Distinguished Professor of Engineering

The Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award is made to an individual faculty member within the College of Engineering in recognition of exceptional achievements that have enhanced the reputation of the college. The award consists of a medal and an honorarium. This award is to be given no more frequently than once every two years, when appropriate.

Nominations are accepted in even numbered years.


  • extraordinary research contributions
  • innovative and lasting contributions to education
  • sustained excellence in teaching
  • leadership in local, national, or global initiatives related to engineering and the impacts of technology on society
  • leadership in college or university initiatives that have had a significant impact on engineering education and research at Carnegie Mellon


The award is open to any full-time faculty member in the College of Engineering, in the regular, research, teaching, and special faculty tracks, without regard to age or academic rank. 

Nomination requirements

Nominations for the award can be submitted by all members of the College of Engineering community to the College of Engineering Recognition Committee for Faculty by the deadline. Documentation to support the nomination should include:

  • a citation of no more than 100 words
  • a nomination letter of no more than two pages, including justification of the nomination
  • a current curriculum vitae for the nominee
  • letters of reference (at least five and not more than ten) from Carnegie Mellon and external sources who can attest to the achievements and document their impacts
  • any other optional materials the nominators may consider appropriate, recommended to be not more than ten pages

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