Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

July 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 7

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Home-run performance

Understanding the perception-cognition-action cycle can help you improve work systems
By Jerry L. Harbour 

Continuous improvement with class

Integrating student researchers into practice teams revamps shipping department
By Shahrukh A. Irani 

It’s all about the CUBE

The key to warehouse design and control comes from a block of rationality
By Arthur Liebeskind 

Revolutionizing support services with lean

Tools adapted readily to chemical manufacturer’s accounting processes
By Scott Smith


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Penn State students develop baobab fruit processor for African cooperative, learn job skills
  • Intel, Unilever included among list of top companies for supply chain success
  • University of Alabama-Huntsville professors team up to teach healthcare practitioners
  • Supermarket chains using infrared cameras to reduce customer wait times
  • BCPE tests new computer-based exam for professional certification in ergonomics
  • Paper airplanes help explain physics, product design to middle school girls
  • IE tools could help develop new products, practices in commercial insurance
  • Book of the month: The Free Agent: The Playbook for the Technical Professional by Karla Tankersley 


Performance by Kevin McManus

Flywheels: Riding vs. driving

Management by Paul Engle 

Silos are meant to be broken

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn 

Disaster preparedness

Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins

Global supply chains are here to stay


This month in IIE news

The July issue includes a list of additional award winners announced at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; a Cal Poly IE student competes on TV competition show "American Ninja Warrior"; a list of presenters for IIE's Best Practices in Managing Human Factors in Healthcare one-day conference; the winners of the 2012 Professional Chapter Recognition competition; and details about the pre-conference workshops at IIE’s Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2013.

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"Innovation is such a buzzword that when we walk into a classroom, whether it is MBA students or executives, innovation is by definition good. Or you discuss growth vs. less growth – well, growth is good. But in financial terms a firm can destroy a lot of value by growing more than it should. And similarly, more innovation is not always optimal. … Those types of myths need to be questioned a bit more by making the risks and costs more explicit." 

– Jay Anand, professor of strategy at The Ohio State University, in the October issue's Front Line


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.