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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

February 2015    |    Volume: 47    |    Number: 2

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Eight paths to better hospital design

Better hospital design strategies will propel healthcare into the future
By Whitney Wardlaw 

Planning for concurrent production

Rigging up for concurrent production requires a new mindset
By Richard J. Schonberger 

Targeting administration

Office and administrative processes are ripe for improvement
By Merwan B. Mehta 

Exploring and preventing human error

Training, teamwork and self-management can prevent human error
By Michael Topf 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • IIE member takes charge at Centre for Healthcare Engineering
  • Xerox officials: Lean Six Sigma so successful that we can cut corporate team
  • Professor resurrects plans for explosive-resistant trash can
  • Employees who are open about religion are happier
  • Strategy officer says methodology can streamline loan processing, information gathering
  • Platform barriers are effective but expensive
  • New supply chain metric helped data and voice company improve dramatically
  • Book of the month: Engineering Solutions to America's Healthcare Challenges by Ryan Burge


Performance by Kevin McManus

Take two left turns to efficiency

Management by Paul Engle

The 80-20 rule's guide to success

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

An admiral and courageous impatience

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

The perils of Christmas checkpoint madness

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

Verification methods


This month in IIE news

The February issue includes a volunteer spotlight and how his IIE membership has added advantages in his career; details about pre-conference workshops at both the Applied Ergonomics Conference in March and the IIE Annual Conference & Expo in May; insight behind a statistics course created by members of the IIE National Chapter; the deadline for entering the NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education; final reminders ahead of February's Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference; and a call for abstracts for this summer's International IIE Conference.

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February 2015

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"Imagine a healthcare system safety record on par with that of the Navy's nuclear power program – zero incidents in more than 60 years. What better industry than healthcare should strive for a safety and reliability record on that level?" 

– William "Ike" Eisenhauer, in the Health Systems column from the February issue


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.