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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

June 2015    |    Volume: 47    |    Number: 6

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Is mass customization nearing its tipping point?

Technical, process and management advances offer products to customers their way
By Samuel K. Formby and Richard E. Crandall 

Playing for resilience

Applying game theory improves the ability to bounce back from natural disasters and terrorism
By Jun Zhuang and Laura Devine 

Hunting for multiskilled employees

Manufacturers must lead the hunt for the multiskilled employee of the future
By Jeff Owens 

Winning the war for talent

Engineering + internship programs = victorious corporate strategy
By Casey Wagner 

Metabolic engineering: The new manufacturing cell

The growth of metabolic engineering could enhance production of biofuels, industrial chemicals and biopharmaceuticals
By Devin Leake 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Want to transform the world? Be good at your profession
  • 25th quality annual report has Virgin America on top for third consecutive year
  • Study shows 2-to-1 preference for STEM faculty positions
  • New technology turns gravity-fed pipes into power producers
  • The struggle to meet demand actually enhances reputation of high-tech devices
  • Fabrication technique cuts out inhibiting, high-temperature process
  • New computer tech increases biomechanical demand on head and neck
  • Book of the month: China’s Super Consumers: What 1 Billion Customers Want and How to Sell it to Them by Savio Chan and Michael Zakkour


Performance by Kevin McManus

The magic mistake counter

Management by Paul Engle

Teamwork and tough choices

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Don’t go chasing big waterfalls

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Servitization offers a new path


This month in IIE news

The June issue includes comments from IIE's Northeast Region vice president about the different ways chapters reach similar goals; notes on the keynote speakers for this fall's Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2015; recognition for IIE chapters and their organizational status and their newsletters; and a brief review of the Silicon Valley/Bay Area IIE chapter's visit to a Tesla facility.

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June 2015

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"So much could be accomplished if we knew more about our daily goofs. We tend to focus on the really bad things – recalls, recordable injuries, complaints and major delays. We fail all too often to capture the little, daily errors that occur with many of our process cycles."

– Kevin McManus, in his Performance column from the June 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.