Medal of Excellence Award

Established in 2006, the Medal of Excellence Awards recognize graduates of Rutgers University School of Engineering who have distinguished themselves professionally since graduation in industry, academia, government, research, or business. The areas of recognition include: Medal of Excellence for overall achievement, Distinguished Achievement in Industry, Distinguished Achievement in Research, Distinguished Young Alumnus/a, and the Dean's Award for Service. Honorees are recognized at the Medal of Excellence Awards Dinner which also serves as an opportunity to raise funds for School of Engineering scholarships.

Award and Nomination Information

Medal of Excellence
This award honors alumni or friends of the School of Engineering whose superior achievements have honorably reflected the School over the course of his or her lifetime. Recipients of this award will have an outstanding record of distinguished career accomplishments in either traditional or non-traditional engineering fields, set high standards of excellence in their careers serving as excellent role models for today’s Rutgers Engineering students, demonstrated executive managerial leadership, and pursued activities that generally benefit the greater good of society.

Distinguished Alumnus/a: Industry  
This award honors alumni of the School of Engineering whose contributions have earned distinction in industry and commerce as a leader, innovator, and manager.
Distinguished Alumnus/a: Research
This award honors alumni of the School of Engineering whose achievements in the areas of research have significantly contributed to the advancement of new technologies.
Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award
This award recognizes the early career accomplishments of alumni who have graduated—at any academic level—within the past ten years and have demonstrated continued involvement with the school and university.
Dean’s Award for Service and Lifetime Achievement
This award honors alumni or friends of the School who have given of their time or talent for the enrichment of the School of Engineering community. A candidate’s contribution must directly impact the School through service such as board or committee membership, as a guest lecturer engaging with students, as a supporter of School or student initiatives, by making industry introductions which open doors to opportunities, and other similar contributions.
Rutgers Engineering Society Distinguished Engineer Award
This award is presented annually by the Rutgers Engineering Society to a fellow School of Engineering graduate who has made significant technical contributions in their career. Alumni of the School of Engineering have been presenting this award since 1960.

Nomination Procedures

Faculty, staff, alumni, or friends of Rutgers University may submit nominations. Medal of Excellence 2023 nominations must be received by January 31 2023 for appropriate consideration by the Selection Committee for that year's awards. Award recipients are asked to be present at the Engineering Awards Banquet, to be held September 28 2023, to accept the award in person, a condition for receiving the honor. Those nominees unable to attend the awards banquet in person will be reconsidered in subsequent years. Nominations submitted after January 31, 2023 will remain in active consideration for three years and may be updated during this time. Please send all nominations to Kendra Cameron via email

2022 Honorees tickets and Sponsorships

Past Recipients

Video - Rutgers Engineering Medal of Excellence 2021 Awards Event