ABET

Announcing the 2016 ABET Award Recipients

09/12/16


As an organization committed to inspiring excellence in technical education, we admire and applaud remarkable achievements. When we identify truly exceptional efforts by individuals, institutions or organizations, we honor them with one of four major awards.

“We are extremely fortunate to have these winners as part of the ABET family. Each of them has worked tirelessly and achieved a tremendous level of success improving the quality of technical education worldwide and increasing access to higher education for all. Their recognition for excellence and commitment is well deserved.”

-Michael Milligan, the ABET Executive Director and CEO

2016 Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award:

DR. M. DAYNE ALDRIDGE

For his distinguished record of service and accomplishment since 1987, including his role as an influential leader in the conception of EC2000, and developing and leading faculty training workshops on the new criteria. His efforts to transform ABET’s accreditation system to be outcomes based and his efforts to provide the training needed to ensure the success of the new approach have contributed greatly to ABET’s modern, global role.

2016 ABET Fellow Award:

DR. PETE CARRATO

For contributions to development of processes and policies that foster efficient management of ABET’s global accreditation activities, including the Readiness Review process and expansion of commission size.

MR. BRET CLAUSEN

For leadership of the Applied Sciences Commission and Area Delegation during expansion of scope to include general criteria, construction management, mathematics and natural sciences.

DR. ALLEN PARRISH

For advancement of computing education and accreditation by contributions to criteria reform and the development of program criteria for cybersecurity involving industry, university, governmental and military constituencies.

DR. SARAH RAJALA

For sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of engineering accreditation criteria, recruitment of volunteer experts, promotion of accreditation globally, advocacy for diversity and leadership of the Engineering Accreditation Commission.

2016 Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity:

DR. RENETTA GARRISON TULL

For visionary leadership as founding director of the PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate and her commitment to achieving greater diversity and inclusion in technical fields.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN — PLATTEVILLE, WOMEN IN ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE PROGRAM

In recognition of WEMS’ exceptional and enduring commitment to developing programs for the recruitment, retention and professional success of women in the STEM fields.

ANITA BORG INSTITUTE

In recognition of the Anita Borg Institute’s outstanding commitment and contributions to increasing the representation of women technologists in the global workforce and its worldwide impact on enhancing technology.

2016 ABET Innovation Award:

WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE (WPI) — ROBOTICS ENGINEERING PROGRAM

For developing and implementing the first ABET-accredited undergraduate Robotics Engineering program in the United States. The program incorporates an innovative, project-based curriculum that integrates computer science, engineering and entrepreneurship. It is producing large numbers of successful graduates, while serving as a model for Robotics Engineering programs at other institutions.