Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 5

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Pioneering a new path for STEM education

Local businesses helped immerse teachers in real-world experiences
By Clifton B. Vann IV

Outsourcing revisited

10 ways to analyze the changing paradigm of where you should manufacture what
By Terence T. Burton

Making hospital form follow function

Lean integrates with evidence-based design for healthier patients and improved ROI
By Lukasz M. Mazur, John McCreery, Mark Vaughan and Chad Lefteris

A value stream map in motion

Simulation makes static tool dynamic, increasing its usefulness
By Mohamed A. Shararah


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Texas A&M IEs design payload carrier for space plane
  • Lockheed's graphene membranes could optimize desalinization plants
  • Europe's unemployed lack engineering, computer expertise
  • Wayne State undergrad says technical degree offers unlimited opportunity
  • NIOSH recognizes Virginia Tech's ISyE department
  • IE alum endows industrial engineering professorship at Penn State
  • Georgia Tech's ISyE school tops magazine's graduate school rankings for 23rd straight year
  • Book of the month: The Performance Mapping and Measurement Handbook by Jerry L. Harbour 


Performance by Kevin McManus

Tough to sustain

Management by Paul Engle 

Coming back home

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn 

Social media, a tool to use in healthcare

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

What happens when you don’t trust the data?

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

Modeling the STEM ecosystem 


This month in IIE news

The May issue includes some of the daily highlights attendees can expect to find at this month's IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; a review of the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2013 as well as the 25th anniversary celebration for the Society for Health Systems; instructions on how members can nominate colleagues or themselves for one of IIE's open leadership positions; and a link to photos and videos taken at several of IIE's university regional conferences.

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"Contrary to another common perception, the reason for this loss is not corruption, incompetence or disproportionately high overheads. … Communication breakdown is arguably the No. 1 cause of inefficiency in humanitarian operations, and our own assessments confirmed that poor information flow, not knowledge gaps, compromised effectiveness." 

– Bublu Thakur-Weigold, co-author of the December issue cover story, "Helping the helpers"


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.