Manufacturing and Design Division

Manufacturing & Design Division

About the IISE Manufacturing and Design Division:

IISE 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. Of the 15 IISE divisions and societies, the Manufacturing and Design (M&D) division is the one that provides leadership for education, training, applications, and research and development in the focus area of manufacturing and design engineering. The mission of the M&D division is to promote the advancement of manufacturing and design technologies and technical expertise while contributing to the body of knowledge and providing professional development opportunities for our student and professional membership.

The division provides a common platform for discussion, education, and dissemination of contemporary issues in the field of manufacturing and design. With this purpose in mind, the division: 1) encourages the development and dissemination of technical knowledge; 2) provides a forum for technical networking; 3) serves as the voice of the technical field; and 4) supports IISE's mission in providing value to members and promoting the discipline. If you are not currently a member, consider joining IISE and becoming a member of our thriving community!

Why Manufacturing and Design?

It is well established that manufacturing and design problems cannot be addressed independent of each other. Product engineering needs to assess the impact of design decisions on manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing must consider both product and process innovations that address the needs of the customer and provide manufacturers with a competitive edge. The relentless pressure to innovate, improve product quality, reduce costs, and increase productivity is driving the community to pursue advanced design and manufacturing technologies. Members are shaping the future of manufacturing and design by actively engaging in research and development and outreach efforts in digital design and manufacturing, advanced materials and processing technologies, advanced sensing and control, and smart automation among others. 

The 2018 - 2019 M&D Division Board

Rohan Shirwaiker  

Lourdes A. Medina  

Dusan Sormaz  

External Relations Director 
Guha Manogharan 

Media Director
Pedro Huebner

Advisory Board 
John Jackman 
Steve Savoie
Jack Feng

Suzanna Long

Message from the President

Dear M&D Division members,

Welcome! With over 3500 student, academic and industry members, our division provides a forum for knowledge sharing, technical networking, and professional development for IISE members in the field of manufacturing and design. 

The key activities of our division include: 1) Supporting the M&D track sessions and town hall meeting at the IISE Annual Conference; 2) Sponsoring M&D Track Best Paper and Student Best Paper Awards; 3) Sponsoring M&D Outstanding Young Investigator and Outstanding Service Awards; 4) Organizing webinar series; 5) Publishing newsletters. Your inputs, contributions, and participation in our year-round activities are critical to the success of the division. If you would like to share ideas for new activities, volunteer for our existing ones, or offer suggestions for improving the value of the M&D Division for its members, please email me at I also encourage you to complete the 2018 M&D Membership survey (5-10 mins) here: By identifying the core design and manufacturing engineering topics of interests to you, you will be helping the M&D Division and IISE Transactions Design & Manufacturing Focus Issue leadership with our strategic planning and initiatives.

Please refer to this website for updates and upcoming event details.


Societies and Divisions Awards

IISE's societies and divisions offer awards to recognize accomplishments by their members. Click  here to view the below listed award information.

Policies and Procedure for Society/Division Awards and Competitions 

Sponsorship Letter of Commitment

Societies and Division Awards

2018 IISe Annual Conference & EXPO

Highlights of Manufacturing and Design Track at the 2018 IISE Annual Conference & Expo:

The M&D track comprised of 72 technical presentations across 18 sessions. In addition, the division successfully hosted two panel discussions with invited subject matter experts on "Hybrid Manufacturing" and "Priority Challenges in Design and Manufacturing for the Defense Industry". The M&D Town Hall held on Sunday, May 20, was the division's biggest one on record with the pre-networking reception, the President's address, and open forum attended by over 75 members. The President delivered a summary of division health metrics, highlights of 2017-18 activities and initiatives for 2018-19, and held discussions among attendees on the vision, immediate future directions, and opportunities for the M&D community in industrial engineering. The 2018 M&D Award winners, conference track chairs, and volunteers were also recognized during this meeting. 

IISE M&D Award Winners and Scholarships:

M&D Outstanding Service Award - 
Dr. Denis Cormier, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Vittaldas Prabhu, The Pennsylvania State University

M&D Outstanding Young Investigator Award -
Dr. Blake Johnson, Virginia Tech University

M&D Best Track Paper Award - 
Drs. Bashir Khoda and Ahasan Habib, 
North Dakota State University
Paper: Assessing Printability of Alginate-carboxymethl Cellulouse Hydrogels

M&D Best Student Paper Award - 
1st Place
Mojtaba Khanzadeh, 
Mississippi State University
(Advisor: Dr. Linkan Bian)
Paper: Establishing the Process-structure Relationship using Tensor Decomposition of Thermal Images

2nd Place
Parth Chansoria, North Carolina State University          
(Advisor: Dr. Rohan Shirwaiker)
Paper: Ultrasound-assisted Manipulation of Micro-particles in Fluid Matrix to Create Highly Aligned Anisotropic Composite Structures

2019 IISE Annual Conference & Expo 

Important conference links;

Conference Website

M&D Track Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission site

M&D Webinars:

Click here to view all upcoming IISE Webinars

Click here to view all archived IISE Webinars

Archived Newsletters

Fall 2018
Spring 2018