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June 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 6

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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FEATURES

Understanding behavioral patterns

Social media analytics can help businesses and governments figure out where to deploy their resources
By Keith Thompson, Bichen Zheng, Sang Won Yoon, Sarah Lam and Nathan Gnanasambandam

Moving things around safely

Safely lifting, pushing and pulling can keep your materials – and workers – flowing smoothly
By Christy Lotz 

The new race to the patent office

The America Invents Act has inventors racing toward the patent office
By Basil M. Angelo

Faster value stream maps

Targeted value stream maps accelerate the improvement process
By Terence T. Burton

FRONT LINE

Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Toyota reminded that kaizen is done by people, not machines
  • Research team delineates factors that obfuscate truthful status of projects
  • IE's new concrete material doesn't crack as much, can be used to build cylinders
  • Modular factories, cloud services increase manufacturing technology use
  • Book of the month: The Product Wheel Handbook: Creating Balanced Flow in High-Mix Process Operations by Peter L. King and Jennifer S. King 

PERSPECTIVES

Performance by Kevin McManus

Don't fear the 'I' word

Management by Paul Engle

Time for alignment?

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Why forecast the past?

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Industrial development vs. sustainability

Member Forum by Robert W. McClure

Five characteristics of effective teams

FOCUS

This month in IIE news

The June issue includes information about the lessons learned by an IIE Young Professional; dates and details for the International IIE Conference in Spain; the list of speakers for the Best Practices in Preparing Healthcare Organizations for the Future virtual conference; the benefits for attendees to join the Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2014 pre-conference workshops; a list of recognized diplomates for 2014 by the Society for Health Systems; and the list of industrial engineering heavyweights appearing at the Institute of Industrial Engineers Asian Conference 2014.

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August 2015
 

Industrial Engineer - August 2015 


QUOTE/UNQUOTE

"We were able to take a proven methodology [lean Six Sigma] that works on the manufacturing floor and in healthcare, and we were able to apply it to a philanthropic organization, and it works there, too. You know, we had to adapt it just like you would have to adapt it for any organization where you’re deploying this management approach, but it worked and it’s pretty exciting." 

– Lynne Smith, deputy director of investment workflow at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in the Case Study from the August issue

 MULTIMEDIA

 
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.