SEMS welcomes a new board member and the editor of Industrial Management wants to see your work in the magazine according to the July/August issue.

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.

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

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

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 - July/August 2018

July/August 2018

Industrial Management is the member publication of the Society for Engineering & Management Systems. The July/August 2018 issue features articles about successful corporate intrapreneurship, new takes on the managing strategic improvement, developing the right plan to face workplace resistance, the threats to manufacturing by cybersecurity and pushing organizations to act as though everyone is a customer, even the employees.

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