2018 AISES Professional Awards Call for Nominations

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 AISES Professional Awards.

The AISES Professional Awards were established to:

  • Provide recognition for outstanding American Indian and Alaska Native professionals in science, engineering and technological related disciplines.
  • Assist with the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native professionals, role models and future leaders.

The nomination categories are:

Executive Excellence

The nominee must be an experienced upper-level manager or a well-established engineer, scientist, professional, or academician who has significant department and budget responsibilities.

The Executive Excellence nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Uniqueness of his/her obtained goal
  • Level of responsibilities
  • Degree of discipline for level of performance
  • Ability to overcome obstacles facing minorities in his/her field
  • Potential as a role model
  • Demonstrated involvement with American Indian or Alaskan Native community

Technical Excellence

The nominee must have made a significant contribution to science, engineering or technology by having designed, developed, managed or assisted in the development of a product, service, system or intellectual property.

The Technical Excellence nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Uniqueness of his/her research
  • Degree of their impact work has on humankind
  • Patents or Published works
  • Potential as a role model
  • Demonstrated involvement with American Indian or Alaskan Native community

Most Promising Engineer or Scientist

The nominee must be a professional engineer or scientist with less than five years experience after earning his/her last degree. The candidate’s early technical contributions should already indicate a promising career.

The Most Promising Engineer or Scientist will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Uniqueness and or innovation of contributions to organization
  • Leadership abilities and/or initiative
  • Professional and technical achievement to date
  • Potential for advancement
  • Demonstrated involvement with American Indian or Alaskan Native community

Blazing Flame

As embedded in the AISES logo, the Blazing Flame Award is presented to an individual who blazes a path for Native Americans in STEM careers. This award recognizes individuals with 10+ years of professional experience with significant accomplishments in advancing STEM education and careers. The nominee may or may not have a technical background.

The Blazing Flame applicant will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Potential as a Role Model
  • Impact of effecting change within their organization
  • Advocacy and achievements of promoting Native Americans in STEM
  • Supports and leads Diversity and Inclusion

Based on the overall evaluation of the categories, the most outstanding of all nominees will be selected as the AISES Professional of the Year.

All recipients will be honored at the 2018 AISES National Conference held October 4-6 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Complete nomination packages must be submitted online by May 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm MDT.

For more information see: www.aises.org/programs/professional