Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award

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.

2018 Winner

Lawrence G. Jones

Rising from a program evaluator for CSAB to ABET President in 2015, Lawrence G. Jones, Ph.D., has participated in every level of accreditation. During his tenure, he has played major roles in shaping our organization into what it is today. His work resulted in the harmonization of criteria across disciplines, a streamlined governance structure and a new set of strategic priorities. In addition, Jones assisted in bringing information technology into the CAC and is currently working on developing two-year cybersecurity criteria.

Jones holds over 50 years of experience in software development, management, research, and education. He served a career in the US Air Force and is the former Chair of the Computer Science Department at the Air Force Academy. In 2013, he retired from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Jones is a senior member of both IEEE and ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery). Jones was on the ABET Board of Directors from 2009 to 2017 and its Executive Committee from 2010 to 2014. He served as ABET President from 2015-16.


Award Benefits

The award winner will be recognized at the 2019 ABET Awards in Baltimore on November 1, 2019. ABET will cover round trip travel and accommodations for two to attend. Recipients 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 30th, and only complete nominations with references will be accepted.

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