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 five 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, and the Arthur M. Bueche Award.

  • The Call for Nominations for the 2017 Simon Ramo Founders Award, the 2017 Arthur M. Bueche Award, the 2018 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering, and the 2018 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education has closed. Nominations for the 2018 Simon Ramo Founders Award, the 2018 Arthur M. Bueche Award, the 2019 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, and the 2019 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education will be accepted beginning January 1, 2018.

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Awards at a Glance
Awards Recipients
  • Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
    Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi
    President
    Viterbi Group
    Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi
    President
    Viterbi Group
    For development of the Viterbi algorithm, its transformational impact on digital wireless communications, and its significant applications in speech recognition and synthesis and in bioinformatics.
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  • Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize
    Professor James G. Fujimoto
    Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Professor James G. Fujimoto
    Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    For optical coherence tomography, leveraging creative engineering to invent imaging technology essential for preventing blindness and treating vascular and other diseases.
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  • Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education
    Dr. Julio M. Ottino
    Dean, R.R. McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
    R.R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
    Dr. Julio M. Ottino
    Dean, R.R. McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
    R.R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
    For an educational paradigm that merges analytical, rational left-brain skills with creative, expansive right-brain skills to develop engineering leaders.
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  • Simon Ramo Founders Award
    Dr. John E. Hopcroft
    IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in Computer Science
    Cornell University
    Dr. John E. Hopcroft
    IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in Computer Science
    Cornell University
    For contributions to the advancement of computer science through pioneering publications, educational leadership, public service, and outstanding research.
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  • Arthur M. Bueche Award
    Dr. Louis J. Lanzerotti
    Distinguished Research Professor
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Dr. Louis J. Lanzerotti
    Distinguished Research Professor
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
    For leadership in understanding the Earth’s radiation environment and its effects on communications and space hardware, and for contributions to public policy on space-based research.
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  • NAE Distinguished Honoree Program
    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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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 five 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 Founders Award, and the Arthur M. Bueche Award.



Note to all NAE Awards Nominators: Nominators of the chosen recipients for the Founders & Bueche awards 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 Founders & Bueche awards are notified by the end of July each year, and all recipients and their nominators for the Draper, Russ, and Gordon Prizes are notified by the end of October each year. If you are a nominator and have not received personal notification that your nominee(s) will receive an NAE Award by the above mentioned time, you will receive notice from the NAE Awards office the following January asking if you would like your nominee(s)' nomination to be carried over for consideration in the following prize cycle. You may also contact the NAE Awards office directly to ask that your nominee(s)' nomination be carried forward.



The NAE Call for Nominations period for the 2019 Russ and Gordon Prizes as well as the 2018 Ramo Founders and Bueche awards will begin on January 1, 2018, and end on April 1, 2018.

To submit a nomination, you must go online at www.naeawardsonline.com

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Media Resources

Media kits are available.
For details, please contact:

Awards Administrator
Deborah M. Young, CAE
Associate Program Officer, Awards Program
500 Fifth Street, NW, Room 1048
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1266
Fax: (202) 334-2290
E-mail: dyoung@nae.edu

Media Resources

The NAE is dedicated to raising public awareness about engineering achievements and our awards. In 2017, we are promoting our 2018 Draper and Gordon prizes, and the 2017 Ramo Founders and Bueche awards in various publications including social media.

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