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The Context Of Tool Control In An Aircraft Assembly Environment Related To Productivity, Taylor Jay Sisson May 2016

The Context Of Tool Control In An Aircraft Assembly Environment Related To Productivity, Taylor Jay Sisson

Honors College Capstones and Theses

The aircraft industry focuses a large portion of its resources on tool control during the assembly of aircraft. Tool control is a strict process that demands time from the assembly process. This time is removed from the value-added time spent actually assembling the aircraft. A study at Lockheed Martin conducted in the Spring of 2016 is discussed that examines the time spent on tool control. Tool control is necessary in aircraft assembly to prevent tools from entering compartments of the aircraft. If such an event occurs, the tool may damage the aircraft. All aircraft assembly processes must be tool controlled ...


The Prediction Predicament, William "Ike" Eisenhauer Dec 2015

The Prediction Predicament, William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Engineering and Technology Management Faculty Publications and Presentations

The article focuses on the prediction of predicament in terms of forecasting at industrial engineering level. Topics discussed include business optimize resources via forecasting; audience who cannot comprehend the methodology used for forecasting in healthcare operations; and use of forecasting for performance measurement.


If You Commit, That Old Gown Looks Just Fine, William "Ike" Eisenhauer Oct 2015

If You Commit, That Old Gown Looks Just Fine, William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Engineering and Technology Management Faculty Publications and Presentations

In this article, the author discusses issues pertaining to improvement of health systems, comparing the systems with Victorian ball gown. He states that significant elements of the improvement processes of the systems like removal of clutter, and workflow and paperwork, and mentions roles of industrial and systems engineering beyond business process improvement. He highlights the need of commitment for improving the systems by business enterprises.


The Time Has Come For Nursing Engineering, William "Ike" Eisenhauer Aug 2015

The Time Has Come For Nursing Engineering, William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Engineering and Technology Management Faculty Publications and Presentations

The article discusses the need for healthcare and educational organizations to create nursing engineering program. Topics discussed include successes in healthcare systems as engineers and healthcare professionals, integration of industrial engineering or lean and Six Sigma courses into nursing programs of the University of Alabama and modern healthcare system and modern healthcare participants that can be addressed by the new profession.


A Framework Of Critical Success Factors For Business Organizations That Lead To Performance Excellence Based On A Financial And Quality Systems Assessment., Melissa Francisco Jan 2014

A Framework Of Critical Success Factors For Business Organizations That Lead To Performance Excellence Based On A Financial And Quality Systems Assessment., Melissa Francisco

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

One of the most important tasks that business leaders undertake in order to achieve a superior market position is strategic planning. Beyond this obligation, business owners desire to maximize profit and maintain steady growth. In order to do this, resources must be invested in the most efficient way possible in order to achieve performance excellence. Adjusting business operations quickly, however, especially in times of economic uncertainty, is extremely difficult. Business leaders therefore need insight into which elements of organizational improvement are most effective in order to strategically invest their resources to achieve superior performance in the most efficient way possible ...


A Holistic Framework For Transitional Management, Ahmed Elattar Jan 2014

A Holistic Framework For Transitional Management, Ahmed Elattar

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

For all business organizations, there comes a time when a change must take place within their eco-system. It consumes a great deal of thought and planning to ensure that the right decision is made as it could alter the entire course of their business for a number of years to come. This change may appear in the form of a brilliant CEO reaching the age of retirement, or an unsuccessful Managing Director being asked to leave before fulfilling the term of her contract. Regardless of the cause, a transition must occur in which a suitable successor is chosen and put ...


Restaurant Design: An Industrial Engineering Perspective, Joseph Travis Spanu Mar 2013

Restaurant Design: An Industrial Engineering Perspective, Joseph Travis Spanu

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

The objective of this paper is to design a health food restaurant using current industrial engineering tools and practices. This includes creating a menu, determining the average gross profit per customer, determining the location, designing a 3-d layout, simulating service, and analyzing local food supply chains. Using a simplified menu and pricing quotes from a food distributor, the average gross profit per customer is estimated to be $3.50. Location is determined by comparing the predicted number of customers and the cost to rent at two different areas. A downtown location is determined to gross approximately $5,200 per month ...


