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Presidents' message


Dear SEMS Members,

Welcome to the new year of SEMS - your preferred knowledge society for engineering management and research! We hope everyone is enjoying their summer and while you do, your SEMS Officers and Board are preparing for a busy upcoming year at SEMS.

In June, the new officers and Board began their terms. We recognized Geert Letens, as he finished his term as immediate past president, but certainly not his association with SEMS. We thank Geert for his years of service, innovative ideas and the myriad support he has given, and know he will continue to be a vital member of SEMS.  More from the presidents

IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2013 

Reflection on ISERC - Engineering Management track
The Engineering Management track at the 2013 ISERC was a grand success. We want to thank all the authors and speakers who contributed to an extremely strong EM track through your outstanding research and application of engineering management techniques in the academia and industry.  Read more

Reflection on Applied Solutions Conference - Engineering Management track

The Engineering Management track was a great success thanks to you. The track kicked-off with the Town Hall meeting on May 20, followed by 15 informative presentations conducted Monday through Wednesday. Read more
Student panel at the Applied Solutions Conference  

On Wednesday, May 23, SEMS hosted an Applied Solutions session called "The Successful Road Map for Engineering and Management System Students: For Students, By Students and Experts." Arsalan Safari from the University of Waterloo and Dr. Wiljeana Glover of MIT led the discussion, and Michele Dekelbaum of Baylor Health Care System served as a panelist. There was a lively discussion regarding the latest practical development and applications in the engineering and management fields. In addition, potential webinar topics were identified with students for the upcoming year. Topics of interest range from work measurement, programming, and change management, among others. If you have webinar topic suggestions, please e-mail us at semsstudentinitiatives@gmail.com 


SEMS Town Hall - A summary of SEMS past, present and future 

SEMS held our yearly Town Hall Meeting at the IIE Annual Conference on May 20. The purpose of the Town Hall is to recognize the accomplishments of the Society and our members, as well as to give members the opportunity to become actively engaged in the future of the Society.  Read more about the meeting


Toni Doolen99x125Toni Doolen is recipient of IIE Fellow Award
The Fellow Award recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial engineering. Congratulations,Toni!


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 President Michele Dekelbaum.


Opportunities to network with SEMS topic leaders

 In 2012, SEMS launched an initiative to become your preferred place for knowledge exchange and discussion about engineering management topics that are critical to advance your career, whether as a student, an academic, or a practitioner. Read more 

SEMS Student Paper Competition results

The third annual SEMS Student Technical Paper Competition recognized five highly qualified students from Mexico and United States with diverse experiences. The competition was sponsored

by Transformation Systems Inc. (TSI). This year's winners are: 

1st Place: Victoria Andrea Cabrera, Leticia Ceballos, and Lorena Tamez, Universidad de Monterrey, "An Agile Distribution Strategy for Improving on Time Delivery"  

2nd Place: William Gillis, Missouri University of Science and Technology, "Understanding the Design Impacts Among LEED Certification Credits" 

3rd Place: Carl Kirpes, Iowa State University, "Systems Engineering Application in an Engineering Design Build Firm"


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Student Paper Competition Winners
Upcoming events

SEMS is proud to sponsor the following upcoming webinar: 

Sustainability in Supply Chains, July 11 - 11 a.m. Eastern time.


Previous Webinars

Two exciting webinars were conducted from February through April:

Presentation Skills, Mark Jannone, Director-Planning & Decision Support, Atlantic Health System
Creating a Lean and Green Business System - Techniques for Improving Profits and Sustainability, Keivan Zokaei, Principal Consultant & Head of Lean Green Practice, SA Partners 


Your SEMS membership entitles you to access all previously recorded SEMS sponsored webinars, which may viewed here.

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SEMS Student Initiatives special thanks and next steps

On behalf SEMS board of directors, we would like to thank Dr. Wiljeana Glover of MIT for the time she spent over the last two years in forming and leading the Student Initiatives committee. This committee would not have been possible without the help she and many other volunteers provided in donating their time to organize student events. We also would like to congratulate Dr. Glover on her new position as president-elect of SEMS. We wish her the best and look forward to continue collaborating with her through the Student Initiatives committee.


The SEMS Student Initiatives is now led by Cecilia Martinez of Clarkson University. The main focus areas are the student paper competition, academia, and practice and application. We plan to host webinars and post blogs around the year, and other activities at the annual conference. If you are interested in joining us with any of the student initiatives or events, please email Cecilia Martinez.

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 Jeseekia Vaughn!


Jeseekia VaughnJeseekia Vaughn is a fifth-year student studying industrial and systems engineering at Wayne State University. She served as the chapter president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Region IV Vice Chairperson in the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE). She received the IIE Gold Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership as president of the WSU chapter of IIE during the 2012-2013 year. Her leadership in her NSBE chapter at Wayne State contributed to the growth from a small chapter to more than 61 members in one year!  More about Jeseekia

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The Outstanding Organization by Karen Martin
Outstanding Organization The Outstanding Organization by Karen Martin, the 2012 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award winner, takes a fresh look at problems and problem solving. The problem Martin addresses is the reason improvement programs fail: Chaos.

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Call for papers

The International Journal of Production Economics, which covers topics related to warehousing and materials handling, has issued a call for papers for a special edition.

Submission date is December 31, 2013:


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