Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research-Engineering Research Accelerator - Carnegie Mellon University

Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research

The "Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research" is presented annually to individuals for their contributions to systems research in areas that are relevant to the College of Engineering. The Fenves Award consists of a plaque and a gold medal or $1500, and is given individually to all awardees in the event that there is more than one award in any year. The award is presented annually (if appropriate), but no less than once every two years.


All teaching and research faculty, and research staff who have at least a courtesy appointment in CIT and who are involved in a College of Engineering related research agenda.


The basis for selection is the degree to which the nominee has made a significant contribution to systems research in areas relevant to the College of Engineering, as evidenced by one or more of the following:

  • furthering the goal of interconnecting people, physical, and information;
  • development and demonstration of an engineered system;
  • enhancing education in systems through the development of courses, publishing textbooks (paper or electronic), or a body of knowledge that is of pedagogical importance; and causing a paradigm shift in systems research.


Any Carnegie Mellon faculty member may nominate qualified individuals for this award. Nominations for the award can be submitted to the Associate Dean for Research. The deadline for nominations will be the end of April. Documentation to support the nomination should include:

  • A citation of less than 100 words,
  • One page justification of the nomination,
  • Current copy of the nominee's resume,
  • Letters of reference from at least 2 but no more than 5 people
  • Other optional material that the nominator may consider appropriate.

The selection committee consists of the following individuals: Dean of Engineering, Associate Dean for Research, and at least two other senior faculty members identified by the Dean and the Associate Dean and appointed annually. All College of Engineering awards will be announced at the Annual CIT Awards Banquet.