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Industrial and systems engineers honored at international conference

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NORCROSS, Ga. - May 24, 2022 - PRLog -- The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) held its first in-person Annual Conference & Expo in three years – held May 21-24 in Seattle – giving attendees a chance to honor the profession's best and brightest with live ap­plause and appreciation.

IISE's top award, the Frank & Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award, went to IISE Fellow and long-time member Rajan Batta. "I am extremely grateful and humbled to receive IISE's Gilbreth award," Batta told ISE magazine. "Having spent my entire aca­demic career at the University at Buffalo, I believe that my receiving this award is a testament not just to myself, but also to its Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and its deeply supportive culture of encouraging scholarly excel­lence."

The Gilbreth award is sponsored by The Wm. Michael Barnes '64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineer­ing at Texas A&M University and recognizes those who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the welfare of mankind in the field of industrial engineering.

The Captains of Industry Awards went to Tony Blevins of Apple, Alexis DePree of Nordstrom and Gregory Hyslop of The Boeing Co. The awards are presented to business or gov­ernment leaders who successfully used industrial engineering in the workplace.

The Class of 2022 IISE Fellows included members who have made significant, recognized contributions to industrial engineering.

Ben Amaba, Clarifai
Amarnath (Andy) Banerjee, Texas A&M University
Barrett Caldwell, Purdue University
Grisselle Centeno, Florida Polytechnic University
Trevor Craney, Collins Aerospace
Brian Denton, University of Michigan
Sandra Eksioglu, University of Arkansas
Nagi Gebraeel, Georgia Tech
George Huang, University of Hong Kong
Qiang Huang, University of Southern California
Sagar Kamarthi, Northeastern University
Steven Kiester, Bell Textron
Azad Madni, University of Southern California
Maria Mayorga, North Carolina State University
Zhijian Pei, Texas A&M University
Tiffany Sargent, Intel
Rupy Sawhney, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Paul Stanfield, North Carolina A&T University
Kevin Taaffe, Clemson University
Joan Wagner, Spirit AeroSystems

For more on IISE's 2022 honors and awards winners, visit Details on IISE's awards program are available at

About IISE: The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers is the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IISE is an international, nonprofit association that provides knowledge, training, networking opportunities and recognition to enhance the skills and effectiveness of its members, customers and the profession. For more information about IISE, visit

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