2021 EEA Gala, World’s Greatest Celebration
of Engineering Excellence on its Way

The Engineering Excellence Gala—known industrywide as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry” . . . is coming!

The 2021 Virtual Engineer Excellence Awards Gala, the world’s most esteemed celebration of engineering brilliance, is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 2021.

The Gala will honor 173 of the year’s most stellar engineering achievements while emphasizing the essential role engineering enhances all our lives, regarding progress and safety. The event will also reveal winner of the 2021 “Grand Conceptor Award,” signifying the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement.

Master of Ceremonies for Gala Night is the original Gala Maestro—six-time Emmy Award winning author, comedian and TV Host , Ross Shafer Ross Shafer, the six-time Emmy Award-winning TV broadcaster and comedian who is credited with helping grow the Gala, now in its 54th year. Jay Leno still refers to him as “the funniest man I know!”

Tickets for the live broadcast of the virtual EEA Gala are $40 per person. For more information and to register, click here or contact Heather Talbert.


2021 Virtual Gala Sponsorship Packages 

The 2021 Virtual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala offers exceptional sponsorship value for award-winning firms. We have re-imagined the benefits packages to include pre-broadcast, broadcast, and post broadcast marketing and branding opportunities that will reach an expanded virtual audience.   

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Click here to view photo and description of the 36 Top Award winners in the 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards.


Check out last year's Virtual EEA Gala here!


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EEA Committee

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EEA Judges


Barge Design Solutions’ Copperhill Watershed Restoration

Wins 2020 Grand Conceptor Award

The Copperhill Watershed Restoration Project in Ducktown, TN, won the 2020 “Grand Conceptor” Award signifying the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement, in the 53rd Annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA)—a national juried competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Traditionally an annual black-tie dinner and awards show, the first-ever EEA Gala attracted more than 650 viewers December 1. Hosted by renowned comedian Ross Shafer, the Gala honored 203 preeminent engineering achievements from the U.S. and the world.

A panel of more than 30 built-environment professionals from throughout the nation judged each engineering entry for excellence in technical savvy, innovation and overall social impact.

Designed by Nashville, TN-based Barge Design Solutions, the Copperhill restoration was a 20-year project that transformed a 50-square-mile site—severely damaged from more than a century of logging, mining and acid production—into a lush, clean and natural wonderland where residents now enjoy hiking, fishing and swimming.

Restoration efforts included disposal of mining waste, construction of clean-water diversions, re-establishment of natural, healthy communities of aquatic insects; and construction of new contaminant-filtering wetlands. Before restoration, the contaminated site was one of only two manmade features that astronauts could see from space. The other was the Great Wall of China. Click here for Grand Conceptor Video.


EEA Resources



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2020 EEA

2020 Grand Conceptor Award Winner with Video

The Top 36 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Past Grand Conceptor Award Winners

2020 National Recognition Award Winners by State






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