Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

January 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 1

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Engineers

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Hometown dreams, worldly career 

Chad Holliday’s professional life has sent him from chemicals to manufacturing to chairman of Bank of America
By Michael Hughes

Outsourcing done right 

Analysis may keep some manufacturing in-house and spin off other processes
By Ronan McIvor

Better processes make good eats 

The food industry can benefit from lean Six Sigma principles
By Tina Kovach and Rae Cho

The bottleneck conundrum 

Breaking up logjams can be key for process plant production
By Peter L. King

Bringing outsiders in 

Externally based process improvements create value for customers and shareholders
By George F. Brown Jr. and Atlee Valentine Pope


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • How much does work-life balance dictate productivity? According to Florida State University researchers, it's quite a lot.
  • MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies finds that a polycarbonate face shield can prevent brain injuries.
  • The federal government and wireless carriers are developing a system to send emergency alerts to mobile devices.
  • Seven businesses and organizations were honored with the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
  • Risk worries have companies changing their supply chain strategies.
  • Nova Scotia's Department of Health hires an IE to address nursing home vacancies.
  • Book of the Month: Management? It's Not What You Think by Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand and Joseph Lampel
  • Uncommon IE: Michael Huff, vice president of sports, Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy


Performance by Kevin McManus

Unintended customers 

Management by Paul Engle

The risk of reduction 

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres

Showing you the money 

Supply Chain by Rajiv Saxena

Warehouses speak globally 

Member Forum by Thomas Fiske

A question of learning


This month in IIE news 

The January issue's IIE news includes an interview with SHS conference keynoter Ken Musselman, the schedule for this year’s university regional conferences, and updates about the Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo, the Work Standards Conference and the IIE Annual Conference and Expo.

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"Sometimes we take for granted that everyone understands how to be nice or how to interact positively with others. That's not necessarily always the case. Sometimes people may not realize that making that sarcastic remark could be interpreted in a more damaging way by others. Just knowing that can be helpful"  

– Russell Johnson, associate professor of management at Michigan State University, discussing workplace incivility in "Incivility can cost you cash," in The Front Line, Page 12.


The best job ever 

The best job ever

Mark Wallace with UPS discusses why his job is the coolest job for an industrial engineer in this December 2014 Web exclusive.

Resurrection in Atlanta 

Resurrection in Atlanta

Members of the IISE Atlanta Chapter appear in this October 2014 video to discuss the value of a revitalizing the chapter.

Training humanitarian IEs 

Training humanitarian IEs

IE interviews the three co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics.