Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

February 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 2

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Life support for hospital staff 

Better nurse scheduling can help patients and the bottom line
By Timothy C. Stansfield, Ronda Massey and Joshua Manuel

Discretely evaluating complex systems 

Simulation is a valuable tool for lean Six Sigma
By Paul D. Babin and Allen G. Greenwood

Are you ready for VMI? 

Not every company benefits. This methodology can help you decide
By Tarikere T. Niranjan, Stephan M. Wagner and Bublu Thakur-Weigold

Out of space

Using RFID, simulation and other IE methods to control inventory for NASA
By Erick C. Jones, Maurice D. Cavitt and Angela Garza

Confessions of a lean lunatic 

How one entrepreneur used Toyota methods to transform his company
By Greg Lane


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Research shows that eight-hour work shifts are better than 12-hour work shifts for nurses.
  • Panama Canal improvements could take shipping from West Coast.
  • Survey reveals that new graduates lack proper business behavior.
  • Ergonomics could be coming to a dentist near you.
  • Slate magazine reports that small manufacturers should increase exports.
  • Georgia Tech offers a new grad program in supply chain engineering.
  • Virginia Tech's ISyE department receives UPS grant.
  • Uncommon IE: Ron Johnson, senior vice president of referee operations, NBA
  • Book of the month: Surviving the Baby Boomer Exodus by Ken Ball and Gina Gotsill


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Quota questions

Management by Paul Engle 

Penny-wise but pound-foolish?

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Healthcare systems engineering

Manufacturing by Paul Templin 

The toll of dealing with it

Member Forum by Khaled Mabrouk 

Rubber band woes


This month in IIE news 

The February issue features an interview with NIOSH director and Applied Ergonomics Conference keynoter Dr. John Howard, a recognition of UPS-sponsored awards for IIE, speaker overviews for the upcoming Managing Work Standards Conference, and tips on networking at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo in May.

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"After a week of collaborative work, the company's global operations had established the principle that managing the company's 'cost to serve' is not always about making everything cost less. Schaffner and other organizations that take the lean journey must keep mindful of this important concept: In the end-to-end supply chain, lean does not always mean cheap." 

– Bublu Thakur-Weigold and Anthony Lorenzon, in the cover story from the April issue, "Lean is not cheap"


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 IIE 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.