Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

March 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 3

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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A lean look at ergonomics

Healthier continuous improvement processes can limit musculoskeletal disorders
By Jack Kester 

The next-generation research facility

Nanotechnology sites come with a host of issues tailor-made for IEs
By Monty Stranski and Ted Johnson 

Electronically pulled production

Revamp using kanban reduced inventory nearly 50 percent, saved millions
By Tom Knight, Donna Ruder and Xing Guan 

New tools for the tried and true

Modern software replaces stopwatches, but work study processes remain the same
By Larry Aft 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Ergonomics experts look at how Affordable Care Act requirements affect medical workers' computer behavior 
  • New agriculture standards could prompt dairy farmers to increase use of anaerobic digesters
  • Virginia Tech researchers get $800,000 grant for spectrum sharing and tactical communications
  • Tests may give healthcare providers a new tool for preventing hospital superbugs
  • New OSHA 'eTool' offers designs and advice for computer workstations
  • An industrial engineer appears in new documentary about Eichler houses
  • Book of the month: The Spirit of Project Management by Judi Neal and Alan Harpham 


Performance by Kevin McManus

Wooden was right

Management by Paul Engle 

How are we doing?

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn 

Engineering better healthcare facilities

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Sustainability education comes of age

Member Forum by Khaled Mabrouk

Fix your process before seeking a new one


This month in IIE news

The March issue includes a lot of news about upcoming conferences and other events, including some photos of San Juan, Puerto Rico, site of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2013 in May; details about the call for abstracts for the IIE Asian Conference 2013; IIE's pick for this year's New Faces of Engineering contest; the call for papers for this fall's Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2013; and information about how to access free webinars covering Applied Ergonomics Conference topics.

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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.