Energy Systems (ES) Division Best Paper Award
and Best Student Paper Award

This award recognizes student members whose paper and presentation in the Energy Systems Track at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, both represent the highest level of excellence.


  • Must be a student member of IISE and the ES division.
  • Finalists will present their papers in the ES division town hall meeting.
  • Finalists must be able to attend the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 20-23, 2023.

Application process

  • Candidates must indicate their intent to enter the competition by checking the appropriate box in the Abstract submission portal in response to the question, “Would you like your paper to be considered for the Best Paper Competition?” Alternatively, candidates may send an email to the ES track chairs:   Ekundayo (Dayo) Shittu and Murat Yildirim.
  • The notification email must include:
    • Student’s full name
    • Academic affiliation
    • Abstract ID
    • A paper can be entered into both the “Energy Systems Track Best Paper" award and the “Energy Systems Best Student Paper Award” competition.
    • Intention notifications are due by Feb. 10, 2023, 5 p.m. Eastern time.

    Evaluation Process

    • All competing papers are subject to a double-blind review process by a panel of three judges.
    • The paper with the overall best rating is adjudged the Energy Systems Track Best Paper.
    • The next three or four ranked student-led papers will be the finalists invited to present at the ES town hall meeting.
    • The winning Best Student Paper will be selected based on a combined score of paper and presentation.

    Recognition process

    • Certificate provided by IISE.
    • Recognition at the Annual Conference & Expo Awards Ceremony (first place only):
    • at the ES town hall meeting
    • before the Tuesday morning keynote address
    • Recognition in the ISE magazine
    • Recognition on the ES website and in the newsletter 


    If by email, intention notification deadline: 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Feb. 10, 2023
    Finalists notified: March 15, 2023

    For questions, please contact Amy Straub

    2022 Winner

    Energy Systems Track Best Paper
    Winner: Sara Jubala Kohtz, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Title: Physics-informed Gaussian Process Regression Model for Battery Management
    Co-author: Pingfeng Wang

    Energy Systems Best Student Paper
    Winner: Ashutosh Shukla, University of Texas Austin
    Title: Budget Allocation in Optimizing Power Grid Resilience to Extreme Weather: Hardening, Pre-event Preparation, or Recovery?
    Co-authors: B Austgen, E Kutanoglu, J Hasenbein

    Past winners

    Energy Systems Division page