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Sustainable Development Division

President's message - Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo

Dear all,

We are just days away from the annual conference, this time in Anaheim, California. In both tracks of sustainable development (Applied Solutions and ISERC) 60 presentations are scheduled; of these 22 involve scientific papers that will be published in the conference proceedings. This shows that the participation is increasing in terms of quality and numbers.

As in every annual conference we will run the third community outreach project. The organization selected this year is "Habitat for Humanity ReStore" in Anaheim, California. Thirty volunteers will give our time and contribute with our engineering skills to support this organization in their operations.

Another webinar will take place next May 12. Kofi Dalrymple, Associate Director in the Process Engineering department at Algenol will present "Biofuels Process: Sustainable Production of Ethanol and Green Crude." More information is available below.

There is another new effort that we hope will develop strongly in the near future. A new source for information concerning sustainable community development is under construction. Based on DIIGO® this resource involves internet links where you can find: definitions, associated concepts, tools, courses and materials, and cases and examples around the notion of sustainability in the social dimension. Additional information may be found below in the body of knowledge section.

Finally, this is my last contribution in this section. Curtis Bush will become the new President of our Division during the Annual Conference. My appreciation goes to all the volunteers that have donated the main resource we have, time. I will continue participating in this collective effort and I hope many of us will join Curtis in strengthening this Division and the notion of Sustainability in our present and future professional environments. Good luck to all! 

Elections - new officers

The division welcomes three new members of the Board: the President-elect, a Board Member, and Student Board Member! 


Gregory Weisenborn
Fort-Hays State University. Department Chair. Associate Professor of Management 




Board Member
Tiffany Cremer
Senior Industrial Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Baltimore, MD.




Student Board Member
Jake Stevens
OPS Solutions and studying at Kettering University.


2016 IIE Annual Conference and Expo, May 21-May 24
Disneyland Resort Hotel, Anaheim, California

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 2016 IIE Annual Conference and Expo! Sixty presentations for the ISERC track and six for the Applied Solutions track are scheduled. Twenty-two scientific papers were also accepted and will be published in the conference proceedings.  For more details, please visit the conference website and view the program page. 

Announcing Division Award Winners

The Excellence in Teaching of Sustainability Award 
The Sustainable Development Division will recognize Gregory Weisenborn, Ph.D., Department Chair and Associate Professor of Management at Fort Hays State University, for his contribution towards advancing the knowledge and practice of sustainability in the field of industrial engineering. Dr. Weisenborn will receive the third "Excellence in Teaching Sustainability" award for 2016 at the annual IIE Conference in Anaheim.

Best Paper Award
It is the first time that the SDD track in ISERC proposes the Best Paper Award. Accordingly, Sunghoon Chung from the Binghamton University has been awarded for his paper: “Evacuation Planning under Uncertainty using Public Transit Systems”.   

Best Student Paper Award
Seven papers were short-listed to decide who would be the winner for the Best Student Paper award this year. After a very close analysis, the “Best Student Paper Award” will be awarded to Pranay Devnani, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for his outstanding paper titled "Cloud Based End-of-Life Product Recovery". Congratulations to all the participants as each year this category is becoming more and more competitive and shows the future that this topic has in the IISE discipline.

Community outreach project in Anaheim

Every year, the Sustainable Development Division selects a deserving nonprofit organization in the community where the annual conference will be held to give our time and contribute with our engineering skills.  This year the organization selected is "Habitat for Humanity ReStore" in Anaheim, California. On Saturday, May 21, more than 30 volunteers will help with organization of the construction and home building materials for sale, evaluate and improve process flow, teach lean, industrial and systems thinking concepts to employees and assist with tasks that need to be completed around the store.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. ReStores are independently owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world.

Body of knowledge
This new section aims at supporting our members in gaining a richer understanding on different topics concerning sustainable development. The body of knowledge aims at transferring knowledge to be used by members of the Sustainable Division to guide their practice or work. In this section we will be sharing concepts, terms and courses offered by different organizations. 

An initial effort on which we may build additional resources can be seen at here. Additional information will be included in the next weeks. Comments on this effort and links that you consider of value for all of us are more than welcome.  


The Sustainable Development Division hosts educational webinars through IISE. These free one-hour presentations are a benefit of your IISE membership. They are presented by knowledgeable professionals and experienced volunteers provide deeper insight into topics and issues involving industrial engineers and industrial engineering-related disciplines.

Next webinars 
The Algenol Biofuels Process: Sustainable Production of Ethanol and Green Crude
Date: May 12, 2016
Presenter: Kofi Dalrymple, Associate Director in the Process Engineering department at Algenol

Since its founding in 2006, Algenol’s scientists and engineers have invented and patented a broad array of new technologies for producing advanced renewable transportation fuels. The Company’s technology is a unique two-step process that first produces ethanol directly from the algae and then converts the spent algae biomass to biodiesel, gasoline and jet fuel. It is the only renewable fuel production process that can convert more than 85% of its CO2 feedstock into fuel.

View the webinar page.

About the Division 

The Sustainable Development Division involves 2,341 members, from which 1,802 are students, 195 academics and 344 from the industry professionals. This number asks for a stronger commitment from the group of volunteers. If you want to get involved in any of the current operations or to propose a new one, don’t hesitate to contact us.

You may find us at:

Feb 2016 Social 

Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Sustainable Development Division is to advance the general welfare of humankind by applying the resources and creative abilities of the industrial engineering profession to the development of sustainable societies.

The purposes of the Sustainable Development Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers are to:

  • Develop, maintain, and disseminate a body of technical knowledge.
  • Provide a forum for technical networking.
  • Be perceived as the voice of the technical specialty.
  • Support IISE's mission, provide member value, and promote the discipline.    

Expanding our division

Are you involved in either Engineers Without Borders or the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education? We would like to reach out to these organizations and see how industrial engineers can become part of the process. If so please contact, John Corliss

Anybody interested on participating in the development of a research conducive to identify what we as ISE professionals understand as "sustainable development," and which are the implications for our profession please contact

Interested in joining our division?

It's open to professional and student members. To join the division online, click here. Select "Update your member record" and under "Divisions and Societies" check "Sustainable Development."

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