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Process Industries Division (PID) Student Paper Competition

Sponsored by Hershey's

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) through the Process Industries Division (PID) is pleased to announce its third International Student Paper Competition. The winner will present at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo to be held May 30 - June 2, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.

PID will coordinate the fourth international student paper competition, giving students from different countries the opportunity to submit papers related to the use of:

  • Industrial engineering 
  • Productivity 
  • Quality 
  • Lean Six Sigma tools 

The first place winner will receive complimentary conference registration, one complimentary Honors & Awards Banquet ticket, plaque and a cash award of approximately $650. We hope to reach out to students who excel academically in this field.


In order to be qualified for the recognition and award, the students must: a) submit a paper that is six to 10 pages in length (invited or contributed) for the conference using the usual submission process, b) fill out an application and c) present their work at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo solutions track. Candidate papers will come from those submitted to the PID track or other venues and accepted through the regular submission process. The student must be the primary author (first author) of the paper as well as the presenting author. If multiple students are co-authors, all of their names should appear before their advisor(s) in the list of authors. All papers submitted must contain process industry related solutions or applications in food, beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, ceramics, base metals, coal, plastics, rubber, textiles, wood and wood products, paper and paper products, etc.


Only those who will be students (undergraduate or graduate students) on the application submission date are qualified for the student best paper. That means those who will graduate on or after May 2014 will be eligible for the award. Students must be current members of IISE at the time of paper submission to be eligible for the award.

Judging Criteria

Judging will be based on solutions approach, problem-solving methodology and organization presentation.

Registration and paper submission

Please include your name and contact information (e-mail, telephone), department, university and paper title. Note: After you register you will receive a registration package, paper and presentation format.

Submit registration via email to Luis Armendariz, PID Chair of the Student Paper Competition.

Important Dates

Final registration: TBA
Paper submission deadline: TBA
     - Your name and contact information (e-mail, telephone), university
     - Paper information (paper ID, title, authors) and registration form
     - Advisor's letter proving that you are the primary co-author of the paper and that you are eligible
Online competition: TBA using PowerPoint via online webinar
Finalists announcement: TBA 

PID Paper Registration and Guidelines 

For more information contact:
Luis Armendariz, P.E.
IIE PID past president and PID International Student Competition chair

2014 Winner

Ian Giese
Oklahoma State University
"Recyclable Material Planning Tool at Michelin Tires"

Past Winners 

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