Fitting ISE into the sharing economy

Service enterprise engineering will help ISEs bring productivity to 'Uberized' business models
By Vignesh Ramanathan, Naren Gursahaney, Paul Funari, James Wilk, Charles R. Schneider and Vittal Prabhu

Mekis, Sobaje do DMAIC their way

Mekis, Sobaje collaboration births melodic praises to DMAIC and TIMWOOD
By Michael Hughes

Looking through the efficiency glasses

New technologies can help you see exactly what your workers see
By Mike Bartels

POLCA helps jobs dance through your factory

Visual control helps pick the right job at the right time, dramatically slashing lead-time
By Rajan Suri

Product wheels power production

Product wheels can give manufacturers better scheduling and operations
By Peter L. King and Alan H. Nall


Top stories in this month's news from the field

  • New Hampshire Walmart pilot project pairs high-density storage system with retail associates
  • Lockheed Martin working on prototype for parts of a Moon-orbiting spaceport
  • Study demonstrates low-cost technology for security screening at public venues
  • Part shortages, strong demand lead to supply crunch
  • Sandia National Laboratories combines gold, platinum for wear-resistant electronics contacts
  • New processes could help avoid supply snags for deployed soldiers, far-off bases
  • Book of the month: Leading Transformation: How to Take Charge of Your Company’s Future


Performance by Kevin McManus

We need more RTF

Management by Paul Engle

How to thrive in a business transformation

Health Systems by Peter Woodbridge

Looking in the rearview mirror

Supply Chain by Jim Tompkins

Basic data science can fix your supply chain


This month in IISE news ...

  • Societies and divisions select new officers and board members
  • Journal issues call for papers that examine the future of engineering economics education
  • Talent abounds at next year’s Applied Ergonomics Conference
  • Deadline is Nov. 15 to apply for IISE scholarships and fellowships
  • Students simulate a 'real-world' solution with Rockwell's Arena software
  • IISE honors and awards deadline is Dec. 1
  • ISE's sister magazine offers a plethora of management tips and tricks

ISE magazine - October 2018View the latest digital version of ISE
October 2018


"Ever since Frederick Winslow Taylor picked up his first stopwatch more than a century ago, industrial and systems engineers and other productivity professionals have used work measurement and time studies to figure out how workplace operations and staff interact with their environment, finding nuggets of information that can increase productivity, streamline processes and reduce waiting time. But no matter how well-designed work measurement can be, the observers can’t see exactly what the workers see – until now."
– Contributor Mike Bartels in his October 2018 feature, "Looking through the efficiency glasses"


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