As a professional educator, researcher, author, engineer, international consultant, civic leader and administrator, W. Leighton Collins has made significant contributions toward improving education for engineering and engineering technology. To recognize his notable service, especially his 14 years of dedicated leadership as executive director of ASEE, the ASEE Board of Directors established this award for distinguished and unusual service in 1971, naming W. Leighton Collins as the first recipient.
As executive director emeritus, W. Leighton Collins continues to share his boundless enthusiasm and high sense of purpose as a tireless volunteer leader for the Society. For example, he served as project director of the highly successful First Inter-American Engineering Education Societies Workshop in 1980. It was his continuous extraordinary service that led the ASEE Board of Directors in June 1981 to designate this award as the W. Leighton Collins Award for Distinguished and Unusual Service.
This award is the highest Society award for service to education for engineering and engineering technology and allied fields. It is given for highly significant contributions made by individuals.
The Award: The award is conferred infrequently and consists of an appropriately inscribed medallion.
Nomination: Nominations for this award may be made by any member of ASEE. No special forms are needed, but a career brief (about one page) is required along with a proposed citation and supporting letters.
Selection: The Awards Policy Committee makes the selection, subject to three fourths vote of approval by those members of the ASEE Board of Directors voting at a regularly convened meeting of the Board or by letter ballot.
If a nonmember of ASEE is selected by the committee to receive the award, the candidate shall be approved by a Presidents Committee composed of the two immediate past presidents and the president of ASEE before recommendation to the Board of Directors.
Donald E. Marlowe is recognized for his many national and international professional, technical and civic contributions as an engineering educator. These include serving as president of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Council of Engineering Examiners, dean and vice president at the Catholic University of America, and secretary of the Conference of Engineering Societies of Western Europe and the United States. Throughout his career he maintained an active teaching, research and consulting schedule. He served with distinction as ASEE executive director from 1975 to 1981.
The Donald E. Marlowe Award for distinguished education administration is bestowed upon an individual administrator who, like Dr. Marlowe, has made significant ongoing contributions to education for engineering and engineering technology by unusually effective national leadership and example beyond accepted tradition. The recipient will have demonstrated an understanding and responsiveness to societal and technological change through creative and dedicated administrative skill and leadership.
The Award: Established in 1981 by the ASEE Board of Directors, the award consists of a commemorative plaque and travel expense reimbursement to enable the awardee and spouse to attend the ASEE Annual Conference where the award is conferred. The award will be presented infrequently.
Qualifications: The candidate must have provided more than exemplary and key leadership in administering an academic department or larger group that has also made outstanding contributions. In addition, the recipient shall have achieved broad national recognition and contributed importantly to education for engineering and engineering technology.
Nomination: Follow the general nomination instructions, but limit the total nomination to no more than five pages, single spaced, plus letters of recommendation. In the accomplishments section, give specific information about how the nominee meets the description and purpose of this award for distinguished education administration.
The Distinguished Service Citation is granted to an ASEE member in recognition of long, continuous and distinguished service to education in engineering and engineering technology through active participation in the work of ASEE.
The Award: The citation, which consists of a certificate, recognizes the kind of diligent, steadfast and persevering service that might otherwise go unnoticed to ASEE.
Nomination: Nominations may be made by any two members of the Society, each of whom shall sign the nomination recommendation. No special forms are needed, but a one page career brief is required including a specific description of service to ASEE.
Selection: The Awards Policy Committee makes the selection, subject to a three fourths vote of approval by those members of the ASEE Board of Directors voting at a regularly convened meeting of the Board or by letter ballot. No more than two Distinguished Service Citations may be awarded each year.
Renomination: Citation recipients are chosen from a list of all nominations or renominations made during the most recent four years including the current year. Renominations should include updated information.
The Fellow Grade of Membership is conferred upon active members of ASEE, who have been a member in any grade for at least 10 years, in recognition of outstanding contributions to engineering or engineering technology education.
Nomination: Nominations for Fellow Grade may be made by any ASEE member. A nomination packet containing complete forwarding instructions may be obtained from ASEE Headquarters. All nominations must be received at ASEE Headquarters no later than February 1st.
Selection: The Fellow Member Committee recommends candidates for approval by the ASEE Awards Policy Committee.
Renomination: If not approved, a nomination will be reconsidered for only one additional year without updating and another with updating. If after three years a nomination is not approved, a new nomination may be submitted.
Honorary Membership may be granted for eminent and distinguished service to mankind in education, whether engineering, engineering technology or allied fields.
Nomination: Nominations for Honorary Membership may be made by any ASEE member. No special form is needed, but a career brief (about one page) is required along with a proposed citation. Honorary Membership is intended to recognize those individuals who are not members of ASEE.
Selection: The Awards Policy Committee makes a selection, subject to three fourths vote of approval by those members of the ASEE Board of Directors voting at a regularly convened meeting of the Board or by letter ballot. No more than two Honorary Members shall be elected each year. Honorary Members are not required to pay fees or dues, and each honoree will receive a commemorative plaque.