Sustainable Development Division

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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.

Division Board of Directors | Division Bylaws | Division Leadership Team 

The purposes of the Sustainable Development Division of the Institute of Industrial 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 IIE's mission, provide member value, and promote the discipline.

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."

President's message - Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo

Eliseo Vilalta-PerdomoThe conference at Nashville was another success for the Sustainable Development Division (SDD). The now traditional "Giving back to the community" activity was the beginning of this conference. Participants enjoyed a great day at Urban Farm. Additional information may be found at our Facebook page. The ISERC track involved 36 presentations in 10 sessions that involved aspects of Environmental, Energy Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Green Supply Chain, Non-Profit Social Sustainability, Optimization in Sustainability and in the Food Supply Chain, Reverse Sustainable Logistics, Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainability, Urban Transportation Sustainability, and Water and Waste Management. Read more from the president 

Division Membership

The Sustainability Division's membership continues growing. Its 2,450 members across academia and industry ask 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.

The breakdown of our membership can be seen in the graph below.

Sept. 2015 membership pie graph 

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Sept 2015 social media 

The Sustainable Development Division is hosting educational webinars through IIE website.

Next webinars are: 

Webinars Getting Green Done: An Airline Perspective - Oct. 22, 2015
Presenter: Jacqueline Drumheller, sustainability manager, Alaska Airlines

This webinar will focus on real-life (and somewhat humorous) stories about innovations, learning and best practices with regard to initiating and implementing a corporate sustainability program including tips and lessons learned for organizations interested in publishing their first sustainability report.

Exposing Undergraduate Students to Sustainable Manufacturing Principles - Nov. 12, 2015
Presenter: Jeremy Rickli, Ph.D., assistant professor, Wayne State University

This webinar focuses on opportunities and methods to integrate sustainability philosophies in manufacturing education. The goal of presenting these is to initiate discussions of how to successfully offer sustainability and sustainable manufacturing education opportunities to undergraduate students in current programs and to share effective methods in sustainable manufacturing education with other core industrial engineering areas (e.g. operations research and management science) and vice versa.

A minimum of one seminar per quarter is being held. View previous webinars.

Sustainable Development Division Awards -Sponosred by APL Logistics

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Excellence in Teaching of Sustainability AwardThis award is presented to an educator who has done outstanding work in the field of Sustainability.  The second version of this award was presented to Dr. Brian Thorn, Associate Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Director of Sustainable Engineering Graduate Programs in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. This award would not have been possible without the support of our sponsor, APL Logistics.

Student Paper Competition

The Sustainable Development Division recognizes students are a large part of IIE membership and presents this award to encourage students to continue developing the field of sustainability and contributing with high-quality research. In this first version, the winners were Deepak Agrawal and Cheng-Bang Chen, from Pennsylvania State University, for the paper: "Improving Food Access using Agent-based Simulation".This award would not have been possible without the support of our sponsor, APL Logistics

Call for papers 2016 - IIE Annual Conference and Expo, Anaheim, California

We need your HELP to create a strong Sustainable Development Tracks at the 2016 Annual IIE Conference!

Abstracts are now being accepted for the IIE Annual Conference & Expo, taking place May 21-24, 2016, at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Abstract submissions are due Nov. 8. Read more info on submissions and topics 

Community Outreach Project in Tennessee

 Community Outreach - Nashville 
As every year, our Sustainable Development Division selected a deserving non-profit organization in the community where the annual conference takes place, to give our time and contribute with our engineering skills. This year the organization selected was "Hands on Nashville," an urban agriculture program.

Sustainability in Teaching Award

At the 2016 IIE National conference the Sustainability Division will be presenting its second annual Sustainability in Teaching award. The award will be presented to an educator who has done outstanding work in the field of Sustainability.

Sustainable Development Student Paper Competition

The Sustainable Development Division recognizes students are a large part of IIE membership and the Sustainable Development Division Best Student Paper award will serve to encourage students to continue developing the field of sustainability and contributing with high quality research. The winner will be presented at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo May 30 - June 2, 2016 in Anaheim, California.

In order to be qualified for the award, student must:

  • Submit a paper (invited or contributed) for the conference using the usual submission process.
  • Fill out an application.
  • Present their work at the Annual Conference.

For more information please visit the award web page.

Innovation spotlight

Social media
The Essential Webinar Checklist for Organizers: Gemma Falconer, Senior Campaign Specialist for Citrix, has developed a set of 40+ steps to go through in the lead-up to a virtual event. I'll make sure that you've thought of literally everything. Click here.
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UN sustainable development agenda. UN states agreed on a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Read the entire article 


Expanding our division

Expanding our division graphicIn addition to IIE 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.

Meet the Sustainable Development Division Board members | View contact information for board members 

Division Bylaws

Bylaws are the written rules that control the affairs of the division. Generally, the bylaws define the division's official name, purpose, requirements for membership, officers' titles and responsibilities, how offices are to be assigned, how meetings should be conducted, and how often meetings will be held. The Bylaws also govern the way the division must function as well as the roles and responsibilities of our officers.

View the Division Bylaws 

If you are interested in helping out and being part of the leadership team, contact Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo.

Have a question? Want to submit an article? Contact Brion Hurley.

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