Engineering Alumni Awards


The William States Lee College of Engineering is thrilled to announce our new Alumni Awards program! Descriptions of our current awards are below:
Service Award
The Service Award is presented to alumni who have shown significant commitment to The William States Lee College of Engineering. Honorees have generously given their time, energy, and leadership to advance the mission and vision of the College. Service examples may include involvement with student development (classroom speaking engagements, mentoring, Career Treks, Career Talks, Leadership Academy, Freshman Learning Community, and College student organizations), and serving on a College Board (Department, Alumni Council, Dean’s Board of Advisors).
Early Career Award
The Early Career Award honors alumni who have graduated from The William States Lee College of Engineering within the last 10 years. Graduates are recognized for their exceptional accomplishments in their chosen field which may include company recognition and/or promotion, awards, certifications and professional accreditations (PE, PMP, LEED, Six Sigma), publications, presentations, entrepreneurship, patents, and innovation.
Professional Achievement Award
The Professional Achievement Award is bestowed to alumni from The William States Lee College of Engineering who have made significant contributions to their career field. Their leadership in the profession brings incredible recognition and honor to the College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Accomplishments may include professional advancement within a company or industry; state, national or international media coverage; awards; leadership in or voting member of industry organizations (such as ASCE, IEEE) or other boards (school board, city council); journal editor; program committee for conferences; entrepreneurship; patents and innovation.
Industry Partnership Award
The Industry Partnership Award is presented to individual alumni who have connected their employer or other community organizations to the College to advance our education and research activities. This could include sponsoring new internships or co-ops; mentoring Senior Design projects; participation in mock or informational interviews; hosting factory or site tours; establishing student scholarships; allowing access to industry expertise and equipment; upgrading classrooms/labs or financially supporting research labs/centers; and collaborating on research contracts or grants.
Champion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
The Champion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award is bestowed upon alumni who actively promote the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion within the field of engineering. Examples may include mentoring or participation with the College of Engineering’s diversity programming and/or student organizations (Engage ME!, WE Engage!, NSBE, SHPE, SWE, or VECTER); fostering an inclusive climate in the workplace by implementing new initiatives to mitigate bias; mentoring and recruiting a diverse talent to their company (underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, LGBT, socio-economically disadvantaged groups, and people with disabilities); and sponsoring opportunities that promote growth and leadership for diverse individuals at the College of Engineering, within their employer, or their community. 
Department Awards
Alumni from each of the five departments at The William States Lee College of Engineering will be recognized for utilizing their degrees and education to advance the engineering and engineering technology professions. The College departments are: Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Systems Engineering and Engineering Management; and Engineering Technology and Construction Management.


College of Engineering alumni can nominate themselves or a fellow graduate for these honors. In addition, non-alumni (such as former faculty members, supervisors, or co-workers) may also nominate an Engineering graduate. Nominations will remain confidential and we will not notify your nominee that an application has been submitted on their behalf.

Before beginning the online application, here are a few helpful tips:
- Please have contact information ready about the nominee, including current email address, phone number, and job information.
- Please upload either the nominee's resume or include a link to their LinkedIn profile.
- Please upload at least one form of supplemental documentation (this could include a letter of recommendation, feature articles on nominee, or similar materials) that highlight why your nominee is deserving of an award.   

If you have any questions or issues with submitting a nomination, please email




Selected recipients will be honored at an event in fall 2022. Details will be announced via our social media pages and email shortly. To ensure you receive our alumni emails, fill out the Update Your Information form.