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2011-02-18 17:15:42

Karen Smilowitz uses logistics for the greater good For Northwestern University's Karen Smilowitz, the term "industrial engineering" is a bit of a misnomer. It evokes the image of the engineer in a factory with a stopwatch in hand, making sure production is as efficient as possible. Surely some industrial engineers still do that. But these days, industrial engineering has grown beyond the factory and into the world of business. Others have taken it one step further -- into nonprofits....

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2009-06-10 15:35:00

For industrial engineering professor Karen Smilowitz, the best part of her job is finding new ways to apply her specialty--transportation modeling--to problems that benefit society."Industrial engineering is not just taking a calculator and a stop watch, and hanging out in a factory," she says. "There's a lot more we can do to help society by applying our research."Smilowitz, the Junior William A. Patterson Chair in Transportation at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at...