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  • 23 Oct 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Chamila Kalpani Dissanayake, is currently working as an Instructor at the Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering Department (IMSE) of the Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock, TX. She has successfully completed her doctoral degree at the IMSE department of TTU with a major in Systems and Engineering Management and a GPA of 4.00 in August 2017. Before joining the IMSE department at the Texas Tech University, Kalpani earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Major: Production Engineering), and the Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She has also completed the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2016.

    Kalpani has won several awards including the ‘Best Dissertation Award’ at the American Society of Engineering Management(ASEM) conference 2018, the ‘Merl Baker Award for the Best Student Paper’ at the ASEM Annual Conference 2015, the ‘J.T. and Margaret Talkington Fellowship Award 2015/2017’ from TTU, and the ‘Doctoral Degree Scholarship Award from the Ministry of Higher Education in Sri Lanka, 2013’.  Kalpani was also honored as the “Banner Bearer for the Graduate School” at the commencement ceremony, August 2017, for her best all-around achievements during the Ph.D. program.

    About the Engineering Management Best Dissertation Award

    To annually recognize the Ph.D. dissertation that makes the most significant contribution to the engineering management field.

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  • 23 Oct 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous


    Neal A. Lewis received his Ph.D. in engineering management in 2004 and B.S. in chemical engineering in 1974 from the University of Missouri – Rolla, and his MBA in 2000 from the University of New Haven. He has over 25 years of industrial experience, having worked at Procter & Gamble and Bayer. Neal also has over 12 years of full time academic experience. He was an associate professor at Marshall University and the University of Bridgeport, and is currently teaching at Fairfield University and Oregon State University. Neal is a Fellow of ASEM and a member of ASEE, and is a Certified Professional in Engineering Management.

    About the William Daughton World Headquarters Service Award

    This award recognizes significant contributions to the streamlining, enhancement, or improvement of the day-to-day operations of ASEM world headquarters.

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    William Daughton World Headquarters Service Award

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  • 23 Oct 2018 4:36 PM | Anonymous


    Dr. Bryan Mesmer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Mesmer was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University.  He completed his Ph.D. in August 2012 at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Mechanical Engineering.  Also at the University at Buffalo, he completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2010) and a dual B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2007).  His research has focused on improving the systems engineering process, particularly for large-scale complex systems.  He uses his background in decision analysis, multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization, system/subsystem modeling, design theory, and value-based design to perform research on topics including: interactions in systems and design; incorporation of end-user models and simulations in design; preference representation and communication; the arts in systems engineering; and integration of new system and design processes in government and industry practice. He is currently the University Lead of the NASA Systems Engineering Research Consortium, leading efforts on the development of systems engineering principles and the integration of modelling techniques.  

    About the Meritorious Service Award, Outstanding Non-Board Member

    Any member who is not currently serving on the ASEM Board of Directors and has contributed outstanding accomplishments to the operation, improvement, and/or recognition of the Society.

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  • 23 Oct 2018 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    JESUS N. MATIAS, OFS, ME, CPEM, PMP

    Engr. Jesus N. Matias has spent more than thirty years in the construction business, specializing in general construction and structural steel works.  He is presently engaged in the property development business, engineering project management consultancy, training and lecturing at the Institute of Civil Engineering (University of the Philippines) and the National Engineering Center, and currently serving as   Technical Resources Manager for AMH Philippines, Inc.

    Engr. Matias is a registered mechanical engineer, a certified Project Management Professional, and a certified Professional Engineering Manager.  He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and the Asian Institute of Management.  His fields of specialization are:

    • Structural Steel Design and Construction
    • Engineering Economic Analysis
    • Project Management in the Construction Industry
    • Construction Cost Estimating and Analysis
    • Construction Contracts Management
    • Principles of Effective Leadership, Decision-Making, Communication and Human Relations
    • Business Management and Entrepreneurship

    He has lectured for different companies, and is a regular speaker for the Department of Public Works and Highways and other government agencies.  He has been involved and has instituted academe-industry internship programs for the UP College of Engineering, and is an author of a textbook on Engineering Economy for National Book Store.  He is presently an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).

