IISE Lean Systems Track Best Student Paper Competition presented by the Operational Excellence (OpEx) Division

The IISE Lean Systems Track Best Student Paper presented by the Operational Excellence Division Best Student Paper Competition will be held to honor outstanding papers in the field of lean research and practices. The papers should demonstrate or describe the use of techniques such as simulation, lean principle implementation, alternative designs, kaizen implementation, etc. Both undergraduate and graduate students and design teams are invited to submit papers. The award will be given each year at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, if there is a suitable recipient.

Three awards may be given upon recommendation of the selection committee. All authors will receive a certificate stating place awarded. The three finalist teams will be included in the Honors & Awards Banquet Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant (first author) MUST be a full time undergraduate or graduate level student at the time of submission
  • Research must have been conducted while the applicant was a student
  • The paper must present original research results
  • The paper must not have won or been considered for an award in another competition
  • At least one author must be an IISE member and present the paper at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 20-23, 2023
  • Authors will be asked to sign an ethics statement stating they are full time students and the research and writing are their own work
  • The paper may have co-authors that are not students. But the first author and the presenter MUST be the student. Although the paper may have faculty authors, it must be predominantly the work of a student or student team. A FORMAL STATEMENT by the student's advisor must be submitted to the committee via email affirming that the majority of the original results presented in the paper are due to the student's efforts
  • To be considered for the award review process, the paper MUST be accepted for publication in the annual conference proceedings, and publication requirements MUST be met

Papers that will be considered for the Best Student Paper Competition should be submitted to the Lean Systems Track through the regular abstract and full paper submission site. Winning papers will appear on the IISE Operational Excellence Division website.

Important Dates

The application process follows the timeline of the proceedings paper submissions:

Abstract submission deadline to be submitted through the regular IISE Annual Conference & Expo submission site: Nov. 15

Full paper submission deadline to be submitted through the regular IISE Annual Conference & Expo submission site: Feb. 10, 2023

Three finalists will be notified: March 15, 2023


All student papers submitted to the Lean Systems track will automatically be considered for this award.

The Best Student Paper Award Committee will review the nominations, and the winner(s) WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL to ensure their attendance and presentation at the conference.

For questions, contact Bill Edwards or Bonnie Cameron.

2020 Winners

1st Place
Heather Hayes, Julia Holloway, Natasha Infante and Kayshale Ortiz
Clarkson University
"The Empirical Way of LSS: The Case of the OB Clinic"

2nd Place
Safinaz Elhadary and Omar Ashour
Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College
"Process Improvement of Global Supply Chain of Commercial Aircraft Operations"

3rd Place
Ma. Fernanda Hernandez, Maria Fernanda Martinez and Regina Lardizabal
Universidad de Monterrey
"Transportation Costs Reduction for Frozen Products in a Distribution Center"

Past Winners

Operational Excellence Division page