Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education

Founders of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program Awarded Gordon Prize

2022_GordonPrizeLeadershipWinners.jpgIn 2009 several engineering professors, intent on bringing the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering to life, launched a movement in engineering education. Their vision: to engage the best and brightest engineering students in solving some of the biggest issues facing the world. The result: the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP).

Since its inception, GCSP has been implemented at 97 engineering schools around the world and produced 1760 engineers uniquely equipped to tackle humanity’s most pressing global problems.

In presenting the Gordon Prize to the GCSP founders, NAE President John L. Anderson remarked, “It is my privilege to present the NAE’s—indeed, the world’s—most prestigious award in engineering education, the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.”


CarolFolt_USCPres_JohnAnderson_NAEPres.JPGAccepting the Gordon Prize for their efforts in establishing the GCSP are:  Yannis C. Yortsos, Ph.D., dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, holder of the Zohrab Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering, and the Chester Dolley Professor;  Thomas C. Katsouleas, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics at the University of Connecticut, where he was also the 16th president, from 2019 to 2021, and former dean of the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering; Richard K. Miller, Ph.D., president emeritus and professor of mechanical engineering, Olin College of Engineering; and Jenna P. Carpenter, Ph.D., founding dean of engineering at Campbell University and incoming president of the American Society of Engineering Education.

The 2022 Gordon Prize recipients are honored for “creating an innovative education program that prepares students to become future engineering leaders who will address the NAE Grand Challenges of Engineering.” The ceremony and dinner were hosted by the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering.

“Universities have a duty to prepare our future leaders and shape our global citizens,” said USC President Carol Folt. “Because of this program, students at institutions like Duke, Olin, Campbell, ASU and USC can reimagine what’s possible for our planet and society.”

Since 2001, the National Academy of Engineering has awarded the Gordon Prize to educators making exceptional advances in engineering and technology education. Recipients of the Gordon Prize receive a $500,000 cash award, half granted to the recipient and the other half to the institution to support the continued development, refinement, and dissemination of the recognized innovation.

GordonPrize_Dinner2022.JPGThe recipients also receive a commemorative medallion and certificate. In addition, the recipients are invited to present a public lecture on their prize-winning work during the 2022 NAE Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 2nd.

Special thanks to engineering student Nick Nuccio and USC Viterbi for contributing to this event summary.

Photo courtesy: Greg Grudt/Steve Cohn Photography