$55,000 in Prizes Given to Winners of Engineering for You Video Contest


Sun, September 28, 2014

September 28, 2014 —

During its 2014 annual meeting, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced the winners of the Engineering for You “E4U” Video Contest. In celebration of NAE’s 50th anniversary, the E4U contest invited participants to submit a 1-2 minute video showing engineering’s impact on society in the last 50 years and to project its contributions in the next 50 years. More than 600 videos were submitted in six categories: middle school and younger (K-8); high school (grades nine-12); tertiary education (2-year college through graduate school, full or part time); NAE Frontiers of Engineering and Frontiers of Engineering Education participants/alumni; NAE members and foreign members; and the general public.

A judging committee chaired by Rob Cook, Pixar Animation Studios’ emeritus vice president of advanced technology, selected the winning videos based on the following criteria: (1) creativity in the selection and presentation of content, (2) anticipated breadth of public appeal and interest, and (3) effectiveness in highlighting engineering achievements serving advancement in human welfare and the needs of society in an engaging and entertaining way. The People’s Choice Award was chosen by the public through voting on the NAE YouTube channel.

“The outcome of the NAE 50th Anniversary Engineering for You Video Contest was more inspiring than any of us anticipated,” said NAE President C. D. Mote Jr., “The messages touched on the essence of engineering, how it serves people and society. They give present powerful visions of what the future holds.”

The Best Video Overall Award was given to Adrian Burger for “Engineering Is Amazing!” which also won in the General Public category. A grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Burger in addition to the $5,000 category prize.

All of the winning videos are available to watch on the Engineering for You website at www.nae.edu/e4u

Awards of $5,000 were given to the winners of the following categories:

Middle School and Younger Category Winner
“Engineering, Creating What Was Once Only Imaginable” by Deepa Bhuvanagiri

High School Category Winner
“Engineering Is Incredible” by Emily Hazen

Tertiary Education Category Winner
“The Personification of Engineering” by Jacob Bryson

FOE/FOEE Alumni Category Winner
“Neil Armstrong on Engineering” by Jorge Cham 

People’s Choice Award Winner
“The Future Is Boundless” by the Biomedical Engineering Society - University of California, San Diego

Additionally, two honorable mentions were given in the following categories:

Tertiary Education Category Honorable Mention

“To Engineer Is Human” by Barry Belmont

NAE Members/Foreign Members Category Honorable Mention
“Kiss an Engineer" by Anita Jones, Takahiro Suzuki, and Wm. A. Wulf 

The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies (along with the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council), an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, technology, and health.

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