Problem Solved: The IISE Podcast

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

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.

#Lean6Data2021 Podcast Break - Katie Grzyb
Trailer 2 min 10 sec

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SPONSORED BY LSU ONLINE. Building an ergonomics army doesn’t require millions of dollars and tons of top-line management, says Davana Pilczuk, corporate ergonomist at Cintas. You can achieve exponential dividends in health, safety and ROI by engaging people who are passionate about helping others, giving them a bit of training and know-how, and letting them loose on problems that affect their daily work. And a lot of the best ideas can literally be pulled right out of the dumpster.

Nov 22

48 min 26 sec

Learn more about #HSPI2022 and save on registration by Jan. 11 at: iise.org/HSPI

Nov 9

23 min 59 sec

SPONSORED BY LSU ONLINE. Shaun Butts, a systems engineer and Fleet Manager for the Gateway Logistics Services launch and space segment systems at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, discusses how to supply an outpost that will orbit the moon to support the Artemis lunar landing program, which is scheduled to launch in 2022. You can read more about Gateway and Artemis in the November issue of ISE magazine and follow mission updates on NASA’s social media sites.

Oct 26

44 min 28 sec

SPONSORED BY LSU ONLINE! SprintRay CEO Amir Mansouri and Director of Operations Kaz Takeda discuss disrupting the world of dentistry by putting 3D printers right in the dental office. Dental 3D printing has your crowns, nightguards and bridges ready on visit one, so you don’t have to return weeks later. The ISEs find joy in being part of disruption and by improving the lives of patients and dentists – one 3D printed smile at a time. As one dentist told Takeda, “Any dentist who isn’t on 3D printing in 5 years might as well go back to pliers."

Oct 12

52 min 51 sec

SPONSORED BY LSU ONLINE! Yes, says Dr. Bublu Thakur-Weigold, COVID-19 caused major disruptions to global supply chains. But the director of programs at ETH Zurich maintains that manufacturers and supply chain managers heroically responded to massive, overnight changes in supply and demand. Considering the shock supply chains underwent, she says they demonstrated resilience by reconfiguring quickly, finding alternatives and making sure stockouts were temporary – the hallmark of Lean and just-in-time manufacturing.

Sep 28

54 min 38 sec

Like many conference attendees, Dr. Tres Bishop from Kaman Aerospace in Jacksonville, Fla., has tried to learn proper greetings in this pandemic era. But he's navigated well at the Lean Six Sigma & Data Science Conference 2021 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta. Dr. Bishop also discusses his conference presentation, "Are LSS critical success and failure factors two sides of the same coin?"

Sep 22

3 min 25 sec

Melissa Rosado, an industrial engineer originally from Puerto Rico with a graduate degree in data science, said she appreciates being back among people "safely" during the Lean Six Sigma & Data Science Conference 2021 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta. Melissa also said she was eager to see what was new at the crossroads of industrial engineering and data science in industry and academia.

Sep 22

2 min 18 sec

Josette Cole-Pinnix, a data analyst with OpsVeda Inc., took a few minutes to chat with "Problem Solved" about her joy for returning to her first live conference since the start of the pandemic – the Lean Six Sigma & Data Science Conference 2021. She was excited to re-engage with in-person networking and the new motivation driven by intriguing sessions. She also addresses her love for coding (a topic that came up during Dr. Pyrcz's keynote on Tuesday) and the pride found in ISEs being "able to do it all."

Sep 22

3 min 8 sec

While attending the Lean Six Sigma & Data Science Conference 2021, Katie Grzyb took a break between sessions to talk about her conference experience with "Problem Solved." Katie, who works at Michigan Medicine in Northville, Mich., gave her own presentation on "Continuous Improvement Team Adding Value Through Support During a Global Pandemic," which she summarizes in this bonus episode.

