Magazine article Industrial Management


Magazine article Industrial Management


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Looking forward to the Annual Conference in Pittsburgh

The 2017 IISE Annual Conference is fast approaching, and SEMS is looking forward to a great Engineering Management (EM) track and town hall meeting.

The EM track has had 99 abstracts submitted and 39 full papers. The program looks like it will include a wide variety of interesting topics, including performance measurement, health systems management and sustainable management systems. More specifically, some of the papers and presentations will cover system dynamics modeling, optimal team size, organizational culture and kaizen events. It looks like it will be an outstanding program with something for all members - industry professionals, researchers and students.

The SEMS board of directors also is preparing for a fun and informative town hall meeting, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. May 22. Town hall meetings are held by IISE societies and divisions in order to provide a face-to-face opportunity for networking, volunteer recognition, information sharing and planning for the future. This year, the meeting will open with a fun networking game called EM Bingo, which will include prizes for the top three finishers.

We then will share information about membership, communications, performance metrics for the Engineering Management track, the international committee and progress made on initiatives in the 2016 to 2017 term. We will recognize outgoing board members and introduce new ones. We also will announce the winners of the best paper competitions for both students and professionals.

Another important part of the town hall meeting is to share results of the society's Technical Health Report. The Technical Health Report was introduced in 2016 as an improved way to assess IISEs societies and divisions, identifying both strengths and opportunities for improvement. The SEMS Technical Health Report from 2016 showed that the society is performing relatively well with respect to operations and leadership but should work to increase its membership, particularly for professional members working in industry.

If you have ideas and suggestions related to how to improve the value that industry members get from SEMS, we would love to hear from you.

Looking ahead to the 2017 to 2018 term, Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, SEMS president-elect, has said that SEMS will focus on two main areas in addition to the services we provide.

The first focus area will be to increase our membership from industry, which not only helps to expand our member base but also provides collaborative opportunities for our members in academia, both students and professionals.

Second, by leveraging IISEs new mentoring forum, we also will focus on bringing together engineering managers for mentoring and development of our student members as they get ready to enter into full-time industry roles.

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.

We would love to get you involved. Please contact me to volunteer.

- Charlene Yauch is SEMS president and a professor and industrial engineering program director at the Milwaukee School of Engineering You can reach her at

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