Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) best Student Paper Competition Past winners

2019 Winner

Not awarded.

2018 Winner

Honorable Mention:
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Alejandra Cantu, Ximena Monarrez, Rebeca Torres and Brenda Villarreal
Universidads de Monterrey
"Layout Planning and Optimization through Scenario Planning: A Fertilizer Green Field SME Case Study"

2017 Winner

1st Place:
Mateus Ferreira Lima
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
"A Methodological Approach for Kaizen Events in Assembly Cells"

2016 Winners

1st Place:
Shuchisnigdha Deb, Brandon Warner, Sushil Poudel and Suyogya Bhandari
Mississippi State University
"Identification of External Design Preferences in Autonomous Vehicles"

2nd Place:
Heather Keathley, Fernando Gonzalez Aleu, Kyra Vila, Kai Ye, Andrew Bean and Tianxiang Chen
Virginia Tech
"Bibliometric Analysis of Research Design Characteristics in Engineering Management Research"

3rd Place:
Musa Demirtas, Mohammad Dehghanimohammadabadi and Nima Ahmadi
Western New England University
"Highlighting the Main Factors of Internet Banking via Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis"


1st Place: Sarah Asio and Sasan Khorasani
Texas Tech University
"Social Media: A Platform for Innovation"

2nd Place: Fernando Gonzalez Aleu and Heather Keathley
Virginia Tech
"Design and Application of a Meta-Evaluation Framework"

3rd Place: Andrea Lopez, Sofia Garcia and Maria Eugenia Rendon
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
"Eliminating Seven Transportation Wastes to Increase Customer Service Level"


1st Place: Yasser Shaban, 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"

2nd Place: Luis Garza-Gomez, Denisse Leon-Vilarreal and Ricardo Alfaro-Carrizales
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
"Increase Routing Efficiency to Achieve Distribution Leagility"

3rd Place: Ivonne Guerra-Trevino, Maribel Larrodes-Casasus and Rebeca Capetillo-Leal
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
"Integrating a Food Supply System for a Group of Restaurant Enterprises"


1st Place: Victoria Andrea Cabrera, Leticia Ceballos and Lorena Tamez
Universidad de Monterrey
"An Agile Distribution Strategy for Improving on Time Delivery"

2nd Place: William Gillis, Missouri University of Science and Technology
"Understanding the Design Impacts Among LEED Certification Credits"

3rd Place: Carl Kirpes, Iowa State University
"Systems Engineering Application in an Engineering Design Build Firm"


1st Place: Akkarapol Sa-Ngasoongsong – Oklahoma State University
"Long-Term Demand Prediction Using Long-Run Equilibrium Relationship of Intrinsic Time-Scale Decomposition Components"

2nd Place: Patrick Garner – University of Pittsburgh
"Complexities in the Operating Room"

3rd Place: Bhanuchander Poreddy and Benjamin Daniels – Missouri University of Science and Technology
"Mathematical Model of Sub-System Interactions for Forward Operating Bases"

(from left) Dr. Altyn Clark, Chief Solutions Officer at TSI; Dr. Marta C. Wilson, CEO at TSI; Akkarapol Sa-Ngasoongsong,1st place; Patrick Garner, 2nd place; Bhanuchander Poreddy, 3rd Place; Dr. Garry Coleman, Executive Vice President at TSI 

The awards were formally presented during the 2012 IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando.


1st Place: Mengqi Hu – Arizona State University
A Study on Medical Imaging Equipment Productivity and Utilization 

2nd Place: Shrikant Jarugumilli – Missouri University of Science and Technology
Integrated Workforce Planning Considering Regular and Overtime Decisions 

3rd Place: Kiran Rangarajan – Missouri University of Science and Technology
Cost Analysis of Renewable Energy-Based Microgrids for Rural Energy Management 

SEMS Student Paper Competition 2011 Winners