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June 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 6

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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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


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 


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


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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"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.