NCEES is pleased to announce that the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the grand prize winner of the 2019 NCEES Engineering Education Award. The university received the award for a project completed by the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The award jury met June 4, 2019, in Clemson, S.C., to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

For the school’s project, Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, architectural engineering students collaborated with professional engineers, architects, and other professionals to design the structural, mechanical, and electrical systems for the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts on the Hope College campus in Holland, Mich. The design offers superior acoustics, integrated timber or engineered wood throughout 25 percent of the building, and a rooftop amenity space that can be used year-round.

The jury praised the project for involving different engineering disciplines and a practical design solution.

The jury selected seven additional winners to receive awards of $10,000 each:

Additional winners

  • Lipscomb University
 Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering
    Sustainable Water Treatment Prototype System for a Ghanaian Orphanage, School, and Hospital Campus
  • Seattle University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Infrastructure Improvement of a County Road
  • Seattle University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of a County Pump Station
  • Smith College Picker Engineering Program
    Development of a Culvert Evaluation Program
  • University of Cincinnati Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management
    Hoyes Field Elementary — A Net-Zero Energy School
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Alternative Energy Generation at School A
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Design for Removal of VOCs at Drinking Water Well 18

The NCEES Engineering Education Award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. EAC/ABET-accredited programs from all engineering disciplines were invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.

A jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and engineering societies selected the winners from the 51 entries. The jury members considered the following criteria:

  • Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
  • Protection of health, safety, and welfare of the public
  • Multidiscipline and/or allied profession participation
  • Knowledge or skills gained
  • Effectiveness of display board, abstract, and project description

Profiles of the winning submissions are available online at