    Engr. Matias is also a professed brother of the Secular Franciscan Order.  He is a minister for spiritual formation for various prayer groups, a resource speaker on lay Franciscan spirituality and an author of numerous prayer books for St. Pauls Philippines, Claretian Communications Foundation and Paulines Publishing.  He is currently taking graduate studies in Pastoral Ministry and Systematic Theology.  He is also active with his children for the publications of the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

    About the Frank Woodbury Special Service Award

    This award recognizes an ASEM member who has provided outstanding service to the Society.

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  • 23 Oct 2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous


    Larry Mallak
    Professor
    Engineering Management Research Laboratory
    Western Michigan University

    Dr. Larry Mallak is an industrial engineer who has spent his career building and using innovative methods to improve organizational systems and design processes, and produce better patient outcomes. His work on Empathic Design is bringing new tools to balance the art and science of new product development, especially in the medical device industry. He’s a Professor of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering & Engineering Management at Western Michigan University. Prior to his university appointment, he worked in Charlotte, North Carolina, for Premier Healthcare as a healthcare systems engineer and he has worked as a science reporter for National Public Radio. His work has been featured in numerous outlets, including TEDx, Engineering Management Journal, WORK, and NPR. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois.

    About the ASEM Fellow Award

    Nominees who receive majority support from the Fellows are selected as new inductees. No more than five new Fellows are elected in a given year.

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  • 23 Oct 2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Dr Geert Letens teaches project, process, supply chain, performance and engineering management at the Royal Military Academy and guest lectures on organization development and change at various International Universities and Business Schools.

    Geert is a co-author of the book ‘Six Batteries of Change’ and an internationally recognized speaker on Organization Development and Change and Lean Product Development. As the CEO of TchI-Innovation, He has provided training and consulting services to various Fortune Global 500 companies around the world for almost 20 years.

    As a former president of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), former president of the Society of Engineering and Management Systems, and current President of ASEM Europe he has contributed to the development of the Engineering Management field and the collaboration of Engineering Societies around the world.

    Geert is a research fellow at Vlerick Business School and a visiting research faculty at Virginia Tech.

    About the Bernard R. Sarchet Award

    This is considered to be the highest award given by ASEM. This award recognizes contributions to the Society and to the field of engineering management.


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  • 23 Oct 2018 3:30 PM | Anonymous


    Professor Simon P Philbin is Director of the Nathu Puri Institute for Engineering and Enterprise at London South Bank University in the United Kingdom (UK). The Institute is focused on driving enterprise into engineering education and industrial practice. Simon joined LSBU in 2018 and previously worked as Director of Programme Management at Imperial College London and Executive Chairman of Imperial College Projects Limited. While at Imperial and over 15 years he held a number of senior roles associated with both pre-award and post-award management of a range of multidisciplinary research areas and programmes.

    Prior to joining Imperial in 2003, he was at the UK Ministry of Defence (DERA) and originally worked in the field of energetic materials. Simon is published across several areas including project management, research & technology management, and chemistry. He has presented at conferences across North America and Asia, and given lectures and seminars at several different universities. Simon holds a BSc (University of Birmingham) and PhD (Brunel University) in chemistry as well as an MBA (Open University Business School). He has experience of working with different industrial sectors, especially defence but also oil and gas, nuclear power, healthcare and pharmaceutical. Plus, he has worked as a commercial consultant for major oil and gas companies.

    Simon currently serves as a Board Member of the American Society for Engineering Management and has been elected as the President of ASEM for 2019/20. Previous academic roles include Visiting Fellow at Imperial College Business School and Visiting Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. He has won several academic and best paper awards, served on journal editorial boards and as an external examiner as well as other academic and professional assignments.

    About the ASEM Fellow Award

    Nominees who receive majority support from the Fellows are selected as new inductees. No more than five new Fellows are elected in a given year.

