Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

December 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 12

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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The supply and demand for RFID 

Tracking technology is poised to revolutionize logistics – and maybe everything else
By Mohsen Attaran

Great expectations 

Besides cookies, treats and maybe a new skateboard, drop a little knowledge into your IE’s stocking this winter
Compiled by Michael Hughes

Simulation success skills 

A solid process can make your models valuable now and beyond their lifespan
By David Sturrock

Sharpening coordinated care processes 

Lean and Six Sigma tools improve medical authorization
By Brandon Deihl

Distributing work for a revolution 

Applying division of labor to software development could yield millions of jobs
By Murali Chemuturi


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Psychologist says stress can improve workforce performance.
  • Students learn about operations research through Facebook game.
  • Simulation tool helps U.S. Coast Guard allocate its resources.
  • Study: Poor working conditions push women to leave engineering.
  • Iowa State engineers use wind energy lab to increase efficiency, industry competition.
  • CDC aims to reduce infections in patients among outpatient oncology clinics.
  • Book of the month: Managing the Mobile Workforce: Leading, Building and Sustaining Virtual Teams by David Clemons and Michael Kroth


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Find your learning break

Management by Paul Engle 

Breaking down silos

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

We love (patient) logistics

Innovation by Nabil Nasr 

Export sustainable manufacturing ideas


This month in IIE news

The December issue includes information the nominees for open positions on the IIE Board of Trustees as well as voting process details. Nominees were asked the following question: If you are elected, how will you make things better for industrial engineers through your position?

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"Alibaba soon will either be your biggest competitor or your biggest ally. It’s up to you to decide." 

– James Tompkins, from his Supply Chain column in the October issue


Training humanitarian IEs 

Training humanitarian IEs
 interviews the three co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics.