The 2023 nomination form is now open! Deadline to nominate is January 15, 2023. 

The 5th Annual Global Engineering Awards will take place on March 9, 2023 in Boulder, Colorado. 

The Mortenson Center hosts the annual Global Engineering Awards to recognize one professional and one student whose work aligns with the Mortenson Center’s mission and vision. 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-resource settings, 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.

A man with a beard and glasses smiling at the camera holding a glass globe shaped award2022 Global Engineering Awards 

On March 10, 2022 the Mortenson Center announced the winners of this year's Global Engineering Awards during the Colorado WASH Symposium. Nitish Ranjan Sarker (pictured), a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Global Engineering, received the Outstanding Student Award. Thomas Zearley, Engineering Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, received the Outstanding Professional Award. Avery Bang, Vice President of Strategy at Gracon and former President/CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, received the Humanitarian Award.

Read more about the 2022 winners.






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Learn more about the Colorado WASH 2023 Hybrid Symposium



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, policy 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.