July 2018  Newsletter
President's Message | New Leaders   & Conferences

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. We hope that everyone that attended the IISE Annual Conference in Orlando enjoyed the conference and used the opportunity to attend the excellent programs put together across the various tracks. Thanks to all of you who made the conference a tremendous success - our track chairs, invited speakers, and the presenters. We are collecting the feedback from the conference to identify specific actions that can improve for the 2019 conference.
As we transition to the new year in SEMS, we will use the inputs and suggestions from the town hall to shape our key initiatives in 2018-2019.  Many of the town hall attendees indicated an interest in getting more involved with SEMS, and we are most grateful for that interest. SEMS is a volunteer-driven organization, and any and all help is appreciated.  Over the next few weeks, we will be reaching out to those expressing interest in volunteering, and please let us know if you have an interest in helping SEMS.
As always, we welcome suggestions and volunteers to ensure SEMS remains a strong society for engineering and management systems. Contact any of your officers to offer input or get involved. Have a wonderful summer!

Brian K. Smith , SEMS President  
Chinweike.Eseonu, SEMS President-Elect  
Sreekanth Ramakrishnan , SEMS Past-President

SEMS Says | Want to be in the IM magazine? Talk to me

So have you ever wondered where all the features that populate Industrial Management magazine come from?

Well, the easy answer is the bloke in the picture on the left. I'm responsible for sourcing these articles, making sure they're relevant to SEMS members, editing them and turning them over to our tip-top art director.
But that process doesn't work without you: The researchers, scholars, professors, CEOs, CIOs, analysts, engineers and managers who are supervising the work that brings the world its needed products and services. And each one of you has a story that Industrial Management would love to help you tell. This is, after all, your magazine
As happens to many, I was burned out from newspapers and also wanted to get paid enough to eat. But to be honest, when I landed here at IISE, I figured leaving the exciting world of journalism, what with the drama of politics, courts, cops and corruption, for a world of boring, dry engineering material would be, well, dull.
The lead feature of the first IM issue I edited, the January/February 2010 edition, changed my perspective. David Schwager and Brian Kleiner penned "Modeling systems by nature," which examined how to apply neural networks, genetic algorithms and ant colony optimization to solve commercial and management problems. Insects can help you find a better logistics path? I was hooked.  Read more.

SEMS Says | SEMS, the right place for students, academics and practicioners

I am honored and delighted to have been elected as a new board member of SEMS. Let me take this opportunity to tell you a bit about my education, professional, academic and service background, as well as share my vision for the SEMS community during the next three years.
I have a B.S. in mechanical and management engineering from Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico), an M.Sc. with a specialty in manufacturing systems from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. From 1994 to 2008 I worked implementing statistical process control in a wire transformation organization in Mexico, implementing quality and environmental management systems (ISO 9000 and ISO 14000) in a steel transformation organization in Mexico, and designing and implementing management systems in food and service organizations in Puerto Rico, Chile and Peru.
During this same time, I taught a quality systems course at Universidad de Monterrey each semester, helping students understand how the information learned during their bachelor's degree is applied in a job. After earning my doctorate in 2015, I returned as associate professor at Universidad de Monterrey, where I had the opportunity to teach at the undergraduate level, conduct research on continuous improvement projects and operational excellence models, and coordinate student activities as ASQ and IISE student chapter advisor. Read more from Fernandez Gonzalez Aleu.


IISE Connect  allows IISE members to easily interact and communicate online, empowering you to have better access to your member benefits.  

Newsletters are now available in one spot to allow you easy access and frequent reference! Click here to go to Connect. Newsletters will be placed in the SEMS connect community monthly effective July 2018.

IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2018 | Best Paper Award for the ISERC EM Track sponsored by by Missouri Science & Technology University and Old Dominion University

A big thank you to Missouri S&T and Old Dominion University for their sponsorship of the Best Paper in
Engineering Management Competition. This award recognizes excellence in research among regular track submissions. The top three Engineering Management track papers were selected after careful consideration by a peer review committee.
3rd Place : Project Managers' Use of Lateral Influence Tactics to Achieve Team Commitment in New Product Development Environments: A Conceptual Theoretical Comparative Analysis by Rochelle Cook (North Carolina A&T State University)
2nd Place : Optimization of Maintenance and Infrastructure Projects Based on Risk Levels" by Morris Hassler, Taner Cokyasar, Mingzhou Jin (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) and Renzhong Tang (Zhejiang University)
1st Place : Coupling Resource Allocation and Project Scheduling Considering Resource Scarcity by Zhijie Sasha Dong (Texas State University) and Sha Tao and Qianqian Shi (Nanjing University)

IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2018 | SEMS Student Paper Competition sponsored by Missouri Science & Technology University

The seventh annual SEMS Student Paper Competition recognized highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students from the IISE with diverse academic experiences. This year's winner:
Layout Planning and Optimization through Scenario Planning: A Fertilizer Green Field SME Case Study by Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Alejandra Cantu, Ximena Monarrez, Rebeca Torres and Brenda Villarreal (Universidad de Monterray)
SEMS Best Paper Competition Coordinating Director: Pilar Pazos-Lago, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Old Dominion University .
Preventing Workplace Harassment 
Society for Engineering & Management Systems (SEMS) - OPEN TO ALL
July 19, 2 p.m. Eastern time

Presenters: James P. (Jim) Carey, human resources leader, and Dave Hare, co-founder, Path Forward
In this webinar, we'll explore how a toxic organizational culture can overlook or even seem to condone workplace harassment. We will delve into what it takes to create a safe work environment by creating a more constructive organizational culture of high performance and engagement where harassment is simply not tolerated.
Virtual Career fair is coming soon - September 26th!

Mark your calendars and register for the free IISE Student Virtual Career Fair today! Are you an  IISE Corporate Partner ? Your organization gets a free booth at the IISE Student Virtual Career Fair! 

Lend a Helping Hand | Call for Volunteers 

If you are interested in getting involved with SEMS, there are always numerous opportunities for volunteers. We need people to help with new initiatives and ongoing activities like conference planning, newsletters and Industrial Management magazine. If you have ideas and suggestions related to how to improve the value that industry members get in contact with us.  
Contact Brian K. Smith , SEMS President (2018-2019)