Current Issue Contact Us Advertise
Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

February 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 2

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

Feature Articles
Past Issues


Good change

Applying lean improvement tool helps healthcare workers feel like humans, not robots
By Mark Graban 

Strategic driver or unimportant commodity?

Years after its predicted demise as a strategic driver, smaller businesses still differentiate themselves with technological innovation
By Alejandro Cataldo and Robert McQueen 

20/20 foresight

20/20 survey helps organizations discover what needs to change before beginning a major strategic plan
By Joseph Haefner 

Heavy metal capacity

Turning steel coils into residential products at a faster pace
By Raj Sanne

Pulling the market in 2014

Pull systems expand to entire organization as material handling seeks flexibility
By Thomas R. Cutler


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • A Boston hospital's continuous improvement strategies are going systemwide
  • Corporate retail's bottom line benefits from community involvement
  • Heart-like device converts human waste to electricity
  • Study suggests the longer the term, the less the boss focuses on customers
  • Ceramic filtration provides low-cost solution in developing world
  • New driver rules will force logistics operations to change
  • Association of Military Industrial Engineers co-sponsors the Industrial Engineering Academic Genealogy project
  • Book of the month: Management Engineering: A Guide to Best Practices for Industrial Engineering Health Care, edited by Dr. Jean Ann Larson 


Performance by Kevin McManus

What's your HEPI?

Management by Paul Engle

Game change?

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Everything possible means nothing useful

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Common sense for optimization

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

System science at IIT Jodhpur


This month in IIE news

The February issue includes information about the Six Sigma Green Belt conference being offered at the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2014; the launch of IIE's redesigned website; early-bird registration rates for the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014; new leadership within IIE's Sustainable Development Division; and the availability of content from the 2013 SEMS virtual conference as well as the date for the 2014 virtual conference.

View the latest digital version of Industrial Engineer

December 2015

Industrial Engineer - December 2015 


"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.