Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

February 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 2

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Engineers who make a difference 

Three daring professionals show that industrial engineering always has a place in improving the human condition
By David Brandt, Monica Elliott and Michael Hughes

Fighting cancer with high technology 

IE techniques combine with rapid prototyping in nuclear medicine
By Ali Kamrani and Maryam Azimi

Know the automation situation 

Knowing when to say no can keep distribution costs from skyrocketing
By Dean M. Starovasnik

The softer side of lean 

Analyzing corporate culture can point the way to necessary changes
By Fazleena Badurdeen and Bob Gregory


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • USC professor working with rural hospitals to improve processes and patient care
  • Georgia Tech researcher: "The COO role continues to be a very strategic position for companies ..."
  • Study: Social media is likely here to stay
  • Pressure to publish has increased retraction rate of scholarly journals
  • New study suggests that diversity can bring value as long as organizations follow paradigm shifts
  • Industrial engineering students can compete for The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development, cash prize
  • Book of the month: Models Behaving Badly by Emanuel Derman


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Using our extra day

Management by Paul Engle 

Leaders push change to manage growth

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

The right teammate

Manufacturing by Paul Templin 

Social media: New age marvel or distraction?

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi 

What is systems engineering?


This month in IIE news

The February issue discusses details about the keynote and featured speakers set for the Applied Ergonomics Conference in March; more details about the Enterprise Transformation Conference and Best Practices in Managing Work Standards; a summary about IIE's Behind the Scenes Corporate Tours in March; the annual UPS donation to IIE toward scholarships and awards for women and minorities; details about this year's IAB YouTube student video contest; the renaming of the Student Award for Excellence after late Purdue IE professor James Barany; and the networking opportunities available at this month's Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference.

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"Contrary to another common perception, the reason for this loss is not corruption, incompetence or disproportionately high overheads. … Communication breakdown is arguably the No. 1 cause of inefficiency in humanitarian operations, and our own assessments confirmed that poor information flow, not knowledge gaps, compromised effectiveness." 

– Bublu Thakur-Weigold, co-author of the December issue cover story, "Helping the helpers"


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.