Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research

The Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research will be presented to one or more individuals within Carnegie Mellon every year for their contributions to systems research in areas that are relevant to the College of Engineering. The award will consist of a plaque and a gold medal or $1,500. This will be given individually to all awardees in the event that there is more than one award in any year. The award is to be presented annually (if appropriate), but no less than once every two years.


All teaching and research faculty and research staff who have at least a courtesy appointment in the College of Engineering and who are involved in a College of Engineering-related research agenda. For purposes of this award, a nominee will be considered to have a courtesy appointment in the College of Engineering if he/she has a courtesy appointment in the Engineering Research Accelerator (ERA) or in any one of the academic departments within the College of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy, Material Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering).


The basis for selection will be the degree to which the nominee has made significant contribution to systems research in areas relevant to ERA, as evidenced by one or more of the following:

  • furthering the goal of interconnecting people, physical, and information,

  • development and demonstration of an engineered system,

  • enhancing education in systems through the development of courses, publishing textbooks (paper or electronic), or a body of knowledge that is of pedagogical importance, and

  • causing a paradigm shift in systems research.

Any Carnegie Mellon faculty member may nominate qualified individuals for this award. Nominations for the award can be submitted to the College of Engineering Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs by the deadline. Documentation to support the nomination should include:

  • a citation of up to 100 words

  • a letter of nomination up to two pages describing how the nomee meets the award criteria

  • the nominee's current CV

  • at least two but no more than five letters of reference

  • additional materials the nominators may consider appropriate, recommended under 10 page

Selection of the award winner or winners is performed by the College of Engineering Faculty Awards and Recognition Committee. All College of Engineering Faculty awards will be announced at the Annual College of Engineering Faculty Awards Event.