July 2012Visit SEMS Website

Presidents' message:


Dear SEMS members,
Summer is in full swing, but the year is just starting for SEMS! In June 2012, we began new terms for our officers and board members.


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New SEMS Presidents
(from left) Geert Letens, Past President; Jennifer Farris, President; Michele Dekelbaum, President Elect


SEMS news


The annual SEMS Town Hall meeting was a standing-room-only success

Following the tradition of previous years, IIE's Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) held a Town Hall Meeting at the IIE Annual Conference 2012 in Orlando, Fla., on May 21. In a fully packed meeting room, more than 60 attendees participated in a lively meeting, testifying to the state of a society that is growing in services, membership and maturity.


News from Town Hall MeetingView presentation

Revised Standing Room

Geert Letens addresses Town Hall attendees


Did you miss the ISERC 2012 SEMS Keynote Presentation by Dr. Andy Neely - Managing Performance in Turbulent Times? It's not too late!
Dr. Andy Neely was the SEMS featured keynote speaker for the 2012 ISERC Engineering Management Track. Dr. Neely is an internationally-recognized
scholar in the area of performance measurement and management with numerous publications and books on this topic, as well as others.


Introducing the new SEMS leaders

SEMS is pleased to introduce our new President-Elect, Michele Dekelbaum and our two new Board Directors, Alexandra Medina-Borja and Sreekanth Ramakrishnan.

Michele Dekelbaum
Michele Dekelbaum

SEMS leaders can be contacted through the
SEMS website.

Alexandra Medina-Borja
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Sreekanth Ramakrishnan
Upcoming events 


Announcing new Virtual Global Conference on Nov. 14 

Mark your calendar now so you don't miss the Virtual Global Conference: Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement on Nov.14. Read more 


Call for Authors for 6th Edition of Maynard's Industrial Engineering Handbook 

Call for Authors soliciting proposals for the sixth edition of Maynard's Industrial Engineering Handbook from academics, practicing engineers, engineering societies, and related private-sector agencies. The first rounds of proposals are due Aug. 3. If there are questions or concerns, please email Craig Downing or Julie Fortune.


Click here for proposal information.

SEMS member spotlight


SEMS is pleased to profile IIE lifetime member and former SEMS President from 1996 to 1999, George L. Smith, Ph.D. Click here to read about George.

George Smith
(From left) George Smith with China's Premier Wen Jiabao
Student view


SEMS student membership continues to grow 

The results of our continued focus on student members is shown in cumulative growth of 34 percent from 2008 through 2012. In particular, the large jump between 2011 and 2012 likely reflects the effects of SEMS official launch in 2011 of its student committee, focused on better attracting, retaining and meeting the needs of student membersView student membership graph (2008-2012)

SEMS student paper competition 

The second annual SEMS Student Technical Paper Competition recognized three highly qualified students from diverse universities and with diverse experiences. The competition was sponsored by Transformation Systems Inc. (TSI). Click here to read winning papers.

Student Paper Winners - SEMS
(From left) Dr. Altyn Clark, chief solutions officer at TSI; Dr. Marta C. Wilson, CEO at TSI; Akkarapol Sa-Ngasoongsong, first place; Patrick Garner, second place; Bhanuchander Poreddy, third place; Dr. Garry Coleman, executive vice president at TSI

SEMS Student Committee well represented at IIE Annual Conference 

In addition to the Student Paper Competition, the Student Committee of SEMS hosted two events for students during the IIE Annual IE Conference and Expo 2012 in Orlando, Fla. Read about the events


Upcoming webinar

Process Owner Responsibility and Accountability in a Senior Management Review

July 31 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Kirk D. Knock

Kirk Knock


Summary: This presentation describeshow to move from a "quality-owned" to a "process-area-owned" management review process in the ISO 9001 or ISO 13485 environments. This shift leads to accountability for efficient and effective processes throughout the organization. The content includes the before-and-after approach used to make the review more engaging and risk based. These processes include production controls, product design, sourcing and material controls, human resources, environmental, CAPA, document and configuration management, and customer feedback. The method has been recognized as a best practice by external assessors.

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SEMS member news  

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OSU names Toni Doolen Dean of the University Honors College
Toni Doolen, an Oregon State University engineering professor who has been associate dean of the University Honors College since September 2010, will head OSU's nationally recognized honors program. Doolen succeeds Dan Arp, who recently was named dean of OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences. Read more

Cecilia MartinezCecilia Martinez appointed to Clarkson University faculty

Cecilia Martinez has been appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Engineering and Management Program at the School of Business at Clarkson University, beginning July 23, 2012. Read more

Brian Smith

Brian Smith appointed to Missouri University of Science & Technology faculty 

Brian K. Smith, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology and will officially join the faculty in August. Brian earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas.

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Book Browse

Design for Six Sigma in Product and Service Development: Applications and Case Studies

July 2012 SEMS Book Browse


Authors: Elizabeth A. Cudney, PH.D., Missouri University of Science & Technology and Sandra Furterer, Ph.D., Southern Polytechnic State University


Published by: CRFC Press, June 2012


Hard Cover, 444 Pages, US $79.95


Read this article by Elizabeth Cudney, assistant professor Missouri S&T, on her book.