This prize sheds a light on how engineering can be done to promote new modes of engagement, research, development, and design that elevate the values of environmental protection, social justice, human rights, and peace.
Pushing the boundaries of engineering: We need to bring to light the generative work being done by engineers who are pushing the boundaries of the technical world their discipline traditionally encompasses. It is important to recognize those engineers who are infusing their works with greater attention to and evidence of peace, social justice and respect for our fragile environment such that they may inspire others—from students to retired engineers—to new heights in centering ideas of environmental protection, social justice, human rights, and peace in engineering.
It recognizes both engineers and thoughtful collaborations between engineers and individuals, communities, and organizations that are striving to promote these ideals. In totality, we seek to create a constellation of people and efforts that can help reimagine what engineering is for.
Expertise is everywhere (if we know where to look for it): We need to bring to light the important engineering, technological, and scientific work that frontline, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities are doing to elevate the professional and compassionate standards engineers can hold themselves to if they want to continually raise the bar on how to serve the public and environmental good.