March 2012Visit SEMS Website

President's message:


Dear SEMS members,


The world is moving fast. Technological advances as well as social and political changes around the world are responsible for strong international competition, while at the same time offering a previously-unseen level of opportunity for innovative global thinkers. As a result, the need for continuous learning and networking has never been more critical, both to face the current challenges and to seize the emerging opportunities. More from the president

SEMS news

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


For many years, the Society for Engineering and Management Systems has organized a Best Paper Competition among all the accepted papers of the Engineering Management Track of the Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC). In the November and January newsletters, we abstracted the first four of the six finalists.

This issue includes the last two of the six finalists for 2011:


Member spotlight


Dr. Craig G. Downing:

Craig Downing

 Active SEMS member, Session Chair for IERC in 2010, 2011 and ISERC 2012, member of the SEMS Student Best Paper Competition Committee and The SEMS Content Committee


Click here to read about Craig! 


Dr. Edson Pinheiro de Limo:

 An active international member of SEMS from Brazil, member of the SEMS Student Best Paper Competition Committee and the SEMS Content Committee


 Click here to read about Edson!



Nominate a SEMS member to be spotlighted!

Interested in what your fellow engineers are doing?  
Check out the article on Dr. Susan Murray's research on how people react to interruptions.

Ever wondered where the engineers of the future are coming from? The importance of student outreach has never been more critical. See: U.S. Students Reluctant to Pursue STEM Careers.

New SEMS Blogs


The SEMS blog started in January. Don't miss these entries!

  • Why Errors Happen: Lukasz Mazur explores the difference between individual errors and system errors
  • Business As Usual vs. Business as Imperative: Dr. Marianne Jackson discusses using lean approaches to improve problem solving in hospitals.
  • Leadership and the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award: Deb Manzo discusses the Baldrige Award's perception of leadership and asks how our leaders compare.

If you have a particular topic or question you would like our bloggers to address, don't hesitate to let us know!

Upcoming activities


Enterprise Transformation Conference - Making complex transformation easy

April 3-4, 2012, at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta


Transformation is complex and can span a wide range of issues. It is more than "just" a change. When we transform, we change our environment. We change who we are and what we are. Within our workspace, a transformation changes what our organization is and what it is all about. The Institute of Industrial Engineers is transforming itself. It is planning an Enterprise Transformation ConferenceRead more

Don't miss these informative SEMS webinars!


Leadership Approach to Knowledge Retention

Wednesday, March 28, 2:30 p.m. Eastern time


Research in an Engineering Management Career
Thursday, April 5, 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Getting Your EM Research Published: What not to do
Thursday, April 19, 2:00 p.m. Eastern time


Getting Your Research Published
Wednesday, May 9, 2:00 p.m. Eastern time


Did you miss a webinar? It's not too late to hear them! To view presentations and recording of any SEMS webinar you missed, click here and then click on the Engineering Management button on the right hand side of the page.

For information on all IIE webinars, click here.

IIE Annual IE Conference & Expo 2012

2012 Applied Solutions Conference - Engineering Management Update

The Society for Engineering and Management Systems of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is sponsoring the Engineering Management Track at the 2012 Applied Solutions conference at the 2012 IIE Annual Conference and Exposition. We would like to highlight sessions you can expect to see. You don't want to miss these! Read more


Update on the Engineering Management Track at the 2012 IIE Annual Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference

The Engineering Management Track at ISERC 2012 is becoming really strong! As we announced in our last newsletter issue, we have approximately 40 total sessions planned, with about 130 abstract submissions and almost 80 full papers submitted. Read more

Student view

The SEMS Student Committee has several initiatives to involve you!  One of the SEMS Student Initiatives is collecting the latest practical developments and applications from the field and sharing them with students. In the 2012 Annual IIE Conference, a 35-minute presentation is designed to introduce this practice and application initiative to students. Read more

Book Browse


Staying Lean, Second Edition
Authors: Professor Peter Hines, Dr. Pauline Found, Gary Griffiths & Reichard Harrison


This book is written for all those individuals and companies that are applying a lean approach. The first edition of this publication received a Shingo Research & Professional Publication Prize in 2009. Explaining how to create and sustain a lean business, it followed Cogent Power's early journey. This new edition explores how the journey continued after several senior managers moved on, steel prices fell and the credit crisis struck. Did they manage to thrive, not just survive? More about the book

Quick Links


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April 23-25
Norcross, Ga.

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