Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

September 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 9

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Care compression

A3 thinking and lean and Six Sigma tools successfully consolidate many hospital labs into one
By Cynthia L. Seaver

Taking dashboards out of Wonderland 

Adding relationships and strategy to traditional metrics increases the value of the tool
By Bruce Karr

Alleviating four-legged problems 

Ergonomic interventions can reduce injury potential for equine veterinarians
By Meghan Rogers, Kinley Taylor and David Kaber

Building brand you 

Students should start early to add activities and real-life experience to resumés
By Gregory H. Watson

Primed for decision analysis 

Tools can help managers discover which options are more equal than others
By Theresa J. Barker


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Aerospace companies continue work on developing commercial fly-by-wireless technology
  • Tennessee Tech studying methods to improve worker productivity
  • IE: 85 percent capacity rate is the most efficient target level for hospitals
  • Website: California, Texas and Ohio lead in total manufacturing workers
  • Chrysler's World Class Manufacturing program expands into training academy
  • Research suggests perceived ownership of an idea can disrupt collaboration
  • Book of the month: Engineering Your Future: The Professional Practice of Engineering by Stuart G. Walesh


Performance by Kevin McManus

Think, type, talk

Management by Paul Engle 

Take the gamble out of forecasting

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Sharpening the saw

Innovation by Nabil Nasr 

The sustainable mobility connection


This month in IIE news

The September issue features a preview of the Best Practices in Applying Lean and Six Sigma to Healthcare event; the deadline and details for nominating a New Face of Engineering; news about the first-ever SEMS global virtual conference; application information for IIE honors, awards, scholarships and fellowships; Industrial Engineer magazine's publication honors; highlights for the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2012 in October; and a list of newly elected and appointed officers for IIE's societies and divisions.

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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.