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2010 NAE Grand Challenges National Summit
Oct. 6-8, 2010

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This is the 2nd National Summit on the Grand Challenges of the National Academy of Engineering. It follows the
2009 Summit at Duke University

Summit moderator: Miles O'Brien(former CNN Science and
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Call for submissions: Lean student paper competition 2011
Sponsored by J T and Carol S. Black

The Lean Division Student Paper Competition will be held each year to honor outstanding papers in the field of lean research and practices. The papers should demonstrate or describe the use of techniques such as simulation, lean principle implementation, alternative designs, Kaizen implementation, etc. Both undergraduate and graduate students and design teams are invited to submit papers. The award will be given each year at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo if there is a suitable recipient. 

First Place: $600 and complimentary annual conference registration and Honors & Awards Banquet ticket for lead author
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $100

For eligibility criteria, submission form, and details of competition
Call for Papers - Industrial Engineering Research Conference 2011: Lean Systems Track
May 21-25, 2011 at the Grand Sierra Resort Hotel, Reno, Nevada

Dear colleagues,
The Lean Systems Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is sponsoring the Lean Systems Track of the Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) - the research portion of the IIE Annual Conference 2011 that provides a forum for researchers to present their work.

As track chairs of the Lean Systems Track, we would like to encourage you to organize a session, submit a research paper, or propose a research presentation in traditional or emerging areas, such as:
  • Lean and Green
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • Lean Culture
  • Lean Healthcare
  • Lean Implementations in Different Manufacturing and Service Industries 
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Lean Performance Evaluation Lean Product Development
  • Lean Systems Safety, Ergonomics and Reliability
  • Lean Student Paper Competition
  • Lean Value Chain Management

You are invited to present your work at one or more sessions. Each session will share 75 minutes among 3-4 presenters. The submission of full length papers (8 page limit, double-blind review) for the conference proceedings is strongly recommended.  All accepted papers are indexed by ProQuest.  Presentations without a paper are acceptable, but will not be indexed in the conference proceedings.

The important deadlines for the conference are:

  • Abstract submissions: Nov. 12, 2010
  • Notification: Dec. 10, 2010
  • Submission of papers (optional, but strongly encouraged): Jan. 14, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance/declines of papers: Feb. 25, 2011
  • Final paper due: March 11, 2011
  • Presenting author registration due: April 1, 2011

Abstracts are limited to 200 words
Submit your abstract here
Visit the IIE Annual Conference and Expo website


If your abstract/paper is accepted, we ask that: (a) you and/or a co-author register for the conference by April 1, 2011; (b) you and/or a co-author will attend and present the paper at the conference (papers without a presenting author registered for the conference will have their paper withdrawn from the proceedings); and (c) you are also willing to serve as a reviewer for fellow presenters and follow review deadlines




Track chairs:

M.D. Sarder, University of Southern Mississippi 

Fazleena Badurdeen, University of Kentucky


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Nominations for Lean Teaching Award 2011 -  IIE Lean Division annual award for excellence in the teaching of lean concepts 

The lean Division of IIE invites nominations for its annual national award rcognizing excellence in teaching lean concepts.

The award will be presented at the upcoming IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Reno, Nev., May 21-25, 2011.

For details of the competition

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New!  Nominations for the Lean Best Practice Award 2011 - IIE Lean Division

The Lean division of IIE launches its inaugural industry best practice award and invites applications from organizational teams for the Lean Best Practice Award 2011.

The Lean Best Practice Award recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of Lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. IIE will conduct the award competition to promote successful implementation of Lean by recognizing best in class industries and sharing their stories with others. This is a very prestigious award for a team and their industry.

The award will be bestowed to the top three teams and be presented at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo in Reno, Nev., May 21-25, 2011.


For eligibility criteria, submission form, and details



"A  bad system will defeat a good person every time."
-W. Edwards Deming

The IIE Lean Division is seeking volunteers to serve on the various committees. If you are interested please ontact the division director, Ahad Ali or newsletter editor Fazleena Badurdeen.

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Extending the parameters of the job being performed by an employee in order to make the work more psychologically rewarding. A job may be extended in two dimensions - horizontal and vertical. Horizontal job enlargement can take the

 form of a greater variety of tasks on which the employee works, an increased number of tasks and job rotation.

Vertical job enlargement, or job enrichment, usually takes the form of more planning, more controlling or more team participation on the part of the job incumbent. The additional controlling aspects may include self-pacing as well as inspections. This form of enlargement involves building motivators into the job. (See Z95.15 ORGANIZATION PLANNING &THEORY)

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