ISE students named 2010 Forehand Leadership Scholars

Published: Dec 17, 2009 4:59:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334.844.3447

Undergraduate students Joshua Hale, Andrew Johnson and Kim Krietemeyer have been named Forehand Leadership Scholars in Auburn's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering for the 2009-2010 academic year. Founded by Joe W. Forehand, alumnus of the department and former CEO of Accenture, this prestigious scholarship recognizes undergraduate industrial and systems engineering students who have demonstrated academic excellence and strong evidence of leadership accomplishments and potential.

HaleHale, a junior from Sylacauga, Ala., interned with Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) in Huntsville this summer, working for the systems engineering and engine performance department. He worked with the process leader to use value stream mapping to locate unnecessary waste. Hale also participated with the future programs department, which explores new business avenues. He researched and compared the market demand and growth with PWR's resources. Hale is a mentor in Auburn's Plus Program and the AT&T Minority Engineering Program. He is also the newly elected president of the Future Science, Engineering and Mathematics Faculty Club, an organization whose mission is to encourage underrepresented minority students to attend graduate school and ultimately become educators.

JohnsonJohnson is a junior from Decatur, Ala., pursuing a commission in the U.S. Air Force through Auburn's AFROTC program. He recently completed an internship at Hoerbiger Automotive Comfort Systems Inc., in Auburn, where he undertook several major projects in the production and engineering department. Some of these projects included creating contingency systems for critical manufacturing equipment, redesigning existing system layouts for improved efficiency and operator comfort and participating in a Kaizen blitz activity for continuous improvement. Johnson has completed internships at Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation in Trinity, Ala., and National Packaging Company, Inc. in Decatur, Ala.


Dothan native Krietemeyer is a senior pursuing a business minor. She spent the summer interning with Aflac's worldwide headquarters in Columbus, Ga.,, where she worked in the project management office as a business systems analyst intern. She also worked on Aflac's process that determines commission amounts for agents, where her group came up with improvements to the current system. She also had the opportunity to present her group's findings to stakeholders, including the executive vice president and chief information officer. Krietemeyer is president of her social sorority and a member of the Cupola Engineering Ambassadors.