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Awards Announcement: Lean Teaching Award

The Lean Division is pleased to announce that the winner of the IIE Lean Teaching Award for 2013 is Dr. Rupy Sawhney from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Congratulations to Dr. Sawhney!

The 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 candidates are evaluated for:

  • Leadership: Demonstration of creating or fostering leadership and excellence in the teaching of lean techniques and tools.
  • Design and Content Quality: The appropriateness/relevance of the course content to educating the target audience.
  • Applied Learning: The development and use of materials to empower students to apply and implement lean techniques through the use of games, hands-on simulations and assignments/projects, etc.
  • Innovation: Use of innovative approaches to teach the principles and practices of lean systems.
  • Student Satisfaction: Evidence that teaching of lean concepts are of value to department, student and community as shown in the course evaluations and statements from students.

The award was presented at the Honors and Awards Banquet at the IIE Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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