Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

April 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 4

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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FEATURES

Building for needs, not thoughts 

Expansion is not the only method to solve a facility's overcrowding problems
By Chuck Belser

The weight of excellence 

People want to experience lean benefits, but it won't happen without putting in the effort
By Merwan B. Mehta

The path to a sustainable playbook

Strategic thinking about the application of Six Sigma can create a plan for continuing success
By Kelly D. Sloan

Meanwhile, in the real world … 

IE professors should build ties with industry to stregthen the impact of the profession on both sides
By Shahrukh Irani

FRONT LINE

Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Redesigning donor network could increase liver transplants.
  • Manufacturing productivity numbers beat expectations.
  • New consumer purchasing model may boost remanufacturing.
  • Systems engineering holds key to preventing disasters.
  • New center helps surgeons learn via simulation.
  • Hands-on training makes dangerous jobs safer.
  • Material handling equipment orders skyrocket.
  • Grant could help IE professor improve wind turbine reliability.
  • Book of the month: Mastering Lean Product Development by Ronald Mascitelli

PERSPECTIVES

Performance by Kevin McManus 

Running experiments

Management by Paul Engle 

Best practice documentation

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Magic, the lean Six Sigma way

Supply Chain by Rajiv Saxena 

Worthy improvements

FOCUS

This month in IIE news

The April issue includes an interview with new IIE President-elect Doug Rabeneck; information about other IIE election winners; information about the double-blind process used to review papers at this year’s Industrial Engineering Research Conference; early-bird registration for the IIE Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2011; details on tracks for the new IIE Enterprise Transformation Conference 2011; a call for nominations for next year’s IIE elections; and a review of the 23rd annual Society for Health Systems Conference and Expo 2011.

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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.