Award for Engineering Education Engagement

About this Award

Awarded for fostering an excellent standard of purposeful and successful engagement with multiple stakeholders in Australasian Engineering Education, such as colleagues, industry, and students. The award recognises a collegiate approach to quality learning and teaching practice and/or research and a sharing of educational expertise across multiple contexts.

Applicants may be individuals or small teams. Nominations of colleagues for this award are encouraged.

Applications could consider areas such as strategic collaboration in teaching, capacity building in engineering education practice and/or research, facilitating engineering education special interest groups, and engaging other disciplines, the profession and other key stakeholders in engineering education and research. Evidence of outcomes of engagement and broader impact is essential.

2022 Nominations Open 1 March 2022
Judging Criteria
Submission Guidelines

Judging Criteria

  • Focus and relevance – Clearly demonstrate the nature, extent, and importance of engagement with stakeholders in Australasian Engineering Education, such as colleagues, industry and/or students.
  • Evidence and impact – Present compelling evidence of positive impact within Australasian Engineering Education stemming from the approach to stakeholder engagement including how the contribution has been disseminated within the AAEE community.
  • Clarity and readability – exhibit clear, concise, and precise exposition that appeals to a broad readership interested in engineering education.

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following for your submission:

  • Profile image
  • Short biography (200 words)
  • Abstract summarising nomination (150 words)
  • For team nominations: Statement communicating the percent contribution of each team member and a summary of what each team member’s contribution was to the substantive work.
  • Statement addressing the criteria (maximum of five A4 pages with minimum 12-point font)


$2500 plus a framed certificate

2020 Winner

Cris Birzer, Nick Brown, Eva Cheng, Sarah Herkess, Beatrix Neville, Tanja Rosenqvist, Jeremy Smith, Alison Stoakley and Jennifer Turner

For ‘Humanitarian Design Summits’

Humanitarian Design Summits is a team application for the AAEE award for Engineering Education Engagement. The application has been led by Nick Brown (RMIT), Sarah Herkess (EWB), Jeremy Smith (ANU), Jennifer Turner (SUT), Eva Cheng (UTS), Cris Birzer (UoA), Alison Stoakley (EWB), Beatrix Neville (EWB) and, Tanja Rosenqvist (RMIT).

This small team represent dozens of academics, educators, and practitioners who have contributed to the design and delivery of the Humanitarian Design Summit program over the past six years.

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) led Humanitarian Design Summits (EWB Summits) are two-week immersive cross-cultural study-abroad programs that embed human-centred values and approaches in engineering, design, and technology.

Since the first EWB Summit in January 2015, more than 1500 students from 35 universities have participated. Sustained success has derived from the purposeful engagement with multiple stakeholders, including EWB, 32 Australian and three New Zealand universities, university students, academics, and dozens of local partner organisations.

The engagement has resulted in approximately $4,800,000 in student mobility funding and almost $500,000 universities’ administrative funding, much from consortia applications.

Through this engagement with EWB Summits, universities across Australasia have produced graduates with greater global awareness, understanding of the implementation of engineering and technology within society, and stronger consideration of the social impacts of engineering. EWB Summits are raising the quality of engineering education across Australasia and redefining engineering as a human-centred profession.