January 2014
Presidents' message
Dear SEMS members,

Happy New Year to everyone! We hope you all had a joyous holiday with time for friends and family, and we wish you a happy and prosperous 2014!
A new year is always an exciting time bursting with potential and opportunity to do new things as we start the clock ticking again. SEMS has the good fortune of having two "new" years - both the calendar year and the Society year that starts in June! As we reach this half way mark of our Society year, we have plenty more activities ongoing, including a call for nominations for the SEMS Board, planning for the annual ISERC and Solutions conference in Montreal, an update on the recently held Continuous Improvement Virtual Conference (there's still time to hear the presentations!) as well as planning for the 2014 virtual conference.

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SEMS news 
In 2012, SEMS launched an initiative to become your preferred place for knowledge exchange and discussion about the engineering management topics critical to advancing your career, whether as a student, an academic, or a practitioner. This month, we feature discussions on healthcare quality and safety.  
It is not too late to submit nominations for the 2014 SEMS Management Award, which will be presented at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2014 in Montreal. The purpose of this award is to recognize a current IIE member (who does not have to be a current SEMS member), who has distinguished himself or herself in the practice of management and industrial engineering. Nominations should be submitted to the 2013-14 SEMS Immediate Past President Jennifer FarrisNominations are requested by Jan. 31. Nomination form 
SEMS is currently seeking nominations for three board members and the 2014-15 president-elect. All nominees must be current, regular members of SEMS. Students are not eligible. Nominees for president-elect must have previously served on the SEMS Board. All positions are three-year terms and elections are scheduled for February 2014, with terms starting in June 2014. Nominations should be submitted to IIE Membership Coordinator Pam Patterson by Jan.24 . See the nomination form for application instructions and please feel free to contact Pam with any questions.
SEMS 2013 Virtual Conference on Best Practices in Management Continuous Improvement was held on Nov. 20. The event featured six internationally-recognized experts in different aspects of continuous improvement, ranging from corporate strategy to implementation methods, and representing companies such as Denver Health and United Airlines. Click here for archived presentations

2013 ISERC Conference Paper Competition results

The Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), part of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial and systems engineering research community. Each year, a paper competition is held within the Engineering Management track. View two of the finalist papers
Member spotlight  
In this section, we highlight a SEMS member for outstanding leadership in IIE and for exceptional service to the Society. This month, we honor Brian K. Smith, Ph.D!  
Dr. Brian K. Smith received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2011. He also holds a M.S.I.E. from the University of Arkansas and a B.S.I.E. from Mississippi State University. Dr. Smith spent more than 10 years in industry holding various engineering and management positions with the Sony Corporation. 

Read more about Dr. Smith
Upcoming events 
IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2014
Mark May 31 - June 3 on your calendars as a must-attend event. The practitioner-oriented Solutions Conference will provide numerous talks on how engineering management techniques are being applied in real-world situations. The Industrial & Systems Engineering Research Conference will feature a diverse array of contributed and invited sessions on a range of topics, a featured presentation, best paper award, SEMS Town Hall meeting, and more. Details can be found at www.iienet.org/annual.

SEMS is proud to routinely sponsor webinars as a forum for providing our members with educational opportunities and reference resources. Since you received our last newsletter, one exciting webinar, "Application of Enterprise Excellence Concept in Developing Growth Strategy Proposals in the Aerospace Industry," has been conducted. Your SEMS membership entitles you to access these and all other previously recorded SEMS-sponsored webinars.
Student view  
The SEMS Student Initiatives committee wants to thank the student Books community for their great response to the Student Paper Competition. Participating students have been notified of their acceptance to this competition. Full paper submission due date is Jan. 22. Participating students, please do not miss this date!

We are also excited to announce that we have started to blog! Our first blog is related to an academic trip to Mexico with students from Clarkson University. Our blog website. This virtual space is about students for students. We want to know what you are into. If you are interested in blogging, please contact Cecilia Martinez. 
Member news 
Congratulations to SEMS President Michele Dekelbaum in her new role as vice president of performance excellence at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, Ga. We wish Michele many successes in this exciting and important position!
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