Fenves Award for Systems Research

The Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research will be presented to an individual or group of individuals within the college of engineering who have made a significant contribution to systems research. The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium. This award will be given annually (if appropriate).


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

  • furthering the goal of interconnecting people, physical systems, 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
  • causing a paradigm shift in systems research



All regular, teaching, research, and special faculty in the College of Engineering who are involved in College of Engineering-related systems research are eligible.


Nomination requirements

Any Carnegie Mellon faculty member may nominate qualified individuals for this award. Nominations can be submitted to the College of Engineering Awards and 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 two and no more than five) 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.