Process Industries Division (PID) Student Best Paper Competition

The IIE Process Industries Division (PID) is pleased to announce its third 2013 International Student Best Paper Competition. The winner will present the solution at the IIE Annual IE Conference & Expo to be held May 18-22, 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Process Industries Division will coordinate the student paper competition giving students from different countries the opportunity to submit papers related about the use of:

  • Industrial engineering
  • Productivity
  • Quality
  • Lean Six Sigma tools

There is a $1,500 cash award for the first place winner thanks to the sponsorships from DuPont and Hershey's. This is to help cover travel expenses to the IIE Annual Conference & Expo, complimentary conference registration and one ticket to the Honors & Awards Banquet. We hope to reach out to students who excel academically in this field.


In order to be qualified for the recognition and award, the students must: (a) submit a paper (invited or contributed) for the conference using the usual submission process, (b) fill out an application and (c) present their work at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo solutions track. Candidate papers will come from those submitted to the PID track or other venues and accepted through the regular submission process. The student must be the primary author (first author) of the paper as well as the presenting author. If multiple students are co-authors, all of their names should appear before their advisor(s) in the list of authors. All papers submitted must contain process industry* related solutions or applications.


Only those who will be students (undergraduate or graduate students) on the application submission date are qualified for the student best paper. That means those who will graduate on or after May 2013 will be eligible for the award. Students must be current members of IIE at the time of paper submission to be eligible for the award.

Judging Criteria

Judging will be based on solutions approach, problem-solving methodology and organization presentation.

Registration and paper submission

Your name and contact information (e-mail, telephone), department, university and paper title. Note: After you register you will receive a registration package, paper and presentation format.

Problem solution submission deadline is TBA

Send an application package by including the following information via e-mail to the PID Chair of the Student Paper Competition representative in the United States, Latin America, Canada and Africa:
Luis Armendariz, P.E. MBA
Process Industries Division Board Member
and for European, Asian Students and others to:
Dirk van Goubergen

Paper submission due by TBA. Please include:

  • Your name and contact information (e-mail, telephone), university.
  • Paper information (paper ID, title, authors) and registration package.
  • Advisor's letter proving that you are the primary co-author of the paper and that you are eligible.

Competition procedure

  • Judging panel will select top three finalists. Finalists will be announced in TBA.
  • Online International Student Competition will be held TBA by webinar.
  • Winner(s) will present at IIE Annual Conference & Expo in the Process Industries Track, May 18-22, 2012.

PID Paper Guidelines

Past Winners

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