Data Analytics and Information Systems (DAIS) Professional Achievement Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an exceptional individual working in a field (either academia or industry) who has made significant contributions to the field of data analytics and information systems over a period of at least 10 years of professional experience. 


  • Efforts and contribution to data analytics and information systems education
  • Dissemination of knowledge
  • Contributions to advance research
  • Commitment to mentoring
  • Improvement of the field's position or visibility
  • Contributions to practice

Application Process

  • The candidate must be an IISE and a DAIS member.
  • The candidate must be nominated by the supervisor or director of the candidate.
  • Nominations may be made anonymously or by anybody including self-nominations.
  • The onus of demonstrating merit is on the nominator.

The nomination package must include the following elements

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae of the nominee
  • A detailed description of the nominee's main achievements to the profession, supported by the necessary documents
  • At least two, but no more than four, letters of recommendation attesting to the nominee's relevance and extent of professional accomplishments. Each letter of recommendation must be written by a single individual.

Evaluation Process

The nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria (weighting in parenthesis) on a five-point scale (1 being the minimum and 5 being the maximum):

  • Contributions to advance research and practice (30 percent)
  • Dissemination of knowledge, improvement of the field's standing, or increased visibility (30 percent)
  • Mentorship commitment (20 percent)
  • Efforts and contribution to data analytics education (20 percent)

Conflict of Interest Policy

  • Officers and Board members of the S/D should be ineligible for awards during the period of their service, without approval by the Senior VP for Technical Operations (SVP). Exceptions may only be made by the SVP when awards are time sensitive (i.e., a Student Best Paper Award for a Student Board Member, when the student is graduating), and the impacted board member(s) or officer(s) must recuse themselves from the award process. For awards that are not time-sensitive, the nominee should wait until their Officer or Board service is complete to be nominated.
  • The awards committee (or judging committee) should not include members who have either a personal or professional relationship with the nominees. For example, a faculty member should not be judging a paper competition where a student from the same university is a nominee for best student paper award.
  • The awards committee (or judging committee) should actively change its membership on a rotating basis from year to year to ensure fairness, equity, and diversity. That is, some members of the judging committee should roll off the committee and new members should roll on.
  • Recognition

    • Recognition at the DAIS 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 DAIS webpage and in the newsletter


    All supporting documents in the nomination package must be submitted in a single PDF format. Please email applications to the committee chair, Na Zhou, president of the IISE- DAIS.

    • Nominations deadline: February 12, 2024
    • Winner will be notified: March 24, 2024

    2023 Winner

    Shuai Huang
    University of Washington

    For questions, please contact Amy Straub at IISE.