The Edwin F. Church Medal, established in 1972, is awarded to an individual who has rendered eminent service in increasing the value, importance and attractiveness of mechanical engineering education. Education is used here in its broadest sense of preparation for any aspect or level of mechanical engineering through any appropriate mechanism including universities, technical institutes, professional society educational activities, continuing education programs of professional societies and private groups, in-house professional development programs of industrial concerns and governmental agencies, programmed learning and self-instruction systems.

Nominees may or may not be professional educators. However, the award is not intended to recognize professional educators on that merit alone.

The ‘eminent service’ to be considered for the award as performed by the professional educator must be above and beyond the nominee’s normal activities. Excellence in teaching, research, administration and publications by professional engineering educators is not pertinent unless that activity is outside the usual scope of the nominee’s organization or institution.

The Edwin F. Church Medal may be made to one recipient of any age who need not be a member of ASME. It is administered by the General Awards Committee which secures nominations and makes recommendations to the Committee on Honors which selects the recipient.

The Church Medal was established from a bequest of Edwin F. Church, Jr. (1879-1964), loyal member of ASME, devoted supporter of ASME student activities, dedicated teacher, and for thirty-two years professor of mechanical engineering and head of the department at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

Form of Award: $2500, Bronze Medal, Certificate and Travel expense supplement to attend the award presentation.
Limitation(s): Services performed within the context of an individual’s normal employment are not eligible
Nomination Deadline: February 15
Nomination Sent To: Church Medal Committee Chair
Committee Chair: J.M. Oehring
Phone Number: 281-345-5374
Awarded By: Committee on Honors (COH)


Edwin F. Church Medal Recipients

1973 Wilbur R. Leopold 1991 Joseph A. Falcon 2009 Wilbur J. Marner
1974 Hobart A. Weaver 1991 Stephen Juhasz 2011 Ramesh K. Agarwal
1975 Harry Conn 1992 Larry C. Oyen 2012 Kenneth S. Ball
1976 Frank W. Von Flue 1993 Larry C. Oyen 2013 William M. Worek
1979 Kenneth A. Roe 1994 Avram Bar-Cohen
1980 Dennis K. Bushnell 1997 Dean Kamen
1981 Neal P. Jeffries 1998 Allan D. Kraus
1982 Clinton H. Britt 1999 Woodie C. Flowers
1984 Milo Price 2000 John H. Lienhard
1985 Emil L. Martinec 2001 Frank Kreith
1987 Garland H. Duncan 2002 William S. Hammack
1988 Dale E. Klein 2003 Devendra P. Garg
1989 Adolph T. Molin 2004 David Lavery
1990 James R. Welty 2005 Vincent Wilczynski