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System Dynamics

Volume 22 – Number 4        October 2009

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Member News

System Dynamics Society Applications Award 2009 to Ken Cooper and Greg Lee for Work at Fluor Corporation

  From left: Gregory Lee, Kim Warren (head of the System Dynamics Application Award Committee) and Kenneth Cooper

The System Dynamics Society awarded its 2009 Applications Award to Kenneth Cooper of Cooper Associates, Milford NH, and Gregory Lee of Fluor Corporation, Aliso Viejo CA. The Applications Award is presented for the best application of system dynamics, and is one of the preeminent awards in the field of dynamic simulation modeling. The international panel of judges unanimously selected Cooper and Lee’s “Managing the Dynamics of Projects and Changes at Fluor” as the best modeling application from nominees around the world. 

Cooper and Lee designed, built, tested, and implemented a model-based system to aid project management at Fluor Corporation. Fluor is one of the world’s largest Engineering and Construction firms, with 2008 revenues over $20 Billion. The US-based firm operates in every major business sector and geography.

(More information about the award)

James Lyneis
Chair, Applications Awards Committee

Dana Meadows Award Winners

Dana Meadows Award
From left: Margaret Stringfellow, Timothy Taylor and Howard Hao-Chun Chuang

Out of the 29 student papers submitted for this year's awards, these were regarded as very good papers and worthy contributions to system dynamics.The authors are to be congratulated for their efforts and their success in analyzing and providing insight into significant dynamic issues.

This year’s winner of the Dana Meadows Student Award for the best student paper presented at the annual conference is: Timothy Taylor at the Construction Engineering and Management Program, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, for the paper “Science, engineering, and technology in the policy process for natural systems.”

The Honorable Mentions in the Dana Meadows Award competition for 2009, in alphabetical order, are:
Howard Hao-Chun Chuang at the Department of Information and Operations Management, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University  for the paper “Team Psychological Safety and Group Learning: Cycle-Time Reduction for IT-enabled Collaborative Product Development” and Margaret Stringfellow at M.I.T., for the paper “Healthcare Industry Incentive Structures Pressure System Operators to Operate in a High-risk State.”

Congratulations to all the 2009 Dana Meadows Award winners! Their papers, as well as the full text of the Dana Meadows Award Ceremony may be viewed at the 2009 conference web proceedings.

Joel Rahn
Chair, Dana Meadows Award Committee

Outstanding Service Award Announcement:  Andy Ford, Summer 2009

Outstanding Service Award to Andy Ford

From left: Andy Ford (award winner) and Jim Lyneis (Community Service Awards Committee Chair)

From its inception, the System Dynamics Society has been an organization of volunteers. While we now have a paidprofessional staff taking on many duties, the Society still could not run without volunteers.  The effort of every volunteer is important, but some sustain that effort at a very high rate for a long period of time. That exceptional service, above and beyond the call of duty, deserves recognition. In order to do this, the Society established the Outstanding Service Award. Prior awardees have been Jack Pugh and Bob Eberlein. 

This year, we would like to recognize Andy Ford for his outstanding service. In 1986, the second year of publication for the System Dynamics Review, Andy took on the role of Managing Editor. He held that position singly, and paired with another Managing Editor, under four different Executive Editors, until 2007. That is 21 years of service in a job that is both demanding, and of critical importance to the Society and the field of system synamics.

And of course Andy’s work does not stop there. This year he is one of the Program Co-Chairs for the conference. That is a remarkable devotion to duty!

Please join me in congratulating and thanking Andy.

Jim Lyneis,
Chair, Community Service Awards Committee

isee systems Presents the 2nd Annual Barry Richmond Scholarship Award

The Barry Richmond Scholarship Award was established in 2007 by isee systems to honor and continue the legacy of our founder, Barry Richmond. Barry was devoted to helping others become better “Systems Citizens”.  It was his mission to make systems thinking and system dynamics accessible to people of all ages and in all fields. The award is presented annually at the International System Dynamics Conference to an individual whose work demonstrates a desire to expand the field or to apply it to current social issues.

