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IISE QCRE Student Paper Competition

  • 1.  IISE QCRE Student Paper Competition

    Posted 01-17-2022 23:23

    QCRE Student Paper Competition

    For presentation at the 2022 IISE Annual Conference & Expo

    Seattle, WA, May 21 – May 24, 2022


    The Quality Control and Reliability Engineering (QCRE) division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) is sponsoring a student paper competition as part of the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 21 – May 24, 2022, in Seattle, WA. 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 the 2022 IISE Virtual Annual Conference & Expo. The winner will be acknowledged in the QCRE newsletter and website.


    Eligibility Criteria

    The following conditions apply to submissions for this competition:

    • The paper topic must fit the QCRE themes.
    • 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 original results presented in the paper are due to the student's efforts rather than the advisor or other collaborators involved in the work.
    • The paper must have been completed during the first author's (i.e., student's) undergraduate or graduate studies.
    • Previous finalists who wish to compete again should submit an entirely different paper. Please note, however, that past winners are not eligible for the competition.
    • The first author (i.e., the student) must be an IISE QCRE member and be willing and able to present the paper in the QCRE student paper competition session at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.
    • 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 not have won or been considered for an award in another competition.


    Important Notes

    ·       Papers submitted for this competition will NOT be published in the ISERC proceedings.

    ·       IISE and the QCRE division do NOT own the copyrights of the papers submitted for this competition. However, the papers must be available to the QCRE division to be posted on their web page.


    Formatting and Submission Guidelines

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

    ·       Entrants must submit both a blinded and an unblinded version of the paper along with a formal signed statement from the student's advisor, all in electronic format (.PDF files ONLY), to competition coordinators, Dr. Mingyang Li, (, Dr. Na Zou (, Dr. Chen Kan ( by 03/11/2022. Late or incomplete submissions will be ineligible for the competition.

    ·       All submitted papers will be reviewed and ranked by a review committee, and four finalists will be selected and announced on 04/15/2022.


    Competition coordinators:

    Dr. Mingyang Li, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

    Dr. Na Zou, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

    Dr. Chen Kan, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

    Na Zou
    Assistant Professor 
    Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution
    Texas A&M University