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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2015    |    Volume: 47    |    Number: 5

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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This publication has class

San Jose State senior design students learn about “real world” possibilities through Industrial Engineer
By Michael Hughes 

Recognize the rules of engagement

The proper motivation can spark the right innovations to rain business success upon the organization
By Stephen C. Harper 

The painless path to technical writing

Tools from the world of fiction can improve your technical writing
By Theresa Barker 

Lean in six steps

Lean doesn’t have one blueprint, but replicating best practices can help
By Walter Garvin 

Is globalization the next step for healthcare?

Healthcare lags behind other sectors in globalization; IEs can help
By Tarun Mohan Lal 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Lean green belt program turns high schoolers on to process improvement
  • Revamped manufacturing process follows years of studying Volkswagen
  • ISE research at N.C. State could reduce infections in artificial implants
  • Prototype space vehicle crashed seconds after launch; human factors suspected
  • Security concerns, service options have companies holding on to their data
  • Book of the month: Strategic Connections: The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World by Anne Baber, Lynn Waymon, Andre Alphonso and Jim Wylde


Performance by Kevin McManus

How do you rank?

Management by Paul Engle

How much does it cost?

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn

Individual strengths, group success

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

When factories speak, listen for supplier quality

Systems engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

A friendly game of soccer robotics

Member forum by Khaled Mabrouk

Squeezing all the juice from the orange


This month in IIE news

The May issue includes insight about the presentations to be delivered by the IIE Annual keynote speakers in late May and early June; an integration of five conference tracks at IIE Annual; a volunteer spotlight on a Virginia Tech professor and longtime IIE member; a list of the 2015 Ergo Cup winners; an introduction to IIE's New Face of Engineering for 2015; details for submitting a nominee to IIE leadership posts; and the IIE’s Excellence in Systems Integration Award winners at Future City 2015.

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"On your next supplier audit, don’t ask the line worker to tell you how important quality is or who owns quality. Rather, look around the production floor and listen; the factory is trying to tell you." 

– Paul Templin, in his Manufacturing column from the May 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.