Awards Program Overviews

New Faces of Engineering - Professional Edition

Today’s engineers are working to solve issues on a global scale. New Faces of Engineering (Professional Edition) recognizes the outstanding talents, skills and abilities our next generation of engineering leaders (age 30 or younger) have shown on projects that significantly impact public welfare or further professional development and growth.

The New Faces of Engineering program strives to promote the accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their engineering contributions and the resulting impact on society.  This global campaign is designed to enhance and improve the image of engineering by:

  • Putting faces to what has often been referred to as “the stealth profession”
  • Recognizing a global group of young, diverse and talented engineers, thereby portraying engineering as an exciting and inclusive profession
  • Helping engineering students understand that they are part of a global community of engineering professionals.


Each year a new class of New Faces nominees and award winners are selected. The winners are featured in national media outlets and both winners and nominees on the DiscoverE web site with a photo and a brief statement of each engineer’s accomplishments. New Faces are also recognized by their nominating professional societies 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. 


Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a member of a participating professional society. The 2016 list will be available September 9th 2015.
  • You must be 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2015 to apply for the 2016 program.
  • You must have a degree in engineering from an ABET Accredited (EAC) 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; a degree in computer engineering is acceptable.
  • Nomination forms must include two formal headshots (one in black & white and the other in color). Photos should be head and shoulder shots of high quality resolution suitable for publication (jpg, tif or eps and at least 300 DPI at 2”x3”).  Business attire is recommended.
  • Optional: One additional “action” photo that shows you on the job, in training, or in the classroom.

Application Process

The 2016 online application form will be available from September 9th 2015 through November 20th 2015.  Please check back during that time to apply.  For more information or questions, please contact


Check out the 2015 New Faces of Engineering winners!  

This year’s exceptional group of young engineers display a singular commitment to effecting positive change through substantive, real world applications of their skills and training.  

Watch this short video to meet all 13 of these amazing professionals and learn how they are innovating solutions in energy, technology, water resources and the environment.

   Jessica Garcia – ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies)

   Kelly Barnett – AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)

  Mark Moehling – ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers)

   Maria Gibbs – ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)

   Alyssa Wingenfield – ASHRAE

   Eduardo Barrientos – ASME

   Kartik Kulkarni – IEEE-USA

   Bill Zhang – IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineers)

   LaTisha Durham – NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)

   Kerry Bruggemann – NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers)

   Sandeep Makam – SAE International

   Kyle Riegel – SME Education Foundation

   Qiong Zhang – SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)


Check out the press release announcement (4/2/15)

Announcing the 2015 Educator Awards Winners!

By honoring 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 teachers 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.

The DiscoverE Educator Awards are sponsored by Bechtel, ExxonMobil Corporation, 3M, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Shell Oil Corporation, and the United Engineering Foundation (UEF).

New Faces of Engineering - College Edition

This award 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 more about scholarship opportunities, events, licensure exams, internships, jobs, competitions, the benefits of membership to engineering societies, and more.



Each year a new class of College Edition winners are selected. Each winner will receive a scholarship ranging from $500 to $1,000, are recognized on our website and 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

The 2016 online application form will be available beginning  September 9th 2015 and due by November 20th 2015.  Nominees are announced in February and winners announced in April. Please check back during that time to apply.  For more information or questions, please contact


Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a member of a participating engineering society. (The 2016 participating society list will be available on September 9th 2015).
  • ​You must be an undergraduate engineering student (3rd, 4th, 5th year) as of September 30, 2015. (Graduate and Ph.D. students are NOT eligible).
  • You must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering program from an ABET Accredited (EAC) recognized U.S. college or university or from an equivalent international educational institution.
  • You must have a track record of engineering experiences (i.e., internships, volunteer, or work related).
  • Your grade point average must be 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.
  • Your application must include a color photo of yourself (jpg or png format) that shows you participating in an engineering-related activity (class, event, internship, or in the field). (Note: Nominees will also be asked to provide a headshot.)

Please note: You can apply if you previously submitted an application or were selected as a nominee. (Past winners are not eligible).


Check out the 2015 New Faces (College Edition) Winners!

This year’s exceptional group of winners include 12 of the nation’s most promising engineering professionals of tomorrow. These students exemplify the vision, innovation and leadership skills that form the foundation of a successful engineering career.

   Miguel MartinezAIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)

   Jonathan OvertonASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers)

   Jennifer KearneyASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)

   Yoora Byeon – ASHRAE

   Angadbir Singh Sabherwal – ASME

   Lynze CheungChinese Institute of Engineers – USA

   Grant GriffithsIEEE-USA

   Karina QuintanaNACME (Nat'l Action Council for Minorities in Engineering)

   Jasmine StithNSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)

   Juan CortezSHPE (Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers)

   Kelli AlvaradoSPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)

   Ruth WilliamsSWE (Society of Women Engineers)


Check out the press release announcement (4/2/15)

The College Edition program is generously sponsored by NCEES.


Meet the Winners and Runners-Up

Educator Award

Pitts-Fowler Enterprises, Inc.

Marietta High School in Marietta, Georgia

Founder of the Bridge-Gap STEM Mentoring Program and Society for Pre-Engineering at Marietta High...

Educator Award

Above the Edge

Johnson Aerospace and Engineering High School in St. Paul, Minnesota

Jill Johnson began her career as an electrical engineer working as a research and development...

Educator Award

U.S. Naval Academy

Thomas Johnson Middle School (TJMS) in Lanham, Maryland

Daisy Rayela, the STEM Coordinator at TJMS, is a firm believer that much learning can be done...

Educator Award

kBase Engineering

American International School of Utah in Salt Lake City

Second year middle and high school teacher, Kate Youmans left her secure job as an engineer to...

Educator Award

Nueces Co. CSCD / Texas A&M University

Foy H. Moody High School Innovation Academy in Corpus Christi, Texas

Jaime Trevino, a high school educator with thirty-two years of experience, helped establish the...

Educator Award

Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems

Da Vinci Science High School in Hawthorne, California

Aaron Tostado, a high school teacher with seven years experience, inspires his students by turning...

Apply Now or Nominate Someone

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.