Barry Richmond Award
From left: Marcus Robinson and James Ranney (award winners) and Diana Fischer

Barry had a particular passion for expanding the field into K-12 education. He worked closely with teachers and young people at all levels to incorporate Systems Thinking tools and methodologies into the classroom. With this in mind, it was a great pleasure to present this year’s award to Marcus Robinson and James Ranney, two students from Wilson High School in Portland, Oregon. The scholarship committee was very impressed by the quality of the models and technical papers that these students submitted. Both high school seniors were enrolled in Diana Fisher’s modeling class this past year.  For their final project assignment, they were asked to explore a topic of their own choosing.

To download the award winning papers and for more information please visit this website.

Joanne Egner
isee systems

Lupina Young Researchers Award in Health System Dynamics Presented

Lupina Young Award Winners
From left: Emre Demirezen, Sangeeta Sardiwa (award winners), and Peter Warrian (Managing Director, Lupina Foundation)

It is with the greatest of pleasure that we are announcing the second year’s winner of the Young Researchers Lupina Prize for System Dynamics modeling in Health.

The Lupina Foundation is a private foundation located in Toronto which funds in the area of Health and Society. Our specific focus is public health or population health.

Healthcare Reform and Pandemics are much in the media these days. In our view, it is the complexity of health issues that so much challenges efforts at healthcare reform and policy interventions. That is the reason why our Foundation is investing in complexity modeling in health. The field does not belong, of course, to system dynamics modeling alone. For infectious diseases, agent-based modeling has unique strengths. For social epidemics such as the links between obesity, diabetes, smoking and TB, network analysis has many strengths. However, for policy analysis, System Dynamics brings a particularly powerful tool kit to the issues.

With that said, it is now my great privilege to announce the winners of the 2009 Lupina Prize for Young Researchers.

This year award winners are Sangeeta Sardiwal for "Evaluating the Effect of Integrated Health and Social Care Information Systems on Delayed Discharging of Patients" and Emre Demirezen for "A Simulation Model for Bloodcholesterol Dynamics and Related Disorders."

The senior Lupina Prize will be announced later in the year.

Peter Warrian
Managing Director, Lupina Foundation

Best Poster Award

Attendees of the Wednesday Symposium (July 29, 2009) voted to present the Best Poster Award to Gyu Rim Kim for his presentation of "Analysis of Global Food Market and Food-Energy Price Links: Based on System Dynamics Approach." The winner, as well as the runners up were the given certificates.

Honorable Mention posters included (not in order):

Professor John Sterman has received the Jamieson Award for Excellence in Teaching

Professor John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management, has received the Jamieson Award for Excellence in Teaching at the MIT Sloan School of Business and Management. It is given annually to two MIT Sloan faculty members for their contribution to teaching excellence. The award is endowed by Burgess Jamieson, MIT class of 1962.

Congratulations John!

New Books

New Book by Tarek K. Abdel-Hamid

Thinking in Circles about Obesity: Applying Systems Thinking to Weight Management (Springer, 2009) was recently published by Tarek K. Abdel-Hamid. This book brings a healthy portion of critical thinking, spiced with on-target humor and lively graphics, to the obesity debate. This book unites systems (non-linear) thinking and information technology to provide powerful insights and practical strategies for managing our bodies, as well as our health.

New Book by David Jacoby

Guide to Supply Chain Management (Bloomberg Press in the U.S. and Canada, September 2009) was recently published by David Jacoby. The book sorts out the central elements of supply chain management and provides a simple yet comprehensive formula for using them to delight customers and shareholders.

Other Related Conferences

The 2009 Conference on Systems Science, Management Science & System Dynamics (SSMSSD09)

The SSMSSD09 Conference was held in Tongji University, Shanghai, China from May 29 to 31, 2009. About 110 scholars from China mainland, Taiwan, Macao, Canada, USA, Australia and Italy attended the Conference. The scholars had 7 plenary sessions and 8 parallel sessions to discuss the issues of systems science theory and application, management theory and practicing, system dynamics and its application, theory of complexity and sustainable development. A total of 398 papers have been accepted by the conference.