Assessment And Evaluation Of Objectives And Outcomes For Continuous Improvement Of An Industrial Engineering Program, Kyung J. Min, John K. Jackman, Douglas D. Gemmill Jan 2013

Assessment And Evaluation Of Objectives And Outcomes For Continuous Improvement Of An Industrial Engineering Program, Kyung J. Min, John K. Jackman, Douglas D. Gemmill

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

In recent years, ABET accreditation has placed a heavy emphasis not only on the assessment of objectives and outcomes, but also on the evaluation of them and subsequent efforts for continuous improvement based on such an evaluation. Currently, a plethora of assessment tools and conceptual frameworks notwithstanding, there exists a relative paucity of documented efforts on the actual evaluation and subsequent continuous improvement. In this paper, we first concretely (1) show how such assessment and evaluation can be deliberately and systematically conducted in the context of an Industrial Engineering program. We then (2) show how the results of the objectives ...


Educating The Professional Engineer Of 2020: The Changing Licensure Requirements, Susan L. Murray, Terri M. Lynch-Caris Jan 2013

Educating The Professional Engineer Of 2020: The Changing Licensure Requirements, Susan L. Murray, Terri M. Lynch-Caris

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Faculty Research & Creative Works

Engineering education programs would be well served to align their curricula and program outcomes to the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam and Professional Engineer (PE) Exam specifications. These exams are required steps in the process of becoming a licensed engineer in most states. NCEES (the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. It develops, administers, and scores these examinations used for engineering licensure. Starting in 2011, NCEES held survey-creation meetings with diverse teams to develop a draft survey containing the subjects in each discipline and ...


Electronic Falls Reporting System Implementation: Evaluating Data Collection Methods And Studying User Acceptance, Yi You Mei Jan 2010

Electronic Falls Reporting System Implementation: Evaluating Data Collection Methods And Studying User Acceptance, Yi You Mei

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

In this research, we detail the development of a novel, easy-to-use system to facilitate electronic patient falls reporting within a long-term residential care facility (LTRCF) using off-the-shelf technology that can be inexpensively implemented in a wide variety of settings. We report the results of four complimentary system evaluation measures that take into consideration varied organizational stakeholders’ perspectives: 1) System-level benefits and costs, 2) System usability, via scenario-based use cases, 3) A holistic assessment of users’ physical, cognitive, and marcoergonomic (work system) challenges in using the system, and 4) User technology acceptance. We report the viability of collecting and analyzing data ...


Evaluation Of An Eye Tracking Device To Increase Error Recovery By Nursing Students Using Human Patient Simulation, Yan Shen Jan 2010

Evaluation Of An Eye Tracking Device To Increase Error Recovery By Nursing Students Using Human Patient Simulation, Yan Shen

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

This study evaluates the application of an eye tracking device in nursing education. An experiment is designed to test the effectiveness of the eye tracking device used as a tool for providing instructional feedback in error identification and recovery by nursing students undertaking tasks in a simulated clinical setting. This experiment is performed on three groups of nursing students. In the first phase, all groups are tested in a simulated clinical scenario and their eye movements are recorded using an eye tracking device. In the second phase, the evaluation only group (control group) gets instructors’ feedback regarding their performance without ...


Strategic Plan For Industrial And Management Systems Engineering, Paul Savory Aug 2008

Strategic Plan For Industrial And Management Systems Engineering, Paul Savory

Industrial and Management Systems Engineering -- Reports

The role of this strategic plan is to map out a range of department goals, offer objectives for achieving each goal, and list potential strategies for meeting an objective. It also lists performance metrics for measuring progress for each goal. Each year, a subset of goals and objectives will be identified by the IMSE department as a priority for the coming year. Detailed metrics for measuring improvement for the department’s priorities areas will then be defined. The department committee to develop the plan consisted of Dr. Paul Savory (committee chair), Dr. Susan Hallbeck, and Dr. Erick Jones.