Sep 21

2 min 10 sec

During the Lean Six Sigma & Data Science Conference 2021, Nick Comeau from Commonwealth Medicine took a couple of minutes to talk about his first live conference experience since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nick presented at the conference as well in a session called "Plan, Vaccinate, Study, Act (PVSA): An iterative approach to fighting COVID-19," which he explains in this bonus episode of "Problem Solved."

Sep 21

2 min 35 sec

In this episode of "Problem Solved," we explore how an LSU student aided in the tracking of CPAP and BiPAP machines with industrial engineering student Nandhaguru “Guru” Durai and industrial engineer Milad Amini at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in a discussion with IISE member and LSU alum Casey Spansel.

Sep 14

34 min 57 sec

We certainly hope you’ll join these speakers and other professionals and students Sept. 20-22 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta. You can learn more about our conference program, registration and health and safety measures for the event by visiting our website at iise.org/leansixsigma.

Aug 24

32 min 41 sec

We certainly hope you’ll join these speakers and other professionals and students Sept. 20-22 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta. You can learn more about our conference program, registration and health and safety measures for the event by visiting our website at iise.org/leansixsigma.

Aug 24

32 min 9 sec

We certainly hope you’ll join these speakers and other professionals and students Sept. 20-22 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta. You can learn more about our conference program, registration and health and safety measures for the event by visiting our website at iise.org/leansixsigma.

Aug 24

25 min 30 sec

Read Kevin Drevik's original May 2011 article: http://link.iise.org/iemay11-drevikDrevik also recommended several online resources for more knowledge about personal finance including:https://apexmoney.com/https://collectingwisdom.com/https://personalfinanceblogs.com/https://www.getrichslowly.org/

May 27

40 min 3 sec

Don't miss your chance to be part of the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2021, taking place May 22-25! Apple CEO Tim Cook will be accepting this year's Captains of Industry Award and will participate in a Q&A session during the virtual Captains of Industry Forum on May 24 with Auburn’s IISE Student Chapter President Annie Dorsey. We also have three terrific keynote speakers who will share their vast knowledge from their respective industries, including Walt Ehmer from Waffle House, Andres Medaglia from Universidad de los Andes and Nadine Sarter from the University of Michigan. REGISTER TODAY! Learn more about our special guests, pre-conference workshops and more by visiting: iise.org/annual

May 13

38 min 55 sec

Don't miss your chance to be part of the IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2021, taking place May 22-25! Apple CEO Tim Cook will be accepting this year's Captains of Industry Award and will participate in a Q&A session during the virtual Captains of Industry Forum on May 24 with Auburn’s IISE Student Chapter President Annie Dorsey. We also have three terrific keynote speakers who will share their vast knowledge from their respective industries, including Walt Ehmer from Waffle House, Andres Medaglia from Universidad de los Andes and Nadine Sarter from the University of Michigan. Sign up by May 3 and SAVE on your registration. Learn more about our special guests, pre-conference workshops and more by visiting: iise.org/annual

Apr 27

34 min 59 sec

Lean more and register for IISE's Vitrual Meetup, 4 p.m. Eastern time April 22: www.iise.org/VirtualMeetup

Apr 13

55 min 6 sec

Learn more about the conference and submit an abstract by April 30, 2021, at: www.iise.org/LeanSixSigmaAnd follow #Lean6Data2021 on social media to learn more about the conference between now and late September.

Apr 2

41 min 28 sec

Our "Career Path" series comes to its conclusion in this episode of "Problem Solved." James Swisher, IISE's director of continuing education, sits down with IISE Training Center instructor Paul Odomirok and one of his Lean Green Belt students, Karina Suarez from FedEx. The trio discuss the pluses and minuses of learning during the pandemic including the value of livestream courses, keeping in touch with family, friend and colleagues, and the educational goal of human development.

