Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 5

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Correcting for the future 

A framework for decisions to fix a faltering business
By William W. Lawrence

Averting healthcare network catastrophe 

Systems thinking and modeling are critical to design smarter responses to mass casualty disasters
By Maria T. Bull and Serge N. Sala-Diakanda

Streamlining waste 

Value stream mapping helps cut cycle times while improving quality and inventory control
By Zeynep Ocak

Graduate finances 

For IEs starting out in the world, your first six months pave the way to your future
By Kevin Drevik

The good, the bad and the quality 

‘6 Sigma Samurai’ video brings fun to the discipline’s philosophy
By David Brandt

Big IT for small companies 

Quick-scan method makes up for lack of resources
By Alejandro J. Cataldo, Robert J. McQueen and Marcos Sepulveda


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Disaster in Japan creates ripple effect on global supply chain.
  • Three Virginia universities partner with manufacturers for new research facility.
  • Georgia Tech researchers try to perfect human-like robot.
  • Study links honesty and humility to job performance.
  • U.S. report shows improvement in healthcare quality, but disparities not yet removed.
  • Study: Environmental interventions helped employees avoid weight gain.
  • Book of the month: Modern Construction: Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices by Lincoln Forbes and Syed M. Ahmed


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Intolerable failures

Management by Paul Engle 

IT in the clouds

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Comparison shopping

Manufacturing by Paul Templin 

Starve reorg fever


This month in IIE news 

The May issue includes highlights of the upcoming 61st Annual IIE Conference and Expo, including a mini-schedule of sessions, special events and keynote speakers; a look at the ergonomics projects by this year's Ergo Cup® winners; a link to the Emmy Award-winning Industrial Engineering video co-produced by CIEADH; and details as well as the deadline for nominations to IIE’s board of trustees.

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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.