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Problem Solved: The IISE Podcast

Author: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

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Conversations with industrial and systems engineers about their work, ideas and solutions. This podcast will feature both IISE members and non-members who come from diverse backgrounds in both academia and industry to discuss a wide range of topics as it relates to their work as well as some off-beat topics that we think you, our audience, will find fascinating.
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In this episode of "Problem Solved," Betsy Plattenburg, executive director of Curiosity Lab, discusses the smart city test environment created in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, near Atlanta. She describes the autonomous vehicle tests at Curiosity Lab plus other smart city technology and challenges in a conversation with Managing Editor Keith Albertson. Look for more on smart cities and Curiosity Lab in the January issue of ISE magazine, the first installment in our series, "2020 and Beyond: The Future of ISE."
In making a better world, Artificial Intelligence will be your cognitive partner, not your robot overlord, IBM’s Ben Amaba and Binghamton University’s Michael Testani tell us in this episode of “Problem Solved.” ISEs skilled in handling inventory and integrating systems can translate those talents and human factors knowledge to collecting, storing, analyzing and presenting data – all while skyrocketing your salary. Amaba and Testani encourage ISEs to take the lead in democratizing AI and Big Data, whether you’re a student or midcareer.
The fabled 20-8-2 rule for office workers (sit 20 minutes, stand 8 minutes, walk 2 minutes) has real-world validity, according to Mark Benden, director of Texas A&M’s Ergonomics Center, in this latest episode of "Problem Solved." But keeping your workforce – whether office-bound, at home or in a factory – healthy, happy and productive involves a systematic combination of human, equipment and training that will vary by employee. Benden also discusses how artificial intelligence and machine learning will help research move from active to passive sensors and build living systems that learn when, where and how to prompt your workforce to make the right adjustments and take the right breaks to achieve optimal productivity.
Caitlin Kenney and Amy Greer are professional engineers who volunteer with NCEES to promote licensure for industrial and systems engineering. In this episode of #ProblemSolved, this PE duo talks to IISE's David Brandt about the career advantages and realities that engineers can discover in the pursuit of earning their PE license. They also discuss their personal experiences in how earning the "PE" tag has changed their respective careers.
Everyone walks a different career path, but the road is full of opportunities that are yours for the taking. It's just a matter of taking one step at a time. That's the initial advice from Carl Kirpes, who works in Crude Oil Strategy & Analysis for Marathon Petroleum Corp. and also serves as senior vice president, industry, for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. In this episode of "Problem Solved," Kirpes talks with IISE's David Brandt about how the Institute has played a role in his career from the beginning, the mentors who helped him find direction and the advice he gives to students and young professionals who aim high in their own careers.
"Problem Solved" is live at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2019 Sept. 23-25 at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas. We're talking to attendees, speakers and other participants about their conference experience using three simple questions: Who are you? Why are you attending this conference? And what do you hope to learn or take away from ELSS 2019? Listen to this brief interview with Manuel Flores from the University of Houston.
"Problem Solved" is live at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2019 Sept. 23-25 at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas. We're talking to attendees, speakers and other participants about their conference experience using three simple questions: Who are you? Why are you attending this conference? And what do you hope to learn or take away from ELSS 2019? Listen to this brief interview with Chelsea Tomek, a graduate student at the University of Texas-Arlington.
"Problem Solved" is live at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2019 Sept. 23-25 at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas. We're talking to attendees, speakers and other participants about their conference experience using three simple questions: Who are you? Why are you attending this conference? And what do you hope to learn or take away from ELSS 2019? Listen to this brief interview with Michele Hopkins from Cable One.
"Problem Solved" is live at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2019 Sept. 23-25 at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas. We're talking to attendees, speakers and other participants about their conference experience using three simple questions: Who are you? Why are you attending this conference? And what do you hope to learn or take away from ELSS 2019? Listen to this brief interview with Madhura Sridhar from Rice University.
