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Presidents' message

Dear SEMS Members

Welcome to the March edition of the SEMS newsletter!


In this edition you will find an expanded description of the many SEMS offerings at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2013. This is going to be a "don't miss" conference - if you can, make plans to attend today. In addition, we recognize the three winners of our Student Paper Competition, sponsored by Transformation Systems Inc. Congratulations on your excellent work, students! Finally, as always, we include the latest webinar schedule, virtual conference, book browse and more.

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IIE Annual Conference & Expo

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SEMS is pleased to offer its members a breadth of knowledge sharing and networking opportunities in Engineering Management tracks within both the Research Conference and the Applied Solutions Conference. Many student learning and social opportunities are also planned. In addition, SEMS holds its annual Town Hall meeting during the event.

Make plans to be part of the conference!



Click on highlights below:


Pre-conference workshop

SEMS news


You would make a great SEMS volunteer! 

SEMS welcomes enthusiastic volunteers to work with the SEMS Officers and Board. SEMS is growing and there are many exciting opportunities to contribute, whatever your interests. If you have an interest in blogs, international outreach, social media, workshops and conferences, webinars, marketing, or a new idea of your own, we welcome your participation! Contact any of the SEMS officers, Jennifer FarrisGeert Letens, or Michele Dekelbaum.


SEMS bylaws update - we need your vote

SEMS is updating its bylaws. Review and voting will take place electronically in the next month. Please respond to the request when you receive it via email.


SEMS election

The electronic ballot for the election of three new SEMS Board Members and the 2013-2014 President-Elect was emailed to you on March 4. Votes are due by March 18. Vote today and make your voice heard in setting the direction of the future of the Society!  You will need your SEMS/IIE member number to complete this form. If your're not sure what your member number is, we can email it to you.


Did you know about this SEMS webpage: who is who?

The latest version of the SEMS website provides more recognition and visibility to the large set of volunteers that have contributed to our society.

Past winners of SEMS Management Award

Featured speakers of our conferences

Various volunteers that contribute to our Committees, Topic Leaders and Bloggers


Continuous improvement at your fingertips - anytime, anywhere

Register for a year's access to continuous improvement initiatives and solutions from world-class experts! There are seven sessions of insights from an elite group of international thought and industry leaders available, revealing examples of successful improvement practices from world-class companies, hospitals and universities such as IBM, Intel, UPS, Hoag Memorial Hospital, University of Michigan, and more. The files are available in Windows Media Video (.wmv) format.


Here's your chance to take in those best practices at your leisure, accessing the sessions individually or consecutively as the live attendees did. It's your choice as it will be your own tailor-made learning experience. Go to and register for a year's access to continuous improvement initiatives and solutions from world-class experts. No travel, just training!

Student  View  

What a success! The third annual IIE Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) Student Technical Paper Competition launched in 2011 garnered numerous submissions from highly qualified students with diverse universities and experiences.
Thanks to Transformation Systems Inc.,we are pleased to announce the 2013 Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) Student Paper Competition winners.


Click here for winners.

Upcoming webinars
SEMS is proud to sponsor the following upcoming webinar:

"Reducing Length of Stay and Improving Bed Allocation with Dynamic Simulation"

April 2, 2 p.m. Eastern time

Presenter:  Hosni Adra, Co-founder - CreateASoft, Inc.

Register here

Click here for additional information on the upcoming webinars and registration 

Previous Webinars

"Guerilla Transformation - Turning an Insurgency into a Movement"

Joseph F. Paris, chairman, Xonitek


"A Decision Support System to Select the Appropriate Problem Solving Methodology for your Business problems"

Dr. Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, advisory engineer, scientist, IBM

Your SEMS membership entitles you to access all previously recorded SEMS sponsored webinars - click here.

Other Publications of Interest

Who can better understand the power provided by the visual display of quantitative and qualitative information than a member of SEMS? Take a look at two infographics that communicate valuable information to current or aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders:

Book Browse

Book Browse - March 2013Creating a Lean and Green Business System

Author: Keivan Zokaei, Hunter Lovins, Andy Wood, and Peter Hines

Publisher: CRC Press

Creating a Lean and Green Business System is packed with case studies and examples of companies going lean and green simultaneously. The book reminds us that there's so much more to 'lean' than simply cutting waste and reducing costs to protect the bottom line. Indeed, the authors suggest that those companies that obsess about waste and cost reduction, to the exclusion of all else, will never secure the profound cultural changes on which true success increasingly depends.


Read more about the book.

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