November 2011                                                                                                                               Visit SEMS website

 Mark Your Calendar! 


SEMS Webinar Series on Creativity


Dec. 14

2 p.m. Eastern time

Ideation: "When Traditional Brainstorming Just Doesn't Work" 


Jan 11, 2012
2 p.m. Eastern time

Stimulating Creativity Through Lateral Thinking

Jan. 25, 2012

May 19-23, 2012
IIE Annual IE Conference and Expo 



SEMS Featured Speaker


Engineering Management Track


2012 IIE Annual Industrial and System Engineering Research Conference

Andy Neely
Andy Neely
 Internationally-recognized scholar in the area of performance measurement
and management

Revised Book Browse 

Book Browse 


The Book: The Juran Quality Handbook, 6th Edition, e-Book Edition 


Authors: Dr. Joseph M. Juran and Mr. Joseph A. De Feo

Published by: The McGraw Hill Companies

Available in Adobe format or for Sony, Kindle or Nook e-readers from The Juran Store, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble, 1136 pages $79.99 


More information on the book


Special offer to SEMS




President's message 

New avenues of value in engineering and management systems

Geert Letens

Geert Letens

In a fast-changing world, keeping a pulse on the news that is coming at us from anywhere and everywhere is a critical, but at the same time, daunting task. To face this challenge with trust and confidence, this second newsletter of the Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) aims to provide our members with a compass to navigate through these turbulent times of information overload.


                                   More from your president 



Finalists of the SEMS Best Paper Competition at the IERC 2011 Engineering Management Track


The Society for Engineering and Management Systems for many years has organized a Best Paper Competition among all the accepted papers of the Engineering Management Track of the Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC). The six finalists for the SEMS Best Paper Competition in 2011, identified by the highest ratings from the double-blind review process for the 68 accepted papers in the Engineering Management Track, represent contributions that are recognized by peers as most impressive pieces of work.


The winner of the competition was determined by a committee of five neutral and experienced evaluators that, through an additional double-blind review process, individually rank ordered the finalists, identifying the best paper with a score of 1, the second best paper with a score of 2 etc. The paper that received the lowest total score in the 2011 competition, and that was, therefore, recognized at the Honors and Awards Banquet of the IIE Annual Conference as the Best Paper of the IERC Engineering Management Track, was authored by Cecilia Martinez, Jennifer Farris and Geert Letens.

All finalists of the competition will be listed in random order in the current and next two issues of our newsletter to provide all SEMS members direct access to these selected papers.


Click here to view abstracts and full papers of two of the finalists. Look for more finalists in future issues of the SEMS Newsletter.


US News and World Report 
recommends engineering management as a "top choice" in Masters degrees 


Are you interested in pursuing a Master's degree to further your career? See what US News and World Report has to say. Click on article   


Discovering advancements in the engineering management domains through SEMS blogging


With today's fast-paced social exchange of ideas and thoughts, you might think of blogs as an old tactic. Nothing is less true, though, as blogs yet remain one of the best ways to efficiently generate knowledge and exchange and test ideas, thus providing a strategic time capsule of how the specific topics of interest are evolving. Read more

Upcoming Activities 

SEMS Webinar Series on Creativity

First webinar in the series - Don't miss this webinar!   

Title: Ideation: "When Traditional Brainstorming Doesn't Work"

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 14 

Time: 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Mark Jannone

Creativity is the process of generating something new, something original that has value to an individual, group, organization, industry or society. Innovation is strongly linked to creativity and involves taking unique, untried ideas and turning them into reality through invention, research and new product or process development.
  The most effective tools employed by highly innovative organizations will be discussed, as well as how to incorporate them into your current process improvement methodologies.


Mark JannoneMark Jannone has over 21 years of healthcare, manufacturing, banking and consulting experience. Mark's experience includes Six Sigma, Lean and Innovation corporate deployments, program leadership, and process simplification.  Mark is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Currently, he directs the Six Sigma, Lean Innovation and Industrial Engineering deployments at Atlantic Health System in New Jersey.             


IIE Annual Solutions Conference

2012 Applied Solutions Conference - Abstract submission website is now open!

Do you have real-world experience leading change, managing project teams, deploying lean/Six Sigma/agile programs, driving innovation, leading business transformation efforts (cultural and process transformation) and other engineering management disciplines? The Society for Engineering and Management Systems has a great platform for you to share your experiences.

More information on deadlines and submittal of abstract


IIE Annual Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference 2012

Plans have been quickly moving ahead for the Engineering Management Track at the 2012 ISERC!

We encourage all SEMS members to consider submitting an abstract (due by November 18, 2011) for the ISERC. Click here for the submission site. We already have sixteen invited sessions confirmed for the track, which include topics such as: applications in decision analysis, collaborative work environments, complex project management, engineering management in healthcare, organizational learning, performance management systems, strategic management, and sustainable operations engineering. We are also very pleased to announce that Dr. Andy Neely (read bio) will serve as our featured speaker for the Engineering Management Track. Dr. Neely is an internationally-recognized scholar in the area of performance measurement.

Student View 

SEMS 2012 Student Paper Competition 

Sponsored by Transformation Systems Inc. 


For presentation at the 2012 Annual Conference and Expo, May 19-23, 2012 - Orlando, FL


The Student Paper Competition is held each year to honor outstanding papers in the field of engineering management research and practices. The papers should demonstrate or describe the use of techniques which improve productivity and quality through effective and economical managerial techniques and philosophies. Both undergraduate and graduate students and design teams are invited to submit papers. The award is given each year at the IIE Annual Conference if there is a suitable recipient. Click here for more information.


SEMS Student Paper Competition - SUBMISSION FORM

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 ( For more information, click on SEMS Newsletter Cartoon guidelines.



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  In This Issue   


President's Message 



Upcoming Activities

 IIE Applied 
Solutions Conference

IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012

Student View

Survey Question

Book Browse




Member Spotlight

  Lukasz Mazur 


Active SEMS member and Leader of the SEMS Blog Team


Click here to read about Lukasz!


Nominate a SEMS member to be Spotlighted!



Survey Question of the Month


What process improvement methodology is most used at your organization?

Click here to take survey


Survey ends
Dec. 15






Michele Dekelbaum 



 Beth Cudney  

Ryan Underdown

Latanya Wright


Another  NEW service from SEMS! 

SEMS Blogging 

In the era of the Social Web, blogging has proven to be more valuable than ever. Our team of experienced writers and thought leaders will share frank and personal perspectives on topics that span all engineering management knowledge domains, comment on breaking industry and business news, and illuminate global trends that are relevant to the engineering management profession. 

The SEMS Blog is designed to facilitate conversation and feedback, connecting you with your peers.

You can share your opinion through social media such as Facebook and Twitter allowing you to engage in the discussion on a topic that you are interested in, wherever and whenever you want.