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 mid-August and close in mid-November. During this time, DiscoverE Steering Committee and Diversity Council 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 participating DiscoverE Steering Committee or Diversity Council member organization are eligible (see list of participating organizations below).

Nomination forms must be submitted online by Friday, October 17, 2014, unless otherwise advised by the designated contact at your society.  Contact your society early in the process to confirm the deadline. 

Engineers 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2014, are the focus of this recogintion program.

Nominees 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.

2013-14 Participating Organizations

To apply for New Faces, you must be a member of one of the following (2014-15 list to be announced by August 11). To confirm the application deadline for your society, click below to send an email.

The New Faces 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 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 and Requirements

The application is available starting September 30, 2014. The application deadline is November 14, 2014. Nominees are announced on February 12, 2015, and winners are announced on April 2, 2015.

You can apply if….

  • You are an undergraduate engineering student (3rd, 4th, 5th year) as of September 30, 2014. (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. (See list below. Not a member? It's not too late to join! Click on participating society below to learn how.)
  • 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 previously submitted an application or were selected as a nominee. (Past winners are not eligible).

2013-14 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 winner. (2014-15 list to be announced in September 2014).

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): $1000
NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers): $500
NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers): $500
SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers): $500
SME Education Foundation (Society of Manufacturing Engineers): $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.