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April 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 4

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Ask for the moon

Systems engineering develops new technology for bases on the moon and Mars
By Behrokh Khoshnevis 

Rising above the turbulence

Today’s ambiguous, turbulent times require that managers evolve their business models continually
By Stephen C. Harper 

A surgical machine

With the right parts, tools, consumables and equipment at the ready, your maintenance shop will function like a smooth operating room
By Satya S. Chakravorty 

Weighting for success

Weighting technique can pre-empt weeks of data collection to build your Pareto charts
By Merwan B. Mehta 

The big question about lean Six Sigma

Ten tips answer a key question for would-be lean Six Sigma practitioners
By Julia L. Bolte 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Research aims to engineer sustainability in from the beginning
  • Exoskeleton restores mobility to once paralyzed skier
  • Lean Six Sigma-driven savings and avoided costs total more than $3 million in Ontario
  • Management approach improves policing results in Roanoke, Va.
  • Obama has announced four innovation hubs so far, plans for more
  • Relocation to Pitt's industrial engineering school could enhance collaboration
  • Book of the month: Patent Law for Scientists and Engineers, edited by Basil M. Angelo, Lucas T. Mikesa, Michichiro Izumi and Koichiro Nakanishi 


Performance by Kevin McManus

Telling timelines

Management by Paul Engle

The new project management

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Taking baby steps toward standardization

Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins

Applying lean methods to supply chains


This month in IIE news

The April issue includes information about IIE's new president-elect; pre-conference workshops planned for the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2014; the fourth annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management; the results from the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference in February; a call for nominations to the IIE Board of Trustees to begin serving in 2015; and a Fort Wayne, Ind., middle school wins the IIE Award at the annual Future City Competition.

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December 2016

  December 2016  


"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 section of the December 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.