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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,

Season's greetings, everyone! I hope each of you is enjoying the holiday season and able to recharge before the new year. The past few months have been busy for our leadership team as preparations continue for what is shaping up to be an outstanding IISE Annual Conference in Pittsburgh in May. Plans are underway for another gratifying outreach project so please consider volunteering and signing up - details are below. I look forward to seeing you there!

We've also been adding more projects in our new website, focusing on the UN Sustainability Goals. We'd like to continue to expand the knowledge base, so if you're aware of projects to include, please visit for contact details.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please contact me at

Have a wonderful new year!

Curtis Bush

IISE Annual Conference & Expo

Around 55 abstracts were submitted to the Sustainable Development track for the 2017 IISE Annual Conference, which will be held May 20-23 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.Congratulations to all the authors whose papers were accepted, we look forward to a high-quality program of presentations this year!

The following are some deadlines that you should keep in mind:
To make the IISE Annual Conference a high-quality event, the presenting author must register for the conference by March 13, 2017. Those abstracts that do not have the presenting author registered for the conference by March 13 will be removed from the conference program and proceedings by the web management system. If the presenting author cannot register by March 13, a co-author may substitute as the presenting author to present the paper instead and register for the conference.

2017 Community Outreach Project and Eco-Walk in Pittsburgh

Every year, the Sustainable Development Division organizes a service project and selects a deserving nonprofit organization in the community to work with during the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.  We do not know where we will be volunteering, but we do know the date and city, so plan to travel on Friday, so you can be there for the event on Saturday May 20. We have not decided whether to have the event in the morning (8 -11 a.m.) or afternoon (1- 4 p.m.).

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2017 service project, please sign up here and we will keep you informed.We have also organized a 2-mile Eco-Walk so you can start each day on the right foot while you are in Pittsburgh. It's a fun way to see some of the city, exercise and meet people to start the conference day!

  Who: Conference participants and their guests

  What: Taking a brisk 2-mile walk along a defined path

  Walk Time: 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. ET on May 21, 22 and 23

  Where: Meet at 6:50 a.m. by the front desk in the lobby of the IISE Conference Hotel - Westin. We will depart promptly at 7 a.m.

  How: Just show up at the meeting location in time, dressed to walk briskly (3.5-4 mph).

  Email Kate if you have any questions at

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."

Division Board of Directors | Contact information for board members | Division Bylaws 

Newsletter Archive

January 2017 (Volume 11)
September 2016
(Volume 10)
May 2016
 (Volume 9)
February 2016
(Volume 8)
December 2015
 (Volume 7)
October 2015
 (Volume 6)
April 2015
 (Volume 5)