iise Sustainable Development Best Student Paper Award


The Sustainable Development Division recognizes students are a large part of IISE membership and this award will serve as an incentive to encourage students to continue developing the field of sustainability and contributing with high quality research contribution. The winner will be presented at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo May 19-22 in Orlando, Fla.


In order to be qualified for the award, students must:

  • Submit a paper (invited or contributed) for the conference using the usual submission process.
  • Fill out an application.
  • Present their work at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.

Candidate papers will come from those submitted to the ISERC track and accepted through the regular submission process. The student must be the primary author (first author) of the paper as well as the presenting author. If multiple students are co-authors, all of their names should appear before their advisor in the list of authors.

Only those who will be students (undergraduate or graduate students) on the application submission date are qualified for the best student paper. That means those who will graduate on or after May 2018 will be eligible for the award. Finally, at least one of the co-author students must be a current member of IISE and the Sustainable Development Division at the time of paper submission to be eligible for the award.


  • Submission deadline: Feb. 24
  • Winners will be notified by March 21

Submit papers to Curtis Bush.

Questions about the competition can be directed to Curtis Bush.

2017 Winner

Osama Alotaik
Pennsylvania State University
"Little data, Big Data, and Food Insecurity: An Integrated Approach"

2016 Winner

Pranay Devnani
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Cloud Based End -of-life-Product Recovery" 

2015 Winners

Deepak Agrawal and Cheng-Bang Chen
The Pennsylvania State University
"Improving Food Access using Agent-based Simulation"