For the second year, Design News is on the hunt for engineers who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community. We are looking for engineers who are ahead of the trends, significantly performing in the industry, and outperforming their peers. If you know an engineer playing a vital role in a small startup or who has been recognized as a high performer, they could make our list.
Our nominees will appear online and in our January 2014 print issue. The top innovator, chosen by Design News editors and our esteemed Advisory Board, will be announced during a live ceremony at the MD&M West show in February in Anaheim, Calif.
Last year's winner, Punya Prakash, was a standout as a top rising engineering star due to her hard work and proven track record as a leader within her company and her community. Prakash, an applications engineer, is leading the Singlecore Processor teamís extensive smart home initiative with Texas Instruments (TI) where she is innovating home and building automation.
If you know someone who is ahead of the trends and is significantly performing in the industry, please nominate them to be included in our list.
This award will work best when there is a wide assortment of nominees to choose from. So take a couple minutes and name someone you know who is making outstanding strides in the design enbgineering world.
We were lucky to have an outstanding winner this past year in Punya Prakash of Texas Instruments, thanks to the many entries that provided a great group of nominees. We encourage companies to do the same again for 2014.
Hello Lauren, I know of one rising star but she is a sophomore at Purdue University. She chose Industrial Engineering and has high hopes of being on the front lines if and when manufacturing returns (BIG TIME) to our country. Jennifer has 4.00 and according to her dad, she has her study routines down pat. (He indicated she is so focused she takes notes on roll call.) At any rate, I suspect your notification is relative to graduate-working engineers and not students, but you can look for her name in years to come. Good post.
Let us know about her in the future, bobjengr. Not many students have a 4.0 in engineering. And, yes, I believe manufacturing (at least of big items that are expensive to transport) will be coming back in the U.S.
We really look at this program as our (Design News') way of giving back to the design engineering community. We want to recognize the people who are doing some amazing things, but simply don't get the recognition that they deserve.
Good point, Rich. Recognition is one of the great performance motivators. Design News is doing a number of recognition programs this year, including the Gadget Freak of the Year Award, the Golden Mousetrap Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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