Top dogs in Nashville

IIE honorees feted and lauded in Music City 

It’s music to your ears when you’re honored by your peers and colleagues, so it was quite appropriate that the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015 was held in Nashville, Tennessee, dubbed “Music City” for its longtime association with the recording industry.

This year’s honorees have made significant achievements in research, service and industry that advance the industrial and systems engineering profession. Below is a listing of the awards, scholarships and fellowships distributed at the conference.  

Frank & Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award

Jim Tompkins, Tompkins International

Captains of Industry

Lyndon Taylor, Devon Energy
Richard Webb, Walmart

Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award

Rajan Batta, University at Buffalo, SUNY

David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award

Subhash Sarin, Virginia Tech


  • Thomas Boucher, Rutgers University
  • John Corliss, Peer Consultants
  • Yu Ding, Texas A&M University
  • Lincoln Forbes, Harding Associates Inc.
  • Tycho Fredericks, Western Michigan University
  • Joseph Geunes, University of Florida
  • Jionghua (Judy) Jin, University of Michigan
  • Victoria Jordan, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • David Kaber, North Carolina State University
  • Mark Lawley, Texas A&M University
  • Scott Mason, Clemson University
  • Anita Ranhotra, Hallmark Cards Inc.

Honorary Member

Didier Rabino, Health East

Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia

Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat, University of Iowa

Outstanding Early Career IE in Business/Industry

Carl Kirpes, GENESYS Systems Integrator

Fred C. Crane Distinguished Service Award

Hans Demmel, Raytheon Corp.

Award for Technical Innovation

J. Cecil, Oklahoma State University

Outstanding Achievement in Management

Donald Humphreys, Exxon Mobile Corp. (retired)/Rosneft Oil Co.

UPS Minority Advancement

Salil Desai, North Carolina A&T State University

Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award

First place: Rowan Wang, Singapore Management University

James W. Barany Student Award for Excellence

First place: Catherine McEathron, University of Illinois-Urbana

IIE Joint Publishers Book-of-the-Year

John White, Kellie Grasman, Ken Case, Kim Needy and David Pratt
Fundamentals of Engineering Economics Analysis 

IIE Transactions Awards

  • Design and Manufacturing Best Paper: "Assortment-based Cooperation Between Two Make-to-Stock Firms," Baris Tan and Yalcin Akcay
  • Design and Manufacturing Best Application Paper: "Vehicle Fleet Sizing for Automated Material Handling Systems to Minimize Cost Subject to Time Constraints," Kuo-Hao Chang, Yu-Hsuan Huang and Shih-Pang Yang
  • Operations Engineering and Analysis Best Paper: "Empirical Stochastic Branch-and-Bound for Optimization via Simulation," Wendy Lu Xu and Barry L. Nelson
  • Operations Engineering and Analysis Best Application Paper: "A Semiparametric Model for Electricity Spot Prices," Raimund M. Kovacevica and David Wozabal
  • Quality and Reliability Engineering Best Paper: "Condition Monitoring and Remaining Useful Life Prediction Using Degradation Signals: Revisited," Nan Chen and Kwok Leung Tusi
  • Quality and Reliability Engineering Best Application Paper: "Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance: A Tractable Approximation of Dynamic Decision Making," Eunshin Byon
  • Scheduling and Logistics Best Paper: "Fast-ship Commitment Contracts in Retail Supply Chains," Hao-Wei Chen, Diwakar Gupta and Haresh Gurnani
  • Scheduling and Logistics Best Application Paper: "Bulk Tank Allocation to Improve Distribution Planning for the Industrial Gas Industry," Kimberly P. Ellis, Hanif S. Sherali, Lance Sanders, Shengzhi Shao and Charlie Crawford

ISERC Best Track Papers Awards

  • Computer and Information Systems: "Sparse Particle Filtering for Modeling Space-time Dynamics in Stochastic Sensor Network," Yun Chen and Hui Yang
  • Engineering Management: "Additive Manufacturing of Complex Products by DSM-Based Analysis of Architectures," Mark Avnet and Alaa Elwany
  • Facility Logistics: "A Conventional Warehouse Design with Multiple Docks," John White and Mahmut Tutam
  • Healthcare Modeling: "Information Dissemination and Human Behaviors in Epidemics," Songnian Zhao, Chih-Hang Wu, Yan Kuang and David Ben-Arieh
  • Homeland Security: "Optimal U.S. Coast Guard Boat Allocations with Sharing," Brian Nakamura, Endre Boros, Paul Kantor, Curtis McGinity, Christie Nelson, Brian Ricks, Fred Roberts, Patrick Ball, Chad Conrad, Thomas Rader and Kevin Hanson
  • IE in the Military: "The Military Theater Distribution Network Design Problem," Robert Craig, Brian Lunday, Raymond Hill and Peter Nesbitt
  • Lean Systems: "Collective System Design of St. Francis Hospital ER," David Cochran and Joe Swartz
  • Manufacturing and Design: "Impact of Visual Models on Risk Attitude and Decision Trade-offs," Deborah Thurston, James Schreiner and Aaron Joseph
  • Modeling and Simulation Track: "Optimization-based Data Mining Approach for Forecasting Energy Demand," OluFemi Omitaomu, Xueping Li and Shengchao Zhou
  • Operations Research: "Comparative Study of Lung Cancer Screening Policies and Cost Impacts," Ashley Anhalt and Jeffrey Kharoufeh
  • Process Industries Best Student Paper Competition:Nailong Zhang, Wayne State University
    "A Random Effect Autologistic Regression Model with Application of Characterizing Variation of Multiple Microstructure Samples"
  • Quality Control and Reliability Engineering: "Real-time Condition-monitoring: The Impact of Bayesian Update on Failure-time Distribution, Hongtan Sun and Jennifer K. Ryan
  • Social, Environmental and Sustainability: "Improving Food Access: An Agent-based Simulation," Deepak Agrawal, Cheng-Bang Chen and Soundar Kumara
  • Supply Chain and Logistics: "Condition-based Inventory Management with Planned and Unplanned Maintenance," Michelle Park and Jennifer K. Ryan
  • Systems Engineering: "Challenges for Developing Complex System Governance," Charles Keating, Polinpapilinho Katina and Joseph Bradley

