Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Outstanding Research Award

The Outstanding Research Award is made to a faculty member within the Carnegie Institute of Technology in recognition of an exceptional research contribution that has enhanced the reputation of CIT in a global or national context. This award is for a research accomplishment that has occurred during the candidate's time in CIT and has received significant praise from experts in the field. This award is designed to recognize a singular research accomplishment and is not meant to recognize an accumulated record of accomplishments. The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium. The award will be given annually (if appropriate).


The award is open to any faculty member, or team of faculty members, in CIT, including regular, research, and special faculty, without regard to age or academic rank.


The basis for selection will be the degree to which the nominee has achieved an exceptional research contribution as evidenced by publications, patents, citations, or other criteria deemed important by experts in the field.


Nominations for the award can be submitted by all members of the CIT community to the CIT Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs by the deadline. Documentation to support the nomination should include:

  • a citation of approximately 100 words,

  • a one page justification of the nomination,

  • a current copy of the nominee's resume,

  • letters from Carnegie Mellon and external sources who can attest to the singular research accomplishment of the nominee(s) and document the impacts of the accomplishment, and

  • any other optional materials the nominators may consider appropriate.


Selection of the award winner or winners is performed by the CIT Faculty Awards Committee by the end of the Fall semester. All CIT Faculty awards will be announced at the Annual CIT Faculty Awards Banquet.