35 episodes

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.

Problem Solved: The IISE Podcast 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.

    Ergonomics and human factors for caretakers in COVID-19 pandemic

    Ergonomics and human factors for caretakers in COVID-19 pandemic

    News reports have shared images and stories of the hardships endured by healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, many working long hours to serve seriously ill patients amid shortages of equipment and protective gear. In this bonus episode of Problem Solved, we discuss these challenges with Lynda Enos, a certified ergonomics and human factors consultant with HumanFit who specializes in safe patient-handling programs for hospitals and outpatient facilities. She discusses some of the unique ergonomic challenges that caregivers have faced during the crisis, along with valuable lessons that can be learned and applied for similar events in the future.

    • 29 min
    Engineers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic

    Engineers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic

    In this bonus episode of "Problem Solved," we play interviews with healthcare engineers from May 2020 who have insight about how health systems are managing and operating through the COVID-19 crisis. We first chat with Amanda Mewborn, vice president of facility planning and development at Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia, about her experience on the frontlines of patient care during the pandemic. We also speak with Ali Hobbs, a healthcare consultant with Catalyst, a Haskell Company and Aaron Kanne, executive director of implementation services at Care Logistics in Atlanta, about the Think Tank sessions sponsored by the Society for Health Systems throughout the spring. Listeners, you can also share your own experiences from within your industry about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Crisis Resource Community on IISE Connect at: https://link.iise.org/crisis-response-connect

    • 50 min
    Election cybersecurity and decision analysis with Natalie Scala

    Election cybersecurity and decision analysis with Natalie Scala

    Sponsored by the University of Louisville: Cybersecurity is an ongoing challenge across all industries and sectors, public and private. In an era of expanding technology, how can data be safeguarded? In an election year, in particular, secure voting is a key concern. Natalie Scala, an associate professor at Towson University, has conducted research in decision analysis in areas that include election offices in Maryland, the energy industry and the U.S. military. In this episode of "Problem Solved," Scala talks with IISE's Keith Albertson about the principles that apply to teach and the human factors involved, along with her new book on military challenges and defense operations research.

    • 33 min
    Tapping the Potential of Autistic Workers with Conner Reinhardt and Jhillika Kumar

    Tapping the Potential of Autistic Workers with Conner Reinhardt and Jhillika Kumar

    Sponsored by the University of Louisville: A more diverse workforce can and should include people with cognitive disabilities who have the skills and desire to contribute in many fields. Georgia Tech graduates Conner Reinhardt and Jhillika Kumar approached this problem by founding a startup company called Mentra (https://www.mentra.me/). They are designing an app to help autistic individuals find it easier to connect with jobs and mentors. The effort was inspired by Kumar’s older brother and her desire to create more opportunities for people like him. IISE members can read the Case Study article in the March issue of ISE magazine to learn more: https://link.iise.org/isemarch2020_casestudy

    • 33 min
    Big Data for the Big House with Tamás Terlaky, Dr. Mohammad Shahabsafa and Anshul Sharma

    Big Data for the Big House with Tamás Terlaky, Dr. Mohammad Shahabsafa and Anshul Sharma

    Sponsored by the University of Louisville: Remember when a call from jail sparked an ISE project assigning inmates to various facilities in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections? And how that led to a startup company? Probably not, but Professor Tamás Terlaky of Lehigh University does. He and two of his former students, Dr. Mohammad Shahabsafa and Anshul Sharma, talk about how considering all inmate needs upfront reduces violence in the system, speeds up inmate treatment and counseling, trims transportation costs and pares down the manpower needed to make assignments – which could save the corrections department nearly $20 million in five years.

    • 42 min
    Everything I Know About Lean I Learned in First Grade with Tina Agustiady

    Everything I Know About Lean I Learned in First Grade with Tina Agustiady

    Sponsored by the University of Louisville: There's a little engineer inside all of us, according to Tina Agustiady. But as it turns out, her son - a first-grader - is already an engineer himself. It must run in the genes. As part of a career day event for her son's elementary school class, Agustiady gave a presentation that left the entire class wanting to become engineers, too. Inspired to become one herself because of her father's career, Agustiady, a certified Lean Six Sigma master black belt and lean consultant with MetLife, explains to IISE's David Brandt for "Problem Solved" just how much we all have learned about Lean in the earliest years of schooling, from boarding the school bus to desk organization and even just following in a line. She also explains how similar the teaching of Lean can be between young children and adults. You can download Agustiady's presentation at: https://link.iise.org/podcast_1stgradelean

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

StPeteAJB ,

An IE who loves podcasts

Thanks for creating a show that industrial and systems engineers can learn from. The shows have a nice range from past careers to new approaches.

Moises Espinoza ,

“JIT” Podcasting

A much needed podcast for the IE function. Although still early, I hope more content comes out about lean and six sigma manufacturing, supply chain optimization, and leadership within organizations.

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