University of Nebraska–Lincoln wins 2022 NCEES Engineering Education Award

Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction receives $25,000 grand prize for community enhancement project

NCEES is pleased to announce that the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the grand prize winner of the 2022 NCEES Engineering Education Award. The university received the award for a project completed by the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The award jury met virtually on June 7, 2022, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

For the school’s project, Tarrant County College Student Success Center, a team of students was tasked with completing a design for a student success center on the Tarrant County College campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The team faced many design challenges, including providing resiliency to handle natural disasters, emergency planning utilities, and overall building performance enhancements. The jury praised the project for its integration of students, faculty, and professional engineers on a complex, real-world project.

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

  • Florida Atlantic University
    Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering
    Design Connections—Bridge in Africa

  • Oklahoma State University
    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Town Water Supply Engineering Design

  • Olivet Nazarene University
    Martin D. Walker School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    Logan Nazarene Campground

  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Design of Shelter for Underprivileged Children in Colombia

  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Introducing Engineering to Elementary School Students through Flood Mitigation in School Property

  • The Citadel
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Designing Advanced Air Mobility Infrastructure: Multidisciplinary Capstone Project

  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Lakeside House Redevelopment

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 21 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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