May 2014
Lend a helping hand | Call for Volunteers  If you are interested in volunteering for SEMS and its initiatives, contact Michele Dekelbaum, SEMS president, or Daren Maynard, newsletter editor.
Presidents' message


Dear SEMS Members,

Welcome to the SEMS May newsletter! Your SEMS Board is closing out another good year for your society with a strong program at the annual conference and transition of your presidents and newest board members. Be sure to check out the March newsletter announcing our new president-elect and directors. We look forward to formally introducing them at the SEMS Town Hall meeting on Monday, June 2 in Montréal. More from the Presidents

Let's marry theory with applications | IIE Annual Conference

The Society for Engineering and Management Systems of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is sponsoring the Engineering Management Track at the 2014 ISERC and Applied Solutions Conferences at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. In this newsletter issue, we would like to highlight some sessions you can expect to see. You don't want to miss these!  Read about sessions


SEMS news

In around the blogosphere | SEMS Blogs

It has been 31 months since we posted our first blog on the SEMS blog website. The most  'popular' topics include quality and safety standards, business growth strategy, organizational change, lean in healthcare and teamwork. Our topic leaders range in experience and backgrounds providing a blend of academic and practical views on crucial topics in constantly changing and demanding business environments. We recently engaged undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students to blog, which brought innovative thinking and analysis, and some fun into blogging. Overall, it has been a successful kick-off to our blog initiative. We can now proudly share with you a few key milestones we have reached. 

Sharing knowledge | Conference & Call for Papers 

The Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM) Society is organizing The Fifth International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, which will be held in March 3-5, 2015, in Dubai. The conference aims to provide a forum for academics, researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and recent developments in the field of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management. You are invited to submit either an abstract or paper.

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All full papers will be subjected to double blind peer review. Accepted papers will be published in the CDROM Proceedings and indexed in INSPEC and EBSCO. The proceedings will be also submitted for indexation by Scopus and Ei Compendex. Selected conference papers will be published in the special issues of international journals.

Click here for track topics and important dates 

When it comes to work, time matters | Many thanks to Haleh Byrne


We give our most sincere thank you to our colleague, Haleh Byrne. She delivered a talk about work measurement via a SEMS-sponsored webinar on April 15. Work measurement is something that is still relevant today in many industries like manufacturing, mining, hospitality and education to name a few. She works as the product lead for industrial engineering and continuous improvement at the Industrial Extension Service and also supports the lean program at North Carolina State University.

Volunteer Request: Contact if Michele Dekelbaum and/or Mark Jannone, if you are interested in doing SEMS specific webinars.

Let's read and share a book | SEMS Book Browse 

Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation

: Karen Martin and Mike Osterling

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education, ©2014

If you are interested in Value Stream Mapping (VSM), there are numerous lean Six Sigma books that reference it and give detailed instructions on how to do it. So why read another one? VSM is a robust tool with numerous applications.Unfortunately, it can be
seen as a simple tool; so it is possible for it to be easily misunderstood and misused. About the book
Highlighting our fellow colleagues in the field | Elaine Johns, EnerVision Inc.
How would you describe your professional self in a few sentences? As an energy solutions consultant, I am focused in the areas of strategic planning, power supply planning, utility rates, marketing, and economic analysis. I am responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the firm's Management Consulting Practice Area. In this role, I facilitate strategic planning meetings with clients - at board, executive, and staff levels - to assist them in determining and accomplishing corporate goals and future strategies. I also assist clients with succession planning, organizational design, and the development of business opportunities, including long-term assistance to help with the success of the endeavor. Under my direction, the EnerVision staff provides management consulting support to EnerVision's clients. Read more of interview with Elaine

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