iise Manufacturing and Design (m&d) division Outstanding Young Investigator Award

This award recognizes Manufacturing and Design (M&D) Division members under the age of 35 for their technical contribution to manufacturing and design.

Eligibility requirements

  • Member of IISE and the M&D division.
  • Must be under 35 years of age on July 1, 2019.
  • Must have made high-impact scientific contributions to the manufacturing and design field as evidenced by their research endeavors including publications, intellectual property and other funding and dissemination activities.

Application process

  • Candidates can be nominated by others. Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • Nominations are due by Feb. 15, 2019, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
  • Email nomination package (single PDF file) to Dusan Sormaz.

Nomination package must include

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Contact information
  • Birth date to verify age requirement
  • Candidate’s personal statement of specific technical contribution(s) that qualify them for this award (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vita (max. 10 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation (each limited to 2 pages).
  • Nominator’s contact information

An award committee chaired by an appointed member of the M&D board will review all applications following the division's award evaluation procedures.

Recognition Process

  • Framed certificate provided by IISE
  • Recognition at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo:
    • at the M&D Town Hall Meeting
    • in Honors and Awards program (first place only)
    • before the final day keynote address (first place only)
  • Recognition in IISE Magazine
  • Recognition on M&D website and in the newsletter


Nomination deadline: 5 p.m. Eastern time, Feb. 15, 2019

For questions, please contact Bonnie Cameron.

2018 Winner

Blake Johnson
Virginia Tech

Past winners

Manufacturing and Design Division page