This award recognizes the educational and research contributions of professional track faculty in the Clark School of Engineering. Nominations from faculty, staff, and students are being solicited. Please work with the faculty member’s respective department to gather and submit nomination materials.


Nominations are limited to faculty who are neither tenured nor eligible for tenure and who have a primary appointment in the College at the time of nomination. They should have at least the equivalent of 5 years of service to the College.

Up to two awards will be given to honor faculty who have made significant contributions in one or both of the following areas:

  • Research
  • Teaching

The standard for receiving this award is high. The nominee’s record in a specific area of effort should be sufficiently strong to demonstrate to the selection committee that it satisfies a combination of the following, or equivalent, indicators. If there are no nominations that meet these expectations, the selection committee will not recommend an award.

Evaluation Factors for Research

  • Impact of publications, inventions, and talks on their field, society, and the Clark School
  • Appraisals by external experts in the field
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Accomplishments of students, postdocs, and others who they have mentored
  • Promotion of diversity and inclusion within society and their fields through their research activities.

Evaluation Factors for Teaching

  • Significant contributions to teaching, which may include education outside the classroom
  • Appraisals by colleagues and students
  • Ability to motivate students to learn and exceptional learning outcomes
  • Innovative techniques and materials, significant course and curriculum development
  • Efforts that have enhanced diversity and inclusion within society and the Clark School.

Nomination Package

The package submitted for nominees must not exceed 15 pages (12 pt font, 1” margins), and includes the following:

  • A cover page with the nominee’s name, department(s), dates at the University of Maryland, and academic rank
  • A table of contents for the package
  • A letter of nomination (3 pages maximum) describing the nominee’s most significant contributions in the context of the indicators of quality and impact described above
  • A complete curriculum vita for the nominee, in UMD format

It should also include the following area-specific information:

For Research

  • A 1-2 page statement from the nominee about their research.
  • Three external letters of recommendation that evaluate the nominee’s scientific and technical contributions (A departmental representative must contact the referees to obtain the letters; collaborators are permitted to provide letters).
  • A brief statement of the credentials of each reference (Professional relationships between the nominee and reference should be disclosed here).
  • For researchers who publish, a tabulation of the nominee’s top 10 most-cited peer-reviewed publications, along with articles listed in decreasing order of non-self citation count. The nominee should also include their Researcher ID. For other researchers, appropriate metrics for their scholarly output (e.g. licensed patents, etc.).

For Teaching

  • A 1-2 page statement from the nominee about his/her teaching, which may include approach, specific examples of innovative techniques, curriculum development, etc.
  • Three letters of recommendation, consisting of one each from:
    • a student
    • a University colleague (e.g., a faculty member, administrator), and
    • the nominee’s Department Chair or unit Director.
  • A list of courses, by semester, taught at the University during the past 5 years (or since being appointed at the University, if shorter) with student evaluations.
  • Optionally, peer teaching evaluations (if performed).
  • Examples of teaching materials may be appended, as long as the total page limit is not exceeded.

Supporting letters should elaborate on the nominee's contributions in their primary area(s) of effort worthy of recognition, as well as contributions extending beyond this area.

Note that nominations from last year will be considered again this year, and nominators have the option to withdraw or update the package. Prior recipients are not eligible to be nominated again.

Submit a nomination

Meet the 2024 Recipient: Vikrant Aute

Vikrant Aute is a Research Professor in the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, where his research accomplishments have been well-reflected in the multiple publications in top ranked journals and extended record of conference proceedings. The impact and achievements of his research in the area of HVAC&R for several years now are well reflected in the 3,229 citations and extensively mentioned in the supporting nomination letters. His research contributions are considered pivotal in the development and enhancement of next-generation HVAC systems and components.

Vikrant Aute, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Past Recipients