The UAE Society of Engineers has set October 14 as the deadline for submitting entries for the debut Excellence and Creative Engineering Awards. With these awards, the Society aims to honour the exceptional work of the pioneers of engineering domain and encourage a culture of innovation.
The nominations for the Award were opened on May 16 with a dedicated website https://ecea.ae/.
The award which was launched last March aims to reward the exceptional work and results of the pioneers of the engineering domain, in the face of an ever-increasing competitive market.
It also aims to encourage a culture of innovation and creativity in all engineering projects and emphasizes the significance of national engineering work in addition to boosting growth, creativity and leadership skills.
The awards will be given in two categories - Institution and Individuals. The ‘Institution’ category targets engineering offices, institutions, companies and departments. It encompasses two awards: The ‘Pioneering Engineering Project’ which is dedicated to honoring the best outstanding engineering project in any field of engineering, the ‘Corporates Awards’ which also includes ‘Best Engineering Services or Consultancy Company’ and the ‘Best Construction Company’ in addition to the ‘Best Industrial Company / Corporation’.
Under the "Individuals" category, the top most award is the ‘Leading Personnel Award.’ It will be given to a leading Emirati figure that supports engineering work in the country, while the ‘Outstanding Engineer Award’ will be granted to distinguished engineers who have used innovative methods and smart techniques in their projects.
The third award within this category is the ‘Future Engineer Award’ which will be given to young Emirati engineers who have distinguished themselves over their peers in their respective field and contributed to advancing innovation, by designing and implementing pioneering engineering projects that have had a distinct impact and yield.
Fourthly, the ‘Outstanding Student Award’, will be given to the best outstanding student in an engineering college to encourage and raise the spirit of competition and innovation between students and the new generation of engineers and their ability to provide innovative solutions in the engineering field.
According to the Society members, there has been an overwhelming response for the awards with a vast number of nominations from individuals and institutions under various categories. These include governmental and private organizations, as well as students from universities across the nation.
Society of Engineers President Engineer Abdulla Yousef Al Ali said: "We are pleased with the significant level of participation in the inaugural cycle of the award which reflects the development of the engineering sector in the UAE."
"The Excellence and Creative Engineering Award fits into the UAE Vision 2021, which regards innovation a key pillar to achieve a knowledge-based, diversified and flexible economy led by skilled UAE competencies, and reinforced by the best experiences to ensure the sustainable prosperity of the country that keeps up with the ongoing development in the engineering sector by adopting and putting into practice innovative creative projects and ideas," stated Al Ali.
"This award also aligns with the UAE Society of Engineers' ambition to highlight the latest developments and innovative models, support and encourage engineering creativity and innovation, and carry out its strategic plan to meet the sector's future challenges while enhancing the engineering skills and offering engineering consultancy to both public and private sector organizations," he added.
“The ‘Outstanding Student Award’ targets university students in engineering faculties of all disciplines in an effort to support excellence and enhance a spirit of competition and innovation among students.
"This aims to support their knowledge, broaden their perspectives, encourage them to study and continue research to have graduates with scientific backgrounds who competently cope with the quick advancement of technology worldwide," stated Engineer Al Ali.
"The award seeks to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition," he added.
Al Ali said the first three winners of each of the awards in the ‘Institution’ category will receive a certificate and a medal. As for the ‘Individuals’ category, the winner of the ‘Leading Personnel Award’ too will be presented with a certificate and a medal.
The first three winners of each of the ‘Outstanding Engineer Award’, ‘Future Engineer Award’ and ‘Outstanding Student Award’ will receive a financial reward in addition to the medal and certificate.-TradeArabia News Service