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 ?” | May 2021 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 | October 2021 IISE Connect Blog

IISE – Global Outreach

IISE’s community includes 15,000 members and 41,000 customers. Problem Solved: The IISE Podcast has listeners in 100 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.

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.

“Partnering with universities 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 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. For example:

  • Motivated by logistics challenges, especially those that pre­vail in eastern and southern Africa, Reut Noham, Michal Tzur and Dan Yamin from Tel-Aviv University developed a mathematical model that aims to determine the optimal design of sample referral networks. In their paper, “An Indi­rect Prioritization Approach to Optimizing Sample Referral Networks for HIV Early Infant Diagnosis,” they propose ap­plying an indirect samples prioritization approach by restruc­turing the referral network so that clinics with an elevated risk to positive results are referred to labs that are less over­loaded. They show that aggregated data at the clinic level can be used to shorten the diagnosis time of positive samples, thereby saving lives of infants via earlier treatment.
  • To enable biomechanical evaluation within a CAD pro­cess, Christopher Moore, Jeffery Barret, Laura Healey, Jack Callaghan and Steven Fischer, all from the University of Wa­terloo in Canada, developed artificial neural networks (ANNs) that use CAD-accessible, multibody dynamics tool outputs to predict cervical spine compression and shear under different helmet and countermeasure configurations. Their work is described in the paper, “Predicting Cervical Spine Compression and Shear in Helicopter Helmeted Conditions using Artificial Neural Networks.”
  • Alexander Wolf, Yvonne Wagner, Marius Oßwald, Jörg Miehling and Sandro Wartzack from Friedrich-Alexander- Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in Germany present a framework for interaction modeling, its methodological background and its implementation. It is described in their paper, “Simplifying Computer Aided Ergonomics: A User- Product Interaction-Modeling Framework in CAD based on a Taxonomy of Elementary Affordances.”

International Highlights in ISE Magazine 2021-2022

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

December 2021

Research summaries from Canada and Italy

ISE magazine - November 2021November 2021 | INTERNATIONAL ISSUE

Sustainable cities

Human trafficking

Pakistani healthcare

The Institute, International chapters

Research summary from India

October 2021

Research summary from Canada

September 2021

Research summary from South Korea

August 2021

The Institute, student chapter training including international chapters

July 2021

Clean power grid

Research summary from Canada

June 2021

Creating opportunities for Women in engineering, author Lourdes A. Medina, U. of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Equal representation concerns us all, author Nolgie O. Oquendo-Colón,U. of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

Research summaries from China, Hong Kong and Canada

May 2021

New Mexico professional chapter; Kharagpur student chapter event

April 2021

Case Study of a transit startup in Germany

Research summary from Portugal

March 2021

Research Summary from Germany

February 2021

Research summary from Germany

January 2021

Virtual learning, U. of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

Research summaries from Chile and the Netherlands