Energy Systems (ES) Division Best Student Paper Award

This award recognizes student members whose paper and presentation in the Energy Systems Track at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, ALL VIRTUAL, 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, ALL VIRTUAL, May 22-25, 2021.

Application process

  • Candidates must indicate their intent to enter the competition via email to the ES track chairs: Ahmed Aziz.
  • 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, 2021, 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Evaluation Process

  • All competing papers are subject to a double-blind review process by a panel of three judges.
  • Three finalists will be invited to present at the ES town hall meeting.
  • The winning paper will be selected based on a combined score of paper and presentation.

Recognition process (first place only)

  • Framed certificate provided by IISE.
  • Recognition at the Annual Conference & Expo, ALL VIRTUAL:
    • 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 


Intention notification deadline: 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Feb. 10, 2021
Finalists notified: March 15, 2021

For questions, please contact Bonnie Cameron.

2020 Winner

Vikas Garg
Clemson University
"Stochastic Supply Chain Optimization Model for Delivery of Pre-processed Biomass"

Past winners

Energy Systems Division page