President's Column

President’s letter

TEMS moves forward and evolves into the IEEE Society focused on building ties between research and business.

Several TEMS board members attended the Sections Congress in Sydney. There we sponsored a booth with other Division VI societies. Many people came, took our new brochure and asked about the new evolution of TEMS.  During that time I recorded an IEEE.tv show on TEMS and gave a presentation on TEMS during one session.  The response was quite positive and interest clearly growing.

We are seeing more chapters get started and existing ones engage. After Sydney went to Singapore to talk our chapter there. They were exceptionally interested in changes in TEMS and getting more engaged at the society level.  I hope to see this from many other groups, particularly active ones.

TEMS was also engaged in the IoT event in Wuxi China that is trying to motivate growing industry in the IoT space particularly, in China.

Another partner conference, ICDIM, was held in Fukuoka, Japan. You can see more at www.icdim.org. There I presented a keynote on technical and management staff development in today’s technology companies.

E-TEMS will be held in Munich October 17-19 with Industry engagements focused on “Digital Transformation for Advanced Manufacturing – Managing Technological Challenges.”  See http://www.e-tems.org/ for more details.  The plans for TEMSCON 2018 in Chicago, www.temscon.org, are taking shape with a good Industry Forum track in progress. At our TEMS events,  company leaders present discuss their technology visions and challenges.  The Industry Forum Tracks will be a signature activity of our TEMSCON events,    bringing those who have successfully engaged in the development from idea to product together with those studying the practices and theories behind technical management.  Look for them in all our future TEMSCON programs.

Publications are being modernized starting with original content for Engineering Manager’s Notebook (EMR) in 2018 with a focus on practical writings as well as technical manager’s notebook where managers describe their challenges and experiences.  In addition to technical managers advise and practices EMR will also be attracting articles on technology directions written for managers to understand aspects of technology, such as IoT, and where their business might benefit from engaging.

The society is growing.  Engage in TACs and impact the direction of our programs. Learn from the leaders and become to be one.  We aim to be the flagship society where industry directions and needs are met and guide research in all technical areas.

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Michael Condry

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