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News Release 05-070

Community Service Engineers Receive 2005 Gordon Prize

NSF's EPICS program honored

The Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.

The Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.

April 25, 2005

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The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has awarded the prestigious Bernard M. Gordon Prize to the founders of the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program at Purdue University. The $500,000 award is given annually to recognize innovation in engineering and technology education.

Since 1995, Edward Coyle, Leah Jamieson and William Oakes have matched engineering undergraduates with nonprofit organizations to solve problems. Ranging from wetlands restoration to the design of toys for children with disabilities, their efforts have sent more than 3,500 students to the aid of their communities.

NSF has been supporting the EPICS program for almost a decade through grants from the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Education and Human Resources Directorate and the Division of Engineering Education and Centers in the Engineering Directorate. A full listing of NSF awards is below.

For the full NAE press release, see:

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For more information on the Gordon Prize, see:

NSF grants supporting EPICS include:


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Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, email:
Randy Atkins, National Academy of Engineering, (202) 334-1508, email:

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Rosemary R Haggett, NSF, email:
Susan C. Kemnitzer, NSF, (703) 292-5347, email:

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