Marquette University wins 2023 NCEES Engineering Education Award

Opus College of Engineering receives $25,000 grand prize for international project

NCEES is pleased to announce that Marquette University is the grand prize winner of the 2023 NCEES Engineering Education Award. The university received the award for a project completed by the Opus College of Engineering. The award jury met virtually on June 7, 2023, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

For the school’s project, Water Distribution System in El Tesoro, Guatemala, students partnered with the community of El Tesoro, as well as with a number of other stakeholders, to tackle a 30-year problem. Through the design and implementation of a gravity-fed water distribution system, the team was able to help the community have access to clean water.

The jury selected seven additional winners to receive awards of $10,000 each:

    • Dartmouth College
      Thayer School of Engineering
      Low Cost, Open Source PFAS Filter Design for Small Cleaning Businesses and Beyond
    • Kansas State University
      GE Johnson Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science
      Off-Grid Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station—A Design-Build Project
    • Lawrence Technological University
      College of Engineering
      I-475 Reconstruction North Segment
    • Olivet Nazarene University
      Martin D. Walker School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
      Automated Cutting and Splicing Machine
    • Seattle University
      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      Traffic and Safety Improvement for a Busy T-Intersection
    • University of Delaware
      College of Engineering
      Partnerships, Perseverance, and Progress: Overcoming the Challenge of the COVID-19 Pandemic to Rehabilitate Wells in Malawi
    • University of Wisconsin–Madison
      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      2023 NCEES Texas Wind Farm


The NCEES Engineering Education Award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. EAC/ABET-accredited programs from all engineering disciplines were invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.

A jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and engineering societies selected the winners from 24 entries. The jury members considered the following criteria:

  • Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
  • Protection of public 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

Profiles of the winning submissions will be posted as available at

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