Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers announces 2020 award winners

NORCROSS, Georgia – May 28, 2020 – The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) has released the names of its annual award winners who are being honored for their achievements in leadership, teaching, research, service or academic pursuit.

While award presentations occur at IISE’s spring Annual Conference & Expo, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has shifted to a fall schedule. The much-anticipated Honors and Awards Ceremony will take place during the annual event Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in New Orleans. Recipients will be officially recognized during the ceremony on Nov. 2 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Key IISE award winners include Deborah Nightingale, University of Central Florida/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is the 2020 recipient of the coveted Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award – the highest and most esteemed honor IISE bestows. Presented annually since 1962, the award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering. The contributions are of the highest caliber and nationally or internationally recognized.

The prestigious IISE Fellow Award celebrates outstanding leaders for their significant, nationally recognized contributions to the industrial and systems engineering profession and is the highest classification of membership in IISE. In its 70th year, the distinction of Fellow goes to the following 16 individuals:

  • Laura Albert, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Alexandre Dolgui, IMT Alantique Tech University
  • Dan Epstein, ConAm Group
  • Paul Griffin, Purdue University
  • Charles Hochstein, USPS
  • Robert Inman, GM
  • Erick Jones, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Mohammad Khasawneh, Binghamton University
  • Zhenyu (James) Kong, Virginia Tech
  • Jingshan Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Suzanna Long, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Brad Parrish, FedEx
  • Susan Schall, SOS Consulting
  • Julie Swann, North Carolina State University
  • Bill Tolo, Best Buy
  • Teresa Wu, Arizona State University

For a full listing of IISE award winners, award programs, descriptions and timelines, visit Watch for detail and interviews with award winners over the course of several upcoming issues of the award-winning ISE magazine.

About the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers: The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IISE is an international, nonprofit association that provides knowledge, training, networking opportunities and recognition to enhance the skills and effectiveness of its members, customers and the profession.

For more information about IISE honors and awards, contact Bonnie Cameron at (770) 349-1105, or, or visit the IISE website at