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Meet SEMS new board members and president-elect 


Board member 

Board member 

Board member 

 Suzanna Long   Chinweike Eseonu   Edward A. Pohl   Helmut Welke 

Suzanna Long

Chinweike Eseonu 

Edward A. Pohl 

Helmut Welke 

Gloria BenderGloria Bender is recipient of 2014 SEMS Management Award

Congratulations to Gloria Bender who will receive the 2014 SEMS Management Award! This award recognizes an IIE member who has made outstanding contributions to the practice of engineering management over his/her career to date. Gloria will be recognized in the IIE Annual Confrence and Expo 2014 program, in the SEMS Newsletter, Industrial Management and at the SEMS Town Hall Meeting during the conference in Montréal, Canada. 


2014 Student Paper Competition

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2014 Student Paper competition sponsored by SEMS. Student winners are expected to present their research results at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo in Montreal, Canada. A dedicated presentation session is reserved for them to recognize their work at the conference. All participants were of an incredibly high standard, and the judges had a difficult challenge deciding the winners. Many thanks for their efforts to review and rank all the papers so quickly.

First Place
"Optimal replacement of tool during turning titanium metal matrix composites"
Primary Author: Yasser Shaban,
Co-Authors: M. Aramesh, S.Yacout, M. Balazinski, H. Attia, H. A. Kishawy
University: Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada

Second Place
"Increase Routing Efficiency to Achieve Distribuition Leagility"
Primary Author: Luis A. Garza-Gomez
Co-Authors: Denisse M D Leon-Vilarreal, Ricardo S Alfaro-Carrizales
University: Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico

Third Place
"Integrating a Food Supply System for a Group of Restaurant Enterprises"
Primary Author: Ivonne Guerra-Trevino
Co-Authors: Maribel Larrodes-Casasus, Rebeca Capetillo-Leal
Univeristy: Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico

Time for the professional roundtable | IIE Annual Conference and Expo
The Society for Engineering and Management Systems of the Institute of Industrial Engineers is sponsoring the Engineering Management (EM) Tracks of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) and the Applied Solutions Conference (ASC), respectively, at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. The conference will be held from May 31 to June 3 at the Palais des Congrés de Montréal in Montréal, Canada.

SEMS BlogThe writing bug gets the students | SEMS Blogs
Between December 2013 and January 2014, the SEMS Blog website recorded the most traffic with 1,251 views of the 14 blog articles written. This was a result of the innovative idea by Dr. Cecilia Martinez León from Clarkson University to involve her students in blogging during the educational trip to Mexico.

Paper beats rock every time, let's get writing | SEMS Student Paper Competition
We thank our student participants for submitting their final papers on time. Papers are being blind reviewed by our selected group of judges. We also want to thank our judges for their time spent in reviewing the papers. We expect to announce the winners by the second week of March 2014. Stay tuned! 

Volunteer Request: Contact Cecilia Martinez León if you are interested in organizing and supporting student initiatives.

Member Spotlight: One-on-One with Prithima Reddy Mosaly

  Prithima MosalyWhat is your academic history from the UG to the highest attained PG certification?
I earned a B.S. in industrial and production engineering from KLCE in India, followed by a M.S. in industrial engineering from Lamar University in Texas. It culminated with a Ph.D. in industrial and manufacturing engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

More from interview with Prithima 

Upcoming Events 

When it comes to work time matters | Webinar on work measurement
Time mattersWe have contacted an expert on work measurement, one of the topics you less hear off at your university and want to know more about it. Haleh Byrne has graciously accepted to give us a talk about work measurement. She is the product lead for industrial engineering and continuous improvement at the Industrial Extension Service (IES) and also supports the Lean Program at North Carolina State University. This webinar is free to all SEMS members and will take place at 2 p.m. April 15. Click here for more information or registration. 

Book Review

 Book Review - March 2014Handbook on Continuous Improvement Transformation - The Lean Six Sigma Framework and Systematic Methodology for Implementation
By Aristide van Aartsengel & Selahattin Kurtoglu 

From project and process management perspective, this book provides a detailed road map along with a guide on utilization of proven procedures to assure smart decisions are consistently attained.


More on the book 

Membership update

IIE Membership = 14,396
- Professional = 9,050
- Student = 5,346

  • SEMS Membership: 1188 (8.25 percent of Total IIE)
    - Professional = 632 (6.98 percent of Total Professional)
    - Student = 556 (10.40 percent of Total Student)

Research Papers | Call for Papers

Click here for submission information for the Engineering Management Journal's special issue on healthcare systems and the ICIEEM 2014: International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Lend a helping hand | Call for Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for the SEMS and its initiatives, contact Michele Dekelbaum, SEMS president, or Daren Maynard, newsletter editor.

Industrial Management - March/April 2014   

March/April 2014

Industrial Management is the member publication of the Society for Engineering & Management Systems. The March/April 2014 issue features articles on the negative effects of creative risk management, "safety DNA," soft risks and business forecasting as well as the second of 12 articles on global tectonics. In SEMS Says, Brian K. Smith discusses the many opportunities afforded to participants at the upcoming IIE Annual Conference, while Warren A. Boldrin gives a preview of his featured speech for the SEMS Engineering Management track at the conference.


SEMS Newsletter

The March 2014 edition of the SEMS Newsletter includes a new message from the SEMS presidents and introduces the new president-elect and board members. SEMS News includes articles about student blogging, the Student Paper Competition and an interview with Prithima Reddy Mosaly, this issue's SEMS Member Spotlight. Read about an upcoming webinar on work measurement, a review of the Handbook on Continuous Improvement Transformation, and the latest exciting membership totals for the society.




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