Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

December 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 12

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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What’s on your holiday wish list?

Some of IIE’s young professionals share the coolest gifts they hope to get
By Monica Elliott 

Greening your reverse logistics

Decision-making model can help organizations recapture value
By Ali Haji Vahabzadeh and Rosnah Binti Mohd Yusuff 

Looking east for diversity

Female engineering academics – and their supporters – converge in Turkey
By Michael Hughes 

From battlefield to shop floor

Lessons of war can be applied to setting priorities for improvement projects
By Satya S. Chakravorty 

New solutions for production dilemmas

Risk-based planning and scheduling is the wave of the future
By David Sturrock 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • UA-Huntsville students design glove that functions as wireless keyboard
  • Research by Cornell ergonomists concludes ergonomics must be applied to green building design
  • Report: Workplaces are getting safer in Australia, but more improvements are needed
  • ASU researchers develop software that can estimate greenhouse gas emissions across urban landscapes
  • St. Louis hospital, medical school use lean to aid stroke patients
  • Book of the month: The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System and Processes by Edward D. Hess and Jeanne Liedtka
  • "Physical Internet" could save billions of dollars, cut CO2 emissions


Performance by Kevin McManus

Building lessons

Management by Paul Engle 

The maturity model

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Transition management: Making it personal

Innovation by Nabil Nasr 

Sustaining the food chain

Member Forum by J.P. Purswell 

The PE exam – updated


This month in IIE news

The December issue includes information about the nominees for open positions on the IIE Board of Trustees and Technical Operations Board 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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"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.