Energy Systems (ES) Division Best Paper Award
and Best Student Paper Award

Those awards recognize regular members and student members whose papers (and presentations) in the Energy Systems Track at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, both represent the highest level of excellence.


  • Must be a member (for Energy Systems Track Best Paper) or a student member (for Energy Systems Best Student Paper Award) of IISE and the ES division.
  • Finalists will present their papers in the ES division town hall meeting.
  • Finalists must be able to attend the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 18-21, 2024.

Application process

  • Candidates must indicate their intent to enter the competition by checking the appropriate box in the Abstract submission portal in response to the question, “Would you like your paper to be considered for the Best Paper Competition?” Alternatively, candidates may send an email to the ES Committee chairs: Bo Zeng and Kibaek Kim.
  • The notification email must include:
    • Student’s full name
    • Academic affiliation
    • Abstract ID
    • A paper can be entered into both the “Energy Systems Track Best Paper" award and the “Energy Systems Best Student Paper Award” competition.
    • Submissions are due by Feb. 18 2024, 5 p.m. Eastern time.
    • Publication at the IISE proceedings is encouraged but not necessary for participation in this competition.

    Evaluation Process

    • All competing papers are subject to a double-blind review process by a panel of three judges.
    • The paper with the overall best rating is adjudged the Energy Systems Track Best Paper.
    • The next three or four ranked student-led papers will be the finalists invited to present at the ES town hall meeting.
    • The winning Best Student Paper will be selected based on a combined score of paper and presentation.


    • Recognition at the ES Town Hall Meeting at Annual Conference
    • Certificate provided by IISE (either mailed or given at the town hall meeting) for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
    • Recognition in ISE magazine
    • Recognition on ES webpage and in the newsletter


    Submission deadline: 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Feb. 18, 2024
    Finalists notified: March 8, 2024

    For questions, please contact Amy Straub

    2023 Winners

    Energy Systems Track Best Paper
    Winners: Feng Ye, Travis Miles, Ahmed Aziz Ezzat - Rutgers University, Joseph Brodie - AKRF Inc.
    Title: Offshore Wind Energy Forecasting with AIRU-WRF: A Physics-Guided Data Science Approach

    Energy Systems Best Student Paper
    Winner: Weijie Pan, The George Washington University
    Title: Physical Modeling of Integrated Power Systems for Capacity and Technology Choices
    Co-authors: Ekundayo Shittu

    2022 Winners

    Energy Systems Track Best Paper
    Winner: Sara Jubala Kohtz, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Title: Physics-informed Gaussian Process Regression Model for Battery Management
    Co-author: Pingfeng Wang

    Energy Systems Best Student Paper
    Winner: Ashutosh Shukla, University of Texas Austin
    Title: Budget Allocation in Optimizing Power Grid Resilience to Extreme Weather: Hardening, Pre-event Preparation, or Recovery?
    Co-authors: B Austgen, E Kutanoglu, J Hasenbein

    Past winners

    Energy Systems Division page