The SEMS Board welcomes members into the new year and Patrick Hester addresses identity crises within the profession in the January/February 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.

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

Fall is a season of change as we transition from the lush green warmth of summer with all its outdoor fun to the grey chill of winter with its warm fires and comfort foods. Fall 2018 is also a season of change for engineers and engineering managers. Changes in political and trade policies have changed the operating environment for many businesses. New trade deals and tariffs have blown up many cost models for goods and services forcing businesses to implement quick and sometimes radical change. U.S.-based companies have been on a trend of decreasing offshoring and increasing reshoring or near shoring products and components for several years as the gap between U.S. wages and wages of other countries has narrowed. However, the sudden shock change of prices for some off-shored components and materials has created an almost emergency need for reshoring. Engineers and engineering managers are on the front lines ensuring that the necessary changes in our facilities are performed and installed efficiently and effectively. It is truly an exciting and challenging time, and this is what we are trained for.

It may be a bit early, but I expect to see some papers and talks in the Engineering Management Track at the IISE Annual Meeting. Speaking of which, be preparing your abstracts. I can't wait to see everyone and everyone's work at the conference. Take care.

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

IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2019 I Deadlines are Approaching

As we transition from Fall to Winter, it may be hard to think about a conference in sunny Florida in May, but now is the time to submit your abstracts and papers for inclusion in the conference and consideration for the SEMS Awards. Submit your paper now for either the 2019 SEMS Best Student Paper Competition or the SEMS Best Paper Competition.

Details for the Student Paper Competition

Eligibility Criteria for the SEMS Best 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.

Full paper submission deadline: Jan. 31, 2019

Notification of winners to IISE: March 5, 2019

The winner will be notified by March 8, 2019

SEMS Best Paper Competition

Important Dates:

  • Jan. 18, 2019 - Deadline for submitting required program abstract and optional paper
  • Feb. 19, 2019 - Authors will receive Conference Proceedings paper decision
  • March 5, 2019 - Final paper due
  • March 8, 2019 - Presenting author registration due
  • May 18-21, 2019 - IISE Annual Conference

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 2019

January/February 2019

Industrial Management is the member publication of the Society for Engineering & Management Systems. The January/February 2019 issue features articles about human resource managers struggling to find young employees educated in "soft skills," the new trend to simplify work, the demands of digital workplace solutions, implementing workplace behaviors and leadership styles that facilitate delegation and the pursuit of successful strategies for business growth.