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In Memorium, 

Dr. Irving Engelson, 

12/24/1930- 4/21/2020

Many of us who participated in the IEEE Engineering Management Society and its successor organizations, the erstwhile Technology Management Council, and the current Technology and Engineering Management Society were deeply saddened to learn about the loss of a highly respected colleague and friend, Irv Engelson. Our heartfelt condolences to Irv’s wife Mina, daughters Iris and Delia, and the extended Engelson family. 

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After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust as a child, Irv received his BS (EE) Magna Cum Laude  (Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn), MS (Rutgers University), and Ph.D. (EE) (Worcester Polytechnic Institute). He began his professional career at Radio Corporation of America (RCA) then interrupted by service in the Army, where he served as a linguist, and a return to RCA where he held leadership positions. 

Irv and his family then ventured to the Midwest where he served as Full Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering and Technology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL).

The winter weather brought the Engelson family back to New York where Irv joined IEEE in 1978, worked his way through various positions, was named Director of Technical Activities, and held that position until 1993, when he retired.

Over many years Irv has served our triumvirate of IEEE Societies and Councils (EMS, TMC, and TEMS) faithfully and diligently, and with an abundance of applied and welcomed philosophy. Always a gentleman, regardless of the circumstances. 
Irv, we’ll miss your humor and your stories even though we have heard some of them many times.
Gus Gaynor

President’s Message – Andy Chen

Dear TEMS Members: Just a short note about the impact of COVID-19 and a request for you to participate with your local chapters in furthering TEMS goals. COVID-19 has, without any doubt, disrupted your work and family life to various degrees depending on your location. 

So  I urge you to follow the guidelines prescribed by the Federal and your Local Government. Post COVID-19 will challenge all of us to seek a new normal.
Your Chapter provides an opportunity to meet with people who have common interests and often an opportunity to expand your horizons by contact with those outside your particular discipline. How can we help you make your meetings more consequential.
Andy Chen, TEMS President

Editor’s Message – Dr Sudeendra Koushik

A change is less understood when going through it and more understood when we are through it. We seem to be in one of those right now. It is affecting every one of us.  The people in the frontline are showing extreme bravery and strength to fight it. The rest of us need to help them help us.

We at IEEE and also TEMS are doing our bit to sail through this. From free paper access to web-courses, we have made an honest effort to bring positivity within the community.

We hope and am certain that we will come out of this sooner and stronger.

A new section has been added to our newsletter. This section ‘voice of members’ is exactly that to identify and resonate how and what our members feel. While this gives us the expectations of our members firsthand, it can help all our office bearers across the globe to share, learn and collaborate. Feel free to share your thoughts if not done so already. It is available 365 days a year on the TEMS website.

Dr Sudeendra Koushik, Editor LEADER, Member at Large TEMS Board of Governors
Dr. Tugrul Daim, Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of TEMS Transactions on Engineering Management has advanced the publication of a Special Issue on Modeling and Simulation in Disaster and Emergency Management. 
Dr. Joseph Sarkis, EiC of TEMS Engineering Management Review has just announced a Call for Papers for a practitioner-based issue on Managing in a Post Cond-19 World. What are the challenges and how do we respond? What will it take to be successful in this new environment for all engaged in providing products and services? 

What challenges will we face? Dr Sarkis seeks submissions that are innovative yet provide practical insights for managers, policy makers, organizations, and civil society. All levels of analysis from individual to global economic trade are welcome. All submissions should be empathetic to the concerns and issues faced within our Society during this very challenging period.

Papers should be between 2000-4000 words. 

Submissions can be made at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/emr-ieee.  

Tugrul Daim, Editor-in-Chief, of TEMS’ Transactions on Engineering Management has announced three new special Issues with a Call for Papers:

  • How Technology can Build Resilience to Achieve a Sustainable World: Overcoming Challenges for Humanity to Fight Global Outbreaks
  • Impact of Agritech 4.0 on Business and Society
  • New Perspectives on Technology and Innovation Management to Strengthen the Development of Healthcare Organizations and Ecosystems

Go to TEMS Website (ieee-org/tems) for complete details. 
Tugrul Daim, PICMET Fellow
– Gus Gaynor, TEMS VP Publications

VP – Conferences – Robert Bierwolf

Dear Members, and all of you, interested in our TEMS Conferences,

The year 2020 started with our 3rd edition of the European Technology Engineering Management Summit (E-TEMS) in March in Dortmund, Germany. Dr. Beverly Pasian will provide a more detailed report on this event. 

In April, our inaugural edition of the IEEE TEMS International Conference on Technology and Entrepreneurship (ICTE) was planned for in Bologna, Italy. With COVID-19 spreading the world, this plan changed dramatically. This lead to both a delay of ICTE to after the summer and now a Virtual edition in April (ICTE-V). 

Clearly, COVID-19 will also impact our planned for conferences in May – AI for Good in Geneva, Switzerland and in June – TEMSCON in Detroit, USA, and ICE/ITMC in Cardiff, UK – have or will be impacted. More details for those will appear on their respective conference webpages, and authors/attendees may already have received relevant information through the regular mailings of these conferences. How this will evolve for all Q3 and Q4 planned for conferences is at the moment of this writing, of course, unclear.  One key message for all of you: Stay Safe!

