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Gordon Engineering Leadership Center

Engineering Leadership Awards


The Gordon Center will present annual Engineering Leadership Awards to recognize outstanding student, industrial/government/military and academic leaders.

The purpose of the awards program is to reward and recognize successful leaders and to promote positive role models for Jacobs School of Engineering students.

Recipients of the award are first nominated by mentors and are then chosen through a competitive selection process. Nominees will have demonstrated excellence in the following areas:

  • Leadership skills should be evidenced in prior engineering, academic, industry or community projects serving their employers, departments or fellow students. Nominees will have proven or emerging ability to influence others in the profession, the skills to set and attain goals and the ability to help others grow in their knowledge and leadership skills.
  • Engineering ability should be distinguished by nominees' skills as compared to those of their colleagues or peer group and have demonstrated a strong grasp of engineering knowledge through implementation of technical solutions in competitions or real-world challenges.
  • Communications skills that produce effective and inspiring spoken, written and electronic communications to individuals and groups.
  • Teamwork ability as demonstrated through effective team management, collaboration and contributions towards a common goal.

Winners receive a medal, membership in the Gordon Center Alumni Network and a monetary award as follows:

  • Undergraduate recipients: $2,500
  • Graduate recipients: $10,000
  • No monetary award for professional recipients
  • High School recipients: $500 (COSMOS only)

Learn more about how to submit an Engineering Leadership Award Nomination.