The Mortenson Center engages in Global Engineering and combines education, research, and partnerships to positively impact vulnerable people and their environment by improving development tools and practice. Our vision is a world where everyone has safe water, sanitation, energy, food, shelter, and infrastructure. Our work toward this vision is guided by the following values:

  • We believe in improving lives through producing high-quality, actionable evidence.
  • We value partnerships with communities, governments, universities, businesses and nonprofits to align our skills and maximize impact.
  • We value professionally, culturally, economically and ethnically diverse, inclusive and relevant perspectives.
  • We don’t have all the answers, and we can’t do this alone. We value humility in our work.
  • We value evidence-based decision making in the application of tools and practices.
  • We act with integrity to protect those involved in our work and prioritize our community partners.

The Mortenson Center is hosting the second annual Global Engineering Awards recognizing a professional and a student whose work aligns with the Mortenson Center’s mission and vision. The nomination process is now open, and nominations will be accepted until January 31, 2020. Additional details on the nomination process are included below.

Recipients of the award will be notified by February 7, 2020 and the awards will be given to recipients in person at the Global Engineering Awards on the evening of March 4, 2020. This event will feature an opening reception, in collaboration with the Colorado WASH Symposium, followed by the awards ceremony and a keynote speech by humanitarian and former NASA astronaut Ron Garan. Mr. Garan is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Orbital Perspective and is currently launching two new books: Railroad to the Moon and Floating in Darkness.
 

Read about the 2019 Global Engineering Awards Recipients.

 

Nomination Process

Qualifications

These awards seek to highlight the work of individuals who contribute to the field of global engineering. This encompasses not only those students and professionals in traditional engineering disciplines, with a focus on positive impact in low- and middle-income countries, but also those who are in related disciplines that take a solutions-oriented approach to the same challenges - water, sanitation, energy, food, shelter, and infrastructure. These related disciplines include global health, environmental science, atmospheric science, agricultural science, geography, governance, policy and community advocacy.

Student

  • Currently enrolled in a degree program in engineering or a related discipline or have graduated from such a program within the last two years;
  • Engaged in education, research and/or practice that aligns with the Mortenson Center’s mission and vision; and
  • Has demonstrated a commitment to improving development tools and practice to achieve positive impact.

Professional

  • Currently working in a field of engineering or in a related discipline;
  • Engaged in education, research and/or practice that aligns with the Mortenson Center’s mission and vision; and
  • Has demonstrated a commitment to improving development tools and practice to achieve positive impact.

Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents should be included in the nomination package:

  • Two letters of support (one page each) explaining why the nominee should be considered for the award, and
  • The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae.

Nomination Submission

Nominations and supporting documents should be submitted by 11:59pm on January 31, 2020. Once materials are submitted they will remain in the nomination pool for three years. Additional materials on the nominee can be submitted each year to update the nomination. Any questions can be submitted by email to the Mortenson Center Managing Director Laura MacDonald: laura.a.macdonald@colorado.edu

Recipient Notification

Recipients of the award will be notified by February 7, 2020, and the awards will be given in person at the Global Engineering Awards in Boulder, Colorado, on the evening of March 4, 2020. The Mortenson Center will cover recipients' travel and accommodation.

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