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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. 

Announcing the winners! Student Paper Competition

IIE Lean Division is pleased to announce the winners of the 8th Lean Student Paper Competition. The competition recognizes outstanding papers in the field of lean research and practices.

First Place goes to Carlos A. Aguilar-Perez, Victor M. Garcia-Canales and Alejandro Bassol-Davila, University de Monterrey, Mexico for the paper, "Reducing Transportation Costs: An Efficiency Improvement Approach."

Second Place is awarded to Girish Upreti, and Isaac Atuahene (University of Tennessee), Christian González Dávila (University de Monterrey, Mexico), Valdir de Oliveira Junior (IFMA-Brazil), José Eduardo Calles Avilés, Gala Priscilla Andrade Avelar and Antonio Alberto Rios Herrera (University de Monterrey, Mexico) for the paper, "Application of Lean and 5S for Redraw Machine in Bellow Industry: A Case Study."

Third Place is awarded to Victor Hidalgo, Tom Zaccaria, Erik Malich, John Sanchez, and Valeed Waqqas, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick, Piscataway, N.J., for the paper, "The congestion level and wait time on line at Livingston Dining Commons of Rutgers University: RU Congested."

Awards will be given at the annual Honors & Awards Banquet during IIE Annual Conference at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Canada, May 31 – June 3. The first place winner will be included in the IIE Annual Award list. Winning papers will be presented at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), 2014 in Montreal, Canada under Lean Systems Track.

The Lean Best Practice Award 2014

The Lean Division of IIE launches its fourth industry best practice award and hence invites application from organizational teams for the Lean Best Practice Award 2014. The Lean Best Practice Award recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of Lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. Every year IIE conducts the award competition to promote successful implementation of Lean by recognizing best in class industries and sharing their stories with others. This is a very prestigious award for a team and their industry. The award will be bestowed to the top three teams and be presented at the upcoming IIE Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada, May 31-June 4, 2014.

Click here for information and nomination form.

Lean Teaching Award

IIE's lean division offers a number of awards to recognize the contribution of individuals to advancing the knowledge and practice of lean concepts. 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. The lean division now invites nominations for the sixth Lean Teaching Award. The 2014 award will be presented at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo May 31-June 3, 2014, in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Click here for more information and registration.

Academic resources available  

Are you an academic member of the Lean Division? Do you teach Lean-related coursework? The IIE Lean Division is proud to provide academic resources to help folks in academia with resources. How can you avail the resources? Just send an email to Division President Aman Sapra or to Division Outreach Director Larry Clements to learn more! Click here to view some of the offerings from the division.

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 virtually network, learn, and share with other Lean practitioners from various backgrounds and across different industries. We already have 200+ members and are looking forward to welcoming more members. If you have not yet joined the group – click here to do so.

The quality of this LinkedIn group is truly a member-driven effort, so here are five quick tips on making this group a value-added resource for everyone:

  • Respect "rules of engagement" - Post content in the appropriate areas in the group:
    • Discussions: a forum where you can ask questions, start conversations, share ideas
    • Promotions: a "brag board" for articles, blog posts, websites, products/services, webinars that you are personally involved with
    • Jobs: listing of current job postings
  • Write short headlines – try to convince the reader in seven words or less to read the rest of the details of your post.  Short and sweet.
  • Post relevant content – seems like it would be a no-brainer, but anything related to Lean practices, concepts, trends, etc. is fair game 
  • Engage others - convey a strong "call to action," whether you are trying to inform, entertain, persuade, question, etc. 
  • Direct readers to outside sources – you've provided a "call to action," so now provide a venue for readers to take action.  Make sure your sources are valid & legitimate. 

Looking forward to connect with all of you via the IIE Lean Division LinkedIn group!

Michelle Chang Narat
IIE Lean Division - director at-large (social media)


Click here to view members who have been recognized for their awarding work for the IIE LEAN Division! 


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

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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.

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