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Making a splash with Engineering & Management | Presidents' message

Innovating a New Year for Engineering and Management Systems
Engineering ManagementDear SEMS Members, 

In 2014, the combination of engineering and management systems has been vital in several breakthroughs. Chief executives of major corporations like Verizon and Microsoft have engineering backgrounds. Transit disruptor Uber hired an engineering manager to mentor the engineers who work on new product features and experiences for their riders. Our field will continue to make a splash in 2015. A recent New York Times article discussed the need for a closer connection between management and engineering/technology, particularly in colleges and universities. Read more from the presidents 

Students Wanted for Recognition | SEMS Says

2015 Annual BannerThe SEMS Best Student Paper Competition (SPC) has been hosted by the SEMS Student Initiatives for the past several years and 2015 will not be the exception. Indeed, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with UPS® to make this competition even more appealing to students by offering cash awards. The SEMS SPC is our recognition and reward vehicle for students who have recently designed, adapted, or applied engineering and management tools and techniques for solving "real-world" problems in a variety of contexts. Problem areas may be related, but are not limited, to quality management, lean, operations management, decision making, strategy management, product design, management of innovation, supply chain, and project management.Read more about the competition 

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

Cyber SecurityCybersecurity and Cyberwar: What everyone needs to know by P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman, Published by Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780199918119, 320 pages March 2014 

Dependence on computers has had a transformative effect on human society. Based on the Internet's potential for a full-spectrum of surveillance and information disruption, the marshaling of computer networks represents the next stage of cyberwar. Indeed, it is upon us, already. This book clearly educates the reader about cybersecurity issues, and then expands upon this discussion to enable the reader to conceptualize the challenges of the subject. A good example of this is their short history of the Internet, which is a clear and concise and enjoyable read by itself. This history includes, in layman's terms, evolution, funding agencies, control entities, architecture, Al Gore, governance, cryptographic keys, and more. With this foundation the authors then expand into many cybersecurity challenges, like WikiLeaks and a variety of security threats.

Contact the Book Review Chairs: Haleh Byrne, Product Lead for Industrial Engineering and Continuous Improvement, North Carolina State University; and Arsalan Safari, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Sociotechnical Systems Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology if you are interesting in getting a book reviewed.

Society for Engineering & Management Systems | Student Paper Competition

UPS with Registered MarkThe SEMS Student paper competition sponsored by UPS® recognizes the academic work of students that demonstrates or describes the use of techniques that improve productivity and quality through effective and economical managerial techniques and philosophies. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers.

Student winners must present their papers in the ISERC Engineering Management Track at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo May 30 - June 2, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Student winners that attend to the conference will be awarded US$300, US$150, and US$50 for the first, second and third place, respectively; and receive complementary SEMS membership for one year. The lead authors of winner papers will receive a certificate. The first place winner will be included in the IIE Honors & Awards Program and will receive a complementary ticket for the banquet. Student winner names will be announced on Tuesday before the keynote conference. In addition, their names will be on the scrolling PowerPoint Monday and Tuesday morning as people enter the ballroom for the keynote speakers. We believe that participating in the 2015 SEMS Student Paper Competition sponsored by UPS® is a wonderful way to kick off the professional or academic careers of students!

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a full-time student at the time of submission.
  • The paper must present original research results.
  • The research must have been conducted while the applicant was a student.
  • The paper must not have won or been considered for an award in another competition.
  • At least one author must be an IIE member and present the paper at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo.
  • Authors will be asked to sign an ethics statement stating that they are full-time students and that the research and writing is their own work.
  • Advising by a nonstudent is allowed, such as an academic or industry advisor. However, only students can be authors or co-authors.

Important Dates: 

  • Full paper submission deadline: Feb. 6 - Deadline Extended! 
  • Notification of winners to IIE: March 6
  • Notification of winners: March 6

Please include the Submission Form and Ethics Statement in your submission package in an electronic format to the committee chair, Dr. Cecilia Martinez. Papers will be blind-reviewed. To this end, do not include any author information in the draft paper submission. Papers must follow the below formatting guidelines. Use the paper template when preparing the manuscript.

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.

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 January 2015 issue of the SEMS Newsletter features a message from the division presidents about the future of the field of Engineering and Management Systems. Front and center in this issue is the 2015 SEMS Best Student Paper Competition sponsored by UPS® and aimed at students who want an opportunity to gain recognition for academic work and earn money as the competition includes $500 in cash awards. Submittals are encouraged.

SEMS Book Browse reviews Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What everyone needs to know by P.W. Signer and Allan Friedman. Readers are urged to register now for the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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