2018 AISES Professional Awards

2017 AwardeesThe American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is proud to announce that nominations are being accepted for the 2018 AISES Professional Awards.

The AISES Professional Awards were established to provide recognition for outstanding American Indian and Alaska Native professionals in science, engineering and technological related disciplines while assisting with the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native professionals, role models and future leaders.

To view previous awardees visit: http://www.aises.org/programs/professional.

Award Categories:

Executive Excellence:

The nominee must be an experienced upper-level manager or a career engineer, scientist, professional, or academician who has significant organizational and budget responsibilities.The Executive Excellence nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria (100 points total):

  • Uniqueness of his/her obtained goal (20 points)
  • Level of responsibilities (20 points)
  • Degree of discipline for level of performance (20 points)
  • Ability to overcome obstacles facing minorities in his/her field (20 points)
  • Potential as a role model (10 points)
  • Demonstrated involvement with American Indian or Alaskan Native community (10 points)
Technical Excellence

The nominee must have made a significant contribution to science, engineering or technology by having designed, developed, managed or assisted in the development of a product, service, system or intellectual property. The Technical Excellence nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria (100 points total):

  • Uniqueness of his/her research (20 points)
  • Degree of impact work has on humankind (20 points)
  • Patents or Published works (20 points)
  • Potential as a role model (20 points)
  • Demonstrated involvement with American Indian or Alaskan Native community (20 points)
Most Promising Engineer or Scientist:

The nominee must be a professional engineer or scientist with less than five years experience after earning his/her last degree. The candidate’s early technical contributions should already indicate a promising career. The Most Promising Engineer or Scientist will be evaluated on the following criteria (100 points total):

  • Uniqueness and or innovation of contributions to organization (20 points)
  • Leadership abilities and/or initiative (20 points)
  • Professional and technical achievement to date (20 points)
  • Potential for advancement (20 points)
  • Demonstrated involvement with American Indian or Alaskan Native community (20 points)
Blazing Flame:

As embedded in the AISES logo, the Blazing Flame Award is presented to an individual who blazes a path for Native Americans in STEM careers.  This award recognizes individuals with 10+ years of professional experience with significant accomplishments in advancing STEM education and careers. The nominee may or may not have a technical background. The Blazing Flame applicant will be evaluated on the following criteria (100 points total):

  • Potential as a Role Model (25 Points)
  • Impact of effecting change within their organization (25 Points)
  • Advocacy and achievements of promoting Native Americans in STEM  25 Points)
  • Supports and leads Diversity and Inclusion (25 Points)

Based on the overall evaluation of the categories, the most outstanding of all nominees will be selected as the AISES Professional of the Year. From the remaining nominees, an award recipient will be selected for each nomination category.

Application:

  • Please refer to the Award Categories to select the award that best suits the candidate.
  • Verify that the candidate meets the qualification requirements.
  • Collect/complete the following items required for the nomination package
    • Nominee demographic, educational and employment information
    • Nominator contact information
    • Formal Statement addressing nominee’s qualifications
    • Biography
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Letters of Recommendation (2-3)
    • Recent high-resolution color photograph of nominee
    • Position Description
    • Organization Personnel Chart (Required for Executive Excellence nominees)
    • Additional supporting documentation

Deadline:

Complete the online nomination package by May 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm MDT. Incomplete nomination packets will not be accepted.

Notifications

Notifications will be made to nominators by mid-July 2018. Award winners will also be contacted by AISES Headquarters. All recipients will be honored at the 2018 AISES National Conference held October 4-6 in Oklahoma City, OK.

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