IACEE Awards

IACEE presents three awards at each World Conference, the next one being the IACEE 2018 World Conference in Monterrey, Mexico. Information about each award, including eligibility requirements, is available below. The nomination process for the 2018 awards is now open. If you would like to nominate an individual or a company, please click on the appropriate award title below and complete the form.

Nominations are collected and handled confidentially by the awards committee, and award recipients are selected by the awards committee. If you have any questions, please contact Katrina Schrey-Niemenmaa.


  1. IACEE Award for Individual Leadership in Continuing Engineering Education given In Memory of Joseph M. Biedenbach

    Dr. Joseph M. (Joe) Biedenbach was one of three American CEE leaders who “invented” the series of World Conferences on CEE that was begun in Mexico City in 1979. Joe had a distinguished career in CEE and used his outstanding talent as a visionary, conference organizer, and friend to have a major impact on CEE from the sixties through the early nineties in ASEE, IEEE, and IACEE. Probably no other figure in CEE in the US was as beloved as Joe and as respected for his selfless giving to the profession. Joe’s activity in creating the World Conferences led to the founding of IACEE at the Fourth WCCEE in Beijing in 1989. His last professional position was as a Chaired Professor of Continuing Engineering Education at the University of South Carolina, where he died suddenly in April, 1990 at the age of 63. Shortly thereafter, IACEE honored his memory by naming its only award (at that time) after him.

  2. IACEE Award for Corporate Leadership in Continuing Engineering Education given in Memory of Glen L. Martin

    Dr. Glen L. Martin was the first Industrial Organizations & Companies representative to serve on the IACEE Council after the founding of IACEE in Beijing in 1989. Glen had a long career in engineering education that included serving as Dean of Engineering at San Diego State University. Glen was a “warrior” for the establishment of closer ties between industry and academe, a passion that led him to become Director of Professional Development for the engineering consulting firm CH2MHill. He died suddenly at age 59 while attending the IACEE Council Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1991. The Council subsequently chose to honor his memory by naming IACEE’s principal corporate award after him.

  3. IACEE Fellow Award