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.

2017 Engineering Education Excellence Award
Nadir Yilmaz, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASME, F.NSPE, F.SAE
Washington, DC

Nadir Yilmaz, P.E., F.NSPE, Ph.D.A native of Adana, Turkey, Dr. Nadir Yilmaz is a professor and the department chair of mechanical engineering at Howard University in Washington, DC, as well as a licensed professional engineer and consultant. Dr. Yilmaz is a Fellow of NSPE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers).

Dr. Yilmaz received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Bradley University, and New Mexico State University, respectively. He has been a noted author of many publications in the fields of combustion, CFD, rocket propellants, and internal combustion engines. He was a US Department of Energy visiting faculty fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in 2012 and 2013. He has educated and trained many underrepresented minority and female students via various STEM programs, including the National Science Foundation-funded Alliance for Minority Participation program. Dr. Yilmaz has advised ASME, NSPE, and SAE student chapters to promote the FE exam, PE licensure, and the Order of the Engineer for professionalism and ethics.

Dr. Yilmaz serves as the editor-in-chief for the SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants. He is currently the chair of the Education Board for the District of Columbia Council of Engineers and Architects in Washington, DC. Within NSPE, he has served on the membership committee, Young Engineers Advisory Council, PEHE interest group, and in many leadership positions in NSPE-affiliated state/local chapters such as president/president-elect, vice president for education, E-Week coordinator, and link coordinator for the Order of the Engineer. Previously, he was appointed by the governor of New Mexico to serve on the New Mexico State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors and was selected the Engineer of the Year (2016) and the Young Engineer of the Year (2014) in New Mexico.

Dr. Yilmaz’s additional awards include the 2014 NSPE Young Engineer of the Year, American Society for Engineering Education Section Outstanding Teaching Award (2013), SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2011), SAE Faculty Advisor Award (2013 and 2016), SAE International Excellence in Engineering Education Award (2016), and the ASME Outstanding Student Section Advisor Award (2017).