IIsE Lean Division Best Student Paper Competition

The 12th annual IISE Lean Division Best Student Paper Competition will be held 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 IISE Annual Conference & Expo, if there is a suitable recipient.

Three awards may be given upon recommendation of the selection committee. All authors will receive a certificate stating place awarded. There will be reserved seating at the Honors & Awards Banquet for the lead author first place winner. The names will be announced before the Tuesday morning keynote address. Their names will be on the scrolling PowerPoint Monday and Tuesday mornings as people enter the ballroom for the keynote speakers. The first place winner paper will be included in the Honors & Awards Banquet Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a full time student at the time of submission.
  • Research must have been conducted while the applicant was a student.
  • The paper must present original research results.
  • The paper must not have won or been considered for an award in another competition.
  • At least one author must be an IISE member and present the paper at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.
  • Winning papers will appear on the IISE lean division website.
  • Authors will be asked to sign an ethics statement stating they are full time students and the research and writing are their own work.
  • Advising by a non-student is allowed, such as an academic or industry advisor. However, only students can be authors or co-authors.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of papers: Feb. 15, 2019

Three finalists will be notified: March 8, 2019

Paper Guidelines

Paper format guidelines.


Each paper must be submitted in electronic format (PDF file) to the committee co-chairs: Sushil Shetty, Nadiye ErdilTina Agustiady and  Farnaz Ghazi-Nezami.

Submission Form/Ethical Statement

2018 Winners

1st Place:
Gabriela Morales
Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
"Increase Ambulance Responsiveness Eliminating Waste"

2nd Place:
Sara Koshy
Rutgers University
"A Lean Study of the Returns Process at Capacity LLC"

3rd Place:
Allan Vitangcol
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"Lean Study of Alexander Library's Shipping and Receiving Department"

Past Winners

Lean Division page