Innovations in Education Competition

Now in its ninth year, this event highlights outstanding innovation in the design or presentation of an accredited IE, ISE, IEOR, or similar engineering curriculum, or in a course that is part of an accredited curriculum. It recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding creativity in instructional approaches or curriculum organization, design or content, and who provide evidence of the effectiveness of their innovation.


The IISE Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads (CIEADH).


Any person or team with course or program level responsibility in an IE, ISE, IEOR, or similar curriculum. Applicants may be full-time or part-time faculty and non-IISE members may apply. Applicants must agree to make a presentation describing the innovation at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.


  • Applicants for the award must have demonstrated, through successful implementation, a significant innovation in industrial engineering education. The innovation must have been used in teaching or implemented in curriculum for at least two presentations of a course, or two years of a curriculum.
  • No more than one winner is selected per year.
  • The innovation may involve an undergraduate or graduate course, series of courses, or curriculum. Selection criteria include creativity, effectiveness, impact on meeting the changing needs of the industrial engineering profession and potential for widespread adoption.

Application process:

In addition to the application formthe applicant should include a document of not more than seven (7) pages which addresses the criteria above and includes:

  • A description of the innovation, including the topic or problem, the intended audience, the objectives of the innovation, and the approach taken.
  • The innovative and unique features of the approach, including but not limited to creativity with respect to content, organization of material, and/or presentation.
  • Impact on meeting the changing needs of the ISE profession, indicating the degree to which the innovation supports preparation for new ISE roles and expectations.
  • Documented effectiveness and specific benefits of the innovation, indicating how objectives were met, the number of students with whom the approach has been used, benefits derived from the innovation, and how they were measured.
  • Transferability and potential for widespread adoption, explaining the resources required and how the innovation could be used by other institutions, professors, or courses.
  • The application should be accompanied by a letter from the applicant's (or applicants') department chair indicating support for the nomination.

2023 Winner

Natalie Cherbaka & Kimberly Ellis, Virginia Tech
"Technology-Enhanced Production Planning Game"

2022 Winner

Dima Nazzal, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Cornerstone Design"

2017 Winner

William Schell
Montana State University

2015 Winner and Finalist

1st Place
Tapas Das, University of South Florida
"Innovation: Enhancing Analytics Training for BSIEs"

Ricardo Valerdi, University of Arizona
"The Science of Baseball"

2014 Winner and Finalist

1st Place
David Pratt, Oklahoma State University
"A Curriculum for Graduate School Preparation and IE Practice Enhancement"

Kailash Bafna, Western Michigan University
"Innovations for Teaching the 21st Century Industrial Engineer"

2013 Winner and Finalists

1st Place
Tycho Fredericks, Azim Houshyar and Bob White; Western Michigan University
"Development of Curriculum for Industrial & Entrepreneurial Engineering"

Azad Madni; University of Southern California
"Development of a Systems Engineering Curriculum with Educational Assessment"

Jose Nuno de la Parra; UPAEP
"Globalization of Management of Technology - Graduate Programs"

2017 Winners
2015 Winners
2014 Winners
2013 Winners
2012 Winners

2011 Winners
2010 Winners
2009 Winners 


This award is judged by the CIEADH committee.