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October 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 10

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What, why and how 

The importance of statistical thinking for Six Sigma
By K.S. Krishnamoorthi

The beauty of a good model 

At times, analytical modeling can reveal material handling solutions faster than discrete-event simulation
By J. MacGregor Smith

Proper lean accounting 

Eliminating waste isn’t enough; you have to reduce inputs to save money
By Reginald Tomas Yu-Lee

Meeting employee requirements 

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is still a reliable guide to motivating staff
By Golnaz Sadri and R. Clarke Bowen


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Rensselaer professor leads group studying the interdependency of infrastructure systems since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • Scientists and engineers being encouraged to run for public office.
  • Researchers help improve security at noncommercial airports.
  • Project Exploration boosts long-term interest in science among grade school students.
  • Study: Perceptions of female engineering students differ between races.
  • IE-driven device could improve the insulin test results of individuals with type 1 diabetes.
  • Book of the month: Gemba Walks by Jim Womack


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Call the VSPA!

Management by Paul Engle 

Incentive compensation

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Communicating change

Supply Chain by Rajiv Saxena 

Overcoming barriers to collaboration


This month in IIE news 

The October issue includes news about IIE leadership being recognized with the 2011 David and Lois Belden Leadership Award; the new website for the Engineers Week Future City competition; a preview of the new issue of Industrial Management; the new blog site for the Society of Health Systems; IIE's new Young Professionals group; ways to save through IIE membership; and the new Best Practices conferences taking place in the fall and winter months.

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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, Page 12.


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.