Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) best Student Paper Competition Past winners

2018 Winner

Honorable Mention:
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Alejandra Cantu, Ximena Monarrez, Rebeca Torres and Brenda Villarreal
Universidads de Monterrey
"Layout Planning and Optimization through Scenario Planning: A Fertilizer Green Field SME Case Study"

2017 Winner

Mateus Ferreira Lima
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
"A Methodological Approach for Kaizen Events in Assembly Cells"

2016 Winners

1st Place:
Shuchisnigdha Deb, Brandon Warner, Sushil Poudel and Suyogya Bhandari
Mississippi State University
"Identification of External Design Preferences in Autonomous Vehicles"

2nd Place:
Heather Keathley, Fernando Gonzalez Aleu, Kyra Vila, Kai Ye, Andrew Bean and Tianxiang Chen
Virginia Tech
"Bibliometric Analysis of Research Design Characteristics in Engineering Management Research"

3rd Place:
Musa Demirtas, Mohammad Dehghanimohammadabadi and Nima Ahmadi
Western New England University
"Highlighting the Main Factors of Internet Banking via Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis"


1st Place: Sarah Asio and Sasan Khorasani
Texas Tech University
"Social Media: A Platform for Innovation"

2nd Place: Fernando Gonzalez Aleu and Heather Keathley
Virginia Tech
"Design and Application of a Meta-Evaluation Framework"

3rd Place: Andrea Lopez, Sofia Garcia and Maria Eugenia Rendon
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
"Eliminating Seven Transportation Wastes to Increase Customer Service Level"


1st Place: Yasser Shaban, M. Aramesh, S. Yacout, M. Balazinski, H. Attia, H. A. Kishawy
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
"Optimal Replacement of Tool during Turning Titanium Metal Matrix Composites"

2nd Place: Luis Garza-Gomez, Denisse Leon-Vilarreal and Ricardo Alfaro-Carrizales
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
"Increase Routing Efficiency to Achieve Distribution Leagility"

3rd Place: Ivonne Guerra-Trevino, Maribel Larrodes-Casasus and Rebeca Capetillo-Leal
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
"Integrating a Food Supply System for a Group of Restaurant Enterprises"


1st Place: Victoria Andrea Cabrera, Leticia Ceballos and Lorena Tamez
Universidad de Monterrey
"An Agile Distribution Strategy for Improving on Time Delivery"

2nd Place: William Gillis, Missouri University of Science and Technology
"Understanding the Design Impacts Among LEED Certification Credits"

3rd Place: Carl Kirpes, Iowa State University
"Systems Engineering Application in an Engineering Design Build Firm"


1st Place: Akkarapol Sa-Ngasoongsong – Oklahoma State University
"Long-Term Demand Prediction Using Long-Run Equilibrium Relationship of Intrinsic Time-Scale Decomposition Components"

2nd Place: Patrick Garner – University of Pittsburgh
"Complexities in the Operating Room"

3rd Place: Bhanuchander Poreddy and Benjamin Daniels – Missouri University of Science and Technology
"Mathematical Model of Sub-System Interactions for Forward Operating Bases"

(from left) Dr. Altyn Clark, Chief Solutions Officer at TSI; Dr. Marta C. Wilson, CEO at TSI; Akkarapol Sa-Ngasoongsong,1st place; Patrick Garner, 2nd place; Bhanuchander Poreddy, 3rd Place; Dr. Garry Coleman, Executive Vice President at TSI 

The awards were formally presented during the 2012 IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando.


1st Place: Mengqi Hu – Arizona State University
A Study on Medical Imaging Equipment Productivity and Utilization 

2nd Place: Shrikant Jarugumilli – Missouri University of Science and Technology
Integrated Workforce Planning Considering Regular and Overtime Decisions 

3rd Place: Kiran Rangarajan – Missouri University of Science and Technology
Cost Analysis of Renewable Energy-Based Microgrids for Rural Energy Management 

SEMS Student Paper Competition 2011 Winners