IISE Logistics and Supply Chain (LSC) division Best Student Paper Competition

The IISE Logistics and Supply Chain (LSC) Division Best Student Paper Competition is held as part of the Logistics and Supply Chain Track of the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 18-21, 2024 in Montreal, Canada. The first, second, and third place winners will receive a certificate and be recognized during the LSC Division Town Hall Meeting. The qualification and the selection criteria are described below:


  • The student must be a member of IISE and the LSC division.
  • The student must have carried out a substantial part of the research reported in the paper.
  • The student must be the first author and must present the paper at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, Montreal, Canada, May 18-21, 2024.
  • IISE LSC Student Board members who intend to participate in the competition should contact the LSC Division Award Co-directors before making a submission.

Selection criteria:

The LSC Track co-chairs will evaluate the eligible papers and select a few outstanding papers for further consideration. The LSC awards committee will then evaluate and rank the selected papers to identify the winners.

Applicants must submit their abstracts through the conference’s website by Dec. 1, 2023.

For more information on the IISE Annual Conference: www.iise.org/Annual

For any questions, please contact the LSC Division Award Co-Directors Mohamed Awwad and Tanveer Hossain Bhuiyan or Amy Straub at IISE.


  • Recognition at the LSC Town Hall Meeting at Annual Conference
  • Certificate provided by IISE (either mailed or given at the town hall meeting) for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • Recognition in ISE magazine
  • Recognition on LSC webpage and in the newsletter

Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts open Oct. 6, 2023
  • Abstract Submissions are due Dec. 1, 2023
  • Abstract Decisions will be made Dec. 22, 2023
  • Full paper submissions are due by Feb. 18, 2024.
  • Winners/Finalists notified by March 24, 2024

Conflict of Interest Policy

Societies and divisions must follow standard conflict of interest guidelines. Those guidelines include, but are not limited to:

  • • Officers and Board members of the Division should be ineligible for awards during the period of their service, without approval by the Senior VP for Technical Operations (SVP). Exceptions may only be made by the SVP when awards are time sensitive, and the impacted board member(s) or officer(s) must recuse themselves from the award process. For awards that are not time-sensitive, the nominee should wait until their Officer or Board service is complete to be nominated.
  • • The awards committee (or judging committee) should not include members who have either a personal or professional relationship with the nominees. For example, a faculty member should not be judging a paper competition where a participant from the same university is a nominee for best paper award.
  • • The awards committee (or judging committee) should actively change its membership on a rotating basis from year to year to ensure fairness, equity, and diversity. That is, some members of the judging committee should roll off the committee and new members should roll on.
  • 2024 Winners

    1st Place
    Mr. Mahdi Ghorashi Khalilabadi, Dr. Debjit Roy, and Prof. Rene de Koster
    Rotterdam School of Management
    "Human-Robot Matching Policies in Order Picking Systems using Queuing Models"

    2nd Place
    Rabiatu Bonku, Dr. Lauren Davis, Dr. Faisal Alkaabneh, and Ricky Owusu
    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, American University of Sharjah
    "Optimizing Food Bank Logistics: A synchronized Approach to Mobile Food Pantry Routing"

    3rd Place
    Niloofar Akbarian-Saravi, Ali Akbarian-Saravi, and Masoud Rabbani
    University of Tehran, Amirkabir University of Technology
    "Optimal Design of a Bioethanol Supply Chain Considering Government Subsidies: Mixed-Integer Linear Programming Model"

    2023 Winners

    1st Place
    Mr. Mertcan Daysalilar, Dr. Cheng-Bang Chen, Dr. Murat Erkoc
    University of Miami
    "Electric Vehicle Routing Problems for Heterogeneous Fleets with Partial Recharging, Diverse Charger Types, and Soft Time Windows"

    2nd Place
    Jannatul Shefa and Dr. Ashlea Milburn
    University of Arkansas
    "Qualitative Analysis of Stakeholder Interviews to Explain Operational Characteristics of Staging Areas for Hurricane Disaster Response"

    3rd Place
    Mr. David Richmond, Dr. Xiuli Qu, and Dr. Steven Jiang
    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
    "Investigating Vulnerability and Performance Indicators for Supply Chain Resilience in Context of Pandemic Disruptions"

    2022 Winners

    1st Place
    Jingze Li
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    "Trucker-sensitive Hyperconnected Relay-based Transportation: An Operating System"

    2nd Place
    Yujia Xu and Yiguo Liu
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    "Dynamic Workforce Management in Hyperconnected Parcel Logistic Hubs"

    3rd Place
    Brandon Runner
    University of Miami
    "Impact of Joint Greening Efforts and Product Pricing in a Two-echelon Green Supply Chain"

    Past Winners

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