Author Archives: Thomas P Seager

About Thomas P Seager

I teach "Engineering Business Practices" and "Sustainable Engineering Systems" at Arizona State University in Tempe AZ.

Write+Review+Revise=Publish! ISSST2018

ISSST submit review publish process(1)

ISSST scholarship is improved by review of extended abstracts, presentation of draft conference papers, and (finally) submission of manuscripts to special issues of our partner journals.  Each manuscript starts as an extended abstract reviewed by the Technical Committee.  Accepted authors then submit draft conference papers for circulation and presentation among the ISSST participant.  Finally, one month after ISSST, the final manuscripts are due to the special issue Guest Editors.


The purpose of ISSST is to accelerate the formation of what we call a Conoscente, which is a new word we coined during a the ISSST2013 Cincinnati keynote address.

A Conscente is a group of knowledgeable acquaintances.  It is a scientific society for the 21st century that transcends the technology of the printing press to include digital media and advanced information-communication-technologies (ICT) for the co-creation and sharing of expert knowledge.

Despite the emphasis on digital forms of interaction, traditional forms of publication are still important to archiving and organizing knowledge, and to the tenure and promotion cases of junior faculty.  Therefore, one of the goals of the Conoscente is to strengthen and streamline traditional peer review by incorporating digital tools.

One of key elements of disrupting peer review is the in-real-life (IRL) ISSST itself.  When done well, ISSST gives authors an opportunity to receive real-time feedback from ISSST participants engaged in their topic, and in a way that will get their work to publication faster.

The ISSST Session Chairs are the linchpin of this IRL review process.  They moderate the presentation sessions, they manage submission of the draft conference papers, and they facilitate feedback to authors.  Consequently, it is essential that the Session Chairs be experts in the areas in which they are serving, and serve as Conoscente leaders in guiding the production of scholarship.

Lastly, ISSST Session Chairs have the opportunity to co-author an editorial for publication in the archival record of their ISSST theme.  This publication is one way of crediting their contribution to the transformation of the production of science scholarship.

The Guidelines for ISSST2018 Session Chairs can be found at this link

Solar Panels Might Not Help CO2 Reduction Any Time Soon

Energy Vulture

by Emil Morhardt

The main considerations in whether and where to install photovoltaic (PV) panels are how much sun there is, and how much the panels cost. Right? Not necessarily. Engineers at Arizona State University have just published a paper pointing out that if a goal of installing photovoltaics is to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, it would be prudent to consider the emissions from manufacturing—which vary significantly by panel type—how long they stay in the atmosphere, and whether or not the installation is competing with other renewable energy sources rather than with fossil fuel burning. Because of the greenhouse gases associated with manufacturing, all panel installations increase greenhouse effects in the short term, although the initial two-year effect is to reduce them owing to sulfur and nitrogen oxides released from power plants during manufacture.

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Prelim Program for #ISSST2014

The ISSST2014 Preliminary Program is posted as a downloadable Excel file.

If you see your name as a session Chair, it’s because we think you’d be terrific and we’d like to invite you to accept a leadership role.  But not all sessions have Chairs yet!  If you’d like to volunteer, let us know.

Please inspect your sessions and especially the title and authorship of your poster or presentation.  Send corrections, comments and adjustments to Dr. Chris Yuan by email

Also, keep in mind that we’ll be programming 4thSpace with workshops, training sessions, biz meetings, UNconference sessions and other late-breaking opportunities for active and engaging exercises.  We’ll post a separate 4thSpace program as we closer to ISSST.

Announcing 4Space: A Place for ISSST Experimentation

Every year the Program Committee gets abstracts, workshop proposals, and new ideas from ISSST participants that don’t match the time-tested model of paper and poster presentations.  For example, we’ve done panel discussions, workshops, real-time online linkups with concurrent conferences, spontaneous presentation sessions, and impromptu work sessions.  We even have a proposal for an UNconference.

One of the beautiful things about ISSST is that we’ve been able to create space for all of these ideas, both in pre- and post-symposia activities and in the regular program.  In some cases, these “crazy” and sometimes last-minute ideas have been the most popular parts of ISSST.  As a result, we’re getting even more proposals — more than the Program Committee can handle.

Although the ISSST parallel program has always been split into three concurrent tracks, the volume of high quality submissions, pre-symposia ideas, and new initiatives this year won’t fit into that format.  So we’re creating a new thing and we’re calling it 4Space.

4Space will be a room at ISSST that will house new workshops, linkups, project meetings, writing sessions, small group discussions, business meetings and allow people to plot their own revolutions.   It will house about 13 people in a Board Room setting and it will be “programmed” only in a loose sense.  Some activities will be planned ahead of time and printed in the program.  Other activities will emerge spontaneously during the event and the organizers will be able to use 4th Space and advertise themselves to the ISSST participants as a whole.

The only thing is, we need a volunteer 4Space Chair to join the ISSST Organizing Committee.  I have a few people in mind that I know would be ideal for the job.  But if you want to be considered, please respond to