The Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award

The highest and most esteemed honor bestowed by IIE is the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award. It recognizes those who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering. The contributions are of the highest caliber and nationally or internationally recognized.


IIE members and non-members are eligible. Members of the IIE Board of Trustees and Honors Steering Committee are ineligible.


  • No more than one award is given per year.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated contributions to the welfare of mankind in two of the following four areas: management, technical achievement, innovation or patents, and research.
  • Candidates also must have represented industrial engineering to the public and the profession in three of the following five areas: publications, public relations interdisciplinary activity, humanitarian service, and service to IIE.

Nomination process:

  • Complete and return the nomination form.
  • Submit the nominee’s curriculum vitae with the nomination.
  • There is a 10-page limit to each nomination, not including references.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from three IIE fellows or senior members who can serve as professional references. Maximum two pages.


This award is judged by the Honors Steering Committee.

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