The George Tallman Ladd award is made to a faculty member within the College of Engineering in recognition of outstanding research and professional accomplishments and potential. The award is in the form of a memento and an honorarium. More than one award may be made in each year.


The basis for selection will be excellence in research as measured by:

  • scholarly publications
  • research program development
  • development of funding
  • awards and other recognition


The award is restricted to assistant professors in the College of Engineering who have not yet been considered for promotion to Associate Professor. “Not yet considered” in this context means faculty whose package for promotion to Associate Professor has not yet been submitted to the College. Faculty whose promotion is being considered during the current academic year are not eligible. Faculty who are assistant professors when nominated and who will still be assistant professors when the award is given (the Fall after their nomination) are eligible.

Faculty can be nominated no more than twice regardless of the length of their appointment as an assistant professor.

Nomination requirements

Nominations for the award will be submitted by the College of Engineering department heads to the College of Engineering Awards and Recognition Committee for Faculty by the deadline. Each department head may submit only one nomination each year.

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
  • the nominee-generated CV following the RPT template. This should NOT include the department letter, letters of reference, or any other supporting information.

No letters other than the nomination letter should be submitted. The candidate may be re-nominated once.

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.

About the donors

Educated at Yale and Cornell, George Tallman Ladd founded several companies bearing his name, including the Pittsburgh-based engineering firm, George T. Ladd Company. He served on the boards of many local companies, such as Union Switch & Signal and Westinghouse Electric, and served many local civic organizations as a board member, including Carnegie Institute of Technology. He was a trustee of the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1938 until his death in 1943. The bequest of Ladd and his wife, Florence Barrett Ladd, formed a foundation that has funded faculty research in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon for the past 70 years.