Society for Engineering & Management Systems (SEMS) Best Student Paper Competition

Paper Submission extended to Feb. 6!

UPSSponsored by UPS®

The SEMS Student paper competition sponsored by UPS® recognizes the academic work of students that demonstrates or describes the use of techniques that improve productivity and quality through effective and economical managerial techniques and philosophies. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers.

Student winners must present their papers in the ISERC Engineering Management Track at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo May 30 - June 2, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. Student winners that attend to the conference will be awarded $300, $150, and $50 USD for the first, second and third place respectively and receive complementary SEMS membership for one year. Also, lead authors of winner papers will receive a certificate. The first place winner will be included in the IIE Honors & Awards Program, will receive a complementary ticket for the banquet and will be announced on Tuesday before the keynote conference. In addition, the first place winner will be on the scrolling PowerPoint Monday and Tuesday morning as people enter the ballroom for the keynote speakers.

We believe that participating in the 2015 SEMS Student Paper Competition sponsored by UPS® is a wonderful way to kick off the professional or academic careers of students!

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a full-time student at the time of submission.
  • The paper must present original research results.
  • The research must have been conducted while the applicant was a student.
  • The paper must not have won or been considered for an award in another competition.
  • At least one author must be an IIE member and present the paper at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo.
  • Winning papers will appear on the SEMS website.
  • Winning papers will appear on the SEMS website.
  • Authors will be asked to sign an ethics statement stating that they are full-time students and that the research and writing is their own work.
  • Advising by a non-student is allowed, such as an academic or industry advisor. However, only students can be authors or co-authors.

Full paper submission deadline: Feb. 6 - DEADLINE EXTENDED 
Notification of winners to IIE: March 6 
The winner will be notified by March 6.

Submission Form and Ethics Statement 

Please include the submission form and Ethics Statement in your submission package in an electronic format to the committee chair, Dr. Cecilia Martinez. Papers will be blind-reviewed. To this end, do not include any author information in the draft paper submission. Papers must follow the below formatting guidelines. Use the paper template when preparing the manuscript.

Word doc Paper Template | Latex Paper Template 

The winning papers will be published in the ISERC proceedings. Up to three awards may be given upon recommendation of the SEMS selection committee. As this is a student competition, papers co-authored by professors are excluded from the competition, but your professor’s assistance is welcome.

The first place winner only, will be officially announced before the Tuesday morning keynote address, included in the IIE Honors & Awards Program and receive one complimentary Honors & Awards Banquet ticket.

Cash awards:


  • 1st place: $300 
  • 2nd place: $150 
  • 3rd place: $50 


The lead authors of the first, second and third place papers will each receive a certificate and a SEMS membership for one year.

2014 Winners

First Place 

SEMS First Place Winner
Primary Author: Yasser Shaban
Co-Authors: M. Aramesh, S. Yacout, M. Balazinski, H. Attia, H. A. Kishawy
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
"Optimal Replacement of Tool during Turning Titanium Metal Matrix Composites"

Past Winners 

For more information, contact Bonnie Cameron or call (800) 494-0460, ext. 105.

SEMS website 

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