Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

November 2010    |    Volume: 42    |    Number: 11

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Industrial Engineer - November 2010 


Engineers who make a difference 

Whether locally or globally, the dedicated can help improve quality of life and quality of conscience
By David Brandt, Monica Elliott and Michael Hughes

The many languages of sustainability 

IEs should push for better resource utilization across all fields
By Adedeji B. Badiru

Ergonomics for the experienced 

Work force demographic changes mean organizations must pay more attention to older employees
By Diana J. Schwerha

Measure out costs 

Work measurement tools could cut software development prices by 30 percent
By Murali Chemuturi

Expand your Pareto Principle 

80-20 metrics can evaluate viability of numerous endeavors
By Jesse Brogan


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Survey shows economy "kind of chipping and putting" for manufacturers.
  • Iowa State supply chain professors' study reveals planning is more important than resources. 
  • Touch devices will allow distracted drivers to get directional information through their fingertips.
  • Sustained communication delays will eventually cause system performance to collapse.
  • An IE professor is creating a flood-mapping program for Houston's emergency medical services.
  • Book of the Month: Mr. Lean Buys and Transforms a Manufacturing Company by Greg Lane
  • Uncommon IE: Jennie Malone, volleyball coach/intramurals director


Performance by Kevin McManus

Who cares about process improvement?

Management by Paul Engle

Time for a change?

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres

Plan facilities with care

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Risk in product development


This month in IIE news 

The November 2010 issue includes introductions to IIE's new GOErgo (Global Organization of Ergonomics) community, new IIE awards, and new website design for IIE conferences; how to make tax-deductible donations to IIE; an update about the upcoming Society for Health Systems Conference; IIE's updated Facebook interface; and a profile of Oklahoma University professor Randa Shehab's work with her university's summer camp, DEVAS. 

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"Sometimes we take for granted that everyone understands how to be nice or how to interact positively with others. That's not necessarily always the case. Sometimes people may not realize that making that sarcastic remark could be interpreted in a more damaging way by others. Just knowing that can be helpful."  

– Russell Johnson, associate professor of management at Michigan State University, discussing workplace incivility in "Incivility can cost you cash," in The Front Line section of the December issue


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 IISE 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.