IISE International


The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the profession, is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial and systems engineering. A wealth of resources, a worldwide network and industry-leading publications are all at your fingertips.

ISEs play an important part in improving lives and bottom lines on a global scale. The pandemic has brought industrial and systems engineering to the forefront as never before.

Amanda Mewborn“ISEs have never had as much opportunity to make a difference in this world than they have right now. The pandemic has uncovered countless roles of ISEs who were often silent heroes lurking in the background. Almost every facet of ISEs’ body of knowledge has contributed to enduring the pandemic.”

IISE 2022 President Amanda Mewborn | “ What’s Your Story ?” | ISE magazine

Where are IISE members and partners located?

"Everywhere. For instance, look at our international chapters … which can be found in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East – and the list goes on."

IISE CEO and Fellow Don Greene | Your Institute on the Move – International, In-Person and Online | IISE Connect Blog

IISE – Global Outreach

IISE’s community includes nearly 20,000 members and 45,000-plus customers. Problem Solved: The IISE Podcast has listeners in more than 110 countries led by the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Germany. IISE's social media presence continues to grow reaching tens of thousands of followers.

IISE – Global Outreach

IISE International Operations Board

The International Operations Board (IOB) coordinates IISE's efforts on global opportunities, works to increase the number of international members and helps promote the recognition of industrial engineers globally.

IISE International Ambassadors Committee

The IISE Fellows Council has formed the IISE International Ambassadors Committee, co-chaired by Benoit Montreuil, Georgia Tech, and Fugee Tsung, HKUST. The committee's ambitious initiatives include strengthening IISE's international outreach and mapping the global IISE landscape. Current ambassadors are:

  • Sila Cetinkaya, Southern Methodist University
  • Alexandre Dolgui, IMT Atlantique
  • Waldemar Karwowski, University of Central Florida
  • Gino Lim, University of Houston
  • Benoit Montreuil (Co-Chair), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Julie Swann, North Carolina State University
  • Manoj K. Tiwari, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Fugee Tsung (Co-Chair), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

IISE International Partnerships

The Institute is proud of its corporate, university and international organization partners. IISE leaders and staff are laser-focused on building these alliances to strengthen, unify and share knowledge across borders to enrich the ISE profession. Interested in saving 15-50% off IISE membership and saving hundreds of dollars on conferences and training? Want to learn more about how your organization can enjoy all the many benefits of being an IISE partner and how to become one? IISE’s Global Director of Strategic Alliances Doug Long is ready to help you make that happen and can be reached at dlong@iise.org or (770) 349-1109.

Learn more about our international partnerships by listening to this episode of "Problem Solved: The IISE Podcast" from November 2022.

IISE International Recognition - Awards & Scholarships

Introducing: IISE Award for International Impact in Industrial & Systems Engineering. Recognizes an individual member who has made significant contributions to the discipline of industrial and systems engineering as a global leader. Nominations deadline: Dec. 1.

George L. Smith International Award for Excellence in Promotion of Industrial EngineeringThis award is presented on an annual basis to an individual who has made significant and long-standing contributions to the industrial engineering discipline and who exemplifies role model behavior as "goodwill ambassador" for the profession across national boundaries by demonstrating global cooperation in their leadership and establishment of international initiatives. Nominations deadline: Dec. 1.

Scholarships Available in U.S., Canada or Mexico:

A.O. Putnam Memorial Scholarship

Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship

Henry and Elisabeth Koeze Memorial Scholarship

Marvin Mundel Memorial Scholarship

UPS Scholarship for Female Students

UPS Scholarship for Minority Students

Gilbreth Memorial Fellowship

Society for Health Systems Scholarship

Scholarships Available in All Countries:

