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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

December 2015    |    Volume: 47    |    Number: 12

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Helping the helpers

Adaptive training combats silo behavior and communication breakdowns that bedevil humanitarian supply chains
By Bublu Thakur-Weigold, Jonas Stumpf and Stephan Wagner 

A primer for simulation in manufacturing

Combined with other IE methods, modeling is a powerful tool for improvement
By Edward J. Williams 

Capacity analysis for better batch processing

A well-understood model can produce hard data for executive quality decisions
By John Preston 

Efficient knowledge transfer

The book remains a great tool for continuous improvement
Compiled by Michael Hughes 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • FAA allows HorseFly octocopter to test flights around Ohio airport
  • App makes athletes think about concussions
  • Hydro-wind combo plant could generate all the electricity El Hierro needs
  • 4-D Technology allows self-folding of complex objects
  • Book of the month: Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston


Performance by Kevin McManus

Nine magic numbers

Management by Paul Engle

How are you doing?

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Why healthcare? To make a difference

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

DMDII tackles digital industrial innovation


This month in IIE news

The December issue includes information about the nominees for open positions on the IIE Board of Trustees and technical operations board as well as voting process details. Nominees were asked the following question: If you are elected, how will you make things better for industrial engineers through your position? 

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December 2015

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"Contrary to another common perception, the reason for this loss is not corruption, incompetence or disproportionately high overheads. … Communication breakdown is arguably the No. 1 cause of inefficiency in humanitarian operations, and our own assessments confirmed that poor information flow, not knowledge gaps, compromised effectiveness." 

– Bublu Thakur-Weigold, co-author of the December issue cover story, "Helping the helpers"


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.