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Welcome! You’ve reached the new home of the Sustainable Development Division

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 - John Corliss

 John CorlissWelcome to 2014!
During one of our monthly leadership conference calls, our Student Board Member, Nelson Granda, said that at a meeting of his student chapter he discussed the Sustainable Development Division. At that meeting he was asked by fellow students "What does industrial engineering have to do with sustainability?" My response is that industrial engineers were all about sustainability before that word came into fashion. More from John 

The election results are in!

Congratulations to Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo (Senior Lecturer Operations and Logistics Management, University of Lincoln) who will serve as president-elect of the division; Kate Fisher (Industrial Engineering Consultant, West Monroe Partners) who will serve as board member; and Tianxing Cai (Lamar University) who will serve as student board member. 

2014 IIE Annual Conference and Expo, May 31 - June 3, Montreal 

ISERC Sessions
You will not want to miss the sustainability division’s contribution to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) portion of the 2014 IIE Annual Conference. ISERC is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial engineering and systems engineering fields. Come learn about emerging strategies in sustainability practices. Abstracts will be presented focusing on the research of sustainable practices in all facets.

Applied Solutions
Plan to attend the Applied Solutions sessions for the 2014 IIE Annual Conference! The purpose of the applied solutions track is to present proven solutions from applying industrial and systems engineering principles within industry, healthcare or service sectors. Some of the topics that will be focused on in sustainability include sustainable business and innovation, economic sustainability, governance, lean and green, etc. We look forward to your participation and contribution to the sustainability track this year!

Service Project 2014
We are very proud to announce our 2014 Sustainability service project for the upcoming IIE National conference. We will be using our IE skills to support Le Coffre aux trésors, a thrift store run by Le Chainon, a local women’s shelter founded in Montreal in 1932. The income from items sold in the store is the main source of funding for the Le Chainon women’s shelter. 
Service Project for 2014 Annual Conference
Within the store they are having troubles with intake and prioritization of inventory, so we will be volunteering our time to help them sort their materials as well as improve their overall process approach for future benefit.

Click here for more details on this event.

Click here to sign up for this event or email Kate Fisher.

Click here to learn more about Le Chainon women’s shelter or Le Coffre Aux Trésors thrift store.

Division Membership

Membership Graph 

The sustainability division’s membership has been steadily growing since our inception in 2012, and we are proud to announce that we have reached 2,000 members across academia and industry. 


Division news 

Sustainability in Teaching Award
At this year’s National conference the Sustainability Division will be presenting an award to an educator who has done outstanding work in the field of sustainability. This award would not have been possible without the support of our sponsor, APL Logistics
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Expanding our division
Expanding our division graphic
In 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 


Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award Winner 2014 - Dr. Gregory Unruh 

Gregory UnruhThe Sustainable Development Division is honored to recognize Dr. Gregory Unruh, Endowed Professor of Doing Good Values at George Mason University. Dr. Unruh is an outstanding professor and individual, and will receive the first “Excellence in Teaching Sustainability” award for 2014 at the annual IIE Conference in Montreal. 

More about Dr. Unruh 

More about the award 

The IIE Sustainable Development Division has a LinkedIn group!
This is a great place to virtually network, learn and share with other professionals interested in sustainability. We currently have more than 2,000 members and are looking forward to welcoming more members. If you are interested in joining the group please visit
Sustainable Social, Economic, and Environmental Development -- Institute of Industrial Engineers.   

Innovation spotlight

The Gravity Light
The Gravity LightToday, more than 1.5 billion people - about 21 percent of the world's population - have no reliable access to main electricity. In several countries, the grid is failing to keep pace with population growth, which means the number of people without reliable electricity will continue to grow. These people rely instead on biomass fuels - predominantly kerosene - for light. Hazardous and polluting, there is a real need to replace kerosene with a safer light that eliminates the many negative impacts of kerosene usage.

The Deciwatt Company has come up with an innovative way to produce safe, reliable, sustainable light with their creation of the Gravity Light. The Gravity Light is a small unit designed to hang from a low ceiling. Read the full article 

Sustainable Development Division Board of Directors
The division's board of directors share a passion for and a commitment to our division's mission and have a fundamental responsibility for policies and procedures that support good governance of the division. As the board of directors are responsible for the overall health and effectiveness of the organization, they need your input and ideas. Feel free to contact any board member at any time.

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  

Leadership Team 

  • Secretary Treasurer – Leah Copeland 
  • Communications Chair (Web Page, Newsletter & Social Networking) – Open
    • Web Page – Brion Hurley 
    • Newsletter – Leah Copeland 
    • Social Networking (LinkedIn Discussion Board, Facebook Page, Twitter) – Open
  • Program Committee Chair (Webinars, Awards, etc.) – Open
    • Webinars – Open
    • Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award – Diana Berry
    • Conference Service Project – Kate Fisher
    • Engineers Without Boarders Affiliation – Open
    • Collaborating with Other Organizations – Open
    • Body of Knowledge Committee (ISERC & AS Conference Tracks, and Body of Knowledge Documentation) – Open
    • ISERC Track Chairs -- Gregory Weisenborn, Ricardo Thierry-Aguilera, and Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo 
    • Applied Solutions Track Chairs – Diana Berry and Curtis Bush
  • Body of Knowledge Documentation (Corporate Sustainability, Government Sustainability, Goinability, Environmental Sustainability, Disaster Response & Sustainable Recovery) – Open

If you are interested in helping out and being part of the leadership team, contact us at president@iie-sdd.org.

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

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