Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

September 2010    |    Volume: 42    |    Number: 9

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Industrial Engineer - September 2010 


Better together 

Academia should take the lead in improving collaboration with business
By Dima Nazzal and Cyrus Hillsman

Process patent pending 

U.S. Supreme Court decision gives process inventors a sigh of relief
By Basil M. Angelo

Beating turbulence 

Rethinking your company's growth strategy can help you survive or thrive
By Sonny Williams and Kenneth H. Marks

A new purchasing philosophy 

Lean enterprise systems require supplier partnerships
By Chris Harris and Chuck Streeter

The language of cost 

Establishing common ground for business management and engineering
By Thomas R. Cutler



Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Simulation software SportEvac helps responders deal with mass gathering emergencies.
  • Sloan Center on Aging asserts that manufacturing industry will soon need to replace baby boomers.
  • Researchers at RPI have new technique to manufacture popular nanomaterial, graphene.
  • Three-dimensional imaging brings aircraft technology to plastic surgery.
  • Urban planners are impeding couriers of package delivery services.
  • New study reveals that interruptions contribute to medication errors.
  • IBM invests $2 million into the University of Central Florida.
  • Book of the Month: Root Cause Analysis in Process-Based Industries by Menachem Horev
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Performance by Kevin McManus 

Finding different eyes

Management by Paul Engle 

Unrelated events?

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Strategic planning

Innovation by Nabil Nasr 

Engineering challenge of the century


This month in IIE news 

The September issue features a review of IIE member benefits; the list of scholarship, fellowship and competition winners at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2010; a preview of ABET's annual conference; and a review of the IIE Enterprise Risk Management Certificate training offering.

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Industrial Engineer - October 2015 


"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.