Simulation snags project delays early, gets patients treated quickly in emergency room in the latest issue of IM .

Pricing carbon dioxide into your supply chain

With climate change concerns and CO2 regulations increasing, companies need easy-to-implement economic order quantity models to make logistics decisions.

Managers get laid off, too

In the May/June  IM , columnist Dan Carrison explains that like workers on the line, managers need to prep for potential layoffs, too, by acknowledging the possibility, building your personal brand and freelancing.

People and creativity: The lean basics

Process improvement must advance to where staff members see it as an outlet for their creativity and expression as opposed to changes that are forced upon them.


President's Message | New Leaders  & Conferences

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. We hope that everyone that attended the IISE Annual Conference in Orlando enjoyed the conference and used the opportunity to attend the excellent programs put together across the various tracks. Thanks to all of you who made the conference a tremendous success - our track chairs, invited speakers, and the presenters. We are collecting the feedback from the conference to identify specific actions that can improve for the 2019 conference.

As we transition to the new year in SEMS, we will use the inputs and suggestions from the town hall to shape our key initiatives in 2018-2019.  Many of the town hall attendees indicated an interest in getting more involved with SEMS, and we are most grateful for that interest. SEMS is a volunteer-driven organization, and any and all help is appreciated.  Over the next few weeks, we will be reaching out to those expressing interest in volunteering, and please let us know if you have an interest in helping SEMS.

As always, we welcome suggestions and volunteers to ensure SEMS remains a strong society for engineering and management systems. Contact any of your officers to offer input or get involved. Have a wonderful summer!

Brian K. Smith, SEMS President
Chinweike.Eseonu, SEMS President-Elect 
Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, SEMS Past-President

SEMS Says | Want to be in the IM magazine? Talk to me

So have you ever wondered where all the features that populate Industrial Management magazine come from? I'm responsible for sourcing these articles, making sure they're relevant to SEMS members, editing them and turning them over to our tip-top art director.

But that process doesn't work without you: The researchers, scholars, professors, CEOs, CIOs, analysts, engineers and managers who are supervising the work that brings the world its needed products and services. And each one of you has a story that Industrial Management would love to help you tell. This is, after all, your magazine.

As happens to many, I was burned out from newspapers and also wanted to get paid enough to eat. But to be honest, when I landed here at IISE, I figured leaving the exciting world of journalism, what with the drama of politics, courts, cops and corruption, for a world of boring, dry engineering material would be, well, dull.

The lead feature of the first IM issue I edited, the January/February 2010 edition, changed my perspective. David Schwager and Brian Kleiner penned "Modeling systems by nature," which examined how to apply neural networks, genetic algorithms and ant colony optimization to solve commercial and management problems. Insects can help you find a better logistics path? I was hooked. Read more.

Michael Hughes is the managing editor of IISE. He has an English degree from N.C. State University and lean Six Sigma green belt certification from IISE. Reach him at

SEMS Says | SEMS, the right place for students, academics and practiTioners

I am honored and delighted to have been elected as a new board member of SEMS. Let me take this opportunity to tell you a bit about my education, professional, academic and service background, as well as share my vision for the SEMS community during the next three years.

I have a B.S. in mechanical and management engineering from Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico), an M.Sc. with a specialty in manufacturing systems from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. From 1994 to 2008 I worked implementing statistical process control in a wire transformation organization in Mexico, implementing quality and environmental management systems (ISO 9000 and ISO 14000) in a steel transformation organization in Mexico, and designing and implementing management systems in food and service organizations in Puerto Rico, Chile and Peru.

During this same time, I taught a quality systems course at Universidad de Monterrey each semester, helping students understand how the information learned during their bachelor's degree is applied in a job. After earning my doctorate in 2015, I returned as associate professor at Universidad de Monterrey, where I had the opportunity to teach at the undergraduate level, conduct research on continuous improvement projects and operational excellence models, and coordinate student activities as ASQ and IISE student chapter advisor. Read more from Fernandez Gonzalez Aleu.

Fernandez Gonzalez Aleu is an associate professor at he Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. He can be reached at

IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2018 | Best Paper Award for the ISERC EM Track sponsored by by Missouri Science & Technology University and Old Dominion University

A big thank you to Missouri S&T and Old Dominion University for their sponsorship of the Best Paper in Engineering Management Competition. This award recognizes excellence in research among regular track submissions. The top three Engineering Management track papers were selected after careful consideration by a peer review committee.

1st Place: "Coupling Resource Allocation and Project Scheduling Considering Resource Scarcity" by Zhijie Sasha Dong (Texas State University) and Sha Tao and Qianqian Shi (Nanjing University)

2nd Place: "Optimization of Maintenance and Infrastructure Projects Based on Risk Levels" by Morris Hassler, Taner Cokyasar, Mingzhou Jin (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) and Renzhong Tang (Zhejiang University)

3rd Place: "Project Managers' Use of Lateral Influence Tactics to Achieve Team Commitment in New Product Development Environments: A Conceptual Theoretical Comparative Analysis" by Rochelle Cook (North Carolina A&T State University)

IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2018 | SEMS Student Paper Competition sponsored by Missouri Science & Technology University

The seventh annual SEMS Student Paper Competition recognized highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students from the IISE with diverse academic experiences. This year's winner:

"Layout Planning and Optimization through Scenario Planning: A Fertilizer Green Field SME Case Study" by Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Alejandra Cantu, Ximena Monarrez, Rebeca Torres and Brenda Villarreal (Universidad de Monterray

SEMS Best Paper Competition Coordinating Director: Pilar Pazos-Lago, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate program director in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Old Dominion University.


Preventing Workplace Harassment
Society for Engineering & Management Systems (SEMS) - OPEN TO ALL
July 19, 2 p.m. Eastern time

Presenters: James P. (Jim) Carey, human resources leader, and Dave Hare, co-founder, Path Forward

In this webinar, we'll explore how a toxic organizational culture can overlook or even seem to condone workplace harassment. We will delve into what it takes to create a safe work environment by creating a more constructive organizational culture of high performance and engagement where harassment is simply not tolerated.

More information and registration

Virtual Career fair is coming soon - Sept. 26!

Mark your calendars and register for the free IISE Student Virtual Career Fair today! Are you an IISE Corporate Partner? Your organization gets a free booth at the IISE Student Virtual Career Fair!

Lend a helping hand | Call for volunteers

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


Industrial Management - January/February 2017May/June 2017

Industrial Management is the member publication of the Society for Engineering & Management Systems. The May/June 2017 issue features articles about meaningful work, creating a global virtual workplace based on tools used by NASA, partnership-based benchmarking, 10 factors for managing modular product platforms, and tips for finding the best change and crisis management leaders. In SEMS Says, Charlene Yauch surveys workers about cellular manufacturing, and Daren Maynard urges engineers to take their management and analytics skills to the political arena.

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