March 2012Visit SEMS Website

President's message:


While the ongoing elections for a new SEMS president-elect and two new Board Members announce the end of an exciting service year, the current SEMS leadership is more than happy to introduce you to our latest service improvement: the society's redesigned website. Designed to provide our members fast access to the content they are looking for, the website is aimed at becoming your home base and virtual center of  excellence for Engineering and Management Systems. More from the president



SEMS Board Election Now Open - Let Your Voice Be Heard 

The SEMS Board elections are currently in progress. Each member received an email ballot for choosing two Board Directors and the President-Elect. If you haven't voted yet, it's not too late! Voting ends on Friday, May 18. Support your society and let your voice be heard! Vote here.

2012 SEMS Management Award Winner Announced

Sreekanth Ramakrishnan


The SEMS Management award recognizes an IIE/SEMS member who is distinguished in the practice of management and industrial engineering. It is our pleasure to announce Dr. Sreekanth Ramakrishnan from IBM as the winner of the 2012 SEMS Management Award. The award will be formally presented at the SEMS Town Hall Meeting (Monday May 21, 2012 - 5:15pm) at the Annual IIE Conference.


Click here to read about Dr. Ramakrishnan's contributions to Engineering Management and Industrial Engineering

SEMS Website Content Update 


As you may know, SEMS is currently executing a strategic initiative to improve its website content and make our large knowledge base of selected books, papers and presentations from various conferences available to all our members. More about new SEMS website 

Have you heard about SEMS Webinars?

If you haven't heard a SEMS webinar, it's not too late! SEMS has offered a variety of webinars from Staying Lean by Peter Hines, winner of the Shingo Prize, to series on Creativity and Transformational Change, to Student oriented webinars such as Getting Your EM Research Published. Check out webinars you have missed here (click on Engineering Management button on right hand side of page).

The IIE Annual IE Conference & Expo 2012 is just around the corner - May 19 - 23 - don't miss it!


 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference - Engineering Management Update
The Engineering Management Track at the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) once again will offer many learning and networking opportunities to attendees. Click here for track highlights.


2012 Applied Solutions Conference - Engineering Management Update

The Engineering Management Track at Applied Solutions is offering sessions from Monday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Plan on attending great presentations. More info

Student View


2012 SEMS Best Student Paper Winner Announced 

The annual SEMS Student Technical Paper Competition recognizes three highly qualified students with diverse universities and experiences. The competition is sponsored by Transformation Systems, Inc. Click here for this year's winners


SEMS Student Initiatives Activities during the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 

The Student Initiatives committee will be hosting two events during the annual conference. Click here to read about these events


SEMS Student Webinars

The SEMS Student Initiatives Committee hosted two webinars in April:  Research in an Engineering Management Career  led by Dr. George Waters of George Washington University and Getting Your Research Published, What Not To Do...  led Dr. Toni Doolen of Oregon State University. One webinar was held in May entitled, Getting Your Research Published by Dr. Srinivas Talluri of Michigan State University.


Click here to view presentations and recordings of these webinars.
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Principles in Patient Flow and Throughput

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 Introduction to Industrial Engineering 

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IIE Enterprise Transformation Conference


The IIE's first Enterprise Transformation Conference was held April 3 - 4 in Atlanta. The conference covered all key aspects of organization transfor­mation from the time when leaders decide that transformation is necessary to its successful completion. Click here to view 2 noteworthy presentations from the conference. 

SEMS Member News


Elizabeth Cudney, SEMS Board Director and Chair of the SEMS Student Committee, and Toni Doolen, SEMS member and ISERC Engineering Management Track Co-Chair, were awarded the IIE Lean Teaching Award. The award will be presented at the Annual Conference.


Beth Cudney
Beth CudneyToni Doolen



Eileen Van Aken, SEMS Past-President and ISERC Engineering Management Track Co-Chair, was elected Technical Vice President,

Technical Operations for IIE.




If you have news to share, please email the SEMS Newsletter Editor, Michele Dekelbaum!

Member Spotlight           


SEMS is pleased to profile two SEMS members from our Student Committee-professor Roberto A. Martins and student Arsalan Safari.   


Roberto Martins
Roberto A. Martins


Arsalan Safari

          Read bios of Roberto and Arsalan               

If you would like to nominate someone for the Member spotlight, please complete nomination form and send to

Book Browse

Managing Performance in Turbulent Times: Analytics and Insight


Andy Neely Book


Authors: Professor Andy Neely, Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance and Ed Barrows


Published by: John Wiley & Sons, 2011


Hard Cover, 277 Pages, US $49.95


Article by Andy Neely on book