Casasent Outstanding Research Award

The David P. Casasent Outstanding Research Award is made to a faculty member within the College of Engineering in recognition of an exceptional research contribution that has enhanced the reputation of the College of Engineering in a global or national context.

This award is for a research accomplishment that has occurred during the candidate's time in the college and has received significant praise from experts in the field. It is designed to recognize a singular research accomplishment and is not meant to recognize an accumulated record of accomplishments.

The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium. The award will be given annually (if appropriate).


The basis for selection will be the degree to which the nominee has achieved an exceptional research contribution as evidenced by publications, patents, citations, or other criteria deemed important by experts in the field. Outstanding research contributions can take a variety of forms including, but not limited to, theoretical advances, experimental results, development of engineering systems and tools.



The award is open to any faculty member, or team of faculty members, in the College of Engineering, including regular, research, and special faculty, 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 Awards and Recognition Committee for Faculty by the deadline (typically towards the end of the Spring semester), to be announced each year. Documentation to support the nomination should include:

  • a citation of approximately 100 words,
  • a one-page justification of the nomination,
  • a current copy of the nominee's resume,
  • letters from Carnegie Mellon and external sources who can attest to the singular research accomplishment of the nominee(s) and document the impacts of the accomplishment, and
  • any other optional materials the nominators may consider appropriate.

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