    More information about the award is available here:
    ASEM Fellow

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    Link to Past Recipients

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  • 23 Oct 2018 3:30 PM | Anonymous


    Dr. Hiral Shah is a Professor in the Engineering Management graduate program at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Engineering Management from Eastern Michigan University and B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Dr. Shah is a recipient of Frank Woodbury Outstanding Service Award in 2013 and Meritorious Service Award in 2012 from the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM). She is a faculty advisor for the ASEM student chapter at St. Cloud State University. She has served on the ASEM Board of Directors as a Regional Director, as an EMBOK Editor, and more recently she is serving as a Publications Director for four major ASEM publications: EMJ, EM Handbook, EMBOK Guide, and EM Practice Periodical. Dr. Shah has been a part of ASEM’s certification exam development and professional development committee wherein she lead the project to publish the third and fourth edition of the Engineering Management Body of Knowledge Guide (EMBOK Guide). The 4th edition of “A Guide to the Engineering Management Body of Knowledge” (EMBOK Guide) is translated in Chinese and will also be published in Portuguese language. Dr. Shah also lead the efforts to create and validate questions for the CAEM and CPEM certification exams based on the 3rd and 4th edition of EMBOK Guide using subject matter experts (SMEs). Dr. Shah also conducted a “Role Delineation Study” for the AEM/PEM certification exams in 2015. This study validated the body of knowledge for the Engineering Management profession and helped to develop an exam blueprint for the CAEM and CPEM certification exams. Dr. Shah is currently leading the project to publish the 5th edition of EMBOK Guide. She is also a member of Project Management Institute. Her research interest is in the area of online teaching, curriculum and certification exam development, project management, and lean manufacturing. Dr. Shah is a Certified Enterprise Integrator (CEI), Certified Professional in Engineering Management (CPEM), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

    About the ASEM Fellow Award

    Nominees who receive majority support from the Fellows are selected as new inductees. No more than five new Fellows are elected in a given year.

    More information about the award is available here:
    ASEM Fellow

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    Link to Past Recipients

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  • 19 Oct 2018 5:30 AM | Anonymous


    Frances Alston, PhD, CHMM, CPEM
    Director, Environment Safety & Health
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Dr. Alston has built a solid foundation of more than 25 years where she has led the development, management, and implementation of Environment, Safety, Health and Quality (ESH&Q) programs. In these leadership and program management roles, she has worked with a wide array of regulatory agencies and organizations, stakeholders, and communities. Her experience also encompasses international collaboration where she designed and championed implementation of an occupational hygiene program based upon European Health and Safety Standards for use in the United Kingdom.

    She has a Ph.D. in industrial and system engineering and a MSE degree in engineering management, both from the University of Alabama. She earned a master’s degree in hazardous and waste materials management/environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor's degree in industrial hygiene and safety/chemistry from Saint Augustine's College.

    Dr. Alston is the President and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM). She holds certifications as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Professional in Engineering Management (CPEM). Dr. Alston is the author of Culture and Trust in Technology-Driven Organizations, Lean Implementation: Applications and Hidden Costs, and co-author of Guide to Environment Safety & Health Management and Industrial Hygiene: Improving Worker Health Through An Operational Risk Approach.

    About the Past Presidents of the Society Award

    This annual award is given to the individual who served as President of ASEM during the past year. At the International Annual Conference during the “passing of the gavel,” a plaque is awarded to the outgoing president.

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  • 29 Sep 2018 6:00 AM | Anonymous
    By Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PE, CPEM, PMP®, NPDP

    (EMBOK Blog Post #9)

    Dictionary.com defines innovation as “something new or different introduced.”  Engineers of all stripes are involved daily in creating and introducing new and different processes and products. We work in the creation of new knowledge that pushes the boundaries of scientific understanding. And we work to improve the efficiency and productivity of manufacturing systems to deliver products and services to a global customer base. At the heart of innovation is providing “new and different” to customers.

