ACEC's annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition pays tribute to exemplary Member Firm achievements from throughout the world.

Since 1967, U.S. engineering firms have entered their most innovative projects and studies in ACEC's annual Engineering Excellence Awards program (EEA)—"the Academy Awards of the engineering industry"—which honors the year's most outstanding engineering accomplishments.

EEA entries are accepted into one of 12 project categories: studies, research, and consulting engineering services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and storm water; water resources; transportation; special projects; small projects; energy; and industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities.

Projects that are winners at state level EEA competitions are eligible for ACEC's national EEA competition.

A distinguished panel of 25-30 judges representing industry, government, academia and media assembles for three days each year to critique and rank the submissions for engineering excellence. Projects from throughout world are rated on the basis of uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner's needs, including schedule and budget.

The panel then selects 24 top award winners—16 Honor Awards and 8 Grand Awards.

One Grand Conceptor Award winner will be chosen from the 8 Grand Awards as the overall best engineering project.

The winners are recognized at ACEC's annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, which has become the engineering industry's highest profile event. The stylish black-tie EEA Gala annually attracts more than 600 members and guests, national industry leaders, representatives of Congress and the Administration. It also provides Member Firms with national recognition and a platform to showcase their talent and expertise in a dramatic setting.

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