IE Techniques Aid Air Force Disaster Response

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Safety is always on the mind of the industrial engineer. A team of researchers at the Air Force Institute of Technology is harnessing IE techniques to develop an integrated systems approach to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) disaster response. The team recently received $355,000 funding from the Air Force Surgeon General’s office to develop next-generation technology-based medical triage and situational awareness tool for use in a CBRN disaster response. The versatility of IE tools is exactly what is needed for the multi-faceted response needed for any CBRN disaster. A disaster response involves integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment, and energy coupled with technical and social skills. This is precisely what industrial engineering deals with regularly.


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Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers