Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

September 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 9

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Numbers are not enough 

Improved manufacturing comes from using quality data to make the right connections and conclusions
By Brandon Theiss

Innovate or die 

Unless you identify and act upon opportunity, your company will be blown away by the competition
By Stephen C. Harper and Thomas W. Porter

Ergonomic hitches a ride 

For future success, link human engineering programs with the growing trend of sustainability
By Jessica Ellison and Danny Nou

Determining what healthcare should be 

By any name, standardized work can propel clinical improvement
By Tedd Karr


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Industrial engineering professor helps determine how fire ants work together to survive floods.
  • K-12 school systems in U.S. report disparities in math and science education.
  • North Carolina State researchers develop health-monitoring nanotechnology for clothing.
  • Cornell experts program robots to recognize human activities.
  • Study: Workers with good support systems may live longer.
  • Uncommon IE: IE couple runs custom swimwear business.
  • Book of the month: Project Management Jungle: How to Manage the People Side of Projects by Doug Russell


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Tools or toys

Management by Paul Engle 

Doing due diligence

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Help develop healthcare leaders

Innovation by Nabil Nasr 

Manufacturing for a crowded planet

Member Forum by Jesse Brogan 

Performance engineering for better education


This month in IIE news 

The September issue includes details on how to nominate someone for New Faces of Engineering 2012; information about this year's ABET conference; industry leaders appearing at IIE's Enterprise Transformation Conference; deadlines for scholarship and award nominations; credentials for the newest leaders among IIE's societies and divisions; and a preview of a new ergonomics and human factors journal to be released in early 2012.

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December 2015

Industrial Engineer - December 2015 


"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.