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September 2015    |    Volume: 47    |    Number: 9

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Enterprise transformation in the Caribbean

Food company diversifies and turns around in challenging business environment
William W. Lawrence 

A common cause for U.S. manufacturing

U.S. universities, industry should embrace their common cause
By Teresa Helmlinger Ratcliff 

Auditing for sustainability

Proper sampling and simulation helped team certify environmental improvements at hundreds of banks
By Christos Zikopoulos and Demetris Varzakakos 

Treating the entire person

Lean methodologies could help doctors treat the patient as a complete system
By Anabela Carvalho Alves 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Integrating IE tools into gargantuan manufacturing sector at Tsinghua University
  • China prints a house, while British warship launches 'disposable' drone
  • Embedding tags could boost reuse of building components
  • Simple traffic model finds that minimizing bus travel times is 'physically impossible'
  • Current trends in counterterrorism modelers don’t weigh 'emotions and visceral factors' heavily enough
  • Durable plastic roads could be available in three years
  • Book of the month: Pride and Joy by Alex Knight


Performance by Kevin McManus

Escaping our cultural silos

Management by Paul Engle

Making sense of international trade

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn

Internationally benchmarking healthcare systems

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Vietnam in transition


This month in IIE news

The September issue includes stories about students inaugurating eight IIE university chapters around the world, a volunteer's insight of parallels between the military mind and industrial engineering, the IIE Transactions editor's talk at International IIE Conference, a roster of international chapters in IIE regions, and details about facility tours at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference.

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September 2015

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"We are in a global economy, and our countries, towns and workplaces continue to become more diverse. Given these systemic shifts, the need to become better at thinking and acting globally grows daily. Fortunately, industrial engineers are predisposed to be great systems thinkers, so it should be easier for us to adapt." 

– Kevin McManus, from his Performance column in the September 2015 International 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.