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. 

Newsletter Director

Jenna Weiland

Boston Scientific


I grew up in Eden Prairie and graduated with a BSIE from Iowa State University. Out of college I started working as an Industrial Engineer for Boston Scientific and have been here for the past 12 years supporting Operations, the Product Life Cycle Process, Global Enterprise Excellence and Hospital Solutions. I am currently a Senior Manager in our Global Enterprise Excellence group. 


I joined the professional chapter of IISE Twin Cities in 2006 and have been on the Board of Directors ever since. I have held the roles of Communications Director, Membership Director and Newsletter Director. It has been fun to see the chapter grow and strengthen over the years. I currently live in Medina with my husband and our 3 kids - ages 7, 4 and 1.

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. 


Board Member at Large

Allison Shaver



I graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 2010 and have been working with UPS in Minneapolis since then. I have held various roles in operations improvement, work measurement, and planning within the Industrial Engineering department. I was very involved with our IISE student chapter at Iowa State, and I have been enjoying being involved with the Twin Cities Chapter! Outside of work, I like to swim, read, and work on the many projects I have pinned on Pinterest. I also love to bake any kind of sweets...especially cupcakes! 

Board Member at Large

Stephanie Tom



I am originally from Danville, PA, and graduated with a BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.  During my time in school, I had internships at H.B. Maynard (Industrial Engineering Consulting Firm) and Danaher Controls.  After graduation, I moved to Minnesota (for what was supposed to be 9 months!)  to work for Eaton in their Hydraulics Division.  I was in a rotational program for Industrial Engineers and spent my first rotation as a Lean Coordinator in a manufacturing plant.  After that, I held roles as a Supply Chain Analyst and a Buyer. Currently, I’m employed at Target HQ as a Senior Project Manager working on metric development and governance for the supply chain. I have also held roles as a Distribution Operations Analyst and Senior Logistics Analyst. 


I’m enjoying newly married life, living in downtown Minneapolis with my husband, Jereme, and dog, Bessie. In my free time, I love to do CorePower Yoga, read, travel, hike, and try out new restaurants/bars around the city. 


I have been on the IISE board since 2014 and enjoy attending the tours and events that IISE hosts, and I love having the opportunity to network with fellow ISEs from the Twin Cities area! 

Board Member at Large

Jeromy Knapp                     

Stratasys Inc.


Jeromy Knapp works at Stratasys where he is an Application Engineering Lab Manager. He has been in the additive manufacturing industry for the last five years with over 14 years of experience ranging from Industrial, Manufacturing, Quality, and Process Engineering. Jeromy’s team 3-D prints parts and supports their sales team by manufacturing benchmarks using FDM an Polyjet technology. Jeromy uses industrial engineering tools such as operations management, resource management, facility planning and integrates systems to improve quality and productivity.
“I have one of the best jobs, because our team uses the best Additive Manufacturing equipment in the industry to make some very cool parts for our customers.  I have a passion for learning and volunteering my time to give back to the Industrial Engineering community.”
Jeromy is originally from Omaha, NE and has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Big Red) and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Augsburg University. In addition to his continued education and involvement with IISE, he serves as a track chair for the IAB and is on the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) at Dunwoody College. Outside of his professional career and extracurricular activities, you can find him spending time with his wife, Jen, 5-month old son, Charlie and their dog, Finley.
Jeromy Knapp has been part of the Twin Cities IISE Chapter Board since 2004.

Board Member at Large

Jeff Meyer-Quarberg 

Boston Scientific 


Growing up in western Wisconsin, I received my Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering at UW-Platteville and my Masters of Science in Manufacturing Systems at the University of Minnesota. During my career, I have worked in such industries as electronic controls, aerospace & defense, filtration systems, and medical devices. Over the past 20+ years working in Lean business & manufacturing processes, I have greatly enjoyed teaching and mentoring Lean principles, coaching improvement teams, and establishing Lean programs which energize the culture of continuous improvement throughout organizations. I work at Boston Scientific as a Principal Process Improvement Analyst. There, I lead the development and sustainment of Lean programs throughout manufacturing processes and business processes. I also serve as a part-time instructor for The Manufacturers Alliance teaching workshops on Lean Processes.   
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