New and improved products stimulate the life and growth of our country, while demonstrating the innovative use of engineering principles and providing overall benefit to society. The National Society of Professional Engineers is seeking those innovative products and their inventors for consideration in the New Product Awards program, which has been newly expanded to provide greater recognition for both the products and the companies that create them. The awards program is sponsored by NSPE's Professional Engineers in Industry.
"The New Product Awards program has always been prestigious, but we felt it was time to kick this competition up a notch," said Richard Buchanan, P.E., chairman of the New Product Award Committee. "The caliber of nominees and the fantastic new products we've seen generated over past years deserve wider recognition for not only what they create from the engineering perspective, but for what they bring to the marketplace and to society."
Celebrating its 25th year, the prestigious New Product Award competition recognizes companies whose pioneering vision and design bring new products to the marketplace, while highlighting the societal benefits of these new products. These benefits include a direct and unique impact on the public's safety, 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.
As a new part of this year's program, all entrants will have the opportunity to showcase their products at the 2008 NSPE Annual Conference and will receive two tickets to the award presentation.
And in addition to industry recognition and acknowledgement of the winning companies and products, this year's winners will also receive
* Presentation of the award at the NSPE annual conference in Portland, Oregon ;
* NSPE/PEI New Product Award crystal;
* Dedicated articles on the awards in the award-winning PE magazine;
* Recognition in all NSPE/PEI communications in print and online;
* Media coverage through press releases, media materials, and events; and
* Acknowledgment in a "Winner's Circle" ad in PE magazine.
Entries are judged on the 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 (51 to 200 employees), large (200 to 9,999 employees), and mega (10,000 or more employees). Past winners have included Giralt Enterprises Inc., Orion Energy Systems, Coating Excellence International Inc., and the Kohler Co.
To be eligible, each submission must be for a product, machine, process, or material that has been developed in the U.S. and first placed on the market between 2002 and 2006. A $250 entry fee includes participation in the 2008 New Product Awards Showcase during the NSPE Annual Conference in Portland . Entries should include a detailed product description, including photos, brochures, and samples if possible. The deadline for delivering entries to NSPE is February 15, 2008.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of engineering professionals 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 44,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.