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China to welcome the Fourth Annual IIE Asian Conference in 2014

The fourth Institute of Industrial Engineers Asian Conference 2014 will be held July 21-22 in Xi'an, China. Supported by IIE and the Asian Network for Industrial Engineers, the conference aims to share and disseminate information on the most recent and relevant research, theories and practices in industrial and systems engineering to all branches of industries. Click on the headline to learn more about submitting papers for this event.

Dr. Adedeji B. Badiru 

Badiru named dean of AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management

Dr. Adedeji B. Badiru began his tenure as dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management on Oct. 21 at the Air Force Institute of Technology, according to AFIT. Badiru previously served as head of the Department of Systems Engineering and Management for seven years.

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Eiji Toyoda, promoter of the Toyota Way and engineer of its growth, dies at 100

The New York Times reports that Eiji Toyoda, a member of Toyota Motor’s founding family and an architect of its "lean manufacturing" method that changed the face of modern manufacturing, died on Sept. 17, 2013, in Toyota City, Japan.

New officers, board members take posts in societies and divisions

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.

Nagi to head Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

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.

NYTimes.com: In lieu of money, Toyota donates efficiency to New York charity

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. 

Dryden, former IIE leader, passes away

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."

NYTimes.com: The demanding off-hour escapes of China’s high-tech workers

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.

Home-run performance

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.

IIE chapters recognized for outstanding work in 2012

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.

USA Today: Could automotive supply chain snap?

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.

Emotional intelligence dilutes the toxins

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

Gartner Announces Rankings of Its 2013 Supply Chain Top 25

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.

Yahoo! News: Japan carmakers recall 3.4M vehicles for Takata airbag flaw

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.

Purdue student's invention could improve workplace safety

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.

ABET elects Rogers its 2013-14 president-elect

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.

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