Integrating Communication And Engineering Skills In An Industrial Engineering Curriculum Based On Outcome Assessment Results, Leslie A. Potter, John K. Jackman, K. Jo Min, Matt Search Jan 2008

Integrating Communication And Engineering Skills In An Industrial Engineering Curriculum Based On Outcome Assessment Results, Leslie A. Potter, John K. Jackman, K. Jo Min, Matt Search

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

To bridge the gap between technical and communication skills of industrial engineering students at Iowa State University, faculty have focused assessment-driven continuous improvement in the curriculum on the integration of communication and engineering skills. Written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills are addressed through the core communication process (Analysis, Formulation, Creation, Delivery, and Assessment): the focus of a new engineering communications course. This paper describes the creation of this course, including the impetus for inception, course content, structure, and outcome-based learning activities. Student growth and survey results are examined. Long term impact expectations and assessment plans are described.


Engineering Management And Industrial Engineering: Similarities And Differences, Cassandra C. Elrod, Ashley Rasnic, William Daughton Jun 2007

Engineering Management And Industrial Engineering: Similarities And Differences, Cassandra C. Elrod, Ashley Rasnic, William Daughton

Business and Information Technology Faculty Research & Creative Works

Engineering Management is a broad and diverse field of engineering, thereby making it difficult to define exactly what the degree encompasses. At the same time, the somewhat related degree of Industrial Engineering is better understood. Some universities offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management with an emphasis in Industrial Engineering, while others offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in Engineering Management. In today's world of competitive academia, many wonder if these degree fields are similar enough to be used interchangeably or if there is a distinct difference separating the two degrees ...


Imse Alumni Survey Of Abet Program Educational Objectives, Paul Savory Jan 2006

Imse Alumni Survey Of Abet Program Educational Objectives, Paul Savory

Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Faculty Publications

This report showcases the results of the Department of Industrial and Management System Engieering's survey of alumni regarding our updated ABET Program Educational Objectives. The Program Educational Objectives represent the expected characteristics of industrial engineering graduates within three to five years of receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A total of 76 responses were received. The alumni survey responses indicate strong agreement and approval for the new Program Educational Objectives. The associated comments will be used by the IMSE faculty to future refine the course curriculum to ensure ...


Retailer-Driven Closed-Loop Supply Chains With Product Remanufacturing , Jie Li Jan 2006

Retailer-Driven Closed-Loop Supply Chains With Product Remanufacturing , Jie Li

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In this paper, we study a closed-loop supply chain (CLSC) consisting of a manufacturer and a retailer of a single product with numerous end product customers. The key feature differentiating this paper from the extant literature in CLSC is that our model is retailer-driven while the traditional CLSC models have been manufacturer-driven. This study is motivated by the emergence of super retailers such as Wal-Mart. Under these circumstances, we show how the retailer leads and the manufacturer follows in determining the wholesale and retail prices in the forward flow and the used product collecting and return prices in the reverse ...


A New Metric For Detecting Conflict In Functional Software Requirements , Adegboyega Oladayo Sanni Jan 2006

A New Metric For Detecting Conflict In Functional Software Requirements , Adegboyega Oladayo Sanni

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Typically, the development of software system starts with a goal. The goal is implemented by following a methodology consisting of phases. Initially, the goal is formulated as functional requirements when stakeholders of the software system meet and discuss what the software system should do in order fulfill satisfy needs. The functional software requirement document is then converted to software design document either through conceptual model, software code or both. After, the system is tested rigorously before it is implemented. Since the development of a software system consists of phases with each phase depending on prior stages, an inconsistency made in ...


Outsourcing Analysis For Reverse Logistics Systems: A Qualitative Study And A Markov Decision Model , Marco Antonio Serrato García Jan 2006

Outsourcing Analysis For Reverse Logistics Systems: A Qualitative Study And A Markov Decision Model , Marco Antonio Serrato García

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Reverse Logistics (RL) has recently been considered as an improvement area if it is focused correctly. Every manufacturing, distribution or sales firm, irrespective of its size, types of products or geographic location, can benefit from planning, implementing and controlling RL activities;Given the nature of the RL field, one of the most important decisions to be taken by any firm is whether to outsource such functions or not. This comes from the fact that RL does not represent a core activity for a firm, given that the purpose of any company is not to manage the flow of products taken ...


