January 2013
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Dear SEMS members,

We hope you have been enjoying these first few weeks of 2013 and are pleased to bring you this first edition of the SEMS newsletter for the new year. One our most exciting offerings for 2013 is our new website - check out the updated and expanded content and find more ways to connect with IIE and SEMS today! Speaking of expanded offerings, this newsletter also provides more details on the many SEMS activities planned for this year's ISERC and Applied Solutions conference.

More from the presidents

Call for Nominations for SEMS Board of Directors
Nomination Deadline: Feb. 5

We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic volunteers to continue SEMS significant progress of the past few years. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to serve your society in a significant way. If not you, then perhaps someone you know is qualified to take a leadership position on the SEMS Board.

Please, take a few minutes to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague.

We are filling two director positions (who will serve a 3 year term). 

Terms will begin immediately following the election. Board members are expected to attend the IIE Annual conference and to participate in the Town Hall meeting held during this conference. Board members are expected to be an active participant in monthly board conference calls and to participate in various initiatives, some of which are led by committees working in partnership with the full Board.


Please see the SEMS bylaws for the duties of each position. 

All nominees must be current, regular members of SEMS. Students are not eligible

To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form and send to Pam Patterson by  Feb. 5.

SEMS news

SEMS website offers NEW opportunities to learn and network 

The SEMS website has received a new major facelift, bringing you a rich set of tools and resources from the SEMS Body of Knowledge on Engineering and Management Systems. Are you looking for the right set of papers that can give you a jump start for your studies or career? Click here to check out the recommendations from our global experts and get connected to them! 

IIE Annual Pre-conference Workshop: Sustaining a Lean Transformation through People, Process and Leadership Focus

Sunday, May 19 | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time

SEMS is proud to offer a pre-conference workshop focused on lean and organizational transformation. The hands-on workshop will introduce deployment leaders and managers to an organizational culture and process maturity assessment and strategies to sustain transformation efforts. The workshop will be conducted by Michael Testani and Sreekanth Ramakrishnan of IBM. Confirm your spot by registering soon here and to read about who should attend, course description, learning objectives, and outline of workshop!


ISERC presentation on designing and implementing
an evaluation system

Alexandra Medina-Borja, the director of evaluation and assessment at the National Science Foundation, has accepted the invitation to present on a topic of significant interest to many SEMS members: Designing and implementing an evaluation system for engineers. The presentation will cover the large-scale efforts undertaken by the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering. This will be a "don't miss" discussion.


Call for nominations - SEMS Management Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the SEMS Management Award, to be presented during the SEMS Town Hall Meeting at the IIE Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from May 18-22.  The award recognizes an IIE member who has distinguished his or herself in the practice of management and industrial engineering. To nominate an IIE member, send a testimonial (one-page maximum) explaining why this person should be honored along with a detailed bio or resume of the nominee to Geert Letens, past president of SEMS. Nominations are requested by Jan. 30.


Register for a year's access to continuous improvement initiatives and solutions from world-class experts!

The first SEMS Virtual Global Conference on Managing Continuous Improvement was a huge success. Feedback from the attendees indicated that more than 97 percent of them were impressed with the conference program and that 100 percent of them consider attending similar future events. Did you miss it? No problem - you can still get access to the recorded sessions!  Here's how


Noteworthy Advancement

SEMS leader Beth Cudney has been promoted to associate chair for graduate studies at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Beth's major areas of interest are in quality engineering and lean enterprise, particularly in the Mahalanobis-Taguchi System, robust design, lean enterprise and Six Sigma. Beth was also honored by becoming the president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Management in October 2012.

Upcoming events
Applied Solutions conference
Read the latest news on how the Engineering Management Track is shaping up to be the best yet! See you in Puerto Rico! 

Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference

SEMS is planning an extremely strong program! Keep informed! Read the latest developments on SEMS planned activities for ISERC - San Juan, Puerto Rico!

Member spotlight 


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 Marianne Jackson, a physician from the University of North Carolina. Marianne is one of the few physicians who have contributed to SEMS.


Dr. Jackson has attended the IIE Annual conference, published a manuscript at ISERC, contributed to SEMS blog, and continues to challenge our society to develop new management concepts and solutions. 


Read more about Marianne



Other journals or conferences of interest


International Journal of Lean Enterprise Research 

The International Journal of Lean Enterprise Research (IJLER) is a new peer-review journal published by Inderscience Publisher. IJLER publishes high-quality original papers, review papers, technical reports, and case studies. They currently have a call for previously unpublished articles regarding Lean topics. 


First International Workshop on Enterprise Transformation 

The First International Workshop on Enterprise Transformation will be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on March 18. The event is being held in conjunction with the Conference on Systems Engineering Research (March 19-20). Academics are invited to submit a 200-word abstract describing their work and interest in enterprise transformation to entr2013@gatech.edu with subject line "ENTR13 Workshop Abstract Submission".


The outcomes and lessons learned from this workshop will be published in a future special issue of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujet20/current).

Details can be found at:




SEMS is proud to sponsor the following upcoming webinars:  

A Decision Support System to Select the Appropriate Problem Solving Methodology for your Business Problems
Jan 10 | 2 p.m. Eastern 
Dr. Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, Advisory Engineer, Scientist - IBM

Guerilla Transformation - Turning an Insurgency into a Movement
Jan. 24 | 11 a.m. Eastern

Joseph F. Paris, Chairman - Xonitek

Click here for additional information on the upcoming webinars and registration information


Previous Webinars

Two exciting webinars were conducted in September and October 2012:

Transforming UPS through Technology - The Road to Optimization

Jack Levis, Director of Process Management - UPS


Managing Successful Integrated Enterprises: Lessons Learned from Healthcare and Engineering Systems

Dr. Wiljeana Glover, Postdoctoral Associate -Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Your SEMS membership entitles you to access all previously recorded SEMS sponsored webinars

Book Browse


The Advantage 

Author: Patrick Lencioni

Publisher: Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 2012 


The Advantage proposes a new approach to achieve organizational improvement. Rather than spending resources in conventional  improvement areas such as marketing, strategy or technology, Lencioni suggests focusing on eliminating the root causes of politics, dysfunction, confusion and bureaucracy. Lencioni believes too many leaders are focused on becoming smarter. Instead, leaders should focus on becoming healthier, which allows an organization to utilize the intelligence and expertise already available.


Read more about the book 

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