Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award

Susan E. Conry, 2019 Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award recipient.

About the Award

The Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award honors an individual whose rare commitment and enduring impact has made ABET a better organization.

For this reason, a Grinter Award recipient may not be chosen every year, only when the discernable influence of one ABET Expert’s tenure warrants singular recognition. Their achievements are not year-to-year, they span decades and have shaped the course of our work.

The award is our highest honor and the contributions of its recipients define our organization.

Linton E. Grinter

Linton E. Grinter

In 1972, Dr. Linton E. Grinter received the first Distinguished Service Award from ABET’s predecessor, the Engineer’s Council for Professional Development (ECPD). To convey the lasting impact that his achievements would have, the award was immediately renamed in his honor.

Dr. Grinter was an outstanding leader, as a member of ECPD and as an academic. Among his many achievements, he chaired the committees that produced three reports that have had major effects on engineering education: (1) the 1945 Manual of Graduate Study in Engineering; (2) the groundbreaking 1955 Report of the Committee on Evaluation of Engineering Education, now known as “The Grinter Report” —a major work in the development of engineering curricula that outlines specific objectives for both the technical and humanities areas of study necessary for future engineers; and (3) the 1972 Report on Engineering Technology Education.

His professional career spanned over 50 years and included many awards and honors from his peers. From 1963-1967, Dr. Grinter served as Vice President and President of the ECPD. His powerful insight into the future of the engineering profession was not merely felt by the ECPD and the engineering education of his time; his enduring legacy continues to shape our work throughout technical education and across the globe.

Recipients of the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award are ABET Experts who follow in Grinter’s footsteps, surpassing the highest expectations of effort and commitment. It is our organization’s highest honor.

ABET did not confer a Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award in 2020. 

2019 Winner

Susan E. Conry 

Susan E. Conry was Distinguished Service Professor at Clarkson University until her retirement as Professor Emerita in 2015. She holds a B.S. degree in mathematics, as well as her master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering, all from Rice University. Beginning in 1975, Conry was at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, where she held appointments in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She served as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for five years and was Director of Software Engineering from 2007 until her retirement.

She has been engaged in accreditation activities since 1985. Conry served the Computing Sciences Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of CSAB as a program evaluator, commissioner, and member of the executive committee representing the IEEE Computer Society from 1985 until 1992. Conry also served as a member of EAC of ABET from 2002 until 2013 and has served on the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA). Conry continues to serve the engineering education community as an ABET adjunct accreditation director for engineering.

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Award Benefits

The award winner will be honored during the ABET Awards program on October 31, 2020. The recipient will also be featured on our website and social media pages as well as recognized in a press release.


The Nomination Kit

The Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award, like all other ABET Awards, is given to a nominee selected by his or her 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.

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