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IIE Lean Division Student Paper Competition

The 10th annual IISE Lean Division Student Paper Competition will be held to honor outstanding papers in the field of lean research and practices. The papers should demonstrate or describe the use of techniques such as simulation, lean principle implementation, alternative designs, kaizen implementation, etc. Both undergraduate and graduate students and design teams are invited to submit papers. The award will be given each year at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo, if there is a suitable recipient.

Three awards may be given upon recommendation of the selection committee. The winners must present their papers in the ISERC Lean Systems Track at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2015, May 21-24, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. All authors will receive a certificate stating place awarded. There will be reserved seating at the Honors & Awards Banquet for the lead author first place winner. The names will not be announced on Monday evening. The names will be announced before the Tuesday morning keynote address. Their names will be on the scrolling Powerpoint Monday and Tuesday mornings as people enter the ballroom for the keynote speakers. The first place winner paper will be included in the Honors & Awards Banquet Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a full time student at the time of submission
  • Research must have been conducted while the applicant was a student
  • The paper must present original research results
  • The paper must not have won or been considered for an award in another competition
  • At least one author must be an IISE member and present the paper at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo
  • Winning papers will appear on the IISE lean division website
  • Authors will be asked to sign an ethics statement stating they are full time students and the research and writing are their own work
  • Advising by a non-student is allowed, such as an academic or industry advisor. However, only students can be authors or co-authors

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of papers: Feb. 15
Three finalists will be notified: March 7 

Paper Guidelines

Authors must follow the ISERC 2016 paper guidelines since the winning papers will be published in the ISERC proceedings. Paper format guidelines


Each paper must be submitted in electronic format (PDF file) to the committee co-chairs, Aman SapraJoseph Ogabi, Tina Agustiady and Farnaz Ghazi-NezamiSubmission Form/Ethical Statement 

2015 Winner

First place:
Maria-Eugenia Rendon, Universidad de Monterrey
"Increasing Customer Service Level through a Simulation Based Lean Transportation Scheme"

Second place:
Stephanie Edith Tristan Butron and Nohemi Guadalupe Almendarez Garcia, Universidad Politecnica de San Luis Potosi
"DMAIC Implementation on the Redesign of the Pulley for Motors"

Third place:
Tarkshaya Bhatia, Vidita Gawade, Sameer Lalwani, Dennison Adad and Anvita Tiwari, Rutgers University
"Paramount Metal Finishing: A Lean Analysis"

2014 Winners

First place:
Victor Garcia-Canales, Carlos Aguilar-Perez and Alejandro Bassol-Davila, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
"Reducing Transportation Costs: An Efficiency Improvement Approach"

Second place:
Girish Upreti and Isaac Atuahene
University of Tennessee
Christian Gonzalez Davila, Jose Eduardo Calles Aviles, Gala Priscilla Andrade Avelar and Antonio Alberto Rios Herrera
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
Valdir de Oliveira Junior
"Application of Lean and 5S for Redraw Machine in Bellow Industry: A Case Study"

Third place:
Victor Hidalgo, Tom Zaccaria, Erik Malich, John Sanchez and Valeed Waqqas
Rutgers University
"The Congestion Level and Wait Time on Line at Livingston Dining Commons of Rutgers University: RU Congested"

2013 Winners

First place:
Rehab Ali, Nile University
"Investigating the Impact of the Dynamics Associated with Increasing Responsiveness Level on Leanness"

Second place:
Javier Arriaga, Ciro Cardenas, Juan-Pablo Rivera, Juan-Carlos Sada and Humberto Campos
Universidad de Monterrey
"A Lean Route to Increase Transportation Agility and Food Freshness"

Third place:
Kshitij Singh Minhas, Siucheuk Fung, Brenda Souza, Shivang Shah and Minh Ngoc Nguyen
Rutgers University
"Lean Six Sigma Study of Rutgers Mail Distribution"

Past Winners 

Lean Division page 

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