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Industrial and Systems Engineering at Work

August 2016    |    Volume: 48    |    Number: 8

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

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There for the picking

Stochastic optimization helps schedule volunteer labor for food banks
By Erkut Sonmez, Deishin Lee, Miguel I. Gómez, Xiaoli Fan, Laurie Caldwell, Natasha R. Thompson and Melissa Knowles 

A new day for home delivery

New retail network would use driverless delivery vehicles and specialized distribution centers
By Michael G. Kay 

Don't dread the documentation

Engineering principles can ease your documentation processes
By Theresa Barker 

Six Sigma can estimate custom jobs

Six Sigma helps manufacturer accurately estimate custom jobs and secure future contracts
By Brady Beckham and Gary Stiles 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • MIT prof: Better management improves life for employees in developing countries
  • Five-bin system helps push 30 percent more passengers through Atlanta airport
  • Study: Call center workers complete 46 percent more work per hour
  • Time-lapse shows construction on Panama Canal's wider locks
  • Technology could spread to 190 distribution centers
  • Report says 3 sectors will drive lion's share of exports and overall trade
  • Book of the month: Solving Complex Industrial Problems without Statistics by Ralph R. Pawlak


Performance by Kevin McManus

Our great pride slide

Management by Paul Engle

How culture can eat up your strategy

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

All the makings of a Greek tragedy

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

The much-dreaded sweatshop really isn't

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

Revisiting Brooks' law


This month in IISE news

The August issue includes a review of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2016. The conference, which includes the Applied Solutions Conference and the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), brought industrial engineers and IE types to the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, California, for four days of hundreds of educational sessions, facility tours, networking events, pre-conference workshops and exhibits. 

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July 2016

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"A home delivery logistics network … would make it possible to eliminate all nonrecreational shopping for most people. In addition to general merchandise, meals and groceries could be delivered to the home. This would be especially important for the disabled and the elderly and would allow them to live in a typical sprawling suburban neighborhood and still have their shopping needs met without the need to drive or own a car." 

– Michael G. Kay, in the August 2016 article, "A New Day for Home Delivery"


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 IISE 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.