The Captains of Industry Award

Honors leaders in business, industry and government such as presidents, CEOs, senior vice presidents and directors of organizations with substantial sales, assets, employment, or other resources.


IIE members and non-members.

Members of the IIE Board of Trustees and the Honors Steering Committee are ineligible.

Honorees must be present at the Honors & Awards Banquet to accept the award.


  • No more than three awards are granted each year.
  • Awardees will be those who have used industrial engineering methods to generate significant success in their company or IE graduates who demonstrate leadership at a national or international level and who identify the IE profession as a key reason for their success.
  • Awardees will be outstanding leaders recognized by their accomplishments and for the importance of their organization. The nominee should be of such prominence as to bestow high visibility and noteworthiness to the IE profession.

Nomination process:

  • Complete and return the nomination form.
  • Submit the nominee’s resume with the nomination.
  • There is a 10-page limit to each nomination, not including references.
  • Supply three letters of recommendation by individuals who can serve as professional references. Maximum two pages.

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