May  2017   Newsletter

New Le aders & Conferences

Hello SEMS Friends! 

The results of our recent elections are in! We have a wonderful group of colleagues joining the SEMS Board and executive leadership team. 

Brian K. Smith , Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, was elected as our President-elect. Brian previously served on the SEMS Board from 2013-16. In this role, he served as the ISERC engineering management track chair multiple times.

Joining the SEMS Board are Gene Dixon, Julie Drzymalski, and Kira Hansen

Gene Dixon is an Associate Professor at East Carolina University. He is a Past President of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and has recently served as the ASEE Industrial Engineering Division Program Chair. We are anxious to get him more involved with SEMS activities. 

Julie Drzymalski is a professor in the Systems Engineering program at Drexel University. She has been volunteering for SEMS in the past year as the Chair of the International committee. 

Finally, Kira Hansen is an engineer in the Technical Excellence Program for Harley-Davidson. She has been volunteering for SEMS as a liaison with the Young Professionals division within IISE. We are anxious to get her perspective on what SEMS can do to provide more value to industry professionals and to retain student members as they transition from school to professional responsibilities.

Since this newsletter comes out about the same time as the IISE Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, we hope that you are attending the conference and enjoying the wide range of technical sessions offered within the engineering management track and those of other divisions. 

Two events that you should take note of are the engineering management track best paper session on Monday, May 22, 3:30-4:50 p.m., followed immediately by the SEMS town hall from 5:00-6:20 p.m.  We plan to add an interactive networking component at the beginning of the town hall, so be sure to join us at 5:00!

Another event coming up soon is a webinar entitled "Regulatory Driven Initiatives - The Burdens and Opportunities."  It will be held July 13, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.  The webinar will be presented by Gaurav Mehta, the Head of Global Supply Chain Programs at Alcon Labs, a Novartis Company.  He will discuss the tangible and intangible benefits associated with compliance. This webinar was arranged by Julie Drzymalski, one of our new incoming Board members.

As always, we welcome suggestions (and volunteers!) to ensure SEMS remains your preferred society for engineering and management systems. Contact any of your officers to offer input or get involved.

Charlene Yauch , SEMS President
Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, SEMS President-Elect
Suzanna Long, SEMS Past-President

SEMS Board of DirectorsWorkers' Perceptions of Cellular Manufacturing and Job Rotation 
Charlene Yauch
Many manufacturers create cells to establish one-piece or a small batch flow of products. Cell workers often are cross-trained and rotate between jobs. To understand what employees think about working in cells and what they would most want changed, we interviewed 50 employees (six women and 44 men) who worked in five manufacturing cells at three companies. The workers performed a variety of processes, including die casting, grinding, machining, assembly and welding. The frequency of rotation ranged from two hours to one week.
Continue reading here.

Charlene Yauch Ph.D. is the current SEMS president. She is a Professor of Industrial Enginering and the Industrial Engineering Program Director at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

SEMS Says | Engineering in Politics

Daren Maynard

We didn't enter engineering to take part in politics. But by becoming industrial engineers, entering engineering management or taking engineering leadership roles, we became engineers involved in politics, as every organization deals with political issues because of the presence of different teams and alternative interests and viewpoints. 

As industrial engineers, we must create
collaborative solutions from these competing interests. What if we channel some of those talents into the political administration of our countries and its subdivisions? Can you imagine how you can apply your skills as a political representative?
Continue reading here.

  Daren Maynard  is a researcher, lecturer and project manager based in Australia. He is a member of the SEMS board of directors.

Member Spotlight | Mohammad Dehghani
Mohammad Dehghani

We spoke to one of our winners from the 2016 ISERC - Engineering Management Best Paper Award competition, recently. Mohammad Dehghani's winning article was written based on his Ph.D. dissertation, which was conducted at Western New England University. During his Ph.D. research, he developed a new Iterative Optimization-based simulation method. In this research, an optimizer is embedded into a simulation software package to perform optimization whenever needed.

Mohammad recently earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the Western New England University (Massachusetts, USA) in May 2016. In Feb 2011, he earned a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Tarbiat Modares University (Tehran, Iran). Three years earlier, he graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Yazd University (Yazd, Iran). Currently, Mohammad is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at the Northeastern University (Massachusetts, USA). He has been employed in the role for a year now since completing his Ph.D. His research practices are in the fields of Simulation, Optimization, Decision Making, and Machine Learning. Since his Ph.D. research areas involved the development of a new simulation-optimization framework, he found easy to move into those fields. He has been an active member of IISE for the past 3 years.

Nominate a SEMS for a Member Spotlight, contact Daren Maynard , Newsletter Editor

SEMS | Webinar

Regulatory Driven Initiatives: The Burdens and Opportunities

Presented by Society for Engineering & Management Systems (SEMS)
July 13 | 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenter:  Gaurav Mehta, head of global supply chain programs, Alcon Labs, a Novartis Company
Regulatory Driven Initiatives come with a cost that potentially bears across the entire organization. Looked at in the right light, one may also discover tangible and intangible benefits beyond compliance. The webinar/discussion will provide example(s) of regulatory driven initiative. The focus will be to provide a glimpse of the overhead to implement changes to comply along with such opportunities that come with doing the work.
Click here for more information and registration.

Mentoring & Careers 

IISE's newly created Mentoring Board  is gaining momentum, with over 300 members
(mentors and mentees) already signed up. The Mentoring Board allows professionals and students at all levels to develop meaningful relationships and connections that will help advance their careers. Further enhancements are being developed to allow even better collaboration and matching between mentors and mentees. Sign up to become a mentor or mentee today.

Kira E. Hansen , TEP (Technical Excellence Program) engineer II at Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the SEMS consultant for IISE's Young Professionals board of directors.

IISE Training Center

Advance your career with these upcoming  training courses.

June 12 | Norcross, GA 

June 27 | Los Angeles

Lend a Helping Hand | Call for Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for SEMS and its initiatives, contact  Charlene Yauch , SEMS president; or  Daren Maynard , n ewsletter editor .