The 2013 ISERC Engineering Management (EM) Track has continued to increase in size and breadth over the past several years. More than 100 different presentations on engineering management research are planned across 30+ sessions (including a panel session and the SEMS Town Hall Meeting 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 and more than 30 percent international presenters. The sessions include both invited and contributed presentations on topics from project management, organizational transformation and engineering management in healthcare. The reviews of the 71 submitted papers have been completed as of February. The top rated papers are currently being considered for the SEMS Best Paper award – the decisions will be announced prior to the conference. After the review of the quality and themes of this year’s contributions, we are confident of yet another stellar program at the EM track at ISERC.
This year, the EM Track also includes a special featured presentation, "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.
Additionally, the EM track will also feature a session on the NSF's Directorate for Engineering Evaluation and Assessment System. The Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation is undertaking a major initiative to design and develop an evaluation system for its portfolio of investments in engineering research. Dr. Alexandra Medina-Borja, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez will host this session.