Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

October 2021    |    Volume: 53    |    Number: 10

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Engineers

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Ergonomic enhancements improve safety for airline cabin crews

Pre-pandemic study measured Delta flight attendants’ physical challenges to find solutions
By Jeffrey Smagacz

Suggestion program should be more than just a box

Companies benefit when they seek and act upon employee feedback
By Merwan Mehta

HEALTHCARE TRANSFORMATION: Normal tide or tidal wave?

Increase in CEO turnover, mergers indicate unusual changes occurring
By Casey Bedgood

Adventures in onboarding: Launching an engineering career, sight unseen

New ISE graduate has to adjust quickly to new city and job in a ‘leap of faith’
By Eva Gluck

Companies adapt onboarding to workplace changes

Training, orientation for new hires often conducted remotely during pandemic
By Keith Albertson


Top stories in this month's news from the field

  • Buttigieg tours metro Atlanta site with IoT, solar panels, 5G connectivity
  • AI gives voice to those unable to speak
  • 3D-printed bridge carries Dutch feet over canal
  • Wearable device can convert perspiration, movement into electricity
  • IE alum helps Nigerian kids boost their game
  • UPS Flight Forward provides COVID-19 shots in North Carolina
  • Disaster modeling project becomes a startup
  • Book of the month: Next Job, Best Job: A Headhunter’s 11 Strategies to Get Hired Now


Performance by Kevin McManus

A powerful question: What’s new?

Management by Steve Snelling

Applications of benchmarking for analysis projects

Supply Chain by Jim Tompkins

The 5 principles of responding to uncertainty

Manufacturing by Shahrukh A. Irani

For job shops, Lean reduces flexibility


This month in IISE news ...

  • ‘One click away’ sharing and recruiting tools for students, employers
  • Ergo Cup entries due by Oct. 27
  • Concierge health co-founder set as HSPI speaker
  • Third IISE Cup to honor innovation, improvement
  • Entries being accepted for 2022 IISE IAB YouTube video contest
  • IISE, MoreSteam team up for training

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"Enlightened companies are beginning to realize that people other than the supervisor know about employee performance. In fact, a worker's peers are more likely to know how an employee performs on a job on a consistent basis."  

– Merwan B. Mehta, author of "Peer Evaluations Hit the Factory Floor" in the January issue


The best job ever 

The best job ever

Mark Wallace with UPS discusses why his job is the coolest job for an industrial engineer in this December 2014 Web exclusive.

Resurrection in Atlanta 

Resurrection in Atlanta

Members of the IISE Atlanta Chapter appear in this October 2014 video to discuss the value of a revitalizing the chapter.

Training humanitarian IEs 

Training humanitarian IEs

IE interviews the three co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics.