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March 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 3

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Engineers

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Setting the scene for ergonomics 

Live actors and action go a long way toward teaching students how to explain human factors
By W.P. Neumann, Rheta Rosen and Katherine Turner

The vote for lean Six Sigma 

Can a pledge to eliminate waste and improve efficiency in government push a president to start an operational revolution?
By David Brandt

A quick guide to enterprise transformation 

Make sure your organization has the right competencies and capabilities for the future
By Michael D. Oliff

Operations research for Grandma 

Two students explain application of advanced analytical methods
By Maya Basquin and Nicholas Gilbert

No app for that? Write one! 

Developing work measurement tools for mobile devices makes things easier
By Bonnie Boardman


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • NCSU IEs change angle of infant car seat handle to improve safety for parents, babies
  • Johns Hopkins researchers attempt to change the calendar
  • Retailers, academics expect RFID to explode in popularity among retail stores
  • University of Arkansas IEs develop decision-support tool for hospitals
  • Survey: Employees who disengage from abusive supervisor worsen their own well-being
  • Revolution has prompted ban on IE equipment imports into Egypt
  • Book of the month: Judgment Calls: 12 Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams that Got Them Right by Thomas H. Davenport and Brook Manville


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Measuring stuff

Management by Paul Engle 

A few words of advice

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Facilities planning for greener hospitals

Innovation by Nabil Nasr 

The future of U.S. manufacturing


This month in IIE news

The March issue features IIE's 2012 pick for New Faces of Engineering; details about the four competition categories for this year's Ergo Cup; networking opportunities available during the IIE Annual Conference and Expo in May; the scheduled site visits for this month's IIE Behind the Scenes Corporate Tour in Atlanta; and some historical fun facts about the location of this fall's Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference.

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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.