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Are we ready for smarter cities?

2020 AND BEYOND: Are we ready for smarter cities?

The idea of a futuristic city where people and machines interact seamlessly has long been a common theme in science fiction and pop culture. It depicts a utopia where devices in homes, transportation and workplaces are guided by sensors and connect- ed by computers, all sharing information to anticipate and adjust for human comfort, efficiency and safety. As we head into the 2020s, such an environment inches closer to reality.
By Keith Albertson

What ISE students did last summer

What ISE students did last summer

Three university students write about work experiences in industrial and systems engineering roles during their summer 2019 internships with three high-profile companies.
By Dina Perlic, Jennylynn Johnson and Adriane Tenequer

Work performance incentive beyond 'carrots and sticks'

Work performance incentive beyond 'carrots and sticks'

This article discusses the inputs that led up to what I consider to be the most significant factor affecting performance levels, shaped by several elements that are reviewed here.
By Adam Cywar

Production system design for high-mix, low-volume manufacturing

Production system design for high-mix, low-volume manufacturing

An assembly line ... is “an arrangement of machines, tools and work- ers in which a product is assembled by having each (stage) perform a specific, successive operation on an incomplete unit as it passes by in a series of stages organized in a direct line.” In contrast, a job shop is defined by www.inc.com/encyclopedia as “a manufacturing business in which small batches of a variety of custom products are made.
By Shahrukh A. Irani