Industrial engineers use mathematical and computer simulation modeling to design and operate distribution systems to ensure efficient and cost-effective overnight packaging delivery around the world?
One of today's operating room procedures was developed by Frank Gilbreth (one of the founders of Industrial Engineering), in an efficiency study of medical operations?. The next time you see a surgeon extend an opened hand and a nurse place an instrument into it, think of Industrial Engineering. Prior to this change in method, doctors wasted much time searching for the right tool.
We have come to expect all the modern comforts of overnight delivery via Fedex, UPS or USPS and seem to consider it for granted. However, industrial engineers have sophisticated mathematical modeling and design concepts developed to the distribution centers that our package received from the East Coast to the West Coast develop overnight.
The parks we visit every summer with our families rent many types of personnel, including industrial engineers. It is the industrial engineering, analysis and preparation for the attraction and models to assess how to make the trips efficient help in eliminating such long waiting times on the lines. They use linear programming, Operations Research and queuing theory in many of the modeling methods in addition to probability and statistics.
In times of crisis and in the aftermath of a disaster, it is necessary for the fulfillment of the requirements for charities like the Red Cross, the use of the skills and knowledge of industrial engineers in order imposed by the coordination of relief efforts with the help of other trained professionals.
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