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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

July 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 7

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

Feature Articles
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Adding dimensions to portfolio management

3-D portfolio management model can provide the spark for organizational growth
By John Cogliandro

Finding solutions with imperfect information

Just like in the past, today’s industrial and systems engineers must ask and observe to find the right information
By D. Scott Sink

Career harmony

Electric violinist brings IE skills to her music career
By David Brandt

Assignment: Inmate classification

Tool designed to help corrections department classify inmates
By Dan Li, Louis J. Plebani, Tamás Terlaky, George R. Wilson and Kristofer B. Bucklen


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Process turns plentiful polymer into biodegradable bags
  • Project aims to give hydrogen cells competitive advantage over battery packs
  • Gallup findings could lead to era of continuous improvement in higher education
  • Researcher helped snare first industrial control systems hacker convicted in U.S.
  • Group says inexpensive manufacturing found in every region
  • Making your own 3-D filament costs pennies on the dollar
  • Book of the month: Quality Management for Organizations Using Lean Six Sigma Techniques by Erick C. Jones 


Performance by Kevin McManus

The team formation blues

Management by Paul Engle

The incredible shrinking workforce

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn

IEs hold the keys to effective design

Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins

The culture of your supply chain


This month in IIE news

The July issue includes a list of winners recognized at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2014 last month; an member's tie between her career and IIE; details about the First International Conference on Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering; plans for speaker presentations for the online virtual conference, Best Practices in Preparing Healthcare Organizations for the Future; early details about this fall's Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference; and honors for IIE chapters and chapter newsletters.

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"Red may be the most important color on project status reports and heat maps. It communicates the need for urgent attention. … Leaders who force project teams to present only good news miss the point, undermining the risk management process." 

– Paul Engle, from his Management column in the November issue



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.