The nomination window for our third round of recipients is now open until December 9, 2022. 

Click here to access the nomination form!

Who and what are we recognizing?

  • Engineers in the US who have used their engineering training to promote social justice, human rights, peace, and/or environmental protection within the US

  • Engineers in the US doing work that may be invisible yet inspirational

    • Work--no matter how unglamorous--that may be entirely innovative in the context that it is unfolding in

    • Work that has had sustained impact

    • Work that shows how engineers can be deeply integrated into social change

  • Transformative collaborations in the US between engineers and communities that are promoting social justice, human rights, peace, and/or environmental protection within the US.

The engineers do not need to be professional/licensed engineers, and can be engineers from academia, non-profits, government, industry, small business, or civil society.

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What is the award in 2022?

We are still in start-up mode, and so, just like for our first two years, we start this award with goodwill. In the nomination form, we ask what support might benefit nominees' efforts the most. The award committee will leverage the resources we have to try to provide this support. We will also connect awardees with our networks, help share their stories through multimedia and communication efforts, and intentionally and thoroughly document their work so that it may serve as inspiration to others. As time progresses, the award will evolve, and while we start this award with a focus on work in the US, that may change in the future, too. We have no set number of awards. All winners will join the Constellation Prize Community of Practice (see below), which is a space of support and growth of these efforts.

 

We have no financial backing or funding for this award, apart from small donations we have received from well-wishers. Any and all efforts we undertake are without any financial interests. 

Our Vision: The Constellation Prize Community of Practice

In addition to using the Constellation Prize to recognize and celebrate engineers and collaborative efforts that are reimagining the role of engineering in society, it is our vision to establish and sustain a community of practice that is actively contributing to social justice, human rights, peace, and environmental protection through engineering.  We believe this community will become a beacon of motivation and opportunity for practicing engineers, academics, students, and community leaders who recognize the status quo is not acceptable.

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What is the nomination process in 2022? 

Nominations can come from anywhere in the world recognizing engineers and collaborative efforts in the US. Self-nominations will be accepted. You may nominate an engineer and/or a collaborative effort that demonstrates 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.

Below are the prompts in the nomination form

  1. What has this nominee's effort demonstrated or achieved, either through their own work or collaboratively,  that serves as a model for creating an engineering profession that promotes the values of environmental protection, social justice, human rights, and/or peace? 

  2. How has the nominee's engineering shaped the outcomes and impact of the work? 

  3. What challenging constraints has the nominee overcome in achieving their impact?

  4. In what ways were other stakeholders involved in shaping the engineering done in this work? How did the nominee listen to and elevate the voices of other stakeholders in pursuing their impact?

  5. Please feel free to provide website URLs, LinkedIn profile URL, and/or social media links (max three total links) which provide additional exposure to the nominee and her/his impactful work. If the URL links to documents/reports, specify no more than three such document/reports the selection committee should consider.

  6. How could the nominee's work be scaled to multiply its impact?

Timeline

  • Nominations accepted through no later than December 9, 2022

  • Winner(s) announced in early 2023