Carl Kirpes is being recognized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers for the incredible accomplishments he’s made as a young professional.
Kirpes graduated from ISU with bachelor’s degrees in both mechanical and industrial engineering in 2012. After his time at Iowa State, he went to work for GENESYS Systems Integrator, where he was quickly promoted to vice president of operations. Concurrent to his employment, he completed his master’s in systems engineering remotely through Iowa State.
Outside of his work, Kirpes is heavily involved with IIE, currently serving as the chair elect for its Industrial Advisory Board. Kirpes also holds a seat on IIE’s Construction Division Board and is a member of its Society for Engineering and Managements.
Kirpes says Iowa State was essential in helping him reach impressive achievements so early in his career. “Iowa State connected me with knowledge, leadership and personal development opportunities that I would not have had otherwise,” he said. “I learned that individuals provide the potential but teamwork creates the results, and that lesson has helped me succeed in the field.” During his time at ISU, Kirpes was an athlete on the Iowa State Football team and was involved in student organizations including Cardinal Key, Mortar Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma and the University Honors Program.
The award was presented at the IIE conference on June 1, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee. Kirpes says being recognized is a great honor. “Awards such as the IIE Outstanding Early Career in Business/Industry award are milestones that recognize past successes and achievements yet to come. I cannot thank the support network enough that has helped me achieve these results to date, at Iowa State and otherwise, and I look forward to working with more individuals to build on this success in the future.”