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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

January 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 1

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Engineers Who Make a Difference

IEs on the front lines rescue AIDS patients, advance manufacturing and tackle poverty
By David Brandt, Monica Elliott and Michael Hughes 

The last world-class frontier

Don’t leave shutdown decisions in the hands of production 
By Merwan B. Mehta 

The full potential of your assets

Using the right metrics yields manufacturers a wealth of improvement opportunities 
By Kenneth Gram 

Transform your enterprise by transforming yourself

True success usually comes from changed mental stances, not methodologies or mechanisms 
By Altyn Clark 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Engineers study how transportation business survived Hurricane Sandy
  • Lean Six Sigma helps smooth operations for investment company
  • Algorithm allows machines to generalize what they learn
  • Massive retirement wave could cripple some U.S. government agencies
  • Manufacturing to outstrip overall economy, forecasts say
  • Polymers could use light to eliminate need for machine components
  • Australia gets first new health insurance company in decades
  • Book of the month: Creating a Kaizen Culture: Align the Organization, Achieve Breakthrough Results and Sustain the Gains by Jon Miller, Mike Wroblewski and Jaime Villafuerte


Performance by Kevin McManus

Artifacts of culture

Management by Paul Engle

Saving the dogs

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn

The mentorship difference

Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins

Defining an optimal supply chain

Member Forum by Joe Michels

Take the final step


This month in IIE news

The January issue includes information about the upcoming healthcare and ergonomics conferences from SHS and GOErgo, respectively; dates and locations of the IIE university regional conferences; an annual donation from UPS that helps honor excellence and assists young engineers in starting along their career path; details about the pre-conference workshops ahead of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014; entry details for an NCEES prize awarded to engineering programs that partner students with professional engineers; and the deadline for the annual YouTube Contest sponsored by IIE's Industry Advisory Board.

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December 2015

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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.