Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

September 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 9

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Engineers who make a difference 

Engineers who make a difference 

Whether with improved medical services, sustainable space travel or environmentally safe roads, these three game changers are putting their IE training to good use.
By David Brandt, Monica Elliott and Michael Hughes

Fighting cancer with high technology 

Fighting cancer with high technology 

Recent decades have emphasized the value of applying engineering knowledge to improve healthcare systems. This article examines how applying the advanced engineering and information technologies can improve treatment planning and the quality of life for cancer patients who receive radiation therapy. The research is to develop a predictive model that captures changes in the geometry of tumors in head and neck cancer patients.
By Ali Kamrani and Maryam Azimi

Know the automation situation 

Know the automation situation 

Companies must understand when automation is likely to be a wise choice and not just jump on the bandwagon of cool new tools and 'silver bullet' prescriptions. A solid cost-benefit analysis must continue to drive final decisions. Presented here are some of the parameters that factor into such analyses with a view toward raising awareness of automation pitfalls.
By Dean Starovasnik

The softer side of lean 

The softer side of lean 

Companies that have been successful with lean have focused not only on the 'hard side' of continuous improvement, but also on the 'soft side' of respect for people. The challenge for any company implementing lean is to learn the nature of the culture that must be fostered in order to build the soft side. Studying what people in the culture actually think their roles are could be a good start.
By Fazleena Badurdeen and Bob Gregory