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Industrial and Systems Engineering at Work

September 2016    |    Volume: 48    |    Number: 9

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

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Adapting Six Sigma for Academia

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology uses methodology to keep more STEM students on track
By Timothy Chow and Craig Downing 

Big hospital improvements start small

Tackling small projects first led to big improvements at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center
By Jerry Berlanga and Brock Husby 

Employee voices and social sustainability

Encouraging employee voices can help fix problems sooner and boost social sustainability
By Cindy A. Schipani, Frances J. Milliken, Norman D. Bishara and Andrea M. Prado 

Rules for cybersecurity

Apply cybersecurity best practices throughout the development process
By Anna Murray 

Manufacturing smarter

The revolution will take a lot of work before we see better productivity, customization and quality
By Rush LaSelle 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Binghamton University framework could give policymakers insight, improve decision-making
  • Research shows barriers make it impossible for directors to oversee company executives
  • Want to connect? Think about two-factor authentication or biometrics
  • Wichita State virtual reality Cave uses cutting-edge technology
  • Site to See: Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
  • Evaluating professors based on practical impact could increase collaboration
  • Additive manufacturing's 'low-hanging fruit' could total billions of dollars for UPS, SAP
  • Book of the month: 75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop and Keep Great Employees by Paul Falcone


Performance by Kevin McManus

Inclined to change

Management by Paul Engle

Avoiding data breaches

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn

Establishing healthy relationships

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

NNMI and the changing research landscape


This month in IISE news

The September issue includes an SHS Volunteer Spotlight, news about the service project that the IISE Sustainable Development Division undertook at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2016, details about new leadership among IISE's societies and divisions, and a call for new editors of IISE Transactions and The Engineering Economist.

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“As soon as we started huddling the lean daily management way and creating standard work, we saw immediate improvement and, most importantly, maintained it. We were all now masters of problem-solving.” 

– Jennifer Valadez, executive director of the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center business office, quoted in “Big hospital improvements start small,” by Jerry Berlanga and Brock Husby


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 IISE 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.