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Process Industry Division Student Paper Competition

Process Industry Division (PID) Student Paper Competition

The IIE Process Industry Division (PID) is pleased to announce its first International Student 2011 Problem Competition. The winner will present the solution at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo to be held May 21-25, 2011 in Reno, Nev.

The solution submission is about a realistic example of problems currently found in the process industry. The problem addresses production and workforce planning for a batch processing facility. Students will be provided with a problem statement, a given set of assumptions and data already collected. Students should be able to demonstrate IE tools and problem solving skills to provide a viable solution around inventory, batch production and cost.


In order to be qualified for the recognition and award, the students must: (a) submit a paper (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 and 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.


Only those who will be students (undergraduate or graduate students) on the application submission date are qualified for the best student paper. That means those who will graduate on or after May 2011 will be eligible for the award. For this year alone, being a new award, we will also allow students that will graduate in December 2010. Finally, students must be current members of IIE 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. The undergraduate or graduate winner will receive a cash award of $1,000, an additional $500 towards travel expenses plus the PID international trophy, the second and third place winners will receive certificates of recognition.

Registration and paper submission

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.

Registration deadline is Jan. 31, 2011.

Problem solution submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2011.

Request an application or information via e-mail to the PID Chair of the Student Paper Competition representative in the United States, Latin America, Canada and Africa:

To:  Luis Armendariz protime@protimesystems.com

Paper submission due by Jan. 31, 2011. Please include:

  • Your name and contact information (e-mail, telephone), university
  • Paper information (paper ID, title, authors) and registration package
  • Advisor’s letter proving that you are the primary co-author of the paper and that you are eligible

Competition procedure

  • Judging panel will select top 3 finalists. Finalists will be announced in February 2011
  • Online International Student Competition will be held March 11, 2011 by webinar
  • Winner(s) will present at IIE Annual Conference and Expo in the Process Industries Track, May 21-25, 2011

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