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October 2010    |    Volume: 42    |    Number: 10

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SLIK operations 

Making modular homebuilding lean and safe
By Laura Ikuma and Isabelina Nahmens

Goodbye joysticks? 

Research shows multitouch navigation in robotics works better on the ground
By Richard T. Stone

Kick down the goalpost 

Using unilateral tolerances will improve your manufactured products
By Merwan Mehta

Learning risk management from engineers 

Three examples from Boeing, NASA and Turner Construction on using partnerships and contingency plans
By Dan Carrison

Like riding a bike 

Don't let unneeded complexity get in the way of process improvement
By Satya S. Chakravorty


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • IE creates "fish friendly tidal turbine" to capture river energy and preserve wildlife.
  • Iowa researchers prove that bad executive leadership wrecks companies.
  • Georgia Tech tops U.S. News and World Report ranking.
  • Sleeping on the job can increase productivity.
  • Computerized drug ordering system features warning system.
  • FAA competition seeks solutions to airport challenges.
  • Wall-climbing robot could help with surveillance and maintenance.
  • Book of the month: Smart Growth:Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth by Edward D. Hess


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Don't measure me! 

Management by Paul Engle 

The budgeting process 

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Team engagement improves customer service 

Supply Chain by Rajiv Saxena 

Define 'logistics'  


This month in IIE news 

The October 2010 issue features nomination guidelines IIE scholarships and awards, National Engineers Week's New Faces of Engineering, and the NCEES Engineering Award; a re-cap of the National Capital chapter's work with the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia; and tributes to the late IE educator Henry Wadsworth Jr. and the late IIE volunteer leader Kenneth Leung

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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.