Outstanding ISE Capstone Senior Design Project

This award is sponsored by:

  • The Council on Industrial and Systems Engineering (CISE)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • North Carolina State University, The Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • The Ohio State University, Integrated Systems Engineering Department  (funded by gifts by D. Scott and Beatrice A Sink)
  • Oklahoma State University, Industrial Engineering and Management (in honor of Joe Mize and funded by gifts by D. Scott and Beatrice A Sink) 
  • The Pennsylvania State University, The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • University of Arkansas, Industrial Engineering
  • Virginia Tech Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (funded by gifts by D. Scott and Beatrice A Sink)

The IISE Outstanding Capstone Senior Design Project Award recognizes individual students or teams for practical application of ISE knowledge and skills, resulting in significant impact to an organization. The award encourages undergraduate students to convert from student members to professional members of IISE. Awardees are recognized for outstanding and excellent reduction to practice in the ISE capstone senior design course.

Submission Form

Deadline to enter is April 30, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A student or team that has successfully completed a project, or is in-flight and pending completion before, on or slightly after the IISE Annual Conference & Expo can apply. 
  • We will also accept applications for projects that were completed in December.
  • We will accept any project that was completed for the ABET Senior Capstone Design Requirement regardless of the "format" of the course/project (e.g., length, multidisciplinary, individual or team, etc.).
  • The project must demonstrate the successful use of ISE principles, tools and techniques/methods to solve a problem, design a new process, capture an opportunity, make something better.
  • At least one student must be present at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in order to apply for this award.
  • At least one student from the top three teams must present in an IISE (Chapter #1) webinar in September or October following the conference. These are virtual Go2Webinar, lunch and learn format, 12 pm-1 pm Eastern time.
  • No more than two applications from a given department.

Nomination/Application Details

  • Nominations/applications should be driven by the department capstone coordinators and faculty mentors for the capstone projects but students/teams also should be proactive in self-nominating with endorsements from coordinators/mentors/heads as well as sponsors.
  • A nomination/application will consist of:
    • 2-page executive summary (application cover memo)
    • Formal final (or draft of the final) presentation for the project (what was used for the sponsor can be used for this). The final presentations can be enhanced form the application/submission to the Global Capstone Showcase Webinar in early May 2021
    • Poster. The final posters can be enhanced from the application/submission to the Global Capstone Showcase Webinar in early May 2021
    • No papers or written reports are required; the IISE Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition is focused on that mode of professional presentation
  • IMPORTANT:
  • The student(s) will be required to complete an IISE membership application All team members must submit an IISE membership Application with the award application package to be eligible for the award. Students from the top 20 teams will receive first year professional memberships paid for by the award. 
  • Conference registration: The nominating department capstone coordinator, faculty member or department agrees to cover the cost of attending the 2021 IISE Virtual Annual Conference & Expo for at least one student presenter from each team. Alternatively, a student chapter of IISE can cover the cost of attendance for the student presenter
    - Note, at least one student presenter from every team must be registered for the conference at the time of submission to be eligible for top 20 showcase
    - Note, the award will reimburse the conference registration cost for the top three teams' student presenters to their respective departments 
  • Application implies intent to attend the conference
  • Winners of the competition will receive recognition during the pre-keynote presentations on Monday or Tuesday and perhaps also at the Honors and Awards Banquet
  • IISE professional memberships are provided to top 20 team members. Student presenters from the top three will also receive Amazon gift cards
  • All projects will be screened. Up to 20 projects will be showcased during the Global Capstone Showcase Webinar in May 2021, selected from the total group of nominations/applications. The top three teams will be selected for a panel presentation on Sunday morning during IISE Annual Conference & Expo 

Note: Members of the IISE Board of Trustees, the Honors Steering Committee, those involved in processing, such as the Director of Honors, or any headquarters staff member may not be used as a nominator or reference.

Recognition and Rewards

Students participating from the top 20 ranked projects will receive complimentary first year IISE memberships, $79 value (the award will pay for those students conversions). Please complete the IISE application form and include with the nomination package.

Students from the top three teams will additionally receive two years of paid for professional membership. Membership value is approximately $200 for the two years. In addition to the two years of professional membership, student presenters from the top three teams will also receive Amazon gift cards:

  • First Place--$300         
  • Second Place--$200          
  • Third Place--$100

The winners will receive a certificate of recognition and be recognized at the 2021 Virtual IISE Annual Conference & Expo.