"Problem Solved" is live at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2019 Sept. 23-25 at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas. We're talking to attendees, speakers and other participants about their conference experience using three simple questions: Who are you? Why are you attending this conference? And what do you hope to learn or take away from ELSS 2019? Listen to this brief interview with Bob Myers from Wright State University and Fixineer LLC.
"Problem Solved" is live at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2019 Sept. 23-25 at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas. We're talking to attendees, speakers and other participants about their conference experience using three simple questions: Who are you? Why are you attending this conference? And what do you hope to learn or take away from ELSS 2019? Listen to this brief interview with Amanda Beach from Texas Children's Hospital.
"Problem Solved" is live at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2019 Sept. 23-25 at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas. We're talking to attendees, speakers and other participants about their conference experience using three simple questions: Who are you? Why are you attending this conference? And what do you hope to learn or take away from ELSS 2019? Listen to this brief interview with the ELSS 2019 pre-conference workshop instructor Paul Odomirok.
The September issue of ISE magazine includes a Case Study article by Breanne Alzate, an engineer whose firm is the lead contractor with NASA’s Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center. In this episode of "Problem Solved," Alzate talks to Managing Editor Keith Albertson about her team’s effort to retain and archive the institutional knowledge that can be lost when experts retire or move on. She also shares more details about her career.
After Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, Washington, D.C., teacher Liz McCartney and lawyer Zack Rosenberg wanted to help. Their efforts took them to New Orleans where they founded the nonprofit St. Bernard’s Project to rebuild homes and help victims recover from natural disasters. As the nonprofit and the scope of its work grew, they sought help from lean experts at the Toyota Production System Support Center to improve their operation, which they chronicled in their book, “Getting Home.” McCartney discusses the project and its ongoing challenges in an interview with Brion Hurley of IISE’s Sustainable Development Division.
IISE's Michael Hughes chats with Chick-fil-A Inc.'s manager of production design, David B. Reid, P.E., to learn more about how the popular American fast food company uses industrial engineering to keep the company's priority on the customer. Reid also explains the road that led him to Chick-fil-A and describes some of its future improvements. He will also be one of the keynote speakers at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas. Learn more and register for the event at: iise.org/leansixsigma
Sneha Sinha, from Oregon State University, and Carlos Garza, from the University of Texas at Arlington, were two of four students leading a panel session on diversity at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2019 in May. A full room of attendees with passionate voices expressed their opinions and concerns about ongoing issues surrounding equity and inclusion. What challenges lie ahead for people of color beginning their ISE careers? What can IISE and its members do to push the discussion into action? Will industry do more to recognize the value of diversity in the future? Sneha and Carlos talk about these topics in this episode with IISE's David Brandt.You can also download IISE's Diversity + Inclusion mission statement at: https://link.iise.org/diversity-inclusion
IISE's Michael Hughes sits down with the co-chairs of the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2020, Julia Abate and Monica V. Matlis. The trio discuss the understated cultural role of ergonomics in our society, the challenges for professional ergonomists and the honor of winning the coveted Ergo Cup at the annual Applied Ergonomics Conference.
In this episode, IISE web editor David Brandt chats with IISE Fellow and ISE magazine columnist Kevin McManus about the discipline of Essentialism and what it has in common with industrial engineering. They also discuss the various ways ISEs apply best practices for continuous improvement in both career and personal life.
In our launch episode, we feature a discussion between IISE CEO Don Greene and David Poirier, IISE’s president-elect and CEO of The Poirier Group. They will discuss several topics including the early learnings that lead David to a career in industrial engineering, the relevancy of ISEs at-large, IISE's international mission and the opportunities for ISEs in 2020 and beyond.
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Billy D.

I may be in the minority, but I think the Chick-FIL-A drive thru is a cluster. The wrap around line, iPad ordering and outside cashier seem to be bottlenecks at my local store. When I heard that they actually have IEs, I was in shock. I tell my wife everytime we go that they should've consulted with some IEs

Aug 3rd
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KateSos75

really interesting conversation!!

Jul 19th
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