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December 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 12

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and 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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September 2016

 ISE magazine - September 2016 


"Toyota showed us how to form people-centric solutions in which the employees themselves contribute to designing and running their own processes. … We realized that the Toyota Production 'System' was actually a learning system." 

– From "Lean is a people-centric system" by Daniel Jones and Michael Ballé in the October 2016 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.