    EMBOK Domain 8

    Domain 8, “Management of Technology, Research, and Development,” in the Engineering Management Body of Knowledge (EMBOK) complements Domain 7, “Marketing and Sales Management in Engineering Operations” because only innovations that support market needs are desired. Domain 8 also directly ties to Domain 4 and Domain 5 which discuss financial management and project management, respectively. Finally, Domain 3, addressing strategic planning, is a key input to any innovation process. (Get your copy of the EMBOK here.)

    Innovation is comprised of several areas of technical expertise and of engineering management practice. Innovation starts with the organization’s strategy to provide a mission for R&D teams, developers, and design engineers. As described in Sections 8.2 and 8.3 of the EMBOK, companies are striving for higher levels of innovation to deliver product and process improvements faster due to pressures from globalization and rapid technology advances. Industries are being disrupted by low-cost competitors as well as alternative products and services that previously didn’t exist.

    Consider that today we call an Uber or Lyft ride from our cell phone and pay a negotiated rate, when just a few years ago, we instead queued up at taxi stands and paid a rate fixed by the local government rather than a rate fixed by the local government rather than a free market rate.

    An Engineer’s Role in Innovation

    Engineers and engineering managers are involved at all stages of innovation and technology management and may find themselves working in different arenas at different points in their careers. For example, a newly minted engineer may work on process improvements in the plant or factory as a contact engineer. Innovation assignments at this stage involve improving process throughput and reducing defects and downtime to improve the product quality. (Please also see the post on Domain 6, “Quality, Operations, and Supply Chain Management.”)

    Next, an engineer may work on the design and development of a new product or process. New products are typically created following a standard project management process and follow stages as described in Section 8.5.

    •     Feasibility study
    •     Product Design
    •     Testing
    •     Production

    An important element to successful new product development (NPD) is to consider life-cycle design, including “D4X” or “design for ____”. Successful innovations address D4X upfront, such as Design for Environment (Section 8.5.7.3) and Design for Reliability (Section 8.5.7.5). Attention to such details improves the acceptance of the new product or process by both internal and external customers.

    Engineers and engineering managers may also spend time working in R&D labs. As described in Section 8.1.1 of the EMBOK, R&D activities range from scientific discovery to applied technical research, and to design and development functions described above. In research labs, engineers and engineering managers work closely with specialists, such as chemists, physicists, and material scientists, to convert conceptual ideas into practical manifestations. R&D engineers often bridge the gap between fundamental science and functional implementations. After all, most inventions are not profitable until they are translated to innovative products which are manufactured and sold into a marketplace.

    Finally, at advanced career stages, engineering managers help to direct and frame the R&D and innovation programs to meet strategic goals of the organization. Some innovation strategies will involve projects to address weaknesses and threats to the company or industry by global competition or from new technologies. Other R&D projects will capitalize on the strengths and opportunities of an individual company that has discovered new technical applications to improve existing products or operations. Engineering managers will also work closely with other corporate executives to select the most appropriate portfolio of innovation projects to advance the organization’s strategic vision.

    Innovation is Important!

    Innovation is a tremendously exciting field in which engineers and engineering managers are privileged to work. Domain 8 of the EMBOK provides a tiny taste of the wonderful and vast career opportunities in new product development and R&D. As you read through Domain 8, you will note that innovation touches and is touched by virtually every other domain in the EMBOK. Engineers and engineering managers create and improve products and processes deploying a wide range and depth of skills and competencies. And while every day is different and technically challenging, engineers and engineering managers that support innovation activities are never bored!

    Please feel free to contact me for more information on innovation – it is my passion and I feel lucky to share this brief overview of EMBOK Domain 8, “Management of Technology, Research, and Development”.

    Today, consider how your work as an engineer or engineering manager impacts innovation. What can you do to improve technology in processes or products?

    About the Author

    Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PE, CPEM, PMP®, NPDP, is a passionate lifelong learner. She enjoys helping individuals and companies improve their innovation programs and loves scrapbooking. You can learn more about Teresa and her new Innovation MasterMind group by connecting on LinkedIn.  


                    


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