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April 2016 Presidents' Message

Bring out the mouse ears 

Dear SEMS members,

Have your Mouse Ears ready? In less than a month, we'll gather in Anaheim for the IIE Annual Conference at Disneyland. The ISERC and Applied Solutions chairs have done a magnificent job finalizing their tracks and we should have many interesting talks to attend! Hat's off to the EM Track Chairs: Brian Smith, Patrick Hester, and Paul Componation and the AS Track Chair: Sreekanth Ramakrishnan for their good work. Also, SEMS members are heavily involved in many other tracks as well; we are a well-integrated group!

We'll kick off with the Sunday Night Welcome Reception. Look for Charlene Yauch - she will be holding a SEMS sign and hoping to bring many new faces and old friends into SEMS as memberships.

We hope your plans will also include attending the SEMS Town Hall. It is set for Monday, May 23 from 5:00-6:15 p.m. During the Town Hall, we'll cover highlights from the past year, pay tribute to officers and board members who are rotating off, and welcome the SEMS Leadership Team. We'll also present on an exciting new opportunity with the Young Professionals on mentoring. And, we know you won't want to miss the announcement of the winners of the Best Student Paper Competition! We also want to hear from YOU! Remember that this is your society and we want to provide opportunities for you to share your ideas. 

Looking forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

Suzanna Long, SEMS President
Charlene Yauch, SEMS President-elect
Wiljeana Jackson Glover, SEMS Immediate Past President

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SEMS Says | Engineering Management Applied Solutions Track at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo

As in the past, we have a stellar program waiting for you at the Applied Solutions of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo program. There are numerous topics from the Engineering Management body of knowledge in our overall program. Similar to 2015, ISERC and Applied Solutions will have multiple joint sessions, where presenters from both the industry and academia can share their research (applied and theoretical) to our audiences.  

This year, the applied solutions chairs have adopted a method that is more seamless and far-reaching to the audience. Instead of grouping abstracts by division or society, we chose to design sessions by application area (such as healthcare, automotive, manufacturing, consulting to name a few). Based on similar topics, we have diligently curated sessions with like topics and interests, which will cater to the need of our audience. For divisions with joint sessions, we have paired abstracts from applied solutions with ISERC abstracts as well. We are confident that this format will be a significant benefit for both our attendees and the speakers alike.  

We have a big presence of SEMS members in the applied solutions track of the conference. This shows the involvement of our industry members to showcase their applied research and also to learn what their peers in research are working on today. At SEMS, we are working to bring in more industry members and we hope the Applied Solutions track sessions will provide a conduit to increase our membership base. From all of the track chairs, we look forward to seeing you at the conference at Anaheim.  

Applied Solutions Conference (ASC) – Engineering Management Track Chair:  

Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., Client Experience Program Manager, IBM 

SEMS Says | Engineering Management Research Track at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo

Presenters, society members and everyone, who will join us at the conference, have helped make this one of our largest and most diverse tracks we will be able to present. This year we have an expanded track of over eighty (80) presentations, including an even larger group of new student presenters.

Sessions cover a full range of core areas for SEMS, with presentations in project management, leadership, and process improvement. A sample of presentations include Using Simulations to Train Future Project Managers by Thomas Korman and Earned Critical Path Analysis by Dinuka Gunasekara. Application areas are also a popular area with presentations in service and process industries including Application of Quality Control Techniques for Analyzing Hospital Acquired Infection Rates in NY State by Sa’d Hamasha. SEMS members have also been very active in new areas which include presentations looking at sustainability and data analytics, including Creating a Data-Driven Model for Evaluating Environmental Impacts of Maritime Activity by Suzanna Long.

IISE and SEMS continue to show growth in our international members and this is demonstrated by the number of their presentations throughout the track by academics and practitioners.  SEMS is also pleased to continue offering joint sessions that host presenters from both the ISERC and Applied Solutions. This allows attendees to see an even wider range of presentations from academia, government and industry that cover both theoretical and applied works. SEMS has continued to grow and is one of the most active societies at ISERC due to your support. From all of the track chairs, thank you for your help in making SEMS ISERC 2016 a success.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) and Applied Solutions Conference (ASC) – Engineering Management co-Track Chairs:  

Paul Componation, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington 

Patrick T. Hester, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University

Brian K. Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mississippi State University 

International perspective | Innovations for the Production of Tomorrow

Whether robots, self-driving cars or 3D printers, technical innovations will revolutionize industry. This was said by the head of the World Economic Forum during an annual meeting in Davos in 2016. Although, the term ‘Industry 4.0’ was introduced by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 2011, it is now used all around the world.

The first industrial revolution made use of water and steam power to mechanize production. In the second one, it was electricity, which enabled the mass production. The third utilized electronic and information technology to automate production. Now, the fourth industrial revolution builds on the third - the digital revolution, which began in the middle of the last century. Its main feature is the fusion of technologies, meaning that the lines between the physical, the digital and the biological sphere blur. Read More 

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

Pricing and Revenue Optimisation by Robert Phillip. E-book published by Stanford Business Books
PRINT ISBN: 9780804746984, E-book ISBN: 9780804781640, 368 pages (2013) 

Pricing and revenue optimization are exciting topics for the business professionals who run and for researchers who investigate business operations. For industrial engineers, who specialise in engineering and management systems, the profitability of our operations is of high importance. Without a profitable operation, we may be out of a job. Read more 

Lend a helping hand | Call for volunteers 


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


May/June 2016

Industrial Management is the member publication of the Society for Engineering & Management Systems. The May/June 2016 issue features articles about smart technology, how to manage your boss in the 21st century, an article about how industrial engineering saved a company, leveraging students as consultants, and the question lean practitioners have been asking about changeover time. In SEMS Says, Engineering Management track chairs thank those who attended ISERC and Applied Solutions. 

SEMS Newsletter

The May 2016 issue of the SEMS Newsletter features articles about IISE upcoming Annual Conference and Expo and Innovations for the Production of Tomorrow. Don't forget to complete the SEMS Membership Survey.  

  SEMS Newsletter 

  Introduction to Engineering Analytics
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

  Financial Management for Engineers
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

  From Engineer to Manager
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

  Staffing Models & Human Capital Management
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

  Introduction to Engineering Analytics
Norcross, GA - 2 Days