ATMAE recognizes members with both Association-level and Division-level award programs for their contributions to ATMAE and the disciplines of technology, technology management, and applied engineering. Awards are issued annually and as appropriate. Below is a summary of the awards presented by the association annually along with past recipients.
Outstanding Student Chapter Award
ATMAE's Student Division recognizes the achievements of the ATMAE Student Chapters with an Outstanding ATMAE Student Chapter award awarded annually. Outstanding Student Chapters are recognized based on their exceptional efforts to engage ATMAE, their college, and their community. Exemplary ATMAE Student Chapters provide development opportunities that support student academic and professional growth through the realization of the ATMAE mission.
Stephen Harris Robotics Cup Winning Teams
This award is presented to the team that wins first place in the annual ATMAE Student Robotics Competition.
Dr. Clois E. Kicklighter Doctoral Student Scholarship Award Program
In memorial of Dr. Clois Kicklighter
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ATMAE established the "Dr. Clois E. Kicklighter Doctoral Student Scholarship Award Program" in 2003. The program was named after Dr. Clois E. Kicklighter in recognition of his significant contributions to ATMAE and to the discipline of Industrial Technology. The program was endowed by a generous gift from Dr. Kicklighter and provides $2,500 scholarship awards for applicants planning for a career in Technology, Applied Technology, Engineering Technology, or a Technology Related Discipline and have been accepted in a doctoral level program designed to prepare for that career. Scholarships are awarded when interest on the endowment reaches $2500. Scholarships are awarded at the ATMAE annual conference.
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ATMAE established the "Kate and Cliff Strandberg Masters Student Scholarship Award Program" in 2006. The program was established and named by Dr. Eugene Strandberg in memory of his parents Kate and Cliff. The program was endowed by a generous gift from Dr. Strandberg and provides $1,000 scholarship awards for applicants planning for a career in Technology and been accepted or currently enrolled and attending a masters level program designed to prepare for that career. Scholarships are awarded when the endowment exceeds $20,000. Scholarships are awarded at the ATMAE annual conference.
Faculty Excellence Award
This award recognizes the superior performance and achievement of up to three ATMAE members from two-year institutions and up to three ATMAE members from four-year institutions, including graduate faculty. It is intended to epitomize those who have a demonstrated record of excellence and achievement in their professions.
Excellence for Women in Technology Award
This award recognizes the superior performance and achievement of a woman who has demonstrated notable leadership, superior achievement, influence in industry, and who has made a great impact in their field.
Early Career Achievement Award
This award recognizes the superior performance and achievement of recent Industrial Technology graduates who are members of ATMAE and who have demonstrated leadership and superior performance in business and industry.
Industry Innovation Award
The ATMAE Industry Innovation Award is intended to recognize entrepreneurs, the self-employed, and individuals in business, industry and/or the private sector who have created better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are accepted by markets, governments, and society.
Best ATMAE Conference Proceedings Paper
The Board established the Best Conference Paper award in 2006 to honor the authors of the Best Conference Proceedings Paper of the Annual Conference. Over 250 presentation proposals are submitted each year, and between 63% and 75% are accepted. From those presentation proposals that are accepted, about 1/3 are submitted as full papers each year. A maximum of 50% of paper submissions may be accepted. From the accepted papers, the peer-review team of Board members selects one paper and its authors for recognition through this highly competitive award.
Past "Best Paper" Awardees
Charles W. Keith Award
The Charles W. Keith Award is a special award named in honor of the man whose vision and action resulted in the foundation of the National Association of Industrial Technology, ATMAE's predecessor association. The award was established in 1986 by the President and Board of Trustees of NAIT to honor individuals who have significantly contributed their efforts over a period of time towards the development of the Association. The nominee must be one whose contributions to the organization have been consistently outstanding.
The award is administered by the Chair of the Board. It should be noted that this award is not a yearly award, but will be given only when an individual is judged by the current Chair of the Board and two past chairs to have displayed exemplary accomplishments toward the significant development of ATMAE over an appreciable period of time.
ATMAE Board Chair Service Award
A Service Award is given each year to the Chair of the Board. We thank these members for their service as leaders of ATMAE and its predeccsor, NAIT.
ATMAE Leadership Service Awards
The ATMAE Board occasionally recognizes ATMAE leaders for their ongoing contributions to the Association and its programs.
(2004-2008) Dr. David Williams Chair, NAIT Board of Accreditation
(1999-2007) Dr. Dennis Field Chair, NAIT Board of Accreditation
ATMAE Senior Fellow
The ATMAE Senior Fellow Program was designed to assist the Board of Directors with additional expertise and manpower to carry out the association objectives. The program was implemented in 2016 and each appointee is charged with a specific area of expertise/mission by the board. ATMAE Senior Fellows are typically proven leaders within the Association, and work on behalf of the board.
2019 Dr. Ahmad Zargari Senior Fellow for Engineering Technology
2017 Dr. John R. Wright, Jr. Senior Fellow for Engineering Technology
2016 Dr. Clayton R. Diez Senior Fellow for History
Dr. Alvin Rudisill Exemplary Service Award
The Exemplary Service Award was established in 1988 and was renamed the Dr. Alvin Rudisill Exemplary Service Award in 2002 in honor of Al Rudisill, NAIT's Executive Director for over twenty years prior to his retirement in 2002. Prior to 1987 this award was known as the President's award. The selection is made by the Board Chair and is presented on occasion to individuals deemed to have made exemplary contributions to the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.