Sustainable Development Division

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.

Greg_President's message - Gregory Weisenborn

Dear members and future members,
Over the past several years, it has been a privilege to work with the leadership team of the Sustainable Development Division of IISE, and now it is a great honor to curate the collective vision of the division for the upcoming year. As we continue to grow, we will explore an increasing number of tools, tactics, and research areas that support and drive our Sustainable Development mission.
It seems as though the 2017 IISE Annual Conference just ended, but the new board has met three times since the town hall meeting in May, and already we are focused strongly on the May 2018 conference in Orlando. In addition to planning for the 2018 conference, we are addressing several improvement and growth opportunities for the upcoming year. During our meetings in Pittsburgh, our division board placed heavy emphasis on increasing corporate engagement, and increasing the value to our division’s membership, many of whom are students

As one of the few divisions to include a student member on our division board, we have activated a sub-committee to design and promote student initiatives. Elsewhere, board members and other members of our extended leadership team are actively engaged with developing webinars, connecting with student and professional chapters, seeking meaningful skills-based volunteer opportunities, building themes for the 2018 Annual conference, and promoting and growing the Sustainable Development mission around the world.

 To learn more about our research and application framework, based on the UN Sustainable Development goals, please visit: . Please contact us if you would like to learn more or contribute to our team’s efforts.    


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 in 2018!

View the 2017 presentations here.

Announcing the 2017 Division Award Winners

The Excellence in Teaching of Sustainability Award
Dr. Craig Just, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa

Best Paper Award
"On Defining 'Sustainability". an Impossible Task?"
Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo: University of Lincoln, Rosario Michel-Villarreal: University of Lincoln, John Corliss: PEER Consultants

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

Save the Date: 2018 Community Service Project in Orlando

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 19, 2018. 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 2018 service project,  check back in early 2018 for the official sign up page.

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


Board Member Ricardo Thierry-Aguilera
Graduate Advisor for Project, Logistics and Industrial Engineering Programs Tecnologico de Monterrey Atizapan de Zaragoza, Estado de Mexico

lopez Student Board Member Andres Esteban Acero Lopez Universidad de los Andes, Columbia, Industrial Engineering Bogota Columbia 


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.

Join us for our next Webinar 

Membership Engagement Project

Presented by Sustainable Development Division
May 10, 2 p.m. Eastern time

Presenters: Tina Agustiady, InnovaNet and Brion Hurley, Business Performance Improvement (BPI)

The presenters who are part of IISE's Sustainability Division have been pursuing expert level certification for continual improvement for social responsibility. This webinar will discuss their goal during the project they completed for certification of increasing the membership growth and engagement.

More information and registration

View the webinar page for more details.

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 

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