Frequently Asked Questions

Who can nominate?

Only the representative of an active IFEES member society may officially submit nomination packages. Individuals who are members of an IFEES organization must go through his or her IFEES representative in order to submit a nomination package. For a list of IFEES member representatives, please see the Members page.

Who can be nominated?

Any individual who has made outstanding and original contributions to engineering education through exemplary teaching, research, and/or leadership innovations.

What are the judging criteria?

The recipient of this award is expected to have made an outstanding contribution to undergraduate or graduate engineering education and whose impact extends beyond the individuals’ institution of employment. Criteria to be considered include, but are not limited to:

  1. Educational Impact:
    • Theoretical background in engineering education such as a university degree, teaching experience, authorship of educational materials related to engineering education, pedagogy and andragogy, and lifelong learning
    • Curriculum development such as experience in helping academic universities evaluate and make improvements in engineering curriculum reflecting current research and current knowledge in the creation of “state of the art” learning experiences and design in engineering courses; contributions made by corporate or industry representatives to the educational program
    • Development and use of educational tools such as the development and implementation of teaching/learning tools that are or can be made available to instructors and learners using a variety of technology, active learning principles, didactics, etc.; could be used in face-to-face or online programs to enhance the learning experience of learners and teaching experience of instructors
    • Excellence in teaching such as demonstrated acknowledgement by students and peers of their teaching ability
  2. Engineering Impact:
    • Research and development activities in engineering education  such as demonstrated examples of integration and implementation of research findings/results in engineering education and on-going research with peers or students
    • Training of engineering educators or students such as activities within and outside of one’s academic institution; serving on graduate committees, teaching classes for individuals interested in going into engineering education; consulting with other academic colleagues on a national or international level
    • Mentorship of new faculty and students such as demonstrative examples of work sharing knowledge to help new faculty become better instructors; helping students at all levels prepare for successful engineering careers in industry or in academia
  3. Overall Impact
    • Outstanding professional service such as the participation in professional and educational associations, policy-making bodies, national and international programs, awards, etc.
    • Impact on diversity and the workforce such as the development of curriculum/programs to include more diversity and global competencies of engineers
    • Outstanding contributions to engineering education literature such as the authorship of educational materials published in engineering journals or conference proceedings; presentations in conferences and workshops; recognition as a leader in engineering education

How is the decision made?

The criteria will be evaluated within three categories; Educational Impact, Engineering Impact and Overall Impact. Each category contains subsections which are rated on a scale of 1-10. Each nominee’s score will be a summation of all scores with overall impact carrying a 1.5 weight factor.

The Awards Committee will use a scoring matrix to make a recommendation to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will make a final decision to reject or accept the Awards Committee’s recommendation.

Who is on the IFEES Awards Committee?

The committee who will make recommendations for the 2017 Duncan Fraser Award consists of distinguished IFEES member representatives. The 2017 Chair of the IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Awards Committee is Uriel Cukierman (IFEES Immediate Past President). The Committee includes Stephanie Farrell (IUCEE), Marc Fry (Granta Design), Gudrun Kammasch (IPW), Linda Krute (IACEE), Miguel Angel Sosa (IFEES Executive Committee) and Hans-Jürgen Hoyer (IFEES Secretariat).

Who is on the Executive Committee?

For a list of the current Executive Committee, please see the IFEES Leadership page.

Who sponsors the IFEES Award?

The 2017 sponsors include Dassault Systèmes (representative Xavier Fouger), Granta Design (representative Marc Fry) and National Instruments (representative David Wilson).

We are grateful for the IFEES’ Corporate members who have supported all costs for previous IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Awards.