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Industrial and Systems Engineering at Work

December 2016    |    Volume: 48    |    Number: 12

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

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Identifying the transformational trends of tomorrow

DHL’s Logistics Trend Radar helps businesses stay ahead of the curve
By Gina Chung 

Scenario thinking made easy

Amway uses simulation application to trim decision making time from months to minutes
By Phil Miclea and Amy Hedgecock 

Optimizing industrial wireless networks

Machine-to-machine communications can be stable and efficient without wires
By Wen-Hsuan Chen 

Give a book and make a friend

Take advice from old Abe with this list of ISE-oriented books
Compiled by Michael Hughes 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Incivility can cost you cash
  • E-commerce is growing for the holidays
  • Happy 50th to the first engineering management program
  • Schedule control works better for men
  • Lean leaves the right letters to write with
  • Visualization moves from shop floor to project pipelines
  • The biology of tomorrow’s plastics
  • How about a robot in your eye?
  • Turning water to steam cheaply
  • Photogrammetry on the production line
  • Book of the month: Kaizen Kanban: A Visual Facilitation Approach to Create Prioritized Project Pipelines, published by ASQ.


Performance by Kevin McManus

What's your allowance?

Management by Paul Engle

Living with a change agent

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Succeeding at failing to learn from the past

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Resource efficiency and the circular economy


This month in IISE news

The December issue includes the nominees for the next IISE board of trustees, and how members can vote. Members will pick the next crop of board members and other leaders. Information includes how to cast a ballot and deadlines for submissions.


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"Sometimes we take for granted that everyone understands how to be nice or how to interact positively with others. That's not necessarily always the case. Sometimes people may not realize that making that sarcastic remark could be interpreted in a more damaging way by others. Just knowing that can be helpful"  

– Russell Johnson, associate professor of management at Michigan State University, discussing workplace incivility in "Incivility can cost you cash," in The Front Line, Page 12.


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.