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Sustainable Development Division

UN Sustainable Development Goals

To encourage IISE current and future members to align their organizations and project work with the 17 UN Sustainable Development goals, the Sustainable Development Division has created This website will educate visitors about the UN goals, and provide links to projects that align with each goal. Use your skills and get more involved in these goals today.

President's message - Curtis Bush

Curtis BushHello everyone,

As we begin our fourth year as a division, I first want to give a huge THANK YOU to all the presenters, volunteers, and attendees who made this year’s annual conference in Anaheim, California, so memorable and enriching. The many hours of preparation are much appreciated, and the community outreach project at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore was also a great success.

I look forward to serving you as your president this year and am very grateful for the foundation that previous presidents and the board members have built. We have a growing core of dedicated members that want to see sustainable development widen and deepen its influence and impact, and I anticipate a fantastic year ahead as we work together.

We have a number of efforts to build upon this year. A DIIGO®-based resource is under construction, and is designed to provide internet links where you can find definitions, associated concepts, tools, courses and materials, and cases and examples around the notion of sustainability. Our contribution to the IISE body of knowledge will also continue in development. We also have some plans to include the UN Sustainability Goals as a common theme through our activities.

It's also never too soon to start planning for next year’s annual conference in Pittsburgh – the site will be at the only convention center in the world with LEED certifications: Gold in new construction and platinum in existing building – the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. If you have an idea for an Applied Solutions abstract or ISERC session, please start nurturing those ideas. In a few months, that portion of our activities will ramp up and I'd love for you to be prepared.

I have found that I learn more when I’m active and giving. When I sit on the sidelines, I might have a nice view, but I've limited my learning opportunities by not getting more involved. My goal for each of us this year is to be active in opportunities that help you grow personally and professionally. And I’m honored to know and rub shoulders with so many thoughtful and engaging industrial and systems engineers, working to make the world a better place.

If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact me. Much more to come!

Curtis Bush
Sustainable Development President 2016-2017

Elections - new officers 

The division welcomes three new members of the board: the president-elect, a board member and student board member!

2016 Weisenborn
Gregory Weisenborn
Fort-Hays State University, department chair, associate professor of management
Board Member
Tiffany Cremer
Senior industrial engineer at Northrop Grumman Corp. in Baltimore, Maryland
Stevens  Student Board Member
Jake Stevens
OPS Solutions and studying at Kettering University


Announcing Division Award Winners

The Excellence in Teaching of Sustainability Award 
The Sustainable Development Division recognized Gregory Weisenborn, Ph.D., Department Chair and Associate Professor of Management at Fort Hays State University, for his contribution towards advancing the knowledge and practice of sustainability in the field of industrial engineering. Dr. Weisenborn received the third "Excellence in Teaching Sustainability" award for 2016 at the annual IIE Conference in Anaheim.

Best Paper Award
It is the first time that the SDD track in ISERC proposed the Best Paper Award. Accordingly, Sunghoon Chung from the Binghamton University has been awarded for his paper: "Evacuation Planning under Uncertainty using Public Transit Systems."

Best Student Paper Award
Seven papers were short-listed to decide who would be the winner for the Best Student Paper award this year. After a very close analysis, the "Best Student Paper Award" was awarded to Pranay Devnani, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for his outstanding paper titled "Cloud Based End-of-Life Product Recovery." Congratulations to all the participants as each year this category is becoming more and more competitive and shows the future that this topic has in the IISE discipline.

Body of knowledge
This new section aims at supporting our members in gaining a richer understanding on different topics concerning sustainable development. The body of knowledge aims at transferring knowledge to be used by members of the Sustainable Division to guide their practice or work. In this section we will be sharing concepts, terms and courses offered by different organizations.

An initial effort on which we may build additional resources can be seen at here. Additional information will be included in the next weeks. Comments on this effort and links that you consider of value for all of us are more than welcome.


The Sustainable Development Division hosts educational webinars through IISE. These free one-hour presentations are a benefit of your IISE membership. They are presented by knowledgeable professionals and experienced volunteers provide deeper insight into topics and issues involving industrial engineers and industrial engineering-related disciplines.

View the webinar page.

About the Division 

The Sustainable Development Division involves 2,341 members, from which 1,802 are students, 195 academics and 344 from the industry professionals. This number asks for a stronger commitment from the group of volunteers. If you want to get involved in any of the current operations or to propose a new one, don’t hesitate to contact us.

You may find us at:

Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Sustainable Development Division is to advance the general welfare of humankind by applying the resources and creative abilities of the industrial engineering profession to the development of sustainable societies.

The purposes of the Sustainable Development Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers are to:

  • Develop, maintain, and disseminate a body of technical knowledge.
  • Provide a forum for technical networking.
  • Be perceived as the voice of the technical specialty.
  • Support IISE's mission, provide member value, and promote the discipline.    

Expanding our division

Are you involved in either Engineers Without Borders or the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education? We would like to reach out to these organizations and see how industrial engineers can become part of the process. If so please contact, John Corliss.

Anybody interested on participating in the development of a research conducive to identify what we as ISE professionals understand as "sustainable development," and which are the implications for our profession please contact

Interested in joining our division?

It's open to professional and student members. To join the division online, click here. Select "Update your member record" and under "Divisions and Societies" check "Sustainable Development."

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