A Slice of International SEMS Pie!
Dear SEMS members,
SEMS is an international community! Two hundred seventeen of our members hail from 52 countries other than the United States. From Spain to Singapore, Germany to Ghana, Jordan to Japan, Mexico to Malaysia, we get a wide mix. The largest representative countries are Canada with 57 members, Mexico with 38 and Saudi Arabia with 16. The challenges faced at the intersection of engineering and management systems abroad requires international insights that are available to you through your fellow SEMS colleagues! Continue reading and view international membership pie chart
IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2015 | SEMS Says
For us in the Northern Hemisphere temperate country, the arrival of spring signals that it is time for you to start making plans to attend the 2015 IIE Annual Conference and Expo. This conference will be held from May 30 to June 2 at the Renaissance Hotel Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee. Each year, the IIE Annual Conference and Expo plays host to two concurrent conferences: the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) and the Applied Solutions Conference (ASC). SEMS sponsors Engineering Management tracks in both the ISERC and the Applied Solutions Conference. Preparations are well underway to again make the Engineering Management tracks among the best at the conference. Read entire article
Revisiting Student Blogs | The Blogosphere
Reflection is an important aspect of learning that is often missed as students tick boxes in pursuit of passing grades. This month, the SEMS blog began a series based on the experiences of students in a Management Systems Engineering course at Oregon State University.The goal of the course project was to give students an opportunity to apply their industrial engineering skills in job roles that included management, applications engineering, research and development, technical sales and marketing, and financial planning.
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.
Let’s read and share a book (SEMS book browse) | Sharing knowledge
Understanding A3 Thinking: A Critical Component of Toyota's PDCA Management System
By Durward K. Sobek II and Art Smalley
Published by Productivity Press, March 2008, 184 pages (ISBN-10: 1563273608, ISBN-13: 978-1563273605)
This book is easy to read, and it explains with detail how to draw an A3 diagram. It gives you valuable advice on how the information is displayed or the structure. It is suggested for all lean practitioners, project managers or people who use data to understand problems and show improvements. Read more about the book
Member Spotlight - Toni Doolen
Toni is a scholar and practitioner who is interested in the application of process improvement methodologies and innovation to improve organizational performance. She is also an educator who is dedicated to training the next generation of engineering leaders.
Read interview with Toni
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.