The Fellow Award

Recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession who have made significant, nationally recognized contributions to industrial and systems engineering. A fellow is the highest classification of IISE membership.

IISE Council of Fellows


A nominee must be at least 40 years old, and a senior member of IISE for a minimum of 10 consecutive years or five continuous years, following at least five continuous years in an international IE organization that partners with IISE and represents IE in its region. The IISE president is automatically considered for this award at the end of his or her term. Members of the IISE Board of Trustees and Honors Steering Committee are ineligible.


Not more than 20 fellows can be named each year. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in both professional career and service to industrial and systems engineering.

Professional Career

  • Describe professional career accomplishments for at least two of three criteria: management, technical innovation or practice innovation for which the candidate excels. Describe significant results in industry, government, academia. The candidate must qualify in two of these criteria and excel in one.

Service to Industrial Engineering

  • Describe service to the industrial and systems engineering profession in at least two of the following three criteria: IISE service (required), interdisciplinary activity (service to other groups related to industrial and systems engineering) and leadership in promoting industrial and systems engineering. The candidate must qualify in two of these criteria and excel in one.

Nomination process

  • Nominations can be made by any current IISE member not serving on the IISE Board of Trustees.
  • Letter of nomination, limited to a maximum of two pages.
  • The nomination form including the qualifications summary.
  • Three letters of recommendation, limited to a maximum of two pages each. (At least one recommendation must be from an IISE fellow if the nominator is a fellow. If the nominator is not a fellow, then two of the three recommendations must be fellows.)
  • The nominees CV.
  • To summarize, in total, four letters are required (nominator and three references), and at least two must come from IISE Fellows.
  • The entire nomination packet should be no more than 20 pages total.


This award is judged by the Fellows Committee.