Magazine article Industrial Management

SEMS Says. Finding Your Place in a Wide-Ranging World

Magazine article Industrial Management

SEMS Says. Finding Your Place in a Wide-Ranging World

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Supporting student involvement and professional development The diversity of specializations in industrial engineering, while inspiring, can be overwhelming for students trying to find a place within such a broad discipline.

As a student in an industrial and systems engineering department studying management systems engineering, communities focused on engineering management provide me with resources and connections that are vital to my professional development. SEMS provides a smaller community within IIE that not only allows me to connect with other people in this discipline but also encourages student involvement in a meaningful way.

Over the past several months, I have become more involved in SEMS and have found many opportunities for students beyond traditional volunteering. The SEMS Student Committee encourages students to become involved in community activities and provides programs specifically focused on students, such as the SEMS student paper competition. Students also can participate on the SEMS blog and write pieces for publication, such as in "SEMS Says." This helps students become active members of the community, and they develop communication skills that are increasingly important in engineering.

The March SEMS newsletter announced a new blogging series that lets students who take a management systems engineering course at Oregon State University post reflective pieces about work on projects where they apply their IE skills. These activities provide students with an outlet while giving professionals a window into the education of new engineering managers. …

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