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    Posted 02-04-2019 02:22

    (Apologies for cross posting)

    Dear Colleagues
    This is a gentle reminder that the deadline for the IISE 2019 - QUALITY CONTROL AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING (QCRE) DIVISION - BEST STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION is Feb 8. Below is the Call For Paper for your reference.
    Thank you,
    Best Regards


    The QCRE division of IISE is sponsoring a student paper competition. The purpose of this competition is to honor outstanding papers in the field of quality and/or reliability engineering research and practice. Awards will be presented at the QCRE town hall meeting during IISE Annual Conference & Expo May 18-21, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. The winners will be acknowledged in the QCRE newsletter and the website.

    Eligibility criteria

    Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers. Advisors or professors are allowed to be co-authors but not the primary author.

    • The paper topic must fit the QCRE themes.
    • The applicant must be a full-time student at the time of submission.
    • The paper must present original research results and cannot be accepted for publication elsewhere at the time of submission (it can, however, be submitted and/or under review for possible publication at the time of submission for this competition).
    • The paper must have been completed during the first author's (i.e. student's) undergraduate or graduate studies.
    • The paper must not have won or been considered for an award in another competition.
    • The first author (i.e. the student) must be an IISE member and the QCRE division and be able to present the paper in the QCRE track at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.
    • Primary authors will be asked to sign an ethics statement stating that they are full-time students, that the research and writing are their own work, and that the work has not been accepted for publication elsewhere (see submission form, page 2 of attachment).
    • The student must be the first author. Moreover, a formal, signed statement by the student's advisor must be submitted along with the paper affirming that the majority of the original results presented in the paper are due to the student's efforts rather than the advisor or other collaborators involved in the work.
    • Previous finalists who wish to compete again should submit an entirely different paper. Past winners are not eligible for the competition.

    Formatting and submission guidelines

    Papers must be 8 to 10 pages (1-inch margins, single column, single-spaced, 12-point font, and Times New Roman) and must begin with a 50-word abstract. The submitted paper must follow the format or will be returned without review.

    • Entrants must submit a blinded and unblinded version of the paper along with a formal signed statement from the student's advisor, all in electronic format (PDF files ONLY) to the 2019 competition coordinators, Dr. Qingyu Yang and Dr. Ramin Moghaddass no later than Feb. 8, 2019. Late or incomplete submissions will be ineligible for the competition.
    • All submitted papers will be reviewed and ranked by the reviewers' committee and four finalists will be selected and announced April 15, 2019.

    Important notes

    • Please do NOT submit your papers through the X-CD system.
    • Papers submitted for this competition will NOT be published in the proceedings.
    • IISE and the QCRE division do NOT own copyrights of the papers submitted for this competition. However, the papers must be available to the QCRE division to be posted on the web page.


    Submission deadline: Feb. 8, 2019
    Finalists Announcement: April 15, 2019
    Papers would be submitted via email to Dr. Qingyu Yang and Dr. Ramin Moghaddass.
    You can download the submission from here.

    Ramin Moghaddass, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
    University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida