Several societies and divisions within IIE have elected or appointed new officers for 2013-2014. These societies and divisions include SHS, SEMS, Lean Division, Process Industries Division, Logistics and Supply Chain Division, Operations Research Division, Computer and Information Systems Division, Work Systems Division and Engineering Economy Division. Click on the link to learn more about the new leaders.
Rakesh Nagi has been named the new head of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. He began his tenure on Aug. 16.
This July 26, 2013, article from The New York Times details how Toyota applied kaizen to the Food Bank of New York City, which needed a new operating model as it faces higher demand in a weak economy.
Robert D. (Bob) Dryden, a 39-year member and fellow of IIE, died July 6 in Blacksburg, Va. Dryden had been an active participant and leader in IIE in the 1980s, said IIE CEO Don Greene, who also called Dryden "a very good man."
The hands that make the world’s electronics belong almost entirely to young people with dreams of their own, and a lifetime of contented industrial drudgery is not among them. But China's captains of industry have taken notice and are looking to change reputations, according to this July 16, 2013, article from The New York Times.
At the individual task level, and irrespective of task type or setting, human performance involves varying degrees of perception, cognition and action. These perception-cognition-action cycles form the basic building blocks of human performance at the immediate task level. In turn, failed human performance and associated so-called “human error” often involve some failure of perception, cognition and/or action, according to this article from the July 2013 issue of Industrial Engineer.
Solid organizations are built from the ground up, and that’s part of the reason for the 2012 Professional Chapter Recognition competition. The top three categories a professional chapter can aspire to are gold, silver and bronze.
A combination of rebounding sales and an unprecedented number of new models in the works has stretched the auto parts supply chain so taut that the entire industry is holding its collective breath that it does not snap and jeopardize the recovery, according to this June 16, 2013 article from USA Today.
Virtually every element of success is based on the premise that all processes, products and profits come from people, according to IE magazine contributors Robert J. Keating, Stephen C. Harper and David J. Glew. If you get the “people thing” right, then success may be possible. If you don’t, then no amount of money, software or hardware can make up for it. In short, business success often comes down to whether executives and managers can cultivate an environment where people thrive rather than just try to survive. Read this cover story from the June 2013 issue of Industrial Engineer.
For the sixth year in a row, Apple has earned the No. 1 spot on Gartner's Supply Chain Top 25 for 2013, according to Business Wire. McDonald's and Amazon also made the top five again along with two firms that are new to the top five, Intel and Unilever.
Four Japanese automakers including Toyota and Nissan are recalling 3.4 million vehicles sold around the world because airbags supplied by Takata Corp. are at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers, according to an April 11, 2013, report from Yahoo! News.
Industrial and government health and safety inspectors could find their work environments safer through an innovation developed by a Purdue University graduate student, according to the university.
The ABET Board of Directors elected K.J. (Jamie) Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., as its 2013-14 president-elect on March 23. She has been a representative director from the Institute of Industrial Engineers on the ABET Board of Directors since 2008.