Awards Program Overviews

New Faces Overview

Today’s engineers are working to solve issues on a global scale. New Faces of Engineering recognizes the outstanding abilities young engineers (age 30 or younger) have shown on projects that significantly impact public welfare or further professional development and growth.


Each year a new class of New Faces are selected. This class is featured on the DiscoverE web site and in a national print outlet during Engineers Week with a photo and a brief statement of each engineer’s accomplishments. New Faces are also recognized by their nominating engineering society in a variety of ways, such as articles in the organization’s member magazine and at national and local events. New Faces are also designated as “engineering ambassadors” and may be asked to participate in a variety of outreach or community-building events. 

Nomination Process and Requirements

Nominations open in August and close mid-November. During this time, DiscoverE Steering Committee and Diversity Committee members solicit nominations from their individual members, chapters, and partners.  Although DiscoverE honors engineers from all disciplines, only those engineers who are members of a DiscoverE Steering or Diversity Committee member organization are eligible.  

Nominees must have a degree in engineering from an ABET accredited U.S. college or university, or from an equivalent international educational institution.  Degrees in science, computer science, engineering technology, or similar fields are not eligible.

The New Face of Engineering program is generously sponsored by TE Connectivity. 

Educator Award Overview

By honoring the educators who are hard at work in our 6- to 12-grade classrooms, the engineering profession wants to show its appreciation and respect for the educators who are helping students discover engineering.

Unique to this program, engineers and engineering students are part of the nomination process. This community recognizes that educators deserve support and respect when it comes to advancing student learning.

Recognition and Prizes

Up to three winners will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for a recognition event in June 2014, a $2,000 cash prize, and a 3M gift pack of classroom supplies. Their engineer/student nominators will also receive the trip to Washington, D.C. Eight notable runners-up will receive $500 each and gift packs.  

Application Process and Requirements

Applications are available on January 13, 2014. The deadline is March 14, 2014. A panel of distinguished national education, engineering and business leaders will be organized by DiscoverE to determine recipients.  Winners will be notified on April 25, 2014. And a recognition event will be held in Washington, D.C. in June 2014.

Teacher nominees must be:

  • Full-time educators teaching in grades 6-12 (US or US equivalent)
  • Nominated by an engineer or college engineering student (college or graduate level). The application form includes short questions to be completed by the educator and the engineer/student nominator.

Note: A photo of the educator nominee (formal headshot and, if available, candid shot of teacher in classroom) is also required. The DiscoverE Educator Awards are sponsored by the ASME Foundation, Bechtel, ExxonMobil, IEEE-USA, and 3M. 

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College Edition Overview

College Edition recognizes the best and brightest whose academic successes and experiences in the engineering field have positioned them to make an impact.

College Edition also maintains a year-round community on Facebook. “Like” us to learn about scholarship opportunities, events, licensure exams, internships, jobs, competitions, the benefits of membership to engineering associations, and more.


Each year a new class of College Edition winners are selected. Winners receive a scholarship ranging from $500 to $1,000, are recognized on the winners tab of College Edition’s Facebook page with a photo and a brief statement of their accomplishments, and are featured in an ad in their college newspaper. College Edition winners are also recognized by their nominating engineering society in a variety of ways, such as articles in the organization’s member magazine and at national and local events.

Application Process and Requirements

Applications are available starting October 1, 2013. The application deadline is November 15, 2013. Nominees are announced on February 13, 2014, and winners are Announced on April 2, 2014.

You can apply if….

  • You are an undergraduate engineering student (3rd, 4th, 5th year) as of October 1, 2013. (Graduate and Ph.D. students are NOT eligible).
  • You are enrolled in a bachelors of science in engineering program from an ABET Accredited (EAC) recognized U.S. college or university or from an equivalent international educational institution.
  • You are a member of a participating engineering society.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You have a track record of engineering experiences (i.e., internships, volunteer, or work related).
  • Your grade point average is 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or 4.0 or higher on a 5.0 scale). A copy of transcript is required for all winners.

Please note: You can apply if you submitted an application or were selected as a nominee in 2011-12 or 2012-13. (Past winners are not eligible).

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The College Edition program is generously sponsored by NCEES.

Meet the Winners and Runners-up

College Edition Award

California Polytechnic State University

Sara, an aerospace engineering major, is learning how to build rockets and satellites. She pursued...

College Edition Award

Texas A&M University

Andy’s internship at Southwestern Energy gave him a chance to collaborate with engineers of various...

College Edition Award

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Melly, a geological engineering major, is studying the geology of Jackson, WI to decontaminate...

College Edition Award

Northern Arizona University

Vivianna uses her environmental engineering knowledge to work with nutritionists and other...

College Edition Award

Northern Illinois University

Joshua, a mechanical engineering major, developed solar upgrades for a rural secondary school in...

College Edition Award

Carnegie Mellon University

Ibironke’s internship with General Electric enhanced her networking skills as she connected with...

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The DiscoverE awards celebrate the engineers and educators who are making a difference. You can join the celebration by:

  • Applying for an award
  • Nominating a colleague
  • Spreading the word about the winners

            Apply Now or Nominate Someone.