Capacity Expansion Under A Service Level Constraint For Uncertain Demand With Lead Times , Rahul Ratnakar Marathe Jan 2006

Capacity Expansion Under A Service Level Constraint For Uncertain Demand With Lead Times , Rahul Ratnakar Marathe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

For a service provider, stochastic demand growth along with expansion lead times and economies of scale may complicate a capacity planning problem. We consider a service provider who has to maintain certain minimum level of service and is interested in knowing the optimal timings and sizes of the future capacity expansions. This service level is defined in terms of unsatisfied demand over an expansion cycle. Under this service level constraint, the service provider wants to minimize the infinite time horizon cost of expansion. We assume a stationary policy where the timing and the sizes of the expansions are determined as ...


Evaluation Of Computer Input Devices For Use In Standard Office Applications While Moving In An Off-Road Vehicle , Thorsten Baldus Jan 2006

Evaluation Of Computer Input Devices For Use In Standard Office Applications While Moving In An Off-Road Vehicle , Thorsten Baldus

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Advances in modern farming technology provide automation features that lighten the workload for operators of farming equipment. One of the many technologies incorporated in modern agricultural equipment is automated steering systems like the John Deere's Green-Star Auto-Trac System(TM), which is a hands-free steering system for straight-line driving applications. When using a machine that is equipped with one of these systems, the work load of the operator is lightened and enables the operator to perform other tasks while doing field work. Many people believe a tractor cab could become a mobile office in the near future with the operator ...


Stochastic Flow Shop Scheduling Model For The Panama Canal , Zoila Yadira Guerra De Castillo Jan 2006

Stochastic Flow Shop Scheduling Model For The Panama Canal , Zoila Yadira Guerra De Castillo

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The Panama Canal can be modeled as a stochastic flexible flow shop for the purpose of scheduling. A metaheuristic stochastic optimization method (Nested Partition) was used to determine if current scheduling practices could be improved by reducing the makespan for vessel traffic. Results indicate that classifying the vessels according to the time that they spend transiting the canal and using some rules and metaheuristic technique for parallel flow shop improves the makespan. The schedules produced by this method show distinct patterns as described by the sequence of vessel types.


Application Of Data Mining In Scheduling Of Single Machine System , Xiaonan Li Jan 2006

Application Of Data Mining In Scheduling Of Single Machine System , Xiaonan Li

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The rapidly growing field of data mining has the potential of improving performance of existing scheduling systems. Such systems generate large amounts of data, which is often not utilized to its potential. The problem is whether it is possible to discover the implicit knowledge behind scheduling practice and then, with this knowledge, we could improve current scheduling practice. In this dissertation, we propose a novel methodology for generating scheduling rules using a data-driven approach. We show how to use data mining to discover previously unknown dispatching rules by applying the learning algorithms directly to production data. We also consider how ...


A General Queuing Network Model To Optimize Refurbishing Policies For Returned Products , Jumpol Vorasayan Jan 2006

A General Queuing Network Model To Optimize Refurbishing Policies For Returned Products , Jumpol Vorasayan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

We focus on the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who sell both new and refurbished products directly to consumers, such as a computer maker who sells products online. New products are produced according to a make-to-order policy while returned products will be refurbished and ready to ship to consumers immediately according to a make-to-stock policy. The open queueing network combines the demand functions of new and refurbished products with a generalized open queueing network that simulates the closed-loop supply chain including manufacturing, sales, return, evaluation, refurbishing and resale processes. A mathematical model is developed to find the optimal price and quantity ...


Details And Description Of Industrial Engineering, Paul Savory Jan 2005

Details And Description Of Industrial Engineering, Paul Savory

Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Faculty Publications

This content paper addresses key questions for students interested in pursuing industrial engineering as an academic major: What is industrial engineering? What personality characteristics do Industrial Engineers have? What types of projects do Industrial Engineers work on? What types of jobs do Industrial Engineers have? Where do Industrial Engineers work once they graduate? How much can Industrial Engineers earn? I have never heard of IE, is it a new area? How do Industrial Engineers benefit society and business? What classes will I take as an industrial engineering student? What are examples of problems I will learn how to solve? Are ...


