July 2014
Lend a helping hand | Call for Volunteers  If you are interested in volunteering for SEMS and its initiatives, contact Wiljeana Glover, SEMS president, or Daren Maynard, newsletter editor.
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SEMS: Vision for 2014-2015 | Presidents' message

For the upcoming year, SEMS aims to continue to be SEMS. SEMS should be your world-renowned, preferred knowledge society for engineering management and transformation for practitioners and academics. In order to do so, we aim to focus on two themes: Membership Retention and Quality over Quantity. Over the past five years, SEMS offerings have grown exponentially in order to serve you. Read about what SEMS offers

Tell us what you think | SEMS survey

As a knowledge service provider in engineering and management systems, it is important for SEMS to get feedback from its customers. That's you and me as members of the society. Take this short survey that seeks our feedback on (1) impact on your professional / personal advancement, (2) awareness, (3) usage and (4) additional request for service.

 Thank you for your participation. Survey ends Aug.6

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SEMS news | IIE annual conference roundup

SEMS Town Hall Meeting The Society for Engineering and Management Systems held its annual Town Hall meeting on June 2 at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 in Montréal, Canada. The meeting was well attended by SEMS members, Board and guests. Michele Dekelbaum, SEMS President 2013-2014, introduced the Town Hall with a summary of SEMS' vision and mission to be the premier society to advance the state of engineering management research and practice.
Student paper competition winners The following paper team was judged as the first place winners for the student paper competition: 

Title: "Optimal Replacement of Tool During Turning Titanium Metal Matrix Composites" 
Team: Yasser Shaban (École Polytechnique de Montréal), Maryam Aramesh (École Polytechnique de Montréal), Soumaya Yacout (École Polytechnique de Montréal), Marek Balazinski (École Polytechnique de Montréal), Helmi Attia (Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre, National Research Council Canada), Hossam Kishawy (University of Ontario Institute of Technology Oshawa)  Read more about the paper 

(l to r) Dennis Oates (IIE President); Kim LaScola Needy (IIE Immediate Past President); Professor Soumaya Yacout (École Polytechnic de Montréal); Yasser Shaban (École Polytechnic de Montréal);Professor Marek Balazinski (École Polytechnic de Montréal); Jim Moore (IIE President-elect)

Best Paper Award for the ISERC EM Track
recognizing excellence in research among regular track submissions. The following went through a rigorous review process.

Best Paper: Wilawan Onkham, University of Central Florida, "A Framework for Operational Innovation Selection Using Real Option Dynamic Decision"  

1. Erica Gralla, George Washington University, "Design Team Decision Processes in Facility Design"

2. Edson Pinheiro de Lima, Pontifical Catholic University of Parana,

"Developing and Testing a Design Process for Sustainable Indicators"  

3. Michael Kuhl, Rochester Institute of Technology, "Simulation Based Optimization Approach for Stochastic Resource Constrained Project Management" 

4. Rana Riad, University of Central Florida, "The Innovation Environment Within Systems Engineering of a Defense Organization"    

SEMS Management Award
 recognizing a SEMS/IIE member who is distinguished in the practice of management and industrial engineering.  

 Gloria G. Bender, Managing Principal
Gloria Bender is an industrial engineer who has more than 30 years of experience in operations and facility capacity analyses, conceptual design, and expansion planning. Read more about Gloria 
(l to r) Dennis Oates (IIE President) ; Kim LaScola Needy (IIE Immediate Past-President); Gloria Bender (Award Winner); Jim Moore (IIE President-elect)

Transitioning from Lukasz to Eseonu | SEMS blogs

Transition: Chinweike Eseonu takes over the blog and content committee

It has been 33 months since we posted our first blog on the SEMS blog website. The initiative was originally initiated by Lukasz Mazur (University of North Carolina) and Geert Letens (Royal Military Academy Belgium) with an overall vision to become your preferred place for knowledge exchange and discussion about the engineering management topics that are critical to advance your career, whether as a student, an academic or a practitioner.
Let's read and share a book | SEMS Book Browse

Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation

Authors: Deborah J. Nightingale and Jayakanth Srinivasan

Book Review Chairs: Haleh Byrne, Product Lead for Industrial Engineering and Continuous Improvement, North Carolina State University; and Arsalan Safari, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Sociotechnical Systems Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This book is about an effective enterprise transformation by providing a step-by-step framework for understanding the current state of an enterprise and adopting a holistic approach for its future state. This framework enables us to visualize and analyze the key components of the enterprise from different perspectives, and it determines what we need to accomplish to bridge the gap from where your organization currently stands to where it needs to be in the future. The book is well-organized with 12 chapters and two appendices. It starts with the principles and a roadmap of successful enterprise transformation, continues with enterprise analysis/architecture from different perspectives, and ends with transformation planning and execution.

Readers interested in enterprise strategy, architecture and transformation or organizational change will find the book very interesting to read. 

Sharing knowledge | Conference & Call for papers

The third Industrial Engineering and Management Conference 2014 (IEM3-2014) will be held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, on Dec. 5-6.

The theme of the IEM3-2014 Conference is "The Challenges of Project Engineering and Management in a Sustainable World." It aims to advance the theory and practice of industrial engineering and management and to identify recent developments and major challenges in meeting the diverse needs of the Caribbean region.

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