ISPE Young Engineer of the Year Award
This award recognizes a young ISPE member who has made outstanding contributions to the Engineering Profession and the community during the early years of one’s career.
Nomination Process/Method of Selection
Any licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Engineering Intern (EI), and ISPE member in good standing, who is 35 years of age or younger as of January first in the year the award is to be presented, is eligible for nomination. The nomination shall be made either by an ISPE chapter or an individual ISPE member in good standing Only one submission per chapter or individual member shall be allowed.
Current officers and directors of ISPE are not eligible for nomination.
The ISPE Honor Awards Committee makes the selection of the recipient based on the following criteria:
- Collegiate educational and extra-curricula achievements
- Professional society activities, positions held, and achievements
- Technical society activities, positions held, and achievements
- Community and humanitarian activities, positions held, and achievements
- Career positions and responsibilities after completion of Baccalaureate degree
- Engineering career achievements
Complete nomination packets shall not exceed 10 8-1/2” by 11” pages. Submissions must include the attached Nomination Form as the cover page, including the nominee’s signature. This form and all accompanying sheets – except for supporting documentation -- shall be typed in 11-point Arial font. Supporting pages shall identify to which of the seven criteria categories each applies. Lastly, please provide a statement of 500 words or less, which is suitable to be used as a press release that provides an overview of the nominee’s achievements and summarizes why the nominee is deserving of this award. Provide at least two media outlets to which this statement should be sent if the nominee is selected for this award.
Deadline and Submission
Nomination packets must be e-mailed no later than March 31 to info@IllinoisEngineer.com in the year for which the nomination applies. Nominations will not be carried forward to a subsequent year.
The award will be presented at the ISPE Annual Conference (usually conducted in July).
The nominee shall be 35 years of age or younger as of January first in the year for which the award is to be presented.
Although registration as an EI by the nominee is satisfactory, licensure as a Professional Engineer will be given greater consideration.
The nominee must be a ISPE member in good standing.
The Honor Awards Committee members will evaluate the nominee based on the seven criteria categories and score each with a maximum amount of points based on the following table.
10 points - Collegiate educational and extra-curricular achievements
20 points - Professional society activities, positions held, and achievements
15 points - Technical society activities, positions held, and achievements
15 points - Community and humanitarian activities, positions held, and achievements
15 points - Career positions after completion of Baccalaureate degree
25 points - Engineering career achievements
100 - Total for all categories
Basis for Nomination
A. Collegiate educational and extra-curricular achievements
Include undergraduate and post-graduate degree(s) with institution, major(s), and date for each degree; honorary societies; scholastic awards; organizations in which the nominee participated, and any other activities deemed relevant to this category.
B. Professional society activities, positions held, and achievements
These should include any non-technical organizations (e.g. NSPE, SWE, NSBE, and SHPE) at the national, state, and local level. Include affiliations, positions held, awards received, notable achievement, etc.
C. Technical society activities, positions held, and achievements
Representative organizations in this category include the founding societies (e.g. ASCE, ASME, and IEEE) and any others for which the nominee’s technical prowess is applicable. Include affiliations, positions held, awards received, notable achievement, etc.
D. Community and humanitarian activities, positions held, and achievements
This category includes a wide swath of organizational activities, including service organizations, scouting, governmental service, religious organizations, and others intended to assist people and/or improve quality of life. Include affiliations, positions held, awards received, and noteworthy achievements with explanation of each’s significance in the particular activity, etc.
E. Career positions after completion of Baccalaureate degree
Include each employer, location, dates of employment. Describe nominee’s position(s) with each employer and your responsibilities, e.g. number of persons supervised, size of budget managed, and types of duties.
F. Engineering career achievements
Describe nominee’s accomplishments in each employment experience and the significance of them. Include customer/client feedback that reflects nominee’s value. Provide information about patents either awarded or pending, awards for work performed or results achieved, and any other information that enhances the nominee’s worthiness for this award. Note this is the most significant category for scoring.