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Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award

The Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumni (OEA) Award recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement. It rewards outstanding alumni for success in their field and for the impact they have had and will continue to have on society and their profession. Established in 1966, the award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering.


Nominees must be College of Engineering alumni. Current members of the University faculty or staff are not eligible. Eligible candidates should have a record of professional achievements that are widely recognized for their quality and significance.


Outstanding Engineering Alumni are nominated by the academic department heads in the College of Engineering. Each department head submits one nomination for the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award based on suggestions from faculty, students, alumni, or a combination of the three. The department then prepares a nomination dossier, including a completed nomination form and any other documentation appropriate for making the best case for selection. The nominee should not be contacted for information for the dossier.


All nominations are sent to the college’s executive committee prior to the selection date for review. At the selection meeting, each department head will have an opportunity to make a brief oral presentation in support of that department's candidate, followed by committee discussion. Executive committee members will grade each candidate on a scale of 0 to 4. All candidates receiving an average grade of 3.0 or better will be selected for final consideration.


For more information, contact Michelle Schafer, director of alumni relations and events, at

  • Nominations are currently closed. For more information, contact Michelle Schafer, director of alumni relations and events, at
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