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Entry Instructions

What will be submitted?

To be considered, entries must be received by May 1, 2018. Eligible entries will be submitted via a form, verified by your department chair (or similar title). Entries will include the following three files:

  1. An abstract (maximum one page PDF)
  2. 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
    • Development since previous submission (for resubmitted entries)
  3. 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 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.

What is the evaluation criteria?

The jury will consider the following criteria when evaluating the 2018 projects:

  • Successful 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
  • 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. More detailed evaluation criteria information is available.

Submit your entry

All entries must be received by May 1, 2018.