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Call for Nominations for the Lean Division Board of Directors

Nomination Deadline: Dec. 22 

The Lean Division has more than 4,200 members and is the top division within IIE in terms of membership. The division offers various value adding activities for its members including webinars, newsletters, awards, conference activities and interactive networking. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic volunteers to build on this strong foundation to grow the activities and impact of the Division. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to serve your Lean Division in a significant way. If not you, then perhaps someone you know is qualified to take a leadership position on the Lean Division Board.

Please, take a few minutes to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague.

We are filling four director positions (a two year term) and the position of President-Elect (a three year term) who will succeed to serve as President in the following year. Please see the Lean Division Bylaws for the duties of each position.

The new term will begin on April 1. Board members are expected to be an active participant in monthly board conference calls and to participate in various initiatives, some of which are led by committees working in partnership with the full Board. Board members are also expected to attend the IIE Annual conference and to participate in the Town Hall meeting held during the annual conference.

All nominees must be current, regular members of the Lean Division. Students are not eligible.

To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form and send to Elaine Schwartz by December 22, 2015.

Contact Tina Agustiady, Nominating Committee chair, if you have questions about the positions and responsibilities. Please consider giving back to your Lean Division.

In Our November Newsletter

We are looking forward to seeing more Lean Division members at our next Town Hall meeting at the IIE Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, in May 2016 and at the next IIE ELSS in San Antonio, Texas, in September 2016.

Lean Division Competitions

The Lean Division of IIE is launching its sixth industry best practice award and welcomes applications from organizational teams for the Lean Division Best Practice Award 2016. The Lean Division Best Practice Award recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement.

The tenth 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 Lean Division now invites nominations for the seventh Lean Teaching Award. The Lean Division's Teaching Award is given out annually to honor the services of a person/group of people who have developed curriculum and disseminated courses in the subject area.


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About the division

The Lean Division collaborates with IIE to support the mission of the institute, provide member value and promote the entire discipline. Members of this division are interested in advancing their knowledge of lean practices across industry domain. Focus areas include healthcare process improvements, non-traditional lean implementations, use of six sigma and value engineering methods as well as critical thought leadership on various strategic, operational and organizational initiatives. The division members host the annual lean best practice award, the lean teaching award and the lean student paper competition. The lean division is perceived as the voice of technical specialty by developing, maintaining and disseminating a body of technical knowledge in domain of lean and continuous improvement 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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Connect with the LinkedIn IIE Lean Division group!

The IIE Lean Division now has a LinkedIn group up and running! Our group is a subgroup of the IIE LinkedIn group and is a great place to network, learn and share virtually 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.