Yield Improvement Of Chemical Mechanical Planarization Processes , Sutee Eamkajornsiri Jan 2005

Yield Improvement Of Chemical Mechanical Planarization Processes , Sutee Eamkajornsiri

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) is a planarization process that produces high quality surfaces both locally and globally. It is one of the key process steps during fabrication of very large scale integrated (VLSI) chips in integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing. High and reliable wafer yield is critical in the CMP process; it is dependent upon uniformity of material removal rate across the entire wafer.;The focus on this research is the development of control algorithm for CMP process. Wafer-scale and die-scale models are the two scales used in this study. To achieve improvement in wafer yield, three control strategies are formulated ...


On The Validity Of The Geometric Brownian Motion Assumption, Rahul Ratnakar Marathe, Sarah M. Ryan Jan 2005

On The Validity Of The Geometric Brownian Motion Assumption, Rahul Ratnakar Marathe, Sarah M. Ryan

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

The geometric Brownian motion (GBM) process is frequently invoked as a model for such diverse quantities as stock prices, natural resource prices and the growth in demand for products or services. We discuss a process for checking whether a given time series follows the GBM process. Methods to remove seasonal variation from such a time series are also analyzed. Of four industries studied, the historical time series for usage of established services meet the criteria for a GBM; however, the data for growth of emergent services do not.


Implementation And Assessment Of Industrial Engineering Curriculum Reform, Sigurdur Olafsson, Kevin P. Saunders, John K. Jackman, Frank E. Peters, Sarah M. Ryan, Veronica J. Dark, Mary Huba Jan 2004

Implementation And Assessment Of Industrial Engineering Curriculum Reform, Sigurdur Olafsson, Kevin P. Saunders, John K. Jackman, Frank E. Peters, Sarah M. Ryan, Veronica J. Dark, Mary Huba

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

We describe a curriculum reform project that aims to improve the industrial engineering curriculum through a web-based learning environment that engages students in active and collaborative learning. This environment focuses on engineering problems solving, increased information technology content, and the higher order cognitive skills that are needed to be a successful engineering problem solver. We describe the status of this project, which has been implemented in two courses: an engineering economy course and a manufacturing systems engineering course. One of the objectives of this new environment is integration of the curriculum, and we discuss how links were created between these ...


Transport Effort: A Metric For The Evaluation And Benchmarking Of Automotive Assembly Plants , David Paul Sly Jan 2004

Transport Effort: A Metric For The Evaluation And Benchmarking Of Automotive Assembly Plants , David Paul Sly

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Automotive assembly plants are unique from other industrial facilities in that they combine high output volume with high part counts (over 4,000 per vehicle) and high variety in a product flow layout involving a large quantity of fixed position material handling equipment. While assembly plants share common factory layout issues such as, dock placement, storage placement, transport batch sizes and aisle design, it is the high material flow volumes of large and heavy products coupled with the less layout flexibility, due to fixed equipment, that make automotive assembly plants uniquely suited for the evaluation and benchmarking metrics proposed in ...


Order Batching And Picking Optimization In Terms Of Supply Chain Management (Scm) , Jaeyeon Won Jan 2004

Order Batching And Picking Optimization In Terms Of Supply Chain Management (Scm) , Jaeyeon Won

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In distribution center (DC), at the time of forming a batch, by considering the order holding time and picking time in the system, an algorithm based on the first-come, first served based (FCFS) rule is presented. In the proposed algorithm, both order picking factor and order holding factor are used in order to reflect the throughput of the system and response of orders.;Furthermore, some simple batching policies for considering the order holding time in the system are presented. They may result in meeting its customers' requirements for larger numbers of smaller orders and rapid turnaround. They reflect the well-known ...


Information Technology Based Active Learning: A Pilot Study For Engineering Economy, Sigurdur Olafsson, Mary Huba, John K. Jackman, Frank E. Peters, Sarah M. Ryan Jan 2003

Information Technology Based Active Learning: A Pilot Study For Engineering Economy, Sigurdur Olafsson, Mary Huba, John K. Jackman, Frank E. Peters, Sarah M. Ryan

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

We have recently designed a learning environment to add practical problem solving, increased information technology content, and active learning to industrial engineering courses. In particular, we have successfully implemented and tested a computer-based module for an undergraduate engineering economy course. In this module, students are required to formulate the problem, devise a plan of action, and derive a final solution using the domain knowledge acquired in class. In addition to improving understanding of the course material, the module is also designed to improve more general cognitive skills and specifically to enhance the metacognitive ability of the participating students. A prototype ...