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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

September 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 9

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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FEATURES

What I should have taught

Former IE professor finds out what practitioners really need
By Shahrukh A. Irani 

Making 3-D futures reality

Industrial engineers will help solve the problems of additive manufacturing

By Alaa Elwany 

Continuously improving sustainability

Lean, Six Sigma team up for environmental sustainability at Rockwell Collins

By Brion Hurley, Carolyn McArtor and Cal Van’t Land 

Leaning a little too far

Sometimes, health systems engineers fall in love with tools at the expense of humans
By Lou Keller

Of dollars and sense

For maximum benefit, value stream maps should include cost information
By Christopher D. Chapman

FRONT LINE

Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Purdue team reveals microscopic problems affecting industrial processes
  • Workplace designers could consider adding fixtures and supports to prevent fatigue among obese employees
  • Kansas State researcher: Smartphone use at work - in moderation - can be a plus
  • Roomy passenger jets cut demand for cargo-only aircraft
  • NSF award helps fund study by Wayne State research team into failure and reliability prediction
  • Make your continuous improvement show up on the bottom line by eliminating suboptimal decisions
  • Study: Improving work environment for nurses helps with patient outcomes
  • Book of the month: Vanishing Boundaries: How Integrating Manufacturing and Services Creates Customer Value, Second Edition by Richard E. Crandall and William Crandall 

PERSPECTIVES

Performance by Kevin McManus

Wowing customers beats tricking them

Management by Paul Engle

The seven deadly sins of project management

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn

A perfect call to action

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

The why of 'decoupling'

FOCUS

This month in IIE news

The September issue includes a volunteer spotlight on a consultant who enjoys encouraging youth to follow IE disciplines; insight on two panel sessions set for the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2014; the passing of two IIE leaders; a list of new officers and board members among IIE's Societies and Divisions; details about the first-ever Society for Health Systems Student Simulation Competition; a call for applications in the 2015 New Faces of Engineering-Professional program; the abstract deadline for the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2015; and deadlines for students, researchers, practitioners and academics who wish to compete for IIE honors, awards and scholarships. 

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QUOTE/UNQUOTE

"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

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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.