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

History of Bernard M. Gordon and the Gordon Prize

Considered the “father of analog to digital conversion” for his inventions and contributions to signal translation, medical tomography and other high-precision instrumentation, Bernard M. Gordon has more than 200 patents worldwide. Mr. Gordon is a founder of NeuroLogica Corporation, a neuroscience-based medical imaging company in Danvers, MA that focuses on conceiving, developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced medical imaging equipment. He founded Analogic Corporation and retired as Chairman of the Board. Prior to Analogic, he was the President and co-founder of Epsco, Incorporated.

In 1986, he received the National Medal of Technology from President Reagan, and in 1991, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Gordon has been the recipient of several honorary engineering doctoral degrees.

Bernard M. Gordon Prize

Presented annually at the location of the winning institution, the Gordon Prize carries a cash award of $500,000, half granted to the recipient and the remainder granted to the recipient's institution to support the continued development, refinement, and dissemination of the recognized innovation.

The recipient will present a public lecture during the NAE’s Annual Meeting in the fall. Within one year after the receipt of the prize, the recipient will submit a report to the NAE concerning use of the grant portion of the prize.

The prize will be awarded to an individual or small group of individuals contributing to the same innovation. The intent of the donor, Bernard Gordon, in endowing this prize was to enhance U.S engineering leadership, to foster the development of engineering leaders through innovative educational programs developed by U.S. institutions of learning in the U.S. (i.e., not an international satellite facility) and to increase U.S economic competitiveness. Accordingly, prize recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents who are currently and have been substantially engaged in the nominated engineering and scholastic work in institutions in the United States and the institution where the innovation was developed and which shares the prize with the innovators must be a U.S. institution located in the U.S. Nomination from international persons or organizations are welcome, but must be for U.S. innovators and institutions.  NAE members and nonmembers are eligible.* The prize is awarded only to living persons.