Lean is a people-centric system

For decades, Toyota has maintained that employees are central to its vaunted production system – the rest of the world should agree
By Daniel Jones and Michael Ballé 

Hit and miss ergonomics education

Across the nation, it seems like universities are de-emphasizing human factors courses
By James Rethaber 

ISO? Lean? Why not both?

Jewelry manufacturer shows how the two quality initiatives can work under one roof
By Joe Perillo 

The triple bottom line

Safety, innovation and lean methodology all are necessary for a successful bottom line
By Jim Rock 

Facility layout payout

Using science can improve your workflow, reduce material handling and trim manpower use
By Raj Sanne 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • A few changes can curb CO2 emissions and make your workforce happier
  • Engine maker Cummins uses tool to improve customer care
  • Explaining employment gaps increased hiring chances by up to 40 percent
  • UAB researchers create jacket to explore more powerful form of mobile computing
  • Printers could serve meals for military
  • Instrument will help manufacture wings of Boeing's new 777X jet
  • Site to See: Feds offer free online tool to calculate emissions impacts, energy benefits
  • Book of the month: Design for Six Sigma: A Practical Approach through Innovation by Elizabeth A. Cudney and Tina Kanti Agustiady


Performance by Kevin McManus

Failing to see down the road

Management by Paul Engle

Cloud storage: Flexible, inexpensive and worth it

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Did we listen? Re-examining the IOM/NAE call

Supply Chain by Jim Tompkins

Your supply chain and Brexit, explained


This month in IISE news

The October issue includes articles about a Georgia Tech professor and IISE chapter leader, the 20th anniversary of the Applied Ergonomics Conference, IISE honors and scholarships, new presentation formats at IISE Annual, and a farewell to a retiring member of IISE staff.

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July 2018



"Do the tedious tasks. It may seem painful, but you will learn from it. If you are new into the corporate world it may be expected from you, so embrace it. If you have been in the corporate world for a while, it will remind you how things really work and how difficult it may be for the 'simple' report you requested. While you may not have the time to do the actual job, at least understand what someone has to go through to get it for you."
– Contributor Nicole Schoch in her July feature, "14 things you should care about"


2018 Winning Videos:
Inspiring Future ISEs

First Place ($1,000 Prize):
ITESM Campus Querétaro (Mexico)


Second Place ($500 Prize):
University of Jordan

Third Place ($300 Prize):
Oregon State University