ABET Innovation Award

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 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.

2018 Winner

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

The annual Formula Hybrid competition challenges teams of engineering students to design and construct a fuel-efficient hybrid or electric vehicle.

Working throughout the academic year, student teams plan, design and build their cars before bringing them to the four-day competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Thousands of undergraduate and graduate students from institutions around the world have participated in Formula Hybrid since it was launched by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in 2007.

The competition facilitates collaboration across disciplines, with teams comprised of computer science, mechanical and electrical engineering students.

Teams demonstrate their creativity and engineering skills in design, acceleration, handling, energy efficiency and endurance.

Formula Hybrid is part of the Collegiate Design Series organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Each year more than 100 volunteers, from sponsors such as Fiat Chrysler, GM, Ford, IEEE and Toyota, support the students as mentors and judges. Many of the sponsors go on to offer opportunities to the Formula Hybrid participants they meet during the competition.

For uniquely challenging students to collaborate across disciplines to build fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, we honor Formula Hybrid Competition with the 2018 ABET Innovation Award.

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 30th, and only complete nominations with references will be accepted.

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Past Recipients

 

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.