December 09, 2013
Search is On for the Nation's Most Innovative New Products
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (October 12, 2011) The National Society of Professional Engineers is seeking innovative new products and their inventors for consideration in the New Product Awards program highlighting the contribution of engineers and engineering principles in providing an overall benefit to society. Now in its 29th year, the program was developed and is sponsored by NSPE's Professional Engineers in Industry.
The purpose of the New Product Award program is to recognize the societal benefits that come from the research and engineering of new products. These benefits include a direct and unique impact on the public's health, safety, and welfare; added employment; increased productivity; economic development; the strengthening of the nation's competitive position internationally; and a significant contribution to the public's standard of living. This competition recognizes those companies with the pioneering vision and knowledge to bring these new products, and their benefits, to the marketplace.
In addition to the industry recognition and wide acknowledgement of winning products, all New Product Award winners will receive:
Entries are judged based on three specific sets of criteria: a product's improved function, sales and economic impact, and innovative use of engineering principles. Nominations are grouped according to size of the industrial company and winners are selected in four employment categories: small (50 or fewer employees), medium (51200 employees), large (2009,999 employees), and mega (10,000 or more employees). Past winners have included AAON, Eaton Corporation, and W.J. Castle P.E. & Associates P.C.
To be eligible, each submission must be for a product, machine, process, or material that has been developed in the United States and first placed on the market between 2006 and 2010. Entries should contain a detailed product description and include photos, brochures, and samples if possible. The deadline for delivering entries to NSPE is February 15, 2012.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 40,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 400 chapters. For more information, visit www.nspe.org.