Sustainable Development Division

Sustainable Development Division


Mission and Purpose

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.

The purposes of the Sustainable Development Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems 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 IISE's mission, provide member value and promote the discipline.

About the Division

The Sustainable Development Division has approximately 2,000 members, from which 70% are students and 30% are industry professionals. We are always accepting volunteers that want to get involved in our Division. If you want to get involved in any of the current operations, propose a new operation or process, or to see what volunteer opportunities are available don’t hesitate to contact us. You may find us at:

Congratulations and Welcome to our 2019 - 2020 Board

President Joel Brock
Joel received a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in industrial engineering from Northern Illinois University. Joel is a Director in the Operations Excellence practice at West Monroe Partners. Joel brings over 15 years of professional experience. His career has been split between industry and consulting. He has worked in multiple industries in the roles of engineer, operations manager, consultant, and project manager. Joel is based in Chicago, IL and leads consulting work in retail and health care. Prior to West Monroe, Joel worked at UPS, FedEx Freight, and Sears Holdings. In transportation (UPS and FedEx Freight), he held industrial engineering and operations manager roles. These foundational roles provided him an understanding of the strategic benefit of engineering work paired with the reality of running the operation on the front line. Joel has been a professional member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers since 2009, serving as the Applied Solutions Sustainability Track Co-Chair in 2016 and 2017 and he's been a Sustainability Division board member since 2014. He has received numerous awards, including, IISE Middle Career Leadership Award (2017), NIU Outstanding Alumni Award, Two-time recipient of the Sequoia Award (West Monroe Partners award for mentoring).
Immediate Past President Gregory Weisenborn 
Dr. Weisenborn is an associate professor of operations management in the Department of Management at Fort Hays State University. His full-time consulting experience includes more than five years of client engagements involving service and manufacturing operations efficiency and effectiveness, business process mapping and other activities related to information-system implementation. Greg has been a member of the IISE since 1994, and a leadership-team member of the Sustainable Development Division of IISE since its founding. Dr. Weisenborn's research interests include synergy between lean and sustainability, allocation of scarce resources, productivity and ergonomics in patient handling and movement, organizational alignment and college-student learning styles.

President-elect Brion Hurley
Brion Hurley is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Business Performance Improvement in Portland, Oregon. He teaches Lean and Six Sigma classes, facilitates workshops and events, performs statistical analysis, and mentors employees through improvement efforts. He is the author of “Lean Six Sigma for Good: How improvement experts can help people in need, and help improve the environment.” He has been part of the Sustainable Development division since 2013.                                              
Board Member 2017-2020  Ricardo Thierry- Aquilera
Dr. Thierry-Aguilera is an industrial and systems engineer and holds a Manufacturing Systems M.S. and an MBA all from Tecnologico de Monterrey. Has been a member since 1987 and a senior member of the IISE since 1989, he works as the Graduate Advisor for the Industrial Engineering Program at Tecnologico de Monterrey Mexico City Region. His experience include 10 years in industry working in the Autoparts Sector in Logistics and Marketing Areas. He worked for the NSF Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M where he studied his Ph.D. From 2014 through 2017 have served as Track Chair for the Sustainability Division in the ISERC. His interest in Sustainability keeps ground in Work Design, Logistics and Social entrepreneurships. Ricardo has also designed several executive education programs for private industry and government across Latin America. At present time he also serves as the President of the National College of Industrial Engineers of Mexico.    
Board Member 2018-2021 Gokhan Egilmez
Dr. Egilmez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut. He previously worked as assistant professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at North Dakota State University and postdoctoral research associate in the department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering at University of Central Florida between 2013 and 2015. Gokhan obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Systems Engineering and M.S. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Civil Engineering at Ohio University between 2007 and 2013. Prior to his education in the U.S., he went to Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and received B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 2007. His research interests cover a variety of topics that include applied optimization and simulation modeling, social, economic and environmental life cycle assessment, data analytics, engineering education, energy and sustainability, input-output analysis, transportation sustainability and safety. Gokhan currently has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious academic journals, books, and conference proceedings related to sustainable development, life cycle assessment, manufacturing system design and control, supply chain management, transportation safety assessment, and predictive modeling & machine learning. For more information, please visit his personal blog at

Board Member 2019-2022 Jeremy Rickli                                                           
Jeremy is an Associate Professor in the Wayne State University Industrial & Systems Engineering Department where he directs the Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Systems Laboratory (MaRSLab). MaRSLab targets fundamental and applied research in manufacturing, remanufacturing, and disassembly processes and systems while encouraging considerations for sustainability and life-cycle thinking in design, manufacturing, use, and recovery. Research thrusts include: Uncertainty Management in Remanufacturing and Disassembly; Leveraging Data to Innovate Decision Making in the Digital Manufacturing Enterprise; Collaborative Robotic Automation in Advanced Manufacturing and Assembly Systems; and undergraduate researcher experiences in Sustainable Manufacturing. Dr. Rickli's interest in sustainability and sustainable manufacturing began as an NSF IGERT fellow in the Sustainable Future Institute at Michigan Technological University and has continued through his involvement with the Sustainable Development Division, sustainability initiatives at Wayne State, and as director of an NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates Site that focused on Sustainable Manufacturing.

Student Board Member 2019-2020 Dustin Diep 
Dustin is an undergraduate senior studying industrial and manufacturing engineering at Oregon State University. He is the current president of the OSU student chapter of IISE and has been an active member of IISE since 2016. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

Student Leadership Coordinator 2019-2020 Maggie Miles


The Sustainable Development Division hosts educational webinars through IISE. These free one-hour presentations are a benefit of your IISE membership. They are presented by knowledgeable professionals and experienced volunteers provide deeper insight into topics and issues involving industrial engineers and industrial engineering-related disciplines.

View the webinar page for upcoming webinars.

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."

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