Empowering diversity in ISE education, careers

Data collected by the U.S. Census bureau in 2019 show only 20% of industrial engineers employed full-time were women. While this number seems small, industrial engineering is ranked fourth in comparison to the other 13 engineering jobs in this report.
By Johana M. Mercado Colón, Gabriela A. Renta López and Lourdes A. Medina

Human-computer interface, deep learning and explainable AI

The human body is an important source of big data. Biometric data can be collected to track health status and actively improve quality of life. Though data analysis has recently been actively used as a tool for industrial innovation, biometric data analysis seems to approach the essence of engineering in terms of developing technologies that benefit human beings.
By Chang S. Nam, Jae-Yoon Jung, Sangwon Lee, Sanghyun Choo, Zachary Traylor, Hoonseok Park, Donghyun Park and Sangyeon Kim

Making sense of a disruptively different tomorrow

A Nov. 16, 2021, Financial Times headline reporting on the rapidly growing fortunes of electric-car startups and the parallel woes of traditional carmakers declared: “Electric Vehicle Maker Rivian Eclipses Volkswagen in Value While Lucid Overtakes Ford.” In a sign of the crazy times in car-making, the word “Rivian” was underscored in red by the spellchecker. Rivian who?
By Anirudh Dhebar

A systems perspective on diverse teams

Diversity on teams and in organizations, across its many dimensions, is widely recognized as a means to higher performance. High functioning diverse teams are able to produce better criteria, better alternatives, better synthesis and ultimately better solutions; and the individual members grow more. Yet diversity among team members presents challenges that might undermine the team’s efforts to be high functioning, as noted by M.L. Maznevski (Human Relations, 1994). Even the notion of diverse perspectives can cause team tension and, to many, the value of varied perspectives is vague or suspect. To provide clarity and evidence for the value of diverse teams, we will share two systems examples: a visual model and a sociological framework.
By Paul Stanfield