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March 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 3

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Keeping Fido's helpers healthy 

Ergonomics plays a big part in small animal veterinary operations
By Meghan Rogers, Shruti Gangakhedkar and David Kaber

The Babe Ruth effect 

Don't let the magnitude of improvement successes mask the frequency of project failures
By Satya S. Chakravorty

Seven simple rules for solving problems 

It may seem obvious, but root cause analysis should lead to answers for manufacturers
By Daniel Sims

Quality in reverse 

Trends and trade-offs in assessing the value of returned products
By Luk N. Van Wassenhove and Christos Zikopoulos

Discovering the source of failures 

Process mining can identify problems while saving time and money
By Guillermo Calderon-Ruiz and Marcos Sepulveda


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Evolutionary robotics has mechanical animals learning to walk.
  • The survival of the Chilean miners offers lessons for corporate America.
  • Do you want a promotion? Don't rock the boat.
  • U.S. manufacturing grows but needs long-term strategy.
  • Interdisciplinary research team makes strides in preventing osteoarthritis.
  • Photocatalytic pavements can reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Feds say 4 million hospital admissions in 2008 may have been unnecessary.
  • Book of the month: The Disassembly Line: Balancing and Modeling by Seamus M. McGovern and Surendra M. Gupta


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Pride, principle or process

Management by Paul Engle 

Is it real?

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Healthcare ergonomics needed sooner, not later

Innovation by Nabil Nasr 

Sustainability and Singapore


This month in IIE news 

The March issue includes a profile of IIE's pick for the New Faces of Engineering 2011, Sara Falkiewicz of ProHealth Care Medical Associates; the speaker lineup for the IIE Annual Conference and Expo; a feature about the volunteer efforts of IIE's Central Florida chapter and University of Central Florida student chapter; and updates about the upcoming Applied Ergonomics Conference in March, the Behind the Scenes corporate tours in April, and the Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference in September.

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"Innovation is such a buzzword that when we walk into a classroom, whether it is MBA students or executives, innovation is by definition good. Or you discuss growth vs. less growth – well, growth is good. But in financial terms a firm can destroy a lot of value by growing more than it should. And similarly, more innovation is not always optimal. … Those types of myths need to be questioned a bit more by making the risks and costs more explicit." 

– Jay Anand, professor of strategy at The Ohio State University, in the October issue's Front Line


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.