ABET Innovation Award

Officers of the Integrated Southern Tagalog Association of IT Education (iSITE), which received the 2020 ABET Innovation Award for its IT Students Capacity Building Program.

About the Award

The ABET Innovation Award recognizes vision and commitment that challenge the status-quo in technical education.

It honors an individual and/or a program or an institutional team that has broken new ground by developing and implementing innovation into an ABET-accredited program.

True innovation is hard to define, but easy to identify. This award distinguishes programs that have brought a new dimension to education in areas like: curriculum development, laboratory experiences, teaching methodologies, cross-disciplinary programs, experiential learning – almost anything designed and proven to improve a student’s educational experience.

2020 Winner

IT Students Capacity Building Program by iSITE — Integrated Southern Tagalog Association of IT Education

For providing collaborative industry-aligned seminars, training and conferences to students in geographically dispersed IT programs and promoting opportunities for students to interact, learn and showcase their work.

iSITE, or Integrated Southern Tagalog Association of IT Education, was founded in September 2015 by eight deans of different universities in Region 4 of the Philippines. It is an association with student members that provides seminars, conferences and research presentations. As IT is a fast-changing technology, the organization provides students with the opportunity to be updated in the latest technology through lectures from industry experts. Seminars and conferences provide students with the sharing of knowledge to prepare them for their future careers in the IT industry.

The organization also provides the sharing of resources and facilities of big universities to smaller schools and colleges, showcasing the talents and skills of IT students during the annual IT Skills competitions in different programming languages, such as C++, Java, Visual Basic and Android. The competitions become an avenue for students to gain confidence in their proficiency in the programming languages and positions them for success in their future jobs.

The Student Capacity Building Program of iSITE has organized technical and non-technical seminars and training, regional research presentations for thesis and capstone projects and has connected standout IT students with prestigious industries across the country. Each event has been attended by over 30 schools and universities in the region, catering to over 800 participants. Students are trained to compete in national IT competitions, positioning them for success in their career endeavors after graduation.

The program exposes students to the latest technological advancements, including drones and robotics, teaches them about the research outputs of various school-student participants and provides a fun and exciting environment for students to showcase their outstanding skills in programming. Above all, sharing and collaboration are fostered throughout the program, building the students’ confidence in their abilities to succeed in a constantly evolving profession.

Watch this video from iSITE to learn more about the impact of the IT Students Capacity Building Program.

Award Benefits

  • Recognition at the 2020 ABET Awards program on in the fall of 2021
  • $10,000 cash prize
  • Recipient and their work will be featured on the award page, recognized in a press release, ABET news announcement and ABET social media pages.

The Nomination Kit

The ABET Innovation Award is given to a nominee selected by their peers. To learn more about the process and criteria involved, or to nominate one of your peers, download and review the nomination kit below. The deadline for nominations is April 20, and only complete nominations with references will be accepted.

Download Nomination Kit

Past Recipients

2019: Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Consortium

For community-building around and dissemination of the Vertically Integrated Projects model, a scalable, cost-effective approach to undergraduate research adopted by 35 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more.

2018: Formula Hybrid Competition, founded by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

For national leadership and impact in uniquely challenging students in ABET-accredited programs to collaborate across disciplines to provide innovative design experiences and build fuel-efficient, high-performance hybrid vehicles. Learn more.

2017: Iron Range Engineering and Twin Cities Engineering, Minnesota State University, Mankato

For educating their students in innovative ABET-accredited programs that feature trans-disciplinary thinking, industry-sponsored project-based learning, experiential learning in context, competency-based assessments and significant exposure to professionalism, design and creativity. Learn more.

2016: 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. Learn more.