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Presidents' message

Dear SEMS Members,

As the end of 2012 fast approaches, now is the perfect time to capitalize on some of the many learning and growth opportunities SEMS currently provides, as well as to make plans for 2013.

This issue highlights several of our current SEMS offerings, including our virtual conference on Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement, our exciting webinar series, our book browse and journals of interest, a TED talk by one of our members, and two of the best paper finalists from the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) 2012.


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SEMS news


Nov. 14 Online Conference: Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement 

Admit it: how many times did you wonder 'If that would be possible!" when you heard Captain Kirk say these simple but futuristic words 'Beam me up Scotty?" Today SEMS is proud to offer you the next best available option to learn from the best at any place of your convenience. With just one click, we will beam you up on Nov. 14 for SEMS' first virtual conference on Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement. Find out about the details at our conference website, get impressed by our long list of featured speakers and register NOW at
IIE Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement! 


IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2013 - Pre-Conference Workshop 

SEMS leader Beth Cudney will be presenting a workshop on "Using Hoshin Kanri to Accelerate Lean and Six Sigma," 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 19. This workshop will be beneficial to mid to upper level management. Attendees will use their organization's strategic mission, vision, and objectives to develop strategic plans and work on hoshin planning. Attendees will learn:

  • Hoshin kanri
  • How to capture strategic goals and integrate these goals with the entire organization's daily activities
  • How to integrate lean and Six Sigma into the strategic vision of the organization using hoshin kanri

Systems Tools Helping the Environment

How do our supposedly "good decisions" affect Earth's energy? Many decisions are made from a limited context, using suboptimal logic, reflecting anthropology and not ecology. Using examples from electric cars to corn, on Oct. 11, long-time SEMS member Larry Mallak of Western Michigan University gave a TED talk on systems approaches for executing change to energize Earth. Experience the talk.

Finalists of the SEMS Best Paper Competition at the ISERC 2012 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 and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC).


Read two finalist papers featured this month.

Upcoming events


IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2013 - Call for Abstracts

due Nov. 16 

The IIE annual conference will be held May 18-22 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The conference welcomes two different types of submissions: 1) Applied Solutions presentations in which industry applications of proven solutions are presented, and 2) Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) presentations, in which research from academia or industry scholars is presented.

Abstracts are being accepted in both categories thru Nov.16

Applied Solutions:Track chairs' message with submittal details, deadlines

 ISERC:Track chairs' message with submittal details, subject areas, deadlines

Virtual Conference on Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement on Nov. 14

Learn how to accomplish your continuous improvement goals without leaving your home or office!

 Read more about the conference, then register today.


Member spotlight


Janaina M.H. Costa
Janaina M.H. Costa


In this section, we highlight a SEMS member for outstanding performance in the knowledge domains of engineering management and for exceptional service to the Society. This month, we honor Janaina M.H. Costa, a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Read more about Janaina

Student view


The 2013 SEMS Student Technical Paper Competition will recognize up to three highly qualified students from perse universities and with perse experiences. This is a student competition for papers and projects that demonstrate or describe the use of management and industrial engineering tools and techniques for achieving bold goals. The goal is to recognize student researchers and their papers which demonstrate or describe the use of techniques which improve productivity and quality through effective and economical managerial techniques and philosophies. Keep this opportunity in mind and think about what you'll submit!

Upcoming webinars


Risk in Economic Choices I - Risk Identification

Nov. 29

4 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter: Isaac J. Faber
In today's uncertain economic world the risk that engineering firms experience when making capital budgeting decisions can be significant. Sponsored by the Engineering Economy Division of IIE.

Information on upcoming webinars and registration information


Click here to view all previously recorded SEMS-sponsored webinars including Transforming UPS Through Technology - "The Road to Optimization" with presenter Jack Levis.

Other journals of interest

International Journal of Lean Six Sigma 

Lean and Six Sigma are the two most powerful strategies for achieving operational and service excellence in any organization today. Although these two methodologies have been around for several years, there are no peer-reviewed international journals covering both aspects in research terms. The purpose of the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma is to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of Lean Six Sigma (an integrated approach of Lean and Six Sigma) and to publish the latest trends and research developments in both fields.


For more information and to read the latest issue

Book Browse


Everybody's Business: Engaging Your Total Enterprise to Boost Quality, Speed, Savings and Innovation

Author: Marta Wilson
Published by: Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2012
Hardcover, 155 pages


Wilson's book, Everybody's Business, is well written, concise and full of great advice that clearly springs from her experiences in helping companies identify their competitive edge. Wilson asserts that integrity is the cornerstone of success. Everybody's Business is about how to make it everybody's business to achieve organizational goals. Achieving this requires a "creating a culture where personal integrity can work in sync with enterprise integrity."

Read more about the book

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Upcoming Seminars


Nov. 26

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Norcross, Ga.


Nov. 26

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, Ga.


Nov. 30
Lean Six Sigma White Belt
Los Angeles


Dec. 3


Dec. 3

Online On-Demand


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