Outstanding ISE Capstone Senior Design Project

Sponsored by the Council on Industrial and Systems Engineering (CISE), Virginia Tech Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University and The Ohio State University Department of Integrated Systems Engineering (Scott and Beatrice Sink Giving Accounts)

The purpose of the award process and award is to encourage undergraduate students to be ISEs for life and to convert from being student members to full time professional members of IISE. The process and award intends to do this by recognizing outstanding/excellent reduction to practice in the ISE capstone senior design course.

The IISE Outstanding Capstone Senior Design Project Award recognizes individual students or teams that have applied their ISE knowledge and skills to have a significant impact on an organization.

Submission Form

Deadline to enter is April 12, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A student or team that has successfully completed a project, or is in-flight and pending completion before, on or slightly after the IISE Annual Conference & Expo can apply. 
  • We will also accept applications for projects that were completed in December.
  • We will accept any project that was completed for the ABET Senior Capstone Design Requirement regardless of the "format" of the course/project (e.g., length, multidisciplinary, individual or team, etc.).
  • The project must demonstrate the successful use of ISE principles, tools and techniques/methods to solve a problem, design a new process, capture an opportunity, make something better.
  • At least one student must be present at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in order to apply for this award.
  • At least one student must present in an IISE (Chapter #1) webinar in September or October following the conference. These are virtual Go2Webinar, lunch and learn format, 12 pm-1 pm Eastern time.
  • No more than two applications from a given department.

Nomination/Application Details

  • Nominations/applications should be driven by the department capstone coordinators and faculty mentors for the capstone projects but students/teams also should be proactive in self-nominating with endorsements from coordinators/mentors/heads as well as sponsors.
  • A nomination/application will consist of a 2-page executive summary (application cover memo), a formal final (or draft of the final) presentation for the project (what was used for the sponsor can be used for this) and a poster are three of the four required components for the application. No papers or written reports, the IISE Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition is focused on that mode of professional presentation. 
  • The student(s) will be required to complete an IISE membership application and submit that with the application. This is the fourth component of the application package. The top 20 (or so) projects will receive first year professional memberships paid for by the award. 
  • The projects are nominated by the capstone coordinator/department head and the department (or perhaps the student chapter of IISE) agrees to cover the cost of attending the conference for at least one team member. 
  • Application implies intent to attend the conference. Winners of the competition will receive recognition at the  Honors and Awards Banquet and cash awards (paid to the departments) and in-kind awards/rewards.
  • The application packages will be due as late as possible each year to accommodate academic calendars (that allows for travel arrangements and early bird registrations, etc.) but also allowing the committee time to review them and prepare for the programming and judging agenda for the conference. 
  • The final posters or presentation storyboards can be enhanced from the application/submission to the actual showcase event. 
  • All applications will be part of a “poster” or presentation storyboard judging session early in the conference, Sunday. All projects will be screened and the top three selected for a panel presentation on Monday morning. Up to 20 projects will be showcased, selected from the total group of nominations/applications. 
  • The top three winners will be announced at the Honors and Awards Banquet, complimentary tickets to that dinner is part of the recognition package.
  • An IISE webinar, hosted by Chapter #1, will be held in September or October and the three finalists are required to participate in that. 

Note: Members of the IISE Board of Trustees, the Honors Steering Committee, those involved in processing, such as the Director of Honors, or any headquarters staff member may not be used as a nominator or reference.

Recognition and Rewards

Up to 30 of the students participating from the top ranked projects will receive complimentary first year IISE memberships, $79 value (the award will pay for those students conversions). Please complete the  IISE application form and include with the nomination package.

Monetary awards (consistent with the Technical Paper Contest sponsored by John Deere) rankings based on the final presentations of the top three projects:

  • First Place--$1,000
  • Second Place--$750          
  • Third Place--$500

The winners will receive a certificate of recognition and be recognized at the Honors and Awards Banquet on June 1, 2020, in New Orleans. Banquet tickets paid for by the award for up to three people for each of the top three projects. There will be a reserved table for the finalists.

