Engineering Education Excellence Award

Deadline: March 31
Engineering Education Excellence Award Nomination Form

The Sustaining Universities Program of the Professional Engineers in Higher Education of the National Society of Professional Engineers has established an award to recognize engineering educators each year.

This national award recognizes engineering faculty who have demonstrated the ability to link engineering education with professional practice. The recipients must be licensed and have a faculty appointment in an ABET-accredited engineering program. The recipients of the award will be recognized on the NSPE Web site and will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

2015 Engineering Education Excellence Award
Ahmet, Zeytinci, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE, Rockville, Maryland

Ahmet, Zeytinci, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE

Ahmet Zeytinci is an award-winning structural engineer, author, professor, and former chair of the Department of Engineering, Architecture, and Aerospace Technology at the University of the District of Columbia. Since joining academia, “Dr. Z,” as he is known by his students and colleagues, has distinguished himself on campus and beyond as an extraordinarily dedicated and passionate teacher, mentor, scholar, and champion for professionalism and service in engineering.

Dr. Z. is the author of “Dr. Z’s Corner” in the monthly newsletter of ASCE’s National Capital Section, helping students and practicing engineers not only in the Washington metro area but also around the globe for FE/PE exam preparation. He was inducted as an Eminent Engineer by the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society in 2014 and received the Engineer of the Year in 2013 from the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS), an organization of 36 professional groups, such as NSPE, ASCE, ASME, IEEE, and ASEE.

Dr. Zeytinci’s contributions to the professional societies, such as NSPE, ASCE, and ASEE, are numerous. He has served as the cochair of the ASCE National Capital Section Education Committee, Past President (twice) of the District of Columbia Society of Professional Engineers (DCSPE) and the campus representative of the American Society for Engineering Education. In recognition of this, Dr. Zeytinci received the 2015 Campus Representative Award from ASEE’s Mid-Atlantic Region and the 2015 Community Service Award from the ASCE-National Capital Section in Washington, DC. As a licensed structural engineer, he designs residential, industrial, and commercial structures in the Washington Metro Area, including the award winning 7th District Police Station. His students and colleagues have always been impressed by his high standards and his truly humane qualities in addition to his technical competence. Read the press release.

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