Awards Program Overviews

New Faces of Engineering Overview

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 are selected. This class of honorees is featured in national media outlets and 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. 

Nomination Process and Requirements

Nomination forms are submitted online by October 17, 2014. Click here to download the New Faces Nomination Guide. This guide is designed to assist you in completing your online nomination form and includes all of the nomination form questions.

New Faces nominees (up to 5 for each society) will be selected by their respective professional societies and announced on February 19, 2015 (just before Engineers Week: February 22-28, 2015). The top 2015 New Faces of Engineering honorees will be selected by DiscoverE and announced on April 2, 2015.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a member of a participating professional society. See list below.

  • You must be 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2014 to apply for the 2015 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 are due no later than midnight EST on Friday, October 17, 2014, unless otherwise noted by your society below. Please note: If you are affiliated with ACEC, you must apply directly through their website:
  • 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.


2014-15 Participating Professional Societies

To apply for New Faces, you must be a member of one of the following. If you have any questions about your membership, click below to send an email. If you have any questions about New Faces, please contact DiscoverE at

Educator Awards 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 2015, 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

Application forms are submitted online. Click here to download the Application Guide (PDF). This guide is designed to assist you in completing your online application form and includes all of the application questions. Applications will be accepted starting on January 15th, 2015 and the deadline is March 16, 2015. Winners will be notified in April and a recognition event will be held in Washington, D.C. in June.

Teacher nominees must be:

  • Full-time educators teaching in grades 6-12 (U.S. or U.S. 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 Bechtel, ExxonMobil Corporation, 3M, Shell Oil Corporation, and the United Engineering Foundation (UEF).


College Edition Overview

New Faces of Engineering - College Edition recognizes the best and brightest whose academic successes and experiences in the engineering field have positioned them to make an impact. Application deadline: November 14, 2014.

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 honorees are selected. Honorees 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 honorees 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

Application forms are submitted online. Click here to download the College Edition Application Guide. This guide is designed to assist you in completing your online application form and includes all of the application questions.The application deadline is November 14, 2014. Nominees are announced on February 19, 2015, and honorees are announced on April 2, 2015.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a member of a participating engineering society. See list below.
  • ​You must be an undergraduate engineering student (3rd, 4th, 5th year) as of September 30, 2014. (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.)
  • Application forms are due no later than midnight EST on Friday, November 14, 2014.

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

2014-15 Participating Organizations

To apply for College Edition, you must be a member of one of the following organizations.  Each will grant a scholarship to their honorees. Not a member? It's not too late to join! Click on participating society below to learn how.

AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers): $500
ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers): $1000
ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers): $500
ASHRAE: $1000
ASME: $1000
CIE-USA (Chinese Institute of Engineers): $500
NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering): $500
NOGLSTP (National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals): $500
NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers): $500
NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers): $500
SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers): $500
SME / SME Education Foundation: $1000
SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers): $500
SWE (Society of Women Engineers): $500

The College Edition program is generously sponsored by NCEES.


Meet the Winners and Runners-up

Educator Award

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lawrence Family Development Charter School, Lawrence, MA

Stephanie Cross started her professional life as a research scientist, but discovered her passion...

Educator Award

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Sand Creek High School, Colorado Springs, CO

Recognizing that not all students learn the same way, high school teacher Todd Matia has dedicated...

Educator Award

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Foy H. Moody High School, Corpus Christi, TX

Returning to teach in the same high school from which he graduated, Romeo Valdez hopes to instill...

Educator Award

Mars Chocolate North America

Rapoport Academy Public School, Waco, TX

Clay Springer, a middle and high school teacher for the last five years, left a successful business...

Educator Award

Graduate Student, University of Miami, Coral Gables

Atlantic Community High School, Delray Beach, FL

A military veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, Tim Sachse is a high school teacher with...

Educator Award

California State University, Long Beach

Cabrillo High School, Long Beach, CA

A math and technology high school teacher for the last ten years, Fred started his professional...

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.