ISE students help deliver a shot in the arm

Many students and faculty weary of a year of remote learning and social distancing were anxious to receive their shots quickly and efficiently so they could attend graduation ceremonies and other gatherings at the end of spring semester. To streamline such operations, a team of industrial and systems engineering students at Iowa State University collaborated with the school’s Emergency Operations Center for procedures to help administer the shots effectively at a central mass vaccination site on campus.
By Keith Albertson

Combining ABC and XYZ analyses to manage inventory

ABC analysis is an efficient and effective tool to optimize inventory. This approach to manage inventory classifies stock items by the amount of value they bring to a business. This value could be measured by many variables, such as revenue, profit, sales demand, service level requirements, relation to other items, life cycle and customer value.
By Steve Greene

Healthcare ISEs: Reach out and change a student’s life

How many of us fell into “industrial engineering for healthcare” by accident? Do you remember your excitement when you first learned that your passion for people could be used in a hospital setting? (And do you remember your relief when you found out you didn’t have to optimize the cost for HVAC systems the rest of your life?)
By Renee Puvvada

Method improvements create better assembly processes

As defined in the book Introduction to Work Study published by the International Labor Organization, “method study is the systematic recording and critical examination of ways of doing things in order to make improvements.” It is a low-cost approach to improving process and overall productivity.
By Raj Sanne

From the White House to the Pentagon: ISE skills can serve the public

Reflecting on the common thread of these experiences, I’m persuaded that industrial and systems engineers are equipped with skill sets that are unique from other civil servants. Whether in streamlining cumbersome regulatory processes, cutting waste and finding efficiencies to save taxpayers money, or designing citizen-friendly technological systems, ISEs bring an adaptable problem-solving aptitude that allows them to meld into any team environment, get to the root of any problem and contribute to any public mission.
By Nathan R. Uldricks