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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

December 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 12

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Ready to deliver

UPS’ industrial engineering group has big plans to meet 2014’s holiday shipping demand
By Monica Elliott 

Human factors and Ebola

Creating error-free work processes in healthcare becomes even more important
By Jerry L. Harbour 

From the past to the future

Integrating human factors into product manufacturing design
Compiled by Michael Hughes 

The KISS of better models

A history of modeling reveals the best way: Keep it short, simple
By Sidhartha S. Padhi and Kamil J. Mizgier 

A framework for higher performance

High-performance organizations can become a reality
By André A. de Waal 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • IEs examine the effects of online navigational systems and product-oriented technologies
  • Knowledge management systems could boost large organizations, healthcare sector
  • Wellesley College math professor: Teach application before theory
  • Uncommon IE: Former NASA scientist applies origami techniques for making foldable products
  • Geneva museum offers exhibition of 19th century surveying technology
  • Book of the month: Managing Projects as Investments: Earned Value to Business Value by Stephen A. Devaux


Performance by Kevin McManus

Addicted to improvement

Management by Paul Engle

Vendor management

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Archimedes walks into a hospital ...

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Designing construction for sustainability


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 2014

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"The fact is that every situation is not really that unique, and believing so only adds to unnecessary complexity." 

– Sidhartha S. Padhi and Kamil J. Mizgier, from their feature in the December issue, "The KISS of better models"


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.