 and recently completed a full marathon in Chicago.  I hope to run several other marathons around the country.  In my travel experiences, some of my favorite places that I have been to are Rome, Cinque Terre, Stockholm, and Shanghai.  My goal is to visit all 50 US states and all seven continents in my lifetime. 

Student Liason Director

Katie Erdmann

Boston Scientific


I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, before making the move to Minnesota for college. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with my bachelor's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. In college, I interned with Boston Scientific and was fortunate enough to continue working there full time after graduation. I am currently working as a consultant for continuous improvement in two of our divisions, supporting a wide range of functions outside of operations. This entails facilitating kaizens to drive value improvement efforts, as well as teaching and mentoring in lean principles and process improvement methodologies. I love working in the medical device industry and seeing the impact we have on patients every day. I look forward to continuing to build our Chapter's partnership with college students and help support the next generation of Industrial Engineers! Outside of work, I enjoy baking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 

Website / Social Media Director

Danielle Peterson

Renewal by Andersen


I recently started my career at Renewal by Andersen last summer after graduating in May, 2018, from the University of Iowa with my B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering. I moved up here to the Twin Cities and it has become a home I love. I work at the Cottage Grove facility as a manufacturing engineer suppporting a production line making windows. During my college career I interned at CIVCO Medical Solutions, Stratasys, and GE. 


I am excited to join the board this year as the Website Director and have the opportunity to meet new people! During the summer months, you can usually find me on a patio or finding new places to eat in the Twin Cities. I enjoy being in the outdoors and visiting my family out in Colorado when I can. 


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