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Lean Division

About the division
Members of this division are interested in advancing their knowledge of lean practices.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Lean Division shall be to support its members by fostering networks, offering programs and maintaining resources that represent their core competencies and/or areas of specialized practice. Read the bylaws.


  • Develop, maintain and disseminate a body of technical knowledge.
  • Provide a forum for technical networking.
  • Be perceived as the voice of the technical specialty.
  • Collaborate with IIE to support the mission of the Institute, provide member value and promote the discipline.
  • Work with the Networking Leadership Council to establish a set of metrics that track Society & Division activities.

Meet the IIE Lean Division Board of Directors!

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2015 Lean Achievement Awards

The Lean Best Practice Competition
The Lean Division is launching its fifth industry best practice award and welcomes applications from organizational teams for the Lean Division Best Practice Award 2015. The Award recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. IIE will conduct the award competition to promote successful implementation of lean by recognizing best in class industries and sharing their stories with others. This is a very prestigious award for a team and their industry. The award will be bestowed to the top three teams and be presented at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2015, May 30-June 2 in Nashville, Tenn. Details of the competition 

Lean Teaching Award sponsored by Lean Enterpise Value Foundation
IIE's Lean Division offers a number of awards to recognize the contribution of individuals to advancing the knowledge and practice of lean concepts. This award honors the services of a person/group of people who have developed curriculum and disseminated courses in the subject area. The Lean Division now invites nominations for the seventh Lean Teaching Award. The 2015 award will be presented at the III Annual Conference & Expo, May 30- June 2 in Nashville, Tenn. Nomination deadline is Jan 30. Details about the award and how to submit your nomination 

IIE Lean Division Student Paper Competition

The ninth annual IIE 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 30 - June 2 in Nashville, Tennessee. 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 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. Click here for eligibility criteria, important dates, paper guidelines and submittal information.

Connect with the LinkedIn IIE Lean Division group!

The IIE Lean Division now has a LinkedIn group up & running! Our group is a subgroup of the IIE LinkedIn group, and is a great place to virtually network, learn, and share with other lean practitioners from various backgrounds and across different industries. We have nearly 400 members and are looking forward to welcoming more members. If you have not yet joined the group – click here to do so. Read quick tips on making this group a value-added resource for everyone.

Submit an article

The Lean Division is searching for new material to provide to its membership. See your article in the newsletter and on the website. The Lean Division Board of Directors strongly believes the newsletter and website provide a valuable service to our membership. Submitting an article 

IIE Blogs: Read the latest blog and add your comments: IIE Supporting Advancement of Young Engineers 

Ask the Expert: Lean

Question: How does lean compare to other improvement processes such as Six Sigma or Theory of Constraints? Answer 

Lean Division Board
Volunteer leadership is the heart of IIE and its technical divisions. Contact Fazleena Badurdeen to find out how you can get involved.

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