C. B. Grambell Undergraduate Scholarship

IISE Council of Fellows Undergraduate Scholarship

Vinod and Gail Sahney Scholarship

Lisa Zaken Award for Excellence

IISE Fellows William Biles, Hamid Parsaei, and Victor Zaloom Endowed Scholarship

President’s Scholarship

CISE Undergraduate Scholarship

John L. Imhoff Scholarship

E.J. Sierleja Memorial Fellowship

IISE Chapters Worldwide

IISE Training Center Attracts International Students

IISE’s Training Center attracts international participants, offers shareable digital badging, and delivers training remotely and on-demand. In 2021, IISE held a one-day Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt course for 31 students in Guatemala that helped introduce IISE and core ISE concepts to a whole new audience. The course was held via livestream with bilingual instructor Edgardo J. Escalante, Ph.D. In addition, IISE has offered courses for learners in Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Arab Emirates.

IISE is also proud to offer several of its popular online courses in several languages. For instance, the IISE/MoreSteam Lean Six Sigma course is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and French.

“Partnering with universities and organizations around the world is a key to growing IISE’s support of the profession and building relationships with ISEs as they enter this wonderful field,” IISE’s Director of Continuing Education James Swisher said. Contact James for training opportunities at jswisher@iise.org or (770) 349-1130.

IISE-IACET certificate

TRAINING CENTER FACT: IISE is an  IACET Authorized Provider and “has complied with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.”

IISE Conferences Span the Globe

IISE attracts members and guests from all over the world to its four major conferences each year. Inspired and organized by committee volunteers, each event is developed by ISEs for ISEs. Presentations, competitions, awards and exhibits are on full display for students, young professionals, academics and corporate leaders to share and learn the latest in research, solutions, products and services. Conferences reflect the numerous professions that ISEs work in today.

International Conference Alliance

IISE is a sponsoring organization of the annual International Joint Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IJCIEOM). 

IISE Journals Cover International Research


IISE produces four peer-reviewed, abstracted/indexed journals that are international-in-scope. IISE Transactions , The Engineering Economist , IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering and IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors . Each month, journal editors summarize articles in ISE magazine in its Research section.

International Highlights in ISE Magazine 2022

ISE magazine - November 2022


Lean lends a helping hand in developing countries

Sustainable development in engineering education in Puerto Rico

October 2022

Improving trade processes through blockchain  - Digital ledgers can improve security, transparency and cost savings - by Mehak Bhatia, a masters student in business administration from thNational Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) in Mumbai, India

Research Summaries from Beijing Institute of Technology and National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, R.O.C.

September 2022

The Front Line - UK teen launches 3D-printed retro rocket

Research Summaries from China, Germany and Sweden

August 2022

The Front Line - N.C. State grad Abby Lampe uses her ISE skills to win the women's division of the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake event near Gloucester, England; Catching fog to drink and other innovative ideas chronicled in a new book Unconventional Water Resources from the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health

Research Summaries from South Korea, the United Kingdom and Singapore 

July 2022

The Front Line - Proposed floating city in South Korea to hold 12,000 residents, built to withstand rising sea levels

Research Summary from Israel

June 2022

Empowering diversity in ISE education, careers - Female undergrad students at Puerto Rico-Mayagüez share their experience
By Johana M. Mercado Colón, Gabriela A. Renta López and Lourdes A. Medina

Research Summaries from Republic of Korea and Germany

May 2022

IISE International – The Institute spans the globe

Cosmos cover story  A return to the moon and beyond

April 2022

Feature on Quality 4.0 includes authors from UAE, India, Ireland and South Africa

Research Summary from Turkey

March 2022

Internship feature includes Ana Sofia Cavallo, IISE student member from Colombia

Research Summaries from Israel, Canada and Germany

February 2022

Cover story Entrepreneurial mindset and its role in ISE education includes author Lourdes A. Medina of University of Puerto-Rico Mayaguez and her school’s efforts on the topic

Research summaries from China and Italy

January 2022

Connecting @ IISE: Items on Puerto Rico Mayaguez, An-Najah National University (West Bank) chapters

Front Line : Iceland carbon machine, Smart Cities Barcelona items