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2020 GORDON PRIZE

Professor David M. Kelley

Stanford University

For formalizing the principles and curriculum of “design thinking” to develop innovative engineering leaders with empathy and creative confidence to generate high-impact solutions.

 

2019 GORDON PRIZE

Dr. Wendy C. Newstetter

Dr. Joseph M. Le Doux

Dr. Paul J. Benkeser

Georgia Institute of Technology

For fusing problem-driven engineering education with learning science principles to create a pioneering program that develops leaders in biomedical engineering.

 

2015 GORDON PRIZE

Mr. Simon Pitts

Dr. Michael B. Silevitch

Northeastern University

For developing an innovative method to provide graduate engineers with the necessary personal skills to become effective engineering leaders.

 

2016 GORDON PRIZE

Dean Richard F. Vaz

Dr. Kristin K. Wobbe

Dr. Diran Apelian

Dean Arthur C. Heinricher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

For a project-based engineering curriculum developing leadership, innovative problem-solving, interdisciplinary collaboration, and global competencies.

 

Dr. Julio M. Ottino
Dr. Paul G. Yock

2018 GORDON PRIZE

Dr. Paul G. Yock

Stanford University

For the development and global dissemination of Biodesign, a biomedical technology program creating leaders and innovations that benefit patients.

 

2017 GORDON PRIZE

Dr. Julio M. Ottino

Northwestern University

For an educational paradigm that merges analytical, rational left-brain skills with creative, expansive, right-brain skills to develop engineering leaders.

 

 

The 2022 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education

 

Since 2001, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has awarded the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education to recognize new modalities and experiments in education that develop effective engineering leaders. The focus is on the development of engineering leadership skills that drive innovations such as curricular design, teaching methods, and technology-enabled learning that strengthen students’ capabilities. Gordon Prize recipients have transformed engineering education and inspired students to achieve at their highest level and become leaders with the vision to bring about tomorrow’s engineering breakthroughs.

 

Nominate at www.naeawardsonline.com

 

Congratulations to the 2021 recipients!

Congratulations to Professor Linda G. Griffith and Dr. Douglas A. Lauffenburger, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for originating biology-based engineering education that is producing a new generation of leaders capable of addressing world problems with innovative biological technologies.

 

Griffith and Lauffenburger

Faculty and students are invited to submit nominations online at: www.naeawardsonline.com

 

Deadline: April 1, 2021

 

The NAE welcomes the nomination of individual educators or teams who are teaching and inspiring engineering students and preparing them for future leadership roles. Presented annually during the academic year at the winning institution, the Gordon Prize carries a cash award of $500,000, half granted to the recipient and half to the recipient’s institution to support the continued development, refinement, and dissemination of the recognized innovation.

 


Eligible recipients include NAE members and nonmembers who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, and who are and have been substantively engaged in their engineering and scholastic work at educational institutions in the US.

 

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