Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

June 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 6

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Off to the races with communications 

A focus on sharing information effectively can ensure efficiency in NASCAR ... and in your business
By Joseph R. Stainback IV

Make it not go wrong 

Risk management can keep projects from fulfilling Murphy's Law
By Refael Yosha

The human link 

Departmental thought worlds can distort supply chain reality one bit at a time
By Tarikere T. Niranjan and Shashank Rao

Stop doing things dangerously 

High performance work systems can increase employee safety
By Zachary M. Leffakis and Ronald Schoff


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Georgia Tech and University of Chicago research solution to bus bunching
  • Executive recruiter sees manufacturing leading way out of recession
  • Eight things that signify an extraordinary boss
  • University at Buffalo econ professor examines effect of offshoring on economy
  • Supply chain management survey reveals operational benefits of true collaboration
  • An IE champions STEM curriculum for Montessori school students in Indianapolis
  • Cornell students use systems engineering to develop talented robots
  • Book of the month: Statistical Techniques for Project Control by Adedeji B. Badiru and Tina Kovach


Performance by Kevin McManus

Seeking super supervisors

Management by Paul Engle 

Strategic planning challenges

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

My favorite things

Innovation by Nabil Nasr 

Incubators propel clean energy forward


This month in IIE news

The June issue features a list of 2012 IIE honors and awards winners that were presented at the IIE Annual Conference in May; a remembrance for respected academician Tayfur Altiok who passed away in April; a re-cap of IIE National Chapter's participation in the Society of Women Engineers' "Capitol Hill Day;" a description of a new half-day session that was added to the Best Practices in Ergonomics Applied to Retail and Distribution event; and the latest information about the Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference in October.

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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.