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About the Award

Selection of the Washington Award is accomplished by a commission whose members are from engineering societies in “Chicagoland” (metropolitan Chicago). The award continues to be administered by the Western Society of Engineers, a 501(c)3 enterprise and one of the engineering societies represented on the commission.

About Engineers Week

Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, Engineers Week is the culmination of a year-round portfolio of student programs and competitions. E-Week is celebrated the week of Washington’s birthday in honor of the first president’s background as an engineer and land surveyor. Through increased interest and competency among students in the pursuit of engineering and technology careers, a more empowered well-educated engineering workforce is sustained.

The National Engineers Week Foundation, now Discover E, is dedicated to promoting pre-college literacy in math and science among parents, educators and students. The goal of E-Week is to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents

Participation has expanded over the years through a coalition of professional societies, corporations and government agencies. More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is commitment to making a difference year-round.

Ivan Sutherland Accepts 2018 Washington Award Nomination

Ivan E. Sutherland (M’62) received his B.S. degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, his M.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, and his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 1963, all in electrical engineering. He holds honorary degrees from Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Utah. He joined Sun in 1990 as a Sun Fellow, Sun’s highest technical rank. He joined Portland State University in 2009 to found the Asynchronous Research Center with his research partner and wife, Marly Roncken. They lead a small group working on self-timed VLSI systems; the group develops self-timed circuit methodologies and design techniques for fast CMOS circuits and applies them to new hardware architectures. Ivan’s book, Logical Effort, published in 1999 with joint authors Sproull and Harris, describes the mathematics of designing fast circuits. His 1963 MIT Ph.D., Sketchpad, is very widely known: he has been called the “father of computer graphics.” His very early work on what is now known as Virtual Reality demonstrated that computers should produce three-dimensional effects responsive to the observer’s motions. He is author of more than 70 patents, as well as numerous publications and lectures. Dr. Sutherland holds the 1988 ACM Turing Award, the 2012 Kyoto Prize and the IEEE Von Neumann Award. He is a Fellow of the ACM and a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.