Charlene Yauch shares SEMS’s plans for IISE Annual 2017, and Andrea M. Goncher shows the importance of tackling global issues as an industrial engineer.

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Regulatory-Driven Initiatives: The Burdens and Opportunities

In this free June 20 webinar for SEMS members, learn how to weigh the benefits and costs of regulatory-driven initiatives to help make the best decisions for your organization.

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According to Industrial Management columnist Dan Carrison, if you want to keep your workforce whole, on-the-job training and employee development are both important.

Introduction to Engineering Analytics

Turn big data into a valuable business asset and determine the right issues for improving organizational practices in this two-day training course starting June 12.


Presidents' Message | Transitions, Partnership and Opportunities

Hello Friends!

As we enter 2017, the SEMS Board members and volunteers are hard at work on expanding the size of the organization and improving the value proposition for our members. This newsletter provides an overview of our progress related to membership, international outreach, and marketing/creative content.

Regarding membership, SEMS is working with leaders from IISE, SHS (Society for Health Systems) and ASEM (American Society of Engineering Management) to define new membership options. These options will grow the membership, encourage conversion from student to professional membership status, and provide cost-effective ways for engineering managers to affiliate with SEMS. Providing these new membership options will take some time to accomplish, but you can expect to hear more details about these changes in the future as the initiative progresses.Click here to read more.

SEMS Board of Directors | Nominations for President-Elect and Directors

The annual election for SEMS is coming soon!  The society stays vibrant and strong when our members serve and volunteer in various ways. One of the most significant ways of serving the society is through our board of directors and officer positions (President-elect, president, past president and director). Your SEMS executive team is currently finalizing the slate of candidates.  As you read this, some of you may be considering whether you would be interested in serving yourself. We want a rich slate of candidates for all positions and are happy to discuss the expectations with you if you want more information.

Please contact us if you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague. Nominees for director positions must be current members of IISE and SEMS. Nominees for the president-elect must also be a past director.

Charlene Yauch, SEMS President

Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, SEMS President-Elect

Suzanna Long, SEMS Past-President

IISE Annual Conference | SEMS Paper Competition

This year's SEMS track of the IISE Annual Conference will feature both a student paper and a track paper competition sponsored by Old Dominion University and Missouri University of Science & Technology. The paper competitions will recognize the academic work of students, faculty and practitioners who demonstrate outstanding scholarship. Both graduate and undergraduate students can submit papers to the student paper competition. Papers co-authored by professors are excluded from the student paper competition, but the professor's assistance is welcome. The review criteria will evaluate them with regards to originality, applicability, robustness of the methodology and overall quality. Up to three awards may be given upon recommendation of the SEMS selection committee for both the student paper and track paper competition.

Best paper winners must present their findings in the ISERC Engineering Management Track at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 20-23 in Pittsburgh. Lead authors of first, second and third winning papers will receive a certificate and a cash award. The first-place winners will be announced on SEMS town hall meeting. The winning papers will also be published in the ISERC proceedings.

  Eligibility Criteria for Student Paper Competition

  • The applicant must be a full-time student at the time of submission.
  • The paper must present original research results.
  • The research must have been conducted while the applicant was a student.
  • The paper must not have won or been considered for an award in another competition.
  • At least one author must be an IISE member and present the paper at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.

Winning papers will appear on the SEMS website.

Authors will be asked to sign an ethics statement stating that they are full-time students and that the research and writing is their own work.

Advising by a non-student is allowed, such as an academic or industry advisor. However, only students can be authors or co-authors.

See you in Pittsburgh!

Pilar Pazos, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Old Dominion University.

Lend a helping hand | Call for volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for the SEMS and its initiatives, contact Charlene Yauch, SEMS president, or Daren Maynard, newsletter editor.


Industrial Management - January/February 2017 January/February 2017

Industrial Management is the member publication of the Society for Engineering & Management Systems. The January/February 2017 issue features articles about managing virtual teams and big data, how to turbocharge the sales and operations planning process, and create agile product development for a competitive advantage. In SEMS Says, Kira Hansen discusses IISE Young Professionals group, Chinweike I. Eseonu and Edward A. Pohl detail how the 2017 IISE Annual Conference will transform into OneConference.

SEMS Newsletter

SEMS Newsletter

The March 2017 issue of the SEMS Newsletter  features SEMS Young Professionals, IISE Annual Conference SEMS says articles, SEMS Student Paper Competition, links to upcoming webinars, Upcoming SEMS election and much more.