Rubric Utilized by the Committee to Evaluate the Projects

  • Did the project make a difference and was that proven defendable?
  • Does the project represent the successful application (reduction to practice) of a set of ISE principles, methods, tools? What elements of the ISE Body of Knowledge does it reflect?
  • Was there an innovative component or aspect to the project?
  • Does the work demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate and solve a complex engineering problem by applying engineering, science and/or mathematical principles?
  • Does the work demonstrate an ability to apply engineering design to produce solution(s) that meet the specified needs with consideration of the appropriate factors and/or constraints?
  • Does the work deliverables, presentation show that the student(s) have an ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders and audiences?
  • Does the work demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret data/facts and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions?
  • The work demonstrates that the student(s) understand the impact of engineering solutions in the following dimensions: Economic, sustainability of solutions but also impact on sustainability, stakeholder impact and system impact (both scope of system but also time horizon).

Review and Decision Process (Showcase and Final Presentations)

  • A sub-committee of the IISE main honors and awards committee will review the nominations and make the finalist determinations. This sub-committee is comprised of:

    1. Chair of the committee: A member of the Council on Industrial and Systems Engineering (Steve Savoie, Sr. Manager IE Process and Integration, GM)
    2. A member of the Young Professionals Group (Kira Hansen, Product Dev Purchasing Analyst, Harley-Davidson)
    3. A faculty mentor or coordinator for capstone senior design from an ISE program (Natalie Cherbaka, Virginia Tech)
    4. A member of the Society for Engineering Management Systems (SEMS) Board (Russell Wooten, SEMS President)
    5. A member of the Society for Health Systems (SHS) Isaac Mitchell, Director of Operations, DeRoyal Industries and President SHS 2019-20)
    6. A member of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) (Renee Thiesing, VP of Strategic Alliances, Simio LLC and President IAB 2019-20)
    7. A CIEADH representative (this is the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads) (Linda Ng Boyle, Chair, University of Washington and Chair CIEADH 2019-20)
  • Nomination/application packages will be received on or before April 29, 2020.
  • The evaluation committee will perform a first pass filter on the applications and determine the top 20 finalists and those finalists will be notified on or before May 8, 2020.         
  • The top 20 will attend the conference (departments are responsible for all costs associated with student attendance) and will participate in a poster or presentation storyboard showcase and the judging committee will review and select the top three Sunday, May 31.
    • It should be noted that the showcase is a great opportunity to gain exposure to our attendees from business and industry. It is also a great opportunity to position the department as well as the students to potential employees. 
  • The top three finalists will be announced at the CISE/IAB/Young Professionals Leadership Mixer on Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.
  • The three finalists will present in an 80-minute session on Monday, June 1, 2020, morning 8:00 am-9:20 am.
  • The review committee will integrate their evaluations of the project materials (nomination package) and the presentations and determine the top three winner placements.
  • The top three winners will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Banquet.
  • Departments will receive the checks based on outcomes and will be able to recapture some costs associated with student travel and participation.
  • Two students from each project team from the top 20 will receive a paid for, first year professional membership in IISE. Please complete the IISE application form and include with the nomination package.

2019 Winners

1st place:
Karan Agrawal, Shelby Carswell, Weichao Chen, Trishla Chokshi, Shaiv Gandhi, Guergana Ilieva, Kayla Raabe and Pavlos Sepetas
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Optimization of Shipping Mode"

2nd place:
Talia Zaverdinos
The Ohio State University
"Simulation Design & Development to Support the Concept Design and Detailed Design for a New 2-oz. Bottling Line for Abbott Nutrition"

3rd place:
Jad Haj Ali, Jiyao Shang, Haonan Zhou and Tushar Rajesh Kumar
Virginia Tech
"Inventory Optimization for Eastman Chemical"