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January 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 1

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Engineers

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Engineers who make a difference

This year’s honorees save the world in different ways: One by giving veterans and kids in Chicago a chance and one by preventing nuclear disaster
By David Brandt and Michael Hughes 

Manufacturing living things

Industrial engineers lead research into printing new organs for transplant
By Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat and Howard Chen 

The soft side of making decisions

A solid process can frame issues for multiple stakeholders and reduce bias
By Kenneth Chelst 

Getting into the game

Increase project management skills via role-playing simulations
By Alex Bohn and Terri Lynch-Caris 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Oregon State associate professor's computerized approach could radically change design, manufacturing
  • Three Virginia universities testing vehicle-highway interaction
  • Research suggests outsiders can better rate the performance of a company's employees
  • Study: For the best status on health system quality, talk to the nurses
  • Marillyn A. Hewson becomes first woman to head Lockheed Martin
  • Indiana University economists expect a third consecutive year of underachieving economic growth in the U.S.
  • Book of the month: The Outstanding Organization: Generate Business Results by Eliminating Chaos and Building the Foundation for Everyday Excellence by Karen Martin


Performance by Kevin McManus

A higher standard of improvement

Management by Paul Engle 

Making time for strategic planning

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn 

Healthcare IEs needed now more than ever

Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins

Three keys for success


This month in IIE news

The January issue includes details about how the Society for Health Systems will celebrate its 25th anniversary at its conference March 1-4 in New Orleans; the IIE Los Angeles Chapter's campaign at a college fair to recruit potential IEs; the guidelines for the Industry Advisory Board's YouTube Video Contest for student chapters; the new editors-in-chief of IIE Transactions and The Engineering Economist; early-bird registration for the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2013; the IIE-sponsored International Conference in Industrial Engineering in Istanbul this June; dates for the upcoming university regional conferences; keynote speakers for the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2013; and the passing away of Georgia Tech's Jerry Banks.

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"Toyota showed us how to form people-centric solutions in which the employees themselves contribute to designing and running their own processes. … We realized that the Toyota Production 'System' was actually a learning system." 

– From "Lean is a people-centric system" by Daniel Jones and Michael Ballé in the October 2016 issue


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.