Rubric Utilized by the Committee to Evaluate the Projects

  • Did the project make a difference and was that proven defendable?
  • Does the project represent the successful application (reduction to practice) of a set of ISE principles, methods, tools? What elements of the ISE Body of Knowledge does it reflect?
  • Was there an innovative component or aspect to the project?
  • Does the work demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate and solve a complex engineering problem by applying engineering, science and/or mathematical principles?
  • Does the work demonstrate an ability to apply engineering design to produce solution(s) that meet the specified needs with consideration of the appropriate factors and/or constraints?
  • Does the work deliverables, presentation show that the student(s) have an ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders and audiences?
  • Does the work demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret data/facts and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions?
  • The work demonstrates that the student(s) understand the impact of engineering solutions in the following dimensions: Economic, sustainability of solutions but also impact on sustainability, stakeholder impact and system impact (both scope of system but also time horizon).

Review and Decision Process (Showcase and Final Presentations)

  • A sub-committee of the IISE main honors and awards committee will review the nominations and make the finalist determinations. This sub-committee is comprised of:
    • Chair of the committee: A member of the Council on Industrial and Systems Engineering (Caitlin Kenney, International Systems Management and CISE)
    • A member of the Young Professionals Group (Kira Hansen, Product Dev Purchasing Analyst, Harley-Davidson)
    • A faculty mentor or coordinator for capstone senior design from an ISE program (Dima Nazzal, Georgia Tech and Kanton Reynolds, NC State University)
    • A member of the Society for Engineering Management Systems (SEMS) Board (Russell Wooten, SEMS President)
    • A member of the Society for Health Systems (SHS) (Elizabeth Gentry, University of Louisville)
    • A member of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) (Steve Snelling, Retired, Boeing)
    • A CIEADH representative (this is the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads) (Eileen Van Aken, Department Chair, Virginia Tech and CIEADH Chair 2020-21)
  • April 30, 2021: Nomination/application packages will be received on or before April 30, 2021.  We realize that many projects will be in flight but also that posters should be done by this point and application packages can be completed.
  • The evaluation committee will perform a first pass filter on the applications and determine the top 20 finalists. Those finalists will be notified on or before May 8, 2021     
  • May 11, 2021: The top 20 teams will participate and provide a 3-minute elevator pitch on their projects during the Global Capstone Showcase Webinar. Posters will be posted and shared with the participants in this Global Webinar.  The sub-committee will select the top 10 teams immediately following the Global Capstone Showcase Webinar. .Additional dialogue with the team student presenters will be held to filter down to the top 3 team finalists.
    • It should be noted that the showcase is a great opportunity to position the department as well as the students to potential employees
  • MAY 22-25: The top 20 teams will attend the conference (Virtually) (departments are responsible for all costs associated with student virtual participation) The Award will cover the conference registration costs for the top three team finalists’ student presenters.
  • May 23: The top three team finalists will present in an 80-minute session in the Performance Excellence Track on Sunday, 23 May from 9-10:20 am.  The judges for the award will be the panel and the Chair of the Committee will moderate the session.   
  • The review committee will integrate their evaluations of the project materials (nomination package) and the presentations to determine the top three winner placements.
  • May 23: The Award placements (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be announced at the CISE/IAB/YP Virtual Schmooze on Sunday evening.
  • The top three winners will be recognized as the lead in to the keynote presentation on Monday or Tuesday of the conference.

2020 Winners

1st place:
Chris Brassel, Joshua Glaab, Rachel Hollatz and Cher Wang
Virginia Tech
"Product Wheel Optimization for Devils Backbone (AB Brewing Company)"

2nd place:
Aaron Kramer
The Ohio State University
"Kanban System Optimization for Improved Flow in Fire Truck Assembly Plant - Sutphen Corporation

3rd place:
Abhita Moothy, Erin Abbott, Elena Buter, Benjamin Espy, Kiran Gite, Toral Kadakia, Sahana Subramanian and Caleb Tysor
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Increase Waste Diversion for the Georgia World Congress Center"

2019 Winners

1st place:
Karan Agrawal, Shelby Carswell, Weichao Chen, Trishla Chokshi, Shaiv Gandhi, Guergana Ilieva, Kayla Raabe and Pavlos Sepetas
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Optimization of Shipping Mode"

2nd place:
Talia Zaverdinos
The Ohio State University
"Simulation Design & Development to Support the Concept Design and Detailed Design for a New 2-oz. Bottling Line for Abbott Nutrition"

3rd place:
Jad Haj Ali, Jiyao Shang, Haonan Zhou and Tushar Rajesh Kumar
Virginia Tech
"Inventory Optimization for Eastman Chemical"