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 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, Oct. 31 - Nov. 3, 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Application process

  • Candidates must indicate their intent to enter the competition via email to the ES track chairs: Chaoyue Zhao, Sandra Eksioglu and Lihui Bai.
  • 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. 15, 2020, 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:
    • 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. 15, 2020
Finalists notified: March 15, 2020

For questions, please contact Bonnie Cameron.

2019 Winners

1st place:
Dan Li
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Detection and Distinction of Replay-attack and Equipment Faults in SCADA"

2nd place:
Modjtaba Dahmardeh
Rutgers University
"Estimation of Battery Pack SOC Uncertainty considering Cell-to-Cell Variability"

3rd place:
Zhetao Chen
Rutgers University
Resilience-based Design of Microgrid Systems under Random Transmission Line Failures"

Past winners

Energy Systems Division page