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/uploadedImages/SEMS/President's-message.pngA Slice of International SEMS Pie!
Dear SEMS members,
SEMS is an international community! Two hundred seventeen of our members hail from 52 countries other than the United States. From Spain to Singapore, Germany to Ghana, Jordan to Japan, Mexico to Malaysia, we get a wide mix. The largest representative countries are Canada with 57 members, Mexico with 38 and Saudi Arabia with 16. The challenges faced at the intersection of engineering and management systems abroad requires international insights that are available to you through your fellow SEMS colleagues! Continue reading and view international membership pie chart 

 IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2015 | SEMS Says

2015 Conference BannerFor us in the Northern Hemisphere temperate country, the arrival of spring signals that it is time for you to start making plans to attend the 2015 IIE Annual Conference and Expo. This conference will be held from May 30 to June 2 at the Renaissance Hotel Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee. Each year, the IIE Annual Conference and Expo plays host to two concurrent conferences: the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) and the Applied Solutions Conference (ASC). SEMS sponsors Engineering Management tracks in both the ISERC and the Applied Solutions Conference. Preparations are well underway to again make the Engineering Management tracks among the best at the conference. Read entire article 

Revisiting Student Blogs | The Blogosphere

WordPressReflection is an important aspect of learning that is often missed as students tick boxes in pursuit of passing grades. This month, the SEMS blog began a series based on the experiences of students in a Management Systems Engineering course at Oregon State University.The goal of the course project was to give students an opportunity to apply their industrial engineering skills in job roles that included management, applications engineering, research and development, technical sales and marketing, and financial planning.  

Blog and Content Chair: Chinwike Eseonu, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Oregon State University. Contact Chinweike if you are interested in writing blogs or becoming the next blog and content chair.

 Let’s read and share a book (SEMS book browse) | Sharing knowledge

Understanding ThinkingUnderstanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota's PDCA Management System
By Durward K. Sobek II and Art Smalley
Published by Productivity Press, March 2008, 184 pages (ISBN-10: 1563273608, ISBN-13: 978-1563273605)

This book is easy to read, and it explains with detail how to draw an A3 diagram. It gives you valuable advice on how the information is displayed or the structure. It is suggested for all lean practitioners, project managers or people who use data to understand problems and show improvements. Read more about the book 

Member Spotlight - Toni Doolen

Toni Doolen

Toni is a scholar and practitioner who is interested in the application of process improvement methodologies and innovation to improve organizational performance. She is also an educator who is dedicated to training the next generation of engineering leaders.

Read interview with Toni 


Lend a helping hand | Call for volunteers 


If you are interested in volunteering for SEMS activities, contact Wiljeana Glover, SEMS president, or Daren Maynard, newsletter editor.

Industrial Management - January/February 2015   

January/February 2015

Industrial Management is the member publication of the Society for Engineering & Management Systems. The January/February 2015 issue features articles about the best public speaking tips for managers to convey the right messages to employees in the new year, lessons learned from an United Auto Workers organizing drive, the priority of a procurement strategy amid rising business costs, capturing organizational knowledge from employees while they're still a part of the company, and giving workers the opportunity to accept change under lean leadership. In SEMS Says, Cecilia Martinez gives the rundown on the SEMS Best Student Paper Competition.


SEMS Newsletter

The March 2015 issue of the SEMS Newsletter features a message from the division presidents about the international community of SEMS with 217 members hailing from 52 different countries! Front and center in this issue is an article about SEMS participation in the upcoming IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015.  Students are encouraged to contribute to SEMS Says and the SEMS blog.

SEMS Book Browse reviews Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota's PDCA Management System by Durward K. Sobek II and Art Smalley. Toni Doolen is recognized as an outstanding SEMS member. 

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