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President-elect's message

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Dear SEMS Members,
A continual challenge faced by professional disciplines and associations is defining their relevant Body of Knowledge (BoK). The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) started an initiative to create and manage an Industrial Engineering Body of Knowledge (IEBoK). The initiative began in 2010 by IIE’s Board of Trustees resulting in a working draft of the IEBoK. The draft BoK divides the discipline into 111 topics that are grouped into 12 knowledge areas. However, a Body of Knowledge is not a static document as the relevant knowledge evolves over time. This evolution means the BoK also adapts and modifies with time. More from the President-elect 

SEMS SAYS | Link your education to your Professional Associations 

Career Center 

As a doctoral student in my final year of study, I am preparing for the transition to the professional world over the next year. As part of this process, I have been reflecting on many aspects of my education including the advantages of belonging to a society such as the Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS). The advantages include access to services such as training programs, webinars and programs. One such program is the new faculty colloquium that students can use to further develop their technical and professional skills. Students can search for a new position using the job listings and resume building resources maintained by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Career Center. Read more 

SEMS SAYS | Conference Planning-Never too early to start

2016 Annual Conference 

Although the holiday season is upon us, it's not too early to start planning for the 2016 Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference and Expo! The largest IE event of the year will be held at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, California on May 21-24, 2016. Once again, the Engineering Management (EM) track plans to be one of the largest at the conference, with many exciting presentations highlighting varied techniques in EM. Our ISERC and Applied Solutions track chairs, Brian Smith, Patrick Hester, Paul Componation, Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, and Helmut Welke are diligently working to ensure a successful track and a beneficial conference for all. Read more 

PRACTITIONER'S FOCUS | Hands on! Challenges of working with industry in times of economic and political turbulance

Lean Academy 

Since 2014, Brazil has gone through a turbulent period in its economy and politics. One of the consequences of this turbulence is the significant decrease in industrial activity, particularly this year – the overall reduction in September of 2015, in comparison to the same month in 2014 amounts to 5.5 percent, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). 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.

Industrial Management - November/December 2015   

November/December 2015

Industrial Management is the member publication of the Society for Engineering & Management Systems. The November/December 2015 issue features articles about mutual risk in the customer-provider relationship, lessons companies can learn from startups, effective level scheduling, benchmarking, safe work environments, and the IEs guide to selling your business. In SEMS Says, Natalie Scala details how meta-tagging is coming to the IIE Annual Conference and Expo, and Heather Keathley reflects on how involvement in SEMS has given her nascent academic career a boost.

SEMS Newsletter

The November 2015 issue of the SEMS Newsletter features a message from the president-elect which challenges members to advance the state of engineering management practice and research, by playing a role in the on-going management of the Industrial Engineering Body of Knowledge. Other articles encourage readers to "Link your education to your professional associations" and submit entries for the Best Student Paper Competition. And the Practitioner's Focus examines the challenges of working with industry in times of economic and political turbulence.

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