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards

Global Level Honoree: Kerri Beiswenger (Northeast Region), Northeastern University

Regional Level Honorees

  • Mexican Region: Juan J. Rojas, Universidad de las Americas
  • North Central Region: Dean Jensen, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Hardrock
  • Northeast Region: Kerri Beiswenger, Northeastern University
  • Southeast Region: Chen Zhou, Georgia Institute of Technology


CIS Division Best Paper Competition

Mehrad Bastani, Aristotelis Thanos and Gregory Collins, University of Miami for "A Voronoi-based Genetic Algorithm for Waste Collection Vehicle Routing Problem"
Faculty Advisor: Chen-Yang Cheng

CIS Division Mobile App Competition

Preethi Srinivas, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Construction Division Student Paper Competition

Sponsored by the MACVAL Associates LLC
Amir Mansouri, University of Southern California for "Experimental and Numerical Analyses of Structures Fabricated by Contour Crafting"

Engineering Economy Division Teaching Award

Karen Bursic, University of Pittsburgh

Engineering Economy Division – Wellington Award

Kenneth Case, Oklahoma State University

Lean Division Best Practice Competition

Lynne Smith, Lauren Hudspeth and Jessica Hoffman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for "Investment Workflow: An Innovative Application of Lean in Philanthropy"

Lean Division Student Paper Competition

Sponsored by J T. and the late Carol Black
Maria-Eugenia Rendon, Universidad de Monterrey for "Increasing Customer Service Level through a Simulation-Based Lean Transportation Scheme"

Lean Division Teaching Award

Sponsored by Lean Enterprise Value Foundation
F. Frank Chen, University of Texas at San Antonio

Logistics and Supply Chain Division Teaching Award

Sila Cetinkaya, Southern Methodist University

Manufacturing and Design Division Outstanding Service Award

Iris Rivero, Iowa State University

Manufacturing and Design Division Young Investigator Award

Rohan Shirwaiker, North Carolina State University

Operational Research Division Teaching Award

Baski Balasundaram, Oklahoma State University

Process Industries Best Student Paper Competition

Nailong Zhang, Wayne State University
"A Random Effect Autologistic Regression Model with Application of Characterizing Variation of Multiple Microstructure Samples"

Quality Control & Reliability Engineering Division – Golomski Award

Rong Pan, Arizona State University
Wendai Wang, Thoratec Corp.

Society for Engineering and Management Systems Student Paper Competition

Sarah Asio, Texas Tech University for "Social Media: A Platform for Innovation"

Society for Health Systems Student Paper Competition – Graduate Level

Sponsored by Ohio University
Iakovos Toumazis, University at Buffalo, SUNY for "Scheduling Palliative Chemotherapy Treatments for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients"

Sustainable Development Division Best Student Paper Competition

Sponsored by APL Logistics
Deepak Agrawal and Cheng-Bang Chen, The Pennsylvania State University for "Improving Food Access using Agent-based Simulation"

Sustainable Development Division Teaching Award

Sponsored by APL Logistics
Brian Thorn, Rochester Institute of Technology

Innovations in Curriculum Competition

Tapas Das, University of South Florida

IIE/Rockwell Undergraduate Student Simulation Competition – 1st place

Steeven Valois, Simon Lessard and Leonie Quinn
Ecole de Technologie Superieure
Team Name: ETS

IIE Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition – 1st place

Sponsored by John Deere
Nishi Anand, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Identification and Allocation of Increased-risk Encephalitis Organs"


A.O. Putnam Memorial Scholarship

Robin Hall, Texas A&M University

C.B. Gambrell Undergraduate Scholarship

Andrew Ewing, Kansas State University

CISE Scholarship

Ashleigh Hegwood, University of Arkansas

Dwight D. Gardner Scholarships

  • Nicole Antonio, University of Oklahoma
  • Karina Hutula, Clemson University
  • Connor Mojo, Oklahoma State University
  • Patsy Cordova Rodriguez, Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Madero
  • Garrett White, University of Pittsburgh

E.J. Sierleja Memorial Fellowship

Seyed Hossein, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Gilbreth Memorial Fellowships

  • Nicholas Ballester, Wright State University
  • Nathaniel Bastian, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Kunlei Lian, University of Arkansas
  • Saeed Piri, Oklahoma State University
  • Mackenzie Whitman, University of Oklahoma

Harold and Inge Marcus Scholarships

  • Lacy Greening, Oklahoma State University
  • Justin Traino, University of Pittsburgh

Henry and Elisabeth Kroeze Scholarship

Benjamin Acker, University of Oklahoma

IIE Council of Fellows

  • Elizabeth Ettleson, University of Michigan
  • Abigail Smith, Virginia Tech

John F. Fargher Scholarship

Nazanin Zinouri, Clemson University

John L. Imhoff Scholarship

Maria Rodriguez, University of Texas at El Paso

Lisa Zaken Award for Excellence

Andrew Anderson, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Marvin Mundel Memorial Scholarship

Kristen Miranda, University of Tennessee

Presidents Scholarship

John (Jack) Schroder, The Ohio State University

Society for Health Systems Scholarship

Mary Hobbs, Clemson University

UPS Scholarship for Female Students

Camille Jones, Ohio University

UPS Scholarship for Minority Students

Paola Gutierrez, Texas A&M University