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Industrial Systems and Engineering Research Conference (ISERC)

We are only a few days away from the IIE Annual Conference and Exposition. The 2013 ISERC Engineering Management (EM) track has continued to increase in size and breadth over the past several years.  As with the past few years, we have more than 100 different presentations on engineering management research planned across 33 sessions, including a panel session and the SEMS Town Hall Meeting at 2 p.m. Monday, May 20, co-sponsored with the Applied Solutions Engineering Management and Industry Track, with approximately 75 percent of these having full papers submitted for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

The sessions include both invited and contributed presentations on topics such as project management, decision making, team-based work systems, organizational transformation, and engineering management in healthcare. After the review of the quality and themes of this year’s contributions, we are confident of yet another stellar program within the EM track.

This year, the EM track includes a special session, "The LAI Lean Academy Experience: Introductory Lean Six Sigma Curriculum," presented by Dr. Earll Murman, MIT Ford Professor of Engineering Emeritus. In this session, Dr. Murman will cover the origins, evolution, content and pedagogy of the curriculum; details of some of the major active learning exercises; summary outcomes; and what has been learned from this 10-year experience as we enter the era of Massive Open Online Courses.

The papers from the SEMS student paper competition will be presented at 5 p.m. Monday, May 21. Please make sure you mark your schedules to attend this session of our future leaders. The EM track will also feature a session on the NSF's Directorate for Engineering Evaluation and Assessment System at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Dr. Alexandra Medina-Borja, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez will host this session.

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