ISE professor wins faculty advising awards

Dr. Anita Vila-Parrish 
Dr. Anita Vila-Parrish

Dr. Anita Vila-Parrish, teaching assistant professor and director of undergraduate programs in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, received two prestigious advising awards recently.

One award came from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), which honored Vila-Parrish with its 2012 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for the mid-Atlantic region. Vila-Parrish received the award in May at IIE’s annual conference in Orlando.

The award recognizes advisors who have demonstrated substantial contributions to their institutions’ IIE student chapters by supporting officers and student activities through excellence as a teacher, advisor, and mentor. IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering. It is the largest industrial engineering professional society.

Vila-Parrish also received a 2012 Certificate of Merit as an Outstanding New Faculty Advisor with the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), an organization that supports and promotes quality advising.

Vila-Parrish received her PhD in industrial and systems engineering at NC State in 2010. Her research focuses on inventory and production strategies for perishable products and those with short product lifecycles.