Bernard M. Gordon Prize

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The Bernard M. Gordon Prize was established in 2001 by the United States National Academy of Engineering . Its purpose is to recognize and reward leaders in science for the development of new educational approaches in the field of mechanical engineering and technology. Each year, the Bernard M. Gordon Prize is awarded with a cash prize of US $ 500,000 . The winner will receive US $ 250,000 of this. The other half of the prize money will be paid out to the institute to support it so that development can continue there. Although the Bernard M. Gordon Prize is relatively new, it is highly regarded.

It is named after the American engineer, entrepreneur and inventor Bernard Marshall Gordon (* 1927), who is considered the father of high-speed analog-digital conversion.

Award criteria

  • The nominee's ability to develop educational paradigms that enable skills and attitudes to be generated and developed for executives in mechanical engineering.
  • Proven impact on the above area and emphasis on transferability of the innovation . Additional criteria can be: a verifiable impact on students (proportion of students pursuing a career in industry, active involvement in the design of the course, pursuit of advanced technical education, etc.), student evaluation of the relevant courses and recognition of the uniqueness of the new pedagogical approach.
  • Significant effects within the institution or the reproducibility at other institutions.
  • Focus on project success.
  • Success in training executives in mechanical engineering . Nominees should be identifiable individuals who have benefited from the innovation, including their past and present positions.
  • The nominee's potential to leverage the award-winning resources and expand the innovative approach, including, but not limited to, the reproducibility of the innovation in other academic fields.
  • Nominees must be or permanent residents of the United States and work in a United States institute to develop the educational approach to mechanical engineering.
  • The award is only given to living people.

Award winners

  • 2002 Eli Fromm for the innovation of integrating technical, social and experiential learning into a Bachelor curriculum.
  • 2004 Frank S. Barnes pioneered an interdisciplinary telecommunications program (ITP) for heads of state and government, bridge building, social sciences, and public order.
  • 2005 Edward J. Coyle , Leah H. Jamieson, and William C. Oakes for advancing the education of future mechanical engineering leaders through the development and dissemination of engineering projects in nonprofit programs (EPICS).
  • 2006 Jens E. Jorgensen , John S. Lamancusa , Lueny Morell , Allen L. Soyster and Jose Zayas-Castro for developing a learning factory in which multidisciplinary student teams develop the qualities and skills of executives in mechanical engineering by solving real problems.
  • 2007 Arthur W. Winston , Harold S. Goldberg and Jerome E. Levy for innovation in mechanical engineering and technology education. You were the founders and lecturers at the Gordon Institute in its early years.
  • 2008 Jacquelyn F. Sullivan and Lawrence E. Carlson for the integrated teaching and learning program that has practical influences on motivation and learning during engineering education for future leaders.
  • 2009 Thomas H. Byers and Tina Seelig for pioneering, constantly evolving and relentless technology dissemination of entrepreneurial education resources for engineering students and educators around the world (Stanford University's STVP program).
  • 2011 Edward Crawley at MIT co-founded the CDIO initiative, innovating and rethinking engineering education. CDIO has over 50 employees worldwide (as of 2011).
  • 2012 Clive L. Dym, M. Mack Gilkeson, and J. Richard Phillips of Harvey Mudd College for creating and disseminating innovations in undergraduate engineering design training for mechanical engineering executives.
  • 2013 Richard Miller, David Kerns, Jr. and Sherra Kerns of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering for establishing Olin College and its student-centered approach to executive education in mechanical engineering.
  • 2014 John P. Collier, Robert J. Graves, Joseph J. Helble and Charles E. Hutchinson from Dartmouth College for their Dartmouth Engineering Entrepreneurship Program .
  • 2015 Simon Pitts, Michael B. Silevitch from Northeastern University for a program to prepare engineers for leadership roles.
  • 2016 Diran Apelian, Arthur C. Heinricher, Richard F. Vaz, Kristin K. Wobbe from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a project-based curriculum in engineering
  • 2017 Julio M. Ottino , Dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University for a holistic, analytical-creative training program for leaders in engineering
  • 2018 Paul G. Yock , for developing and distributing Biodesign worldwide , a biomedical engineering program that creates leadership and innovations that benefit patients
  • 2019 Paul J. Benkeser , Joseph M. Le Doux , Wendy C. Newstetter , for fusing problem-driven engineering education with learning science principles to create a pioneering program that develops leaders in biomedical engineering.
  • 2020 David Kelley , for formalizing the principles and curriculum of 'design thinking' to develop innovative engineering leaders with empathy and creative confidence to generate high-impact solutions.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ William A. Wulf, George MC Fisher: A Makeover for Engineering Education. In: Issues in Science & Technology Spring 2002 pp. 35–39.

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