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The August issue cover photo raised a few eyebrows, making some people hungry and other people sick. Both dispositions are shared below as well as appreciation for the article. Another reader caught grammatical and copyediting snafus in the July issue that we will strive not to repeat. And on LinkedIn, an IE at Taylor Corp. sought advice on the most beneficial types of certifications. 


Not a fan of red meat

Appalling cover (August). Doesn't even work as a bad joke and should never have made it through editorial control. For a large segment of the population, red meat is revolting.

David Mendonca
Troy, New York

A tasty change of pace

The only improvement that I offer to the front cover of the August issue is a No. 2 wood pencil on each side of the steak.

The most salient correction to the restaurant operation was the creation of "flash cards" that display a picture of the steak with a temperature number embedded beside it. It supports my adage that numbers scream to tell a story that may be different from that told by adjectives and adverbs, an adage proven by how, in "Unlocking the Service Sector," 20 percent of the restaurant in question's customers changed their order once they saw the relationship between the steak and the accompanying numbers.

Let's say a rare steak is 125 degrees. You don't remove it from the grill when it is at 125 degrees because the temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees during the 20-minute resting period.

The other variable is the temperature of the plate. It typically is 70 degrees. So the steak will start cooling as it gives off heat to the 70 degree plate. I have metal steak plates that set on wood bases. I place the metal plates on the grill and heat them prior to removing the steaks. That way you serve them sizzling hot. We never eat steak out. I can buy and cook steaks better than any restaurant.

The bar is the most inefficient place in a restaurant. I wonder if there is a bar that has been designed by an industrial engineer.

This cover story was a great "change of pace" article. The service business is not as glamorous as manufacturing, but that is where the market is.

R. Wayne Moorhead
Moorhead Business Brokerage LLC
Leawood, Kansas

Magazine at its best, but watch the grammar

First, let me tell you that I have been a reader of Industrial Engineer in all of its incarnations since 1964 and can attest that it has never been better. Good work.

However, in the July issue's Editor's Desk, your grammar editing let one get by. You wrote: "My 'little' brother, Kevin Hughes, is now taller than me and works …" Shouldn't it be "taller than I"?

Also on Page 17 in the last paragraph of "Not Swallowing the Latest ID Idea," it reads, "The vast majority if people …" Probably a spell-check-passing typo, as it should have read, "The vast majority of people …"

Please be assured that though I am retired, I do have things to do other than nitpicking other people's writing.


Jerry Macks


What are the top certifications for industrial/manufacturing/applied engineers?

"Any industrial engineer should seriously consider obtaining their PE license. While certifications can be given by almost any organization, licensure is regulated by the state and ensures the license holder is competent in their area of expertise along with ensuring they adhere to appropriate ethical and legal standards. Below is a link to the topics covered by the industrial engineering PE exam. If I were hiring an industrial engineer, these are certainly the areas I would want them proficient in."

Amy Greer
Principal simulation engineer

"In addition to what Amy said above, certifications tend to be for a fairly narrow range of competencies as compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities that are represented by a professional engineering license. If I were hiring an IE, I'd certainly prefer that the person have a broader skill set than that represented by most certifications so I didn't have to send the employee to another class every time I needed the person to do a different project."

Jerry Purswell
Vice president and owner
Purswell & Purswell

"It depends on what your career goals happen to be. PE is a must, as it covers just about every career path, if you intend to remain at all connected to the engineering field. ... I believe having a PE shows you have commitment to the engineering field and are capable of setting and reaching longer term goals. There appear to be a lot of engineers in project/program management careers, so I would place PMP as #2. I do not put a lot of weight behind that certification, but a lot of employers do. This is especially the case if nonengineers are in charge of hiring or culling of applicants in the hiring process. Many jobs relevant to IE use PMP as a discerning factor. That being said, I was able to successfully argue that PE was superior to PMP to get my current job, which desired PMP. Having a PMP would have just negated the need for me to present the argument in the first place."

Brent Fraser
Professional engineer and program manager
U.S. Postal Service

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