– Robert Bierwolf, IEEE TEMS VP Conferences 2015-2020.

Living with COVID-19: Mayo Clinic – Mark Wehde

We knew it was coming. Once we realized that the highly contagious coronavirus was loose in the United States, we knew it was just a matter of time. On March 14, 2020 that clock struck zero in Minnesota when Governor Tim Walz canceled school. Overnight, we transitioned from an almost entirely onsite staff to an almost entirely remote staff. Most of the planning involved the transfer of movable tools and workstations, quickly transitioning meetings to a virtual platform, and basically planning to maintain business-as-usual as best possible.

 Then the requests started coming in. As an engineering group inside the world’s best healthcare system, we knew our role was to help our staff prepare and to help our staff be safe. Little did we know how unprepared the US and world supply chain was for a pandemic event. 

 We realized we needed clear lines of communication and decision making. We quickly formed an engineering response command center with representatives from key groups including supply chain and our clinical experts. The silos ceased to exist because of the immediacy of our need.

I now work from home, as do most of my staff. And there is now an urgency for that work. We know that our patients and healthcare providers are at risk and it is our job to eliminate that risk as best we can. We are making face shields, we are making masks, we are making parts for respirators and nebulizers. We are filling the gaps in our supply chain everywhere we can.

We will never go back to normal. When this is over, there will be a new normal. Let’s hope we keep the best of both.
Mark Wehde, TEMS Board, Member-at-Large

Work-Life transformation: Tariq Samad: Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota

From Amazon to Zoom, the tech sector has transformed how we can live, work, and learn when confined to our homes. In the graduate program I lead, our switch to online teaching has been surprisingly smooth and largely glitch-free. Instructors are availing of features such as polls and breakout rooms on the learning platform, students seem to be as engaged as before, and the social cohesion of the cohort is improving as children, cats, and dogs intrude on camera!

I wonder, though, what this augurs for higher education on the other side of the pandemic. Some of us have tended to dismiss online instruction as a poor substitute for the real-world classroom (I resemble that remark). At the very least, COVID-19 should wake us up to the threat of being disrupted out of our brick-and-mortar comfort zones.

Tariq Samad: Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota

Voice of Partners

TEMS is developing several fruitful collaborations. ITU is of the key partners of TEMS. 

ITU Kaleidoscope 2020: Industry-driven digital transformation, technically co-sponsored by IEEE and the IEEE Communications Society, and supported by IEEE TEMS, will be held online from 7 to 11 December 2020. The 12th edition of the ITU’s flagship academic event is inviting original academic papers sharing insight into ongoing projects and research relevant to digital transformation and the future of industry. The deadline for submissions is 29 June 2020. Researchers preparing submissions to Kaleidoscope 2020 are encouraged to consult the conference’s Call for Papers. All papers accepted and presented at the conference will be published in the Kaleidoscope Proceedings and the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Outstanding papers may also be published in the IEEE Communications Standards Magazine.


I have been keen in engineering management and driving innovation along with a flair to work with people in general. TEMS has been instrumental in understanding the nuances of engineering management, helping manage projects at scale, understand how to set up, organize and execute on enterprise scale projects. On top of it, I also love to volunteer (given my 2 decades with IEEE CS and at the global level starting from my school day) to the local community. If you are in a leadership role or aspiring to become one or be pivotal in driving innovation and entrepreneurship; TEMS and its chapters are great resource center to double down on your skill and apply learnings to scale and grow in achieving your goals. TEMS reach has been highly limited, we should reach out to the industry more systematically. Engage with wider set of chapters and engage diverse groups based on their technical interests. I as a chapter chair have been organizing several high impact events for our members in Hyderabad section – I would like to expand on these so that a larger community of folks gets benefited.

Aditya Rao
IEEE TEMS Hyderabad Chapter Chair; 
Volunteer at TEMS Chapter; Member

Better understanding of the bridge between engineering, leadership and management. Information in Journals and articles guide thoughts Remember that most of your audience is NOT technical most of the time. Not much – pace and content are sound. Working across societies and other tech organizations (AIAA, NAS, etc.) to improve reach and understanding.

Mr. Barry C Tilton P.E., PMP
Volunteer at TEMS Chapter

Initially to gain exposure to research and industry ideas, but ultimately to volunteer for TEMS Chapter or Global Team. I am an Associate Professor in Management Science, with a previous career as Project Manager for Oracle Corporation. TEMS helps me engage with academics and practitioners who have similar Engineering Management interests to me. Through TEMS I have begun to expand my academic network and collaborate with other scholars within the UK. It is open to potential members from all aspects of Engineering Management – my previous career was in Project Management of large Enterprise System implementations, and TEMS provides a suitable home within IEEE for me. More proactive engagement with TEMS Members and provide opportunities for volunteering more frequently – to date, I have the impression that it is quite cliquey and I’m finding it difficult to find out about volunteering opportunities at the lower-level, i.e. opportunities suitable for brand new volunteers – the Chair opportunities are too big a leap at the moment and require previous experience in volunteering. Currently performing research into conflict development within large multi-partner technology and software engineering programs, along with the cybernetics of project management in large technology and software engineering programs.

Dr.Richard Williams

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