Mar 23

56 min 12 sec

Register for the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2021 at: www.iise.org/AEC/register

Mar 9

30 min 13 sec

Caitlin Kenney previously appeared in a Season 1 episode, "PE Licensures: Facts and Myths": https://podcast.iise.org/episodes/pe-licensures-facts-and-myths-with-caitlin-kenney-and-amy-greer

Feb 23

50 min

This episode of "Problem Solved" is the second part of the "IISE Career Path" series of shows about continuous improvement in education, work and life. IISE's James Swisher talks with IISE Training Center with Adrienne Dickerson and virtual training student Elizabeth Ehlman, an industrial engineer with The Kroger Co. The trio discusses the importance of training and development in one's career journey, the future of healthcare and IEs, and balancing work and home in these challenging times.

Feb 9

38 min 44 sec

This episode of "Problem Solved" launches the "IISE Career Path" series of shows about continuous improvement in education, work and life. IISE's James Swisher talks with two instructors from the IISE Training Center - Beth Cudney, an IISE Fellow from Maryville University, and Larry Aft, the recently retired Director of Continuing Education for IISE - about career moves, family legacies in ISE and Aft's long career of contribution to the profession and the training of ISE professionals.

Jan 28

38 min 18 sec

This episode is an extended conversation based on a Case Study in the December 2020 issue of ISE magazine. Read the full article at: link.iise.org/isedec20_casestudy

Jan 14

30 min 38 sec

In this episode of "Problem Solved," we talk to three previous guests of the podcast – Bobbie Watts, Gretchen Macht and Ali Hobbs – about the "good, bad and ugly" lessons of 2020. The three professionals discuss the struggles and successes discovered in their careers and industries over the past year as well as their optimism for the heightened role and need for industrial and systems engineers in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec 2020

52 min 3 sec

Social media info for SHS where you can follow #HSPI2021:Twitter: @shsinfoFacebook: @societyforhealthsystemsInstagram: @society_for_health_systemsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/867527/

Nov 2020

26 min 8 sec

In this episode of "Problem Solved," Angie Jackman, an industrial engineer with NASA and project manager for the Mars Ascent Vehicle mission at the Marshall Space Flight Center, discusses her career and the role of industrial and systems engineers at the space agency with IISE member and Purdue University professor Barrett Caldwell.

Nov 2020

34 min 6 sec

In this episode of "Problem Solved," we highlight research by IISE members and academic leaders Laura Albert* of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Gretchen Macht at the University of Rhode Island on efforts to streamline procedures for in-person voting on Election Day. *Albert will be named a new IISE Fellow on Nov. 2 during the virtual IISE Annual Conference & Expo. More details on registration for the event can be found at: www.iise.org/annual

Oct 2020

51 min 59 sec

Industrial engineering professor Shaul Ladany reflects on his life of research and teaching, his athletic career as a world-record race walker who competed in two Olympics, and growing up amid the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust. This episode is sponsored by the University of Louisville Online Learning.

Oct 2020

40 min 29 sec

In this episode of "Problem Solved," IISE's David Brandt chats with Elizabeth Gentry, Ph.D. from the University of Louisville and James Swisher of Hawkeye Business Solutions about technical communications. They discuss the many ways in which engineers need to practice their communications skills in working with both fellow engineers and non-engineers. Our guests have both highs and (sort of funny) lows to share with our audience as well as best practices to apply throughout a career. This episode is sponsored by the University of Louisville Online Learning.

Sep 2020

40 min 2 sec

Stefan Enjem explains how ISE and Toyota tools – along with discriminating taste buds that desire delicious, gluten-free and low-sugar refreshment, have built a house of cider in Long Beach, California, one that has been able to withstand a pandemic that struck a month and a half after opening. This episode is sponsored by University of Louisville Online Learning.

Sep 2020

42 min

ISE faculty members Kim LaScola Needy and Manuel D. Rossetti from the University of Arkansas and Eileen Van Aken from Virginia Tech discuss how instructors and students adjusted to remote learning challenges during the pandemic shutdown last spring, along with the innovative lessons they are applying to the start of the fall semester. This episode is sponsored by the University of Louisville Online Learning.

Aug 2020

52 min 10 sec

Season 2 premiere of "Problem Solved: The IISE Podcast."

Aug 2020

51 min 56 sec

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.

