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 period for the 2021 Russ and Gordon Prizes as well as the 2020 Ramo Founders, Bueche, and Hunsaker awards will begin on January 1, 2020, and end on April 1, 2020.

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

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Awards at a Glance
Awards Recipients
  • Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
    2018 Recipient
    Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup
    Managing Director in the Technology Division
    Morgan Stanley
    Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup
    Managing Director in the Technology Division
    Morgan Stanley
    For conceptualizing and developing the C++ programming language.
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  • Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize
    2019 Recipient
    Dr. Leonard Pinchuk
    Distinguished Research Professor
    University of Miami
    Dr. Leonard Pinchuk
    Distinguished Research Professor
    University of Miami
    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
    2019 Recipient
    Dr. Paul J. Benkeser
    Professor and Senior Associate Chair in the Wallace H. Coulter
    Georgia Tech and Emory University
    Dr. Paul J. Benkeser
    Professor and Senior Associate Chair in the Wallace H. Coulter
    Georgia Tech and Emory University
    For fusing problem-driven engineering education with learning science principles to create a pioneering program that develops leaders in biomedical engineering.
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  • Simon Ramo Founders Award
    2019 Recipient
    Dr. Cato T. Laurencin
    University Professor, and Albert & Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of Connecticut
    Dr. Cato T. Laurencin
    University Professor, and Albert & Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of Connecticut
    For fundamental, critical, and groundbreaking scientific advances in the engineering of tissues, guiding technology and science policy, and promoting diversity and excellence in science.
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  • Arthur M. Bueche Award
    2019 Recipient
    Dr. Roderic Ivan Pettigrew
    CEO of Engineering Health
    Texas A&M and Houston Methodist Hospital
    Dr. Roderic Ivan Pettigrew
    CEO of Engineering Health
    Texas A&M and Houston Methodist Hospital
    For leadership at the NIH and for academic and industrial convergence research and education, resulting in innovations that have improved global health care.
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  • 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
    2017 Recipient
    Jerome H. Milgram
    Professor Emeritus
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Jerome H. Milgram
    Professor Emeritus
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    For wide-ranging original contributions to naval architecture in theoretical hydromechanics, education, yacht design, environmental protection, and the practical arts of ocean systems.
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  • J. C. Hunsaker Award in Aeronautical Engineering
    2015 Recipient
    Alan R. Mulally
    Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Business
    University of Kansas
    Alan R. Mulally
    Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Business
    University of Kansas
    For his distinguished leadership in commercial aviation as exemplified by the development and commercialization of the Boeing 777.
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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 period for the 2021 Russ and Gordon Prizes as well as the 2020 Ramo Founders, Bueche, and Hunsaker awards will begin on January 1, 2020, and end on April 1, 2020.

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

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Senior Program Officer for Media/Public Relations
Randy Atkins
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1508
E-mail: atkins@nae.edu


The NAE is dedicated to raising public awareness about engineering achievements and our awards. In 2020, we are promoting our 2021 Russ and Gordon prizes, and the 2020 Ramo Founders, Bueche and Hunsaker awards in various media outlets including social media.

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