The conference was chaired by Prof. Qifan Wang, and hosted by Institute of Development Study, Tongji University, Professional Committee of System Dynamics, System Engineering Society of China and chapters of Asia-Pacific Area, System Dynamics Society. Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade acted as a co-host. The past two conferences were held in Tongji University in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

System Dynamics Group Meeting in China
at the Conference on Systems Science, Management Science & System Dynamics (SSMSSD)

In the evening of May 30, China Chapter of System Dynamics Society held a system dynamics group meeting with about 30 participants who are involved in system dynamics education and research in China. Most of the participants came from various universities, and teach system dynamics in undergraduate and graduate programs. They believed that SSMSSD conference is helpful for promoting system dynamics education and research in China. Someone suggested that the conference to be held every year, instead of every two years, and at different universities.

On Climate Change

Society members continue sharing system dynamics insights with the public on the problem of climate change. Drew Jones of the Sustainability Institute gave a talk on Simulating Climate Hope in order to build some hope for the problem and experiment with some new ways to share system dynamics insights (link to the video). John Sterman also was interviewed for The New York Times "Dot Earth" blog about climate change (link to the article).


Albuquerque conference web proceedings now available

The proceedings of the 2009 PhD Colloquium in Albuquerque are now available on the new Student Chapter website. They contain information on all active participants, a descriptive summary of the colloquium, and the papers of all presenters. You can directly access the proceedings here.

Gönenç Yücel, Christian Lehr
Colloquium Organizers

The full proceedings of the 27th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society is now available on the Society website at:

New application deadline for European Master in System Dynamics: 1 February 2010

The deadline for applying for the 2010 class of the new European Master Programme in System Dynamics (starting in late August 2010) has been extended by two months. It is now: 1 February 2010

This and further news can be found on the programme's website. Please also check it out for information about the application procedure.

Please feel free to contact in case you have any questions or comments.

Andreas Größler

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2010 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, & Prediction (SBP10) - March 29  April 1, 2010

Natcher Auditorium, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Main Campus, Bethesda, MD. Link to the conference website

System Dynamics Club @ Earl Haig: Haig Dynamics

Setting the Context: How could math, science (physics, chemistry, and biology), literature and the social sciences, which are traditionally separated knowledge areas, be interrelated in order to make it easier for learners (e.g. Earl Haig students) to master their underlining concepts? The answer is systems thinking and system dynamics. This question is what started my interest in system dynamics and allowed me to start Haig Dynamics, a system dynamics club at Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The mandate is to contribute to Earl Haig students’ academic success using system dynamics. The goal are to create a platform that will expose Earl Haig students to the enrichment system dynamics can bring to them; to provide Earl Haig students with system dynamics tool that will contribute to sustainable learning of math, science, language and social sciences; to provide Earl Haig students with system dynamics tools to support a well-founded confidence for managing their lives (e.g. academic life) and the situations they encounter.

Haig Dynamics all started with email exchanges with Jay Forrester. We are still in contact and he is a great help to the Club. He encouraged me to start a system dynamics club at my school, for there wasn’t one already. Haig Dynamics is now in full swing with meetings after school on Mondays. Haig Dynamics was also lucky enough to have the support of the school’s Curriculum Leader of the Math Department, Dr. Jane Lee. Thanks to her support the Club was able to commence without much delay. Throughout the academic year we will be looking and exploring system dynamics and its application in various strands; such as mathematics, chemistry, biology, history, literature, physics, economics etc. After these ‘Interactive Meetings,’ there will be workshops in which we apply our knowledge using system dynamics tools such as STELLA. Meetings will rotating between Interactive Meetings to Workshops. Through this Club I hope to spark students as well as teachers interest in system dynamics.

Yannick Ngana, President
Haig Dynamics
Earl Haig Secondary School
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
100 Princess Avenue, M2N 3R7

The Winner of the Newcomer Orientation Scavenger Hunt at the 2009 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society was Debora Hammond! Runers up were Josephine Musango and Frederic Taes.
Congratulations all!

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