Jun 2020

29 min 48 sec

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

Jun 2020

50 min 5 sec

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.

Apr 2020

33 min 45 sec

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

Apr 2020

33 min 4 sec

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.

Mar 2020

42 min 4 sec

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

Mar 2020

27 min 52 sec

"Problem Solved" is live at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia, sponsored by the Society for Health Systems. 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 will be the focus of healthcare in the future? Listen to this brief interview from Feb. 26 with Mary Ellen Skeens from Philips Healthcare in Johns Creek, Georgia.

Feb 2020

2 min 53 sec

"Problem Solved" is live at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia, sponsored by the Society for Health Systems. 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 will be the focus of healthcare in the future? Listen to this brief interview from Feb. 26 with Eddie Perez-Ruberte from BayCare Health System in Clearwater, Florida.

Feb 2020

4 min 20 sec

"Problem Solved" is live at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia, sponsored by the Society for Health Systems. 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 will be the focus of healthcare in the future? Listen to this brief interview from Feb. 26 with Bianca Garcia from Emory Healthcare in Atlanta.

Feb 2020

1 min 36 sec

"Problem Solved" is live at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia, sponsored by the Society for Health Systems. 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 will be the focus of healthcare in the future? Listen to this brief interview from Feb. 26 with Tom West from The Green Dot Consulting Group in Westfield, Indiana.

Feb 2020

2 min 13 sec

"Problem Solved" is live at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia, sponsored by the Society for Health Systems. 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 will be the focus of healthcare in the future? Listen to this brief interview from Feb. 26 with AJ Hobbs from Goldratt Consulting North America in Atlanta.

Feb 2020

1 min 4 sec

"Problem Solved" is live at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia, sponsored by the Society for Health Systems. 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 will be the focus of healthcare in the future? Listen to this brief interview from Feb. 26 with Todd Banks from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Feb 2020

1 min 30 sec

She had her eyes on a career as an industrial engineer ... until a human factors class at Clemson University opened her eyes to the world of ergonomics. Bobbie Watts, Ph.D., CPE, the director of ergonomics for Michelin Americas, has more than 20 years of experience in industrial engineering, ergonomics and human factors. In this episode of "Problem Solved," Michael Hughes talks to Watts about her eclectic resume, what she advises as a mentor to students of all ages, and how networking has aided her in finding career opportunities for herself and others.

Feb 2020

25 min 58 sec

"Take one breath." That's the advice from Ashley Benedict, Ph.D. for anyone who wants to take the first step toward change. In 2019, she got a chance to participate in an eight-week mind-body class through her work at the VISN 8: VA Sunshine Healthcare Network, and it changed her perspective on how taking time to focus inward can impact the outward work. In this episode of "Problem Solved," Benedict describes her self-discovery journey, strategies for incorporating mindfulness into your daily work and life, and the joy you can experience on a seemingly average walk in Florida.

Jan 2020

52 min 56 sec

IISE is marking its first 5,000 downloads with an episode that digs behind the scenes both "Problem Solved: The IISE Podcast" and ISE magazine. In this episode, David Brandt sits down with fellow IISE staff members Keith Albertson and Michael Hughes to discuss their shared professional backgrounds in journalism, their transition from newspapers to writing and reporting for IISE's communications department, the role members play in finding and developing news stories for ISE magazine, and their favorite episodes and highlights thus far from the podcast since its debut in May 2019.

Jan 2020

37 min 34 sec

Hailing from Brittany in France, Johanna Ficatier’s career has landed her in cultures as diverse as Japan and Rochester, Minnesota. In this episode of "Problem Solved," the Mayo Clinic Senior Health Systems Engineer describes how the joy she gets from engineering interventions that help patients and doctors has her aiming to stay in healthcare at Mayo – which has more than seven decades of using engineering to improve clinical outcomes. Ficatier, active every year in IISE’s Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference, notes that presenting at the conference led directly to her career at Mayo.

Dec 2019

30 min 30 sec