The SEMS Student Initiatives Committee provides programs and services that are representative of the needs of our student members. The following activities are planned for Spring 2013.


In 2012, SEMS SI hosted an Academia Webinar series explaining how to get engineering & management systems research published. For 2013, we will be providing a student-focused blog series via the SEMS BLOG. Among the topics we will be discussing are:

  • How to become good test taker.
  • Strategies for academia success.
  • Time management.
  • Learning the basics of computer-based tools (e.g., Excel, Minitab, Matlab, SAP, etc.).
  • Discussion of Engineering Management-related case studies: linking theory to practice.

Stay tuned for helpful blog entries to enhance your academic experience!

In The Field (The Practice and Applications of E&MS)

The Successful Road Map for Engineering and Management Systems Students: For Students, By Students and Experts: 2013 IIE Applied Solutions Session, Puerto Rico – Date and Time TBD
It is critical for students who are focusing on engineering management (EM) fields to get more knowledge regarding the latest practical development and applications in EM. This knowledge has a significant impact on their career success, whether they are going to a practical area or being in research oriented environment in their future road map.

The Society of Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS), as a part of IIE, is established to support professionals and academic members of the society in terms of applying engineering principles to business practices. One of the SEMS Student Initiatives is collecting the latest practical developments and applications from the field and sharing them with students. This Applied Solutions presentation is designed to introduce this practice and application initiative to students. There will be some new online speaker series to share recent practical developments, methodologies, and tools in various engineering management areas of interest to students and recent graduates, including product development, program management, lean improvement, and enterprise systems. By the end of the presentation, we hope that students are introduced to more of the latest practical concepts, tools, and techniques from the field, are aware and excited to participate in the ongoing speaker series, and can add at least one idea to their IE toolbox, making them more competitive candidates as they enter the job market and, overall, more competent engineers.

Membership: IIE Student Chapter Roll-Call

If your student chapter has a strong interest in and/or has hosted events about how engineering and management work together, we want to hear from you! Please email us your interests and/or chapter activities at

Networking/Career Advice

Student Networking for Career Success: IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2013 (Date and Time TBD) 

Held before the first networking reception of the conference, advice and activities to assist SEMS students on conference networking will be presented. In addition, a guest speaker of SEMS will share his/her experiences at IIE conferences. More information will be provided in Spring 2013. Additional questions? Contact:

Student Paper Competition

We are pleased to announce the Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) Student Paper Competition for 2015. The papers should demonstrate or describe 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. The winners must present their papers in the ISERC Engineering Management Track at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo, taking place May 30 - June 2, in Nashville, Tenn.

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