NAE Awards
The National Academy of Engineering salutes leaders in engineering for their lifetime dedication to their field and their commitment to advancing the human condition through great engineering achievement and/or through innovation in engineering and technology education. The NAE dedicates more than $1 million annually to recognize these leaders and to bring better understanding of the importance of engineering and engineering education to society.
  • Currently, the NAE presents seven awards for engineering achievement and innovation - the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering, the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, the Simon Ramo Founders Award, the Arthur M. Bueche Award, the Gibbs Brothers Medal, and the J. C. Hunsaker Award in Aeronautical Engineering.

  • The NAE call for nominations for the 2023-2024 awards and prizes will begin on January 1, 2023.

    To sign up for the NAE awards mailing list, please go to  www.naeawardsonline.com

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Awards at a Glance
Awards Recipients
  • Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
  • Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize
    2019 Recipient
    Dr. John B. Simpson
    Member
    The American College of Physicians
    Dr. John B. Simpson
    Member
    The American College of Physicians
    For innovations in medical devices that enable minimally invasive angioplasty treatment of advanced coronary artery disease.
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  • Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education
    2022 Recipient
    Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos
    Dean
    USC Viterbi School of Engineering
    Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos
    Dean
    USC Viterbi School of Engineering
    For creating an innovative education program that prepares students to become future engineering leaders who will address the NAE Grand Challenges of Engineering.
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  • Simon Ramo Founders Award
    2022 Recipient
    Dr. L. Rafael Reif
    President
    Office of the President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Dr. L. Rafael Reif
    President
    Office of the President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    For pioneering leadership to reimagine and advance higher education, university-based entrepreneurship, the future of computing, the future of work, sustainability and semiconductor technology.
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  • Arthur M. Bueche Award
  • NAE Distinguished Honoree Program
    2016 Recipient
    Ralph J. Cicerone
    President
    National Academy of Sciences
    Ralph J. Cicerone
    President
    National Academy of Sciences
    Outstanding achievements, his meritorious service to the National Academy of Engineering and his advancement of the sciences, education, and the national welfare
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  • Gibbs Brothers Medal
    2022 Recipient
    Admiral Frank L. Bowman
    (U.S. Navy, Retired), President
    Strategic Decisions, LLC
    Admiral Frank L. Bowman
    (U.S. Navy, Retired), President
    Strategic Decisions, LLC
    For lifelong marine engineering innovation of nuclear-powered warships and leadership in Navy and commercial maritime safety culture.
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  • J. C. Hunsaker Award in Aeronautical Engineering
    2020 Recipient
    Alan C. Brown
    Director of Engineering (Retired)
    Lockheed Corporation
    Alan C. Brown
    Director of Engineering (Retired)
    Lockheed Corporation
    For innovative contributions to the design of commercial and military aircraft, and particularly leadership of the team that developed the F-117 Stealth Fighter.
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NAE Call for Nominations

For more than three decades the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has been recognizing outstanding engineers for their dedication to their discipline, as well as for their development (or shared involvement) of an engineering invention or process that has greatly improved humanity.

The NAE salutes leaders in engineering for their lifetime dedication to their field and their commitment to advancing the human condition through great engineering achievement. The NAE awards more than $1 million to recognize these leaders and to bring better understanding of the importance of engineering to society.

The NAE currently presents seven awards for engineering achievement - the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering, the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, the Simon Ramo Founders Award, the Arthur M. Bueche Award, the Gibbs Brothers Medal, and the J. C. Hunsaker Award in Aeronautical Engineering.


Note to all NAE Awards Nominators: Nominators of the chosen recipients for the Ramo Founders award, the Bueche award, the Gibbs Brothers Medal, the J. C. Hunsaker Award in Aeronautical Engineering, and the Draper, Russ, and Gordon Prizes personally receive notice from the NAE Awards office that their nominee(s) have been chosen to receive one of our NAE Awards. All recipients and their nominators for the Ramo Founders award, Bueche award, the Gibbs Brothers Medal, and the J. C. Hunsaker Award in Aeronautical Engineering are notified by the end of June each year, and all recipients and their nominators for the Draper, Russ, and Gordon Prizes are notified by the end of October each year. Nominators will be contacted in January regarding the status of their nomination.


The NAE call for nominations for the 2023-2024 awards and prizes will begin on January 1, 2023. To sign up for the NAE awards mailing list, please go to www.naeawardsonline.com.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact Deborah Young, Awards Program Officer at dyoung@nae.edu. Thank you.

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