Technical Societies & Divisions

Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS)

SEMS helps managers at every level continually improve productivity and quality through effective and economical managerial techniques and philosophies.

President's message  

Geert LetensDear SEMS members,
While the ongoing elections for a new SEMS president-elect and two new board members announce the end of an exciting service year, the current SEMS leadership is more than happy to introduce you to our latest service improvement: the society's redesigned website. Designed to provide our members fast access to the content they are looking for, the website is aimed at becoming your home base and virtual center of excellence for engineering and management systems.

With improvements throughout, the new website provides a great overview of the full range of products and services that we are offering.

Whether you are looking for Tools and Resources, carefully selected by an impressive group of topic leaders, recognized for their expertise and long history of service to the society, or simply want to stay tuned on upcoming training opportunities, webinars or SEMS-sponsored conference activities, a few simple clicks on the SEMS website will route you to the required information. More from the president

SEMS news

SEMS board election now open - Let your voice be heard
The SEMS Board elections are currently in progress. Each member received an email ballot for choosing two Board Directors and the President-Elect. If you haven't voted yet, it's not too late! Voting ends on Friday, May 18. Support your society and let your voice be heard!

2012 SEMS Management Award Winner Announced
Revised SRamakrishnanThe SEMS Management award recognizes an IIE/SEMS member who is distinguished in the practice of management and industrial engineering. It is our pleasure to announce Dr. Sreekanth Ramakrishnan from IBM as the winner of the 2012 SEMS Management Award. The award will be formally presented at the SEMS Town Hall Meeting (5:15 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2012) at the Annual IIE Conference.

Click here to read about Dr. Ramakrishnan's contributions to engineering management and industrial engineering.


 SEMS Website Content Update 

As you may know, SEMS is currently executing a strategic initiative to improve its website content and make our large knowledge base of selected books, papers and presentations from various conferences available to all our members. More about new SEMS website

Have you heard about SEMS Webinars?

If you haven't heard a SEMS webinar, it's not too late! SEMS has offered a variety of webinars from Staying Lean by Peter Hines, winner of the Shingo Prize, to series on Creativity and Transformational Change, to Student oriented webinars such as Getting Your EM Research Published. Check out webinars you have missed here (click on Engineering Management button on right hand side of page).

The IIE Annual IE Conference & Expo 2012 is just around the corner, May 19-23 - Don't miss it! 

2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference - Engineering Management Update
The Engineering Management Track at the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) once again will offer many learning and networking opportunities to attendees. Click here for track highlights.

2012 Applied Solutions Conference - Engineering Management Update
The Engineering Management Track at Applied Solutions is offering sessions from Monday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Plan on attending great presentations. More info 

Student View 

2012 SEMS Best Student Paper Winner Announced
The annual SEMS Student Technical Paper Competition recognizes three highly qualified students with diverse universities and experiences. The competition is sponsored by Transformation Systems Inc. Click here for this year's winners.

SEMS Student Initiatives Activities during the IIE Annual Conference and Expo
The Student Initiatives committee will be hosting two events during the annual conference. Click here to read about these events.

SEMS Student Webinars
The SEMS Student Initiatives Committee hosted two webinars in April: "Research in an Engineering Management Career" led by Dr. George Waters of George Washington University and "Getting Your Research Published, What Not To Do..." led Dr. Toni Doolen of Oregon State University. One webinar was held in May - "Getting Your Research Published" by Dr. Srinivas Talluri of Michigan State University.

Click here to view presentations and recordings of these webinars.

IIE Enterprise Transformation Conference

The IIE's first Enterprise Transformation Conference was held April 3-4 in Atlanta. The conference covered all key aspects of organization transfor­mation from the time when leaders decide that transformation is necessary to its successful completion. Click here to view two noteworthy presentations from the conference.

SEMS member news

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Elizabeth Cudney, SEMS board director and chair of the SEMS student committee, and Toni Doolen, SEMS member and ISERC Engineering Management Track Co-Chair, were awarded the IIE Lean Teaching Award. The award will be presented at the Annual Conference.

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Eileen Van Aken
, SEMS Past-President and ISERC Engineering Management Track Co-Chair, was elected technical vice president, technical operations on the IIE Board.

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If you have news to share, please email the SEMS Newsletter Editor, Michele Dekelbaum!

Member Spotlight

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Read bios of Roberto and Arsalan.

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Industrial Management is the official publication of IIE's Society for Engineering and Management Systems. It serves those who are in management or expect to be there soon.

Book Browse

Book Browse - May 2012Managing Performance in Turbulent Times: Analytics and Insight
 Professor Andy Neely, Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance and Ed Barrows
Published by: John Wiley & Sons, 2011
Hard Cover, 277 pages, U.S. $49.95


Article by Andy Neely on the book



SEMS Newsletter

March 2012
January 2012
November 2011
September 2011

SEMS Board

Volunteers are the heart of IIE and its technical divisions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Several important value-added SEMS initiatives are underway, and we need your time and expertise as a volunteer to make things happen.

  • Member volunteers are needed as committee members to assist with developing and coordinating SEMS webcasts.
  • Another initiative is to promote the certification of engineering management (CEM), which is currently administered by IIE and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. SEMS members are needed to form a subcommittee to oversee the CEM activities.
  • Industrial Management is focused on the industry practitioner, therefore, we need member volunteers from industry to support the editor with story ideas and author leads.
  • SEMS members are needed to assist with the planning, coordination and hosting of the Enterprise Management Forum, held in conjunction with the IIE Annual Conference and Expo.

Please contact Eileen Van Aken if you are interested in one of these initiatives.

SEMS Bylaws

The bylaws outline both the objectives and the operation of the society.

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