Sponsored by John Deere
The purpose of the competition is to encourage undergraduate students to write and present outstanding technical papers.
Submission Form, Global Level (Microsoft Word)
Score Sheets (Microsoft Word)Hints for preparing your paper and presentation
First Place: South Central RegionAustin Buchanan; Oklahoma State University
Title: An Investigation into Instructor Staffing at Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training
Second Place: Northeast Region
Xuanya Zhang; Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Title: A Feasibility Study of a Biodiesel Plant in Cartago, Costa Rica
Third Place: Western Region
Kaveh "Kevin" Shamuilian; Cal Poly - Pomona
Title: Optimizing Production at Oasis Medical Inc.
The paper should be written in a professional journal format, including page numbers and table of contents. Every principal author must make an oral presentation at a University Region Conference. The first place winner will be eligible to compete in the Undergraduate Technical Paper Competition International Finals at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo in May 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
At the regional level, the paper may be written and delivered in the language of the region, or in the language established by the host committee (host committees should, of course, confer with the other chapters in the region before making any decision). The conference host committee is strongly encouraged to budget funds for translation of the document into English, should it be necessary.
English is the official language of the IIE Annual Conference & Expo. The written document must be submitted in English for judging at the international level. Translation services are not provided by IIE.
Papers must adhere to the following guidelines:
Judging is based on 75 percent written presentation and 25 percent oral presentation. Each presenter must be allowed an equal amount of time, not to exceed 15 minutes plus three minutes for a question and answer period. Questions can come only from students and judges outside the presenter’s chapter. The Host Committee is responsible for establishing the actual minutes allowed, which should be a function of the number of entries received.
There should be a minimum of three judges. Faculty members from competing schools are not eligible to serve as judges. Judging forms are also found in the appendices. The same forms must be used for all levels of competition, including the international level.
The faculty advisor of the host chapter along with the conference committee shall select the judging committee. The committee should have at least three qualified judges; it is recommended that one should be an educator, one an industry representative and the third either:
Judges selected should have little or no ties to the host chapter. The host chapter should plan so that the judges deliver their results on the same day of the oral presentations. The host chapter should reserve a conference room or other area where the judges can deliberate in private after the oral presentations.
The host committee is responsible for providing the judging criteria and instructions (see appendix on line) to all judges along with the papers. The judging should take place in two steps:
No ranking shall be made until both scores have been tabulated. The important directive is that papers must be original works by undergraduate students. Multi-authored papers are permissible, however, it is assumed that one person will be the principal author and this person will make the oral presentation. The award will be given to the principal author only.
For the international competition, judging will be done on-site, immediately after the oral presentations. The judges will be a committee of prominent, professional industrial engineers selected by the vice-president for student development. The judging criteria will be the same as that of the regional conference. The committee selects the winners of the first, second and third place awards.
The region winners should be announced during the University Region Conference Awards Banquet. The host chapter should present monetary awards to the winners, with the money coming from conference funds. Suggested amounts are:
The host chapter chairperson is also responsible for the release of suitable publicity of award winners to college publications, IIE publications and students’ hometown papers. The chairperson of the University Region Conference should send an electronic version of the first, second and third place papers to Bonnie Cameron at IIE Headquarters no later than one week after the region conference concludes. Papers received after this date will not participate in the international competition. All finalists whose membership has expired before the finals must renew their membership prior to the conference or they will not be able to represent their region.
The international winners will be announced at the Honors and Awards Banquet at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo. The monetary awards for first, second and third place at the international finals are:
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