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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2016    |    Volume: 48    |    Number: 5

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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A widened gaze at the Panama Canal

The imminent expansion will change the global supply chain game and create new competition for U.S. ports
By Dustin Burke and Steve Raetz 

The chameleons of engineering

IE skills are perfect for a world that is changing - and their talents also can change the world
By Rona Howenstine 

POP Quiz: What are the right questions in hospitals?

Performance and order prioritization huddles help diagram daily priorities in diagnostic service areas
By Alex Bohn 

How to play nice and add value

Mercedes-Benz shows that leadership can help employees boost service through technology
By Joseph A. Michelli 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Targeting concussions
  • Plasma device disinfects cell phones
  • Smartphones can capture 3-D printing secrets
  • Reach the kids early
  • Examining the circular economy
  • ‘On-ramping’ brings women back to academia
  • Taking steps to power your heart monitor
  • Sodium electricity to the rescue
  • Reshoring gains
  • Rudeness at work is contagious
  • The cockroach that saved your life
  • Book of the month: A New Dynamic 2: Effective Systems in a Circular Economy by Nabil Nasr and other contributing authors


Performance by Kevin McManus

Five key things

Management by Paul Engle

Buffers, a tale told of false security

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn

The importance of professional development

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Avoid supplier selection déjà vu

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

The buzz about virtual reality


This month in IISE news

The May issue includes scheduling details for IIE Annual, a spotlight on the new president-elect Joe Hartman of IISE, highlights of the 2016 Future City National Finals where Sacred Heart Catholic School won the IISE Excellence in Systems Integration award and information about the upcoming BOT nominations taking place May 9. 

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May 2016



“Focus and repetition are key strategies to maximize the value we get from our training time investments." 

– Kevin McManus, a performance improvement coach and contributor for the performance column in ISE


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.