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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

October 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 10

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Learning by doing

ESTIEM students run conferences, academies, a publication and a partnership with IIE
By Sorana Ionita and Esin Korel 

Products, people, profits

True lean offers better products by developing better people
By Michael Ballé 

Flying into aerospace's next generation

From wings to propulsion, European consortium develops lean enablers to drive improvements
By Ahmed Al-Ashaab, Matic Golob, John Oyekan, Zehra Canan Araci, Muhammad Khan, Dhuha Deli and Esraa Al-Ali 

Six Sigma, the cloud and clarity

Adapting methodology for project risk management makes installing electrical transmission lines safer and quicker
By Shwetank Parihar and Chandan Bhar 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • University of Sheffield 3-D printing technique finds 'sweet spot' for making parts
  • UK facility makes sludge treatment 'virtually energy self-sufficient'
  • It's a slow process, but words make it intact from India to France
  • 3-D printed models allow for better-fitting implants in NHS hospitals
  • Toyota replacing fabled andon cords with wireless technology
  • Norwegian renovation to produce twice as much power as it consumes
  • Book of the month:Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs by Joshua M. Pearce


Performance by Kevin McManus

Live universally

Management by Paul Engle

International assignments

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Engineering health across boundaries

Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins

Alibaba's unique global supply chain solutions


This month in IIE news

The October issue includes a volunteer spotlight on a SEMS board member who has helped connect IIE to the industrial engineering community in Brazil; a review of the efforts by IIE’s Sustainable Development Division to help a Montréal women's shelter become more efficient; details about two IIE members participating as keynote speakers at the First International Conference on Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering in Jordan; brief reviews of the IIE Asian Conference 2014 and the International IIE Conference; and the latest activities among some IIE chapters.

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"Alibaba soon will either be your biggest competitor or your biggest ally. It’s up to you to decide." 

– James Tompkins, from his Supply Chain column in the October issue


Training humanitarian IEs 

Training humanitarian IEs
 interviews the three co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics.