Industrial and systems engineers honored at #IISEAnnual2024 in Montreal

NORCROSS, Ga. – May 22, 2024 – It was a banner celebration for the highest achievers at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers’ Annual Conference & Expo May 18-21 in Montreal, Canada, including a rare triple win by IISE Fellow Bopaya Bidanda.

The University of Pittsburgh professor and past IISE president was awarded the Frank & Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award as well as the IISE Joint Publishers Book of the Year award for Maynard’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Handbook, 6th Edition. He also joined co-authors Zhaohui Geng and Arman Sabbaghi to earn an IISE Transactions Best Application Paper award. Bidanda is a past recipient of the Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award (2013).

The Gilbreth award, sponsored by The Wm. Michael Barnes ‘64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, is the highest and most esteemed honor bestowed by IISE.

“I am incredibly grateful for the honor of receiving multiple awards this year,” Bidanda told ISE magazine. … “IISE has provided me with a range of opportunities to serve the profession, fellowship during my service, and now be recognized by my peers with the highest honors in the discipline.”

Other key awards included the Captains of Industry to Ann Dunkin of the U.S. Dept. of Energy and David Poirier of The Poirier Group; Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award to Sunderesh S. Heragu of Oklahoma State University; David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award to Yuehwern Yih of Purdue University; along with 19 new IISE Fellows:

  • Aloysius (Al) A. Attah, Macval Associates, LLC
  • Amanda Mewborn, Yoga Six Roswell
  • Amy Ellen Mainville Cohn, University of Michigan
  • Ann Dunkin, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Brad Kramer, Kansas State University
  • Burak Eksioglu, University of Arkansas
  • Dave Soukup, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fazleena Badurdeen, University of Kentucky
  • Guiping Hu, Oklahoma State University
  • Jing Li, Georgia Tech
  • Joseph Michels, Solomon Bruce Consulting, LLC
  • Jun Zhuang, State University of New York
  • Lawrence V. (Larry) Snyder, Lehigh University
  • Lewis Ntaimo, Texas A&M University
  • Nga Hin Benjamin Fong, Purdue University
  • Pratik J. Parikh, University of Louisville
  • Rajiv Saxena, Kenco Logistics
  • Rohan Ajit Shirwaiker, North Carolina State University
  • Thomas C. Sharkey, Clemson University

For more conference highlights from Montreal, visit and plan for #IISEAnnual2025 May 31-June 3 in Atlanta.

About IISE: 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, visit