2021 GORDON PRIZE
Professor Linda G. Griffith
Dr. Douglas A. Lauffenburger
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.
2020 GORDON PRIZE
Professor David M. Kelley
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.
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.
2018 GORDON PRIZE
Dr. Paul G. Yock
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
For an educational paradigm that merges analytical, rational left-brain skills with creative, expansive, right-brain skills to develop engineering leaders.
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 Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos of Viterbi School of Engineering, Dr. Thomas C. Katsouleas of the University of Connecticut, Dr. Richard K. Miller of Olin College of Engineering, and Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter of Campbell University for creating an innovative education program that prepares students to become future engineering leaders who will address the NAE Grand Challenges of Engineering.
Faculty and students are invited to submit nominations online at: www.naeawardsonline.com
Deadline: April 1, 2022
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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