April  2017 Newsletter                                                                                  
Message from the President

Dear members,

We continue to make preparations for the next IISE Annual Conference in Pittsburgh. Presentations in Applied Solutions and ISERC tracks have been grouped into five clusters (Sustainability Education, Ethics, and Public Policy Making; Sustainable Logistics and Disaster Relief; Sustainable Infrastructure Systems; Green Supply Chains, Sustainable Engineering and Green Operations; Sustainability Assessment Theory) and will include such topics as water supply sustainability, innovation, urban food systems, renewable energy, green supply chain, and organizational waste.

Over 50 abstracts with a variety of application areas and over 20 papers will be presented. If you plan to attend, please register before April 9 and save $170. Below you will find more details regarding the volunteer opportunity and other scheduled events in Pittsburgh. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Curtis Bush

Division Membership

Did you know that IISE SDD has more than 2,200 members? Of that, 75 percent are students! Of our professional membership, 67 percent are active in industry, and the rest work in academia. The IISE board of directors would also love to welcome our 209 new members this month!
Membership Survey
IISE SDD recently conducted a member survey to learn more about you and how we can best serve our membership. Some results will be shown through the next newsletters. (Didn't get a chance to take the survey yet? It's still open here!)
Click here for survey results.

IISE Annual Conference Reminders

IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2017, May 20-23 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh

Around 50 presentations and 23 papers have been submitted to the Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability track for the 2017 IISE Annual Conference. Congratulations to all the authors whose papers were accepted: we look forward to a high-quality program of presentations this year! 

IISE Morning Eco-Walk 

The Sustainable Development division of IISE will be sponsoring this year a networking event at the annual conference in Pittsburgh.  The event will be a morning walk and a fun way to see some of the city, exercise, meet people that you don't have a chance to interact with during conference sessions, and start fresh for conference day.  Attendees will depart from the Westin lobby promptly at 7 a.m. on May 21, 22 and 23 and will be back around 7:45 a.m.  Make sure to bring a water bottle and tennis shoes! For questions or concerns, please contact Kate Fisher, Diana Berry or Curtis Bush.


The Sustainable Development Division hosts educational webinars through IISE. These free one-hour presentations are a benefit of your IISE membership. For further information, please visit the  webinar page.

Next Webinar: Optimizing Sustainability Systems

Speaker:  Katie Leone , sustainability manager, Florida Gulf Coast University

Date: May 11 | 2 p.m. Eastern

Description:  T his webinar will highlight metrics, processes, and approaches to successfully achieve and exceed sustainability benchmarks in higher education. It will specifically look at how tools like sustainability, tracking, rating and assessment system (STARS) support sound decision-making.

17 Sustainable Development Goals 

On January 1, 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force. Visit our new website www.sustainableengineer.org to see how industrial and systems engineers (in partnership with other engineering and technical resources) are tackling these global issues both locally and internationally. Which UN goal are you helping improve in your community?

Expanding our Division

In addition to IISE, 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 at   corlissj@peercpc.com.

Anybody interested in participating in the development of research conducive to identifying what we as IE professionals understand as "sustainable development" and which are the implications for our profession please contact evilaltaperdomo@lincoln.ac.uk.