Manufacturing and Design division (M&D) outstanding practitioner award

This award recognizes Manufacturing and Design Division members for their outstanding accomplishments and impact in manufacturing or design within their organizations.

Application Process

Candidates must be members of IISE and the Manufacturing and Design Division at the time of nomination.

Candidates can be nominated by others or self-nominated.

Nominations are due by Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Email the nomination application materials in one (1) PDF file to OP Award Committee Chair.

The nomination should include:

  • Candidate Information:
    • Name
    • Affiliation
    • Position
    • Address
    • Phone
    • Email
  • Nominator Information:
    • Name
    • Affiliation
    • Position
    • Address
    • Phone
    • Email
  • Attachments:
    • Candidate’s personal statement highlighting accomplishments and impact guided by selection criteria (max. 2 pages).
    • Curriculum vita or resume (max. 10 pages) which include accomplishments related to the purpose and objectives of this award.
    • Three letters of recommendation (each limited to two pages).
    • At least one letter from someone in a leadership position at the organization(s) where accomplishment and major contributions were made (i.e., immediate supervisor, Department Head, Director of Engineering).
    • Two letters from professional peer/colleagues. The letter writers may be from within or outside the candidate’s organization.  The letters must clearly highlight impact and level of accomplishments guided by the selection criteria below. The quality and relevance of letter writers are considered as an integral part of the selection process.

Evaluation Process

High impact as evidenced by two or more of the following criteria:

  • Project leadership portfolio within the candidate’s organization (with emphasis on leadership of projects that have measurable metrics of impact such as realized cost savings, throughput improvement, new processes, among many others),
  • Implementation and roll-out of the candidate’s work assessed by measurable metrics,
  • Innovation demonstrated through invention disclosures and patents (with more weight given to commercialized patents) or implemented as a standard process by the organization.
  • Research excellence demonstrated through high-impact publications,
  • Notable service to the manufacturing and design community, and,
  • Recognition through prestigious organization-level awards or other professional societies’ awards.
  • Have not previously received the Manufacturing and Design Outstanding Practitioner Award.

An award committee chaired by an appointed member of the M&D board will review all applications following the division’s award evaluation protocols:

David Vance, chair
Shayla Swain, co-chair

The award recipient will be notified by the committee chair (an M&D board officer) by e-mail no later than April 1.

Registration for the IISE Annual Conference & Expo is not required for 2022.

Winners will be announced before the Tuesday morning keynote during the virtual conference.

2022 Winner

Ahmed Eldesouky
Veeco Instruments, Inc.