Best Paper Competition

Three finalists are selected from the Best Paper Competition submissions using a blind review process. Cash award prizes totaling $600 will be distributed to three finalists based on their finishing position first place, first runner-up and second runner-up. All others will receive honorable mention. These finalists will be announced at the conference and will be recognized during the Sept. 22 closing and awards session. More detailed information to follow.

Submit Your Paper

2021 ELSS Paper Guidelines

Important Dates

  • Final paper due no later than June 30.
  • Finalists will be notified by July 20.
  • PowerPoint of the presentation due Sept. 1.


  • First Place: $300 cash award
  • First Runner-Up: $200 cash award
  • Second Runner-Up: $100 cash award
  • All Others: Honorable Mention

Don’t miss outsubmit your paper to the 2021 ELSS Best Paper Competition today!

2020 winners

Reflect back on ELSS Best Paper Awards presented at the 2020 conference.

“Lean Practices for Leaders: Leading by Example not Proclamation”

  • Robert E. Hamm Jr., The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • David Bernacki, 12th Flying Training Wing, JBSA-Randolph
  • Hung-da Wan, The University of Texas at San Antonio

First Runner Up
“Integrating Lean Six Sigma and Design Thinking for Superior Results”

  • Michael V. Testani, Binghamton University
  • Kailas Patil, Vishwakarma University

Second Runner Up
“The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence in the Automotive Industry”

  • Shuchita Gupta, IBM Corporation
  • Ben Amaba, IBM Corporation