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!

Click here to view pictures and details.  

IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 - Montréal, Canada

We look forward to seeing you in Montreal soon for the largest industrial and systems engineering event of the year!
Conference dates: May 31 - June 3

The conference program comprises two types of sessions: Applied Solutions, showcasing proven solutions and applications from industry, and the Industrial & Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), featuring research from academia and industry scholars. View Lean Division Activities at the Annual Conference

You will leave this conference rejuvenated and filled with fresh ideas you can put to use immediately. Take the best and re-energize your career with new ways to address your most challenging issues. The conference program is sure to provide you with countless ideas and solutions that translate into improved efficiency, productivity, quality and competitiveness for your organization. There are many events happening at the same time, so plan your time well. The ISERC and Applied Solutions sessions are timed so that they start and end at times that allow you to attend sessions in both programs. Be a part of the energy that is the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014! Click here to register. 

IIE Engineering Lean Six Sigma Conference 2014 - Orlando, FL

Improve your lean and Six Sigma implementation or training
Reduce costs and improve quality at your organization, whether you’re in manufacturing, energy, government, healthcare, retail, academia, or any myriad of industries. Get exclusive access to thought leaders on the latest innovations and techniques to improve quality and efficiency. Read more about the conference 

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.

IIE 2014 Annual Conference: IIE Young Professionals needed to participate in Student Panel Discussion

Call for participation: IIE Conference 2014 Panel Discussion The IIE Lean Division is looking for several volunteers to serve on a 1-hour panel discussion during our upcoming 2014 IIE Annual Conference being held in Montreal, Canada. We are looking for some young professionals with up to 1-2 years of experience working in industry or academia to help answer questions from our IIE student audience regarding career advice and guidance from those IE graduates who have recently entered the workforce. Questions will be presented to the panel from the panel session chairperson and primarily from our student audience, and will center on lessons learned, tips and helpful suggestions for those students who are about to enter the work place. Those interested in serving on this important panel should send an email that includes your name and contact information to: Michael Testani and Tina Agustiady. This will be a great opportunity for you to help support our IIE student community by providing them with your valuable experiences and guidance. Thank you in advance for your interest! 

Featured book

Featured Book:  May 2014SUSTAINABILITY: Utilizing Lean Six Sigma Techniques
By Tina Agustiady and Adedeji B. Badiru

Although most agree that lean Six Sigma is here to stay, they also agree that learning how to sustain the results seems problematic at best and unattainable at worst. Reverting to the old way of doing things is inevitable if sustainability measures are not a part of the methodology. Currently there is no standard resource on how to be sustainable or on using statistical techniques and practices. Until now. Sustainability: Utilizing Lean Six Sigma Techniques not only examines how to use particular lean Six Sigma tools, but how to sustain results that make companies profitable with continuous improvement. Read more about the book


The IIE Lean Division is seeking volunteers to serve on the various committees. If you are interested, please contact the division director, Fazleena Badurdeen.

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 the Institute of Industrial Engineers define "lean manufacturing?" Answer 

Question: I work as an industrial engineer and I'm leading an improvement that changes our strategy for product fulfillment from what we produce to how much we produce to where and how we inventory the finished goods. One of the goals is to increase our inventory accuracy through the reduction of inventory moves and transactions. Is there any data that supports the idea when your transactions and movements decrease, your inventory accuracy will increase? 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.

© 2014 Institute of Industrial Engineers. All rights reserved.