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 of (or substantial involvement in) an engineering invention or process that has significantly contributed to technological progress, innovation in engineering education, or society’s well-being. The awards, which total more than $1 million annually, also enhance understanding of the importance of engineering to society.
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Create your online Nomination. For a list of required information and attachments, please review the 2020-2021 Awards Guidev4. Save
During the Call for Nominations period, your nomination can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the Nomination is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in Acrobat PDF format. At any time, you can download and print your Nomination by clicking on the icon in the Nomination Summary section.
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The NAE Awards Call for Nominations is now open.
Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering - $500,000 Cash Award
Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent awards for engineering achievement, this prize honors an engineer whose accomplishment has significantly impacted society by improving quality of life, providing the ability to live freely and comfortably, and/or permitting access to information. The Draper Prize is awarded biennially and recognizes achievements in all engineering disciplines.
Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize - $500,000 Cash Award
Awarded biennially, the Russ Prize recognizes a bioengineering achievement in widespread use that improves the human condition. This achievement should help the public better understand and appreciate the contributions of engineers to our health, well-being and quality of life. An auxiliary purpose of the Russ Prize is to encourage collaboration between the engineering and medical/biological disciplines and professions.
Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education - $500,000 Cash Award
The intent of the Gordon Prize, which is awarded annually, is to recognize new modalities and experiments in education that develop effective engineering leaders. The focus is on innovations such as curricular design, teaching methods, and technology-enabled learning that strengthen students’ capabilities and desire to grow into leadership roles.
Simon Ramo Founders Award
This annual award honors an outstanding NAE member or international member who has upheld the ideals and principles of the NAE through professional, educational, and personal achievement and accomplishment.
Arthur M. Bueche Award
The honor of this annual award is bestowed on an engineer who has shown dedication in science and technology, as well as active involvement in determining U.S. science and technology policy, promoting technological development, and contributing to the enhancement of the relationship between industries, government, and universities.
Gibbs Brothers Medal - $20,000 Cash Award
This award is for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering. It was established through the Gibbs Brothers Fund by gift of William Francis Gibbs and Frederic H. Gibbs.
J. C. Hunsaker Award in Aeronautical Engineering - $50,000 Cash Award
Established by Professor and Mrs. Jerome C. Hunsacker, this award honors excellence in the field of aeronautical engineering.