IISE Cup Competition


Sponsored by the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville - Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Submission deadline extended to March 8!

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE to participate in the IISE Cup

IISE Cup is a new international competition that provides an exciting opportunity for companies to highlight their successful innovation solutions. The IISE Cup recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of industrial and systems engineering principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. Starting in 2020 IISE conducted the award competition to promote successful implementation of industrial & systems engineering practices by recognizing best in class industries and sharing their stories with others. This is one of IISE’s most prestigious awards to be given to a team and their industry.

The award will be bestowed to the top three teams and be presented at the upcoming ALL VIRTUAL 2021 IISE Annual Conference & Expo. Conference attendees will also vote to select the Excellence Award.

Eligibility criteria

  • Any team (2 or more members) of any organization who wants to showcase their successful implementation of industrial/systems engineering concepts.
  • The team must demonstrate innovative uses of ISE methods, tools and techniques for its measurable outcomes.
  • There is no limit on the number of entries from an organization. However, only one submission is allowed from the same site in the organization.
  • The initiative should have been implemented within the last 36 months and performance measures should be presented.
  • At least 75 percent of the problem-solving effort is conducted by in-house personnel. Support from outside consultants is permitted but only organization’s representatives are permitted on the presentation team if selected.

Awarding process

  • All entries will be pre-screened to select 10 finalist teams.
  • All finalist teams will be required to attend the ALL VIRTUAL 2021 IISE Annual Conference & Expo and present their cases.
  • Top 3 teams will be selected and announced during the ALL VIRTUAL 2021 IISE Annual Conference & Expo awards presentation. There will be a 1st place gold, 2nd place silver and 3rd bronze awarded
  • Conference attendees will also vote to select the Excellence Award.

Evaluation criteria

  • The industrial and systems engineering implementation initiative is innovative.
  • The industrial and systems engineering implementation initiative had clear measurable performance objectives and they were met.
  • The industrial and systems engineering implementation approach is simple and straightforward.
  • The industrial and systems engineering initiative used ISE methods, tools and techniques.
  • The industrial and systems engineering initiative derived significant and measurable outcomes such as cost reduction, supply chain complexity reduction, lead time reduction, quality improvement, safety improvement, etc.
  • The industrial and systems engineering implementation is sustainable.
  • The quality of the presentation is excellent including problem statement, clear descriptions, and metrics with visuals.

Submission Process

To provide necessary detail and ensure consistency in judging, you will fill in the application form and attach a narrative document that describes the initiative. Your narrative document must be a maximum of five standard pages using a minimum font size of 10 points. Supporting materials or samples may be included if they are directly applicable to your entry however, they will not be returned. The selected 10 teams will need to submit a 90 second video entry according to the respective requirements on the submission.


The complete application package should be submitted by March 8.

  • Finalists will be announced: March 15
  • Finalists confirmation to attend the ALL VIRTUAL 2021IISE Annual Conference & Expo: March 21
  • Video and Project Summary Handouts due April 12
  • Team members registrations, March 21
  • ALL VIRTUAL 2021 IISE Annual Conference and Expo, May 22-25

2021 Committee chair

Faisal Aqlan, Ph.D.
Penn State Behrend
Erie, PA 16563

2021 Committee members

Amanda Mewborn, Navicent Health
Aman Sapra, St. Onge Company
MD Sarder, Bowling Green State University
Jeff Hoyle, North Carolina State University
Bill Boyd, IISE

2020 Winners