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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 5

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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A step in the right direction

Better design and manufacturing improves life for amputees
By Chun (Chuck) Zhang and Ben Wang

Parting the ways for supply chain excellence

Differentiating the flow of goods can improve your supply chain
By Jim Tompkins, Gene Tyndall and Valerie Bonebrake

Not your father's service industry

Venerable methodology branches out beyond manufacturing
By Karyn Ross

Simulated staffing

Transitional care home uses simulation for workforce planning
By Gavin L. Collins

The biomechanics of women in combat

Improving strength training programs will benefit women – and men – in the armed forces
By Pamela McCauley Bush


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Iowa State industrial engineers will help new public-private lab design the future
  • Billions of connected devices will provide wealth of supply chain information
  • Two professor brothers divide all systems up into three basic categories of control
  • TSA’s psychology tricks smooth operations at Portland Airport
  • Caterpillar aims to replicate dealer best practices to earn billions more
  • RFID system boosts military's food supply chain, reduces waste
  • Book of the month: Big Data@Work by Thomas H. Davenport


Performance by Kevin McManus

Our cognitive frontier

Management by Paul Engle

A plan prevents flirting with IT disaster

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn

Benchmarking made easier

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Managing EOL makes the organization stronger

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

Doctoral research in systems engineering


This month in IIE news

The May issue includes information about learning opportunities and other events at the upcoming IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014; a recap of the 2014 Applied Ergonomics Conference focusing on the Ergo Cup Competition; a successful kaizen event at the North Central Region University Conference; a call for papers for IIE Transactions; and submission details for potential nominees to IIE leadership positions.

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April 2015

Industrial Engineer - April 2015 


"After a week of collaborative work, the company's global operations had established the principle that managing the company's 'cost to serve' is not always about making everything cost less. Schaffner and other organizations that take the lean journey must keep mindful of this important concept: In the end-to-end supply chain, lean does not always mean cheap." 

– Bublu Thakur-Weigold and Anthony Lorenzon, in the cover story from the April issue, "Lean is not cheap"


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.