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Enter the competition

Who can enter?

All EAC/ABET-accredited programs from all engineering disciplines are invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.

What are the awards?

The NCEES Engineering Education Award includes up to eight cash awards.

  • Grand prize: $25,000
  • Seven awards: $10,000 each

Use of the funds awarded is at the discretion of the winning engineering departments/colleges. NCEES encourages their use for the advancement of projects connecting professional practice and education.

What are the award categories?

The NCEES Engineering Education Award categories are as follows:

  • International projects
  • Community enhancement projects
  • Public welfare and health services/care projects
  • Energy and sustainability projects
  • Device/design/prototype projects
  • Freshman/sophomore design projects
  • Innovation projects

What will be submitted?

All entry materials will be submitted electronically. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 competition, NCEES will be accepting those entries for the 2021 competition cycle. If a program completed a project in 2020, it can be entered for a chance to win one of the 2021 cash awards.

To be considered, entries must be received by May 17, 2021. Entries will include the following three files:

  1. An abstract (maximum one page PDF)
  2. A project description (maximum seven pages PDF) organized as follows:
    • Project description
    • Collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
    • Protection of health, safety, and/or welfare of the public
    • Multidiscipline and/or allied profession participation
    • Knowledge or skills gained
  3. Development since previous submission (for resubmitted entries)
  4. A visual representation of the project that summarizes the submission should be submitted electronically. NCEES will print the file and mount it on a 30″ X 30″ foam core board for the jury meeting. The display board must be in a jpg, tif, eps file (minimum 300 dpi) or a PDF file (high-quality print) and designed to print 30″ X 30″. The display board may include text and/or graphics, but the university name and location and the names of the participants should not be identified in any of these elements.

How do I make my submission anonymous?

So that the jury can conduct a blind judging, your abstract, project description, and display board need to be anonymous. Identifying information should be included only on the entry form. Take care to not identify the university name or location or the names of participants (personal or firm names) in the abstract, project description, and display board. This includes text, photos, and graphs/tables. NCEES may disqualify any entry that includes such identifying information.

Below are examples of how to write about your project without identifying participants.

University name
Instead of “Springfield University,” use “University A” or “the university.”

Location
Instead of “Washington City,” use “City A” or “a city.”

Participants
Instead of “John Smith, P.E.,” use “P.E. A” or just “a professional engineer.”

Firm name
Instead of “Anderson Engineering Inc.,” use “Mechanical Engineering Firm A” or “a local electrical engineering firm.”

Photos
If one of the participants is wearing a shirt or hat with your university’s name or logo, blur the name/logo or cover it with a black box.

Entry instructions

To enter the competition for the 2021 NCEES Engineering Education Award, your project must be in progress or completed by March 15, 2021. All applications must be received electronically by May 17, 2021.