SEMS Newsletter  

    September 2011                                                                                                                               Visit SEMS website

Mark Your Calendar  


Sept. 29


Five Steps that Lead
to Effective

Oct. 4-5

Conference 2011

May 19-23, 2012

IIE Annual Conference and Expo



Revised Book Browse 

Book Browse 


The Book: The Engineering Management Handbook, First Edition


Editors: Donald N. Merino and John V. Farr

Published by: American Society of Engineering Management

Large Soft Cover, 303 Pages, $49.95


More information

on the book 


Doug Long - Corporate Partnership


Onlline Black Belt 

President's message 

Welcome to the SEMS Newsletter!


Geert Letens

Geert Letens

The Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) is the society within the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) that particularly supports IIE members as they seek to advance the state of engineering management practice and research. Besides advanced engineering skills, SEMS stimulates discussion and knowledge exchange related to management domains that are critical to advance your career, whether as an academic or a practitioner. As such the SEMS officers (Geert Letens, Jennifer Farris, Eileen Van Aken) and the members of the newsletter committee (Michele Dekelbaum, Latanya Wright, Beth Cudney, Ryan Underdown) are proud to introduce a new value-added service that SEMS will be offering to its members: the SEMS Newsletter.


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Introducing the new SEMS Leaders


SEMS is pleased to introduce our new President-Elect, Dr. Jennifer Farris and our three new Board members: Dr.

Wiljeana Glover, Dr. Suzanna Long, and Dr. Alfred Thal.

They can be contacted through the SEMS website. 


  Wiljeana Glover 2  Jennifer Farris   Suzie Long 

           Wiljeana Glover     Jennifer Farris         Suzie Long

              Board                  President                Board             


Not PicturedBoard Member, Al Thal

Click here to read a bio for each


Upcoming Activities
Don't miss the September SEMS Webinar! 


Title: Five Steps that Lead to Effective Performance Management 

Date: Thursday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m. Eastern time

Presenter:  Bernard Marr, leading global authority and best-selling author on organizational performance and business success.

Summary:  A recent survey of SEMS members has revealed that performance management is a top priority topic in Engineering and Management. This webinar by world-leading performance management expert and best-selling author Bernard Marr will explore the five steps that are essential for effective performance management and highlights the key traps to avoid. 

More information and registration  


IIE Enterprise Transformation Conference 

October 4-5, 2011 

Westin Buckhead Hotel

Atlanta, Georgia  

There is still time to register!

Enterprise Transformation is concerned with the change necessary to not only sustain businesses, but to also position them to excel through re-engineered business processes, organizational structures and enabling support systems such as information technology. Organizational success will depend upon developing and executing strategies for enterprise-level change and implementation. 

Conference website and registration


Conference brochure



IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012 

Call for Abstracts - Engineering Management Tracks at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo


It is our pleasure to invite you to present within the Engineering Management Tracks sponsored by SEMS at the 2012 Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference & Expo.

The conference will be held May 19-23, 2012 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida.  


More information and submit abstracts


Student View 

The first annual IIE Society for Engineering Management Systems (SEMS) Student Paper Competition 

The first annual IIE Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) Student Technical Paper Competition launched in 2011 recognized three highly qualified students with diverse universities and experiences. The competition was sponsored by Transformation Systems, Inc, an executive strategies and management systems engineering firm which specializes in transformational leadership dedicated to making organizations leaner, faster, better, and smarter. TSI sponsored the student competition for papers and projects demonstrating or describing the use of management and industrial engineering tools and techniques for achieving bold goals. The goal of the competition is to recognize student research and their papers which demonstrate or describe the use of techniques which improve productivity and quality through effective and economical managerial techniques and philosophies.


We are pleased to announce the winners are as follows:


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 Regularand Overtime Decisions

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


Calling all students! 

Here's your chance to contribute to the newsletter by submitting a cartoon! 


We would like you to contribute to our SEMS Newsletter. Please submit a cartoon related to engineering and management systems, including but not limited to the following topics: resource development, product development, program management, improvement methods, systems thinking, and decision making.

Each month, a new cartoon will be featured. To participate, please send in jpeg format - as large as possible - close to 1 MB and with low resolution (about 72 pixels per inch) to Cecilia Martinez




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President's Message 



Upcoming Activities

 IIE Enterprise Transformation Conference

IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012

Student View

Survey Question

Book Browse



Member Spotlight


 Russell Wooten
   Russell Wooten



Active SEMS member and Winner of the 2011 SEMS Management Award


Click here to read about Russell!



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 Beth Cudney  

 Ryan Underdown  

  Latanya Wright