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Press Release 06-011

Engineering Educators Receive Prestigious Gordon Prize

2006 prize recognizes development of new curriculum that addresses real-world industry needs

The Bernard M. Gordon Prize medal

The Bernard M. Gordon Prize medal
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January 17, 2006

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has awarded the prestigious Bernard M. Gordon Prize to developers of the Learning Factory program, a curriculum that challenges teams of engineering students to confront actual technology needs facing industry today.

Each year, NAE awards the $500,000 prize to recognize innovation in engineering and technology education. Along with NAE's $500,000 Charles Stark Draper prize, the two are among the highest engineering honors.

National Science Foundation (NSF) awardees John S. Lamancusa of Pennsylvania State University, Lueny Morell of Hewlett-Packard, Allen L. Soyster of Northeastern University and Jose Zayas-Castro of University of South Florida (USF), and their colleague Jens Jorgenson, professor emeritus at the University of Washington, will receive Gordon Prize at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 21.

NSF has supported the Learning Factory program for almost a decade through grants from the Division of Engineering Education and Centers and Division of Design and Manufacturing Innovation in the Engineering Directorate. Details for these NSF awards are linked below.

For the full NAE press release and more information on the Learning Factory, see:

For awardee photos and biographies, see:

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For more information on the Gordon Prize, see:

A USF press release appears at:

A PSU release appears at:

NSF grants supporting the Learning Factory include:
TRP: The Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership
Award #9413880 --

The Learning Factory: Implementing ABET 2000 A Hands-On Workshop
Award #9812928 --


Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730,
Curtis Chan, Pennsylvania State University, (814) 865-5544,
Randy Atkins, National Academy of Engineering, (202) 334-1508,
Randolph Fillmore, University of South Florida, (813) 974-8476,

Program Contacts
Susan C. Kemnitzer, NSF, (703) 292-5347,

Lueny Morell, Hewlett Packard Company, 787) 819-7418,
John S. Lamancusa, Pennsylvania State University, (814) 863-3350,
Allen L. Soyster, Northeastern University, (617) 373-2152,
Jos Zayas-Castro, University of South Florida, (813) 974-2269,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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Students and a professor discuss engineering concepts during a Learning Factory exercise.
Students and a professor discuss engineering concepts during a Learning Factory exercise.
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Students design solutions while participating in the Learning Factory.
Students design solutions while participating in the Learning Factory.
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