The jury considered the following criteria when evaluating the 2012 projects:
- Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
- Benefit to public health, safety, and welfare
- Multidiscipline and/or allied profession participation
- Knowledge or skills gained
- Effectiveness of display board, abstract, and project description
The scope of the criteria is intentionally broad to accommodate a wide range of project types from different engineering disciplines. The following questions are provided as guidance in preparing submissions; not all questions may apply to a particular project.
Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
- Were licensed professional engineers (P.E.s) and/or engineer interns (E.I.s) involved?
- How did the students, faculty, and P.E.s/E.I.s interact?
- What did the students learn through the collaboration that would not have been learned in the classroom?
Benefit to public health, safety, and welfare
- Did the project include aspects that affect the health, safety, and welfare of the public?
- How was public protection addressed?
- Which project features raised students’ awareness about the impact of engineering decisions?
- Did the project highlight how engineering can help solve problems faced by communities nationally or worldwide?
- Did the project foster student self-reliance, cooperation, or responsibility?
- Did the project address sustainability?
Multidiscipline and/or allied profession participation
- Was more than one engineering discipline involved? (for example, mechanical and electrical engineering)
- Did the project include other professions? (for example, architecture or accounting)
- Was more than one branch of a particular engineering discipline involved? (for example, two branches of civil engineering, such as geotechnical and transportation)
Knowledge or skills gained
- What knowledge/skills did the students gain?
- How were the knowledge/skills gained important to professional practice?
- Did the project include consideration of professional practice concepts such as project management, ethics, contracts, or law?
Effectiveness of display board, abstract, and project description
- Was the display board a useful supplement to the project description?
- Were the abstract and project description well written and easy to understand?
- Were the pertinent facts included?
- Did the abstract accurately summarize the project description?