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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 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.

The grand prize winner will be recognized at the NCEES annual meeting in August. All award-winning submissions will be exhibited at the event and featured on the NCEES website, in NCEES publications, and in other related professional publications.

What are the competition categories?

The NCEES Engineering Education Award competition 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. To be considered, entries must be received by May 4, 2019. 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.”

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

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.”

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 2020 NCEES Engineering Education Award, your project must be in progress or completed by March 9, 2020. All applications must be received electronically by May 4, 2020.