Leslie Potter’s current focus is helping IMSE undergraduate students make two transitions: one from high school to college, and the other from academia to industry. After seven years of working in industry and one year of teaching at UNI, Ms. Potter returned to Iowa State’s IMSE department to teach the Senior Design Capstone course (IE441), which she did for over twelve years. In that role, she recruited Iowa-based companies to work with senior design students, helped identify semester-long projects, and then led the students through the process of problem definition and solution generation for open-ended design problems. She emphasized the importance of technical and professional skill integration, including engineering problem solving combined with communication and professionalism skills. Now as the freshman engineering instructor, she sets the foundation for students as they work toward their internships, capstone design course, and beyond. She brings both pragmatic industry experience and high expectations to IE148: Information Engineering, as well as IE222: Design and Analysis Methods for Systems Improvements. Her research interests are focused on continuous improvement in the classroom, using multiple stakeholder inputs to drive change.
- Potter, L. and Jacobson, B., “Lessons Learned from Flipping a First-Year Industrial Engineering Course,” 2015 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, May, 2015.
- Potter, L. “Using Industry to Drive Continuous Improvement in Capstone Design,” 2012 Capstone Design Conference, Champagne-Urbana, Illinois, May, 2012.
- V. Okhuysen, P. Tosta, L. Potter, F. Peters, P. Lynch, & R. Voigt,
“Assessment of Measurement Systems for the Dimensional Inspection of Investment Castings,” Investment Casting Institute 59th Technical
Conference and Expo, 2012. (Invited paper)
- Peters, F., Potter, L., and Min, K.J., “Developing Students’ Understanding of Global Issues through Lean Manufacturing,” Proceedings of the 38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 2008, Saratoga Springs, New York, October, 2008.
- Potter, L., Jackman, J., Min, K.J., Search, M., “A New Engineering
Communications Course Based on a Professional Communications Process,” Proceedings of the 2008 ASEE National Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June, 2008.
- Potter, L.A., Jackman, J.K., Min, K.J., and Search, M., “Integrating Communication and Engineering Skills in an Industrial Engineering Curriculum Based on Outcome Assessment Results,” Proceedings of the 2008 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, May, 2008.
- Potter, L.A., Jackman, J.K., Min, K.J., and Search, M., “A New Engineering Communications Course Based on a Professional Communications Process,” Proceedings of the 2008 ASEE National Conference, June 2008.
- Potter, L.A., Min, K.J., and Peters, F.E., “Effecting Improvement in an IndustrialEngineering Program by Applying Outcome Assessment Results,” Proceedings of the2007 ASEE National Conference, June, 2007.
- Potter, L.A, Daniel, S., Popejoy-Sheriff, D., and Min, K.J., “ABET Outcome Assessment and Improvement through the Capstone Design Course in an Industrial Engineering Curriculum,” Proceedings of the 2006 National ASEE conference, June, 2006.
- Potter, L.A. and Min, K.J., “ABET Outcome Assessment in an Industrial Engineering Capstone Design Course,” Proceedings of the 2005 ASEE North Midwest Regional Conference, October, 2005.
IMSE Courses Taught
IE148 Information Engineering
IE222 Design and Analysis Methods for Systems Improvements
IE441 Senior Capstone Design
IE490 Lean Manufacturing and Applied Kaizen
IE421X Lean Mfg International
IE422X Lean Mfg
IE320X Industrial Engineering Professional Interactions (Engineering Communication)
Office: 3012 Black Engineering
M.S. Penn State University, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, 1996, Emphasis in Manufacturing
B.S. Iowa State University, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, 1991, With Distinction