Ben C. Sparks Medal
The Ben C. Sparks Medal, established in 1990 for recognition of eminent service to mechanical engineering or engineering technology education through outstanding contributions that bring innovative, authentic, practice-based, engineering design/build experiences to undergraduate students. The award may be bestowed on an individual or collaborative team for excellence in curriculum implementation, teaching, academic/industry collaboration, or exemplary service to ASME student design-related programs.
Candidates must have a record of accomplishment over an extended period of time; play a major role in fostering new, innovative applications and approaches to the teaching of mechanical engineering and/or engineering technology; or effectively inspire promising systemic change that would enhance the readiness of graduates to begin engineering practice in industry.
Recipient(s) must hold or have held academic appointments in departments that have in ABET-accredited (or substantially equivalent) degree programs or be engineer(s) in industry, government, or private practice who have made an exemplary contribution such degree programs.
The medal was established in memory of Ben C. Sparks, a devoted member of ASME and a dedicated teacher of mechanical engineering technology and mechanical engineering.
|Form of Award:||$1000, Bronze Medal, Certificate and Travel expenses not to exceed $750 to attend the meeting presentation.|
|Limitation(s):||Nominees must hold or have held academic appointments in departments that have in ABET-accredited or substantially equivalent degree programs or be engineers in industry, government, or private practice|
|Administrative Responsibility:||Board on Education|
|Nomination Deadline:||September 1|
|Nomination Sent To:||Ben C. Sparks Medal Committee Chair|
|Committee Chair:||J.W. Cipolla|
|Awarded By:||Committee on Honors (COH)|
Ben C. Sparks Medal Recipients
|1991||Stanley M. Brodsky||2006||Alok K. Verma|
|1992||Elliot R. Eisenberg||2007||Charles J. Hurst|
|1993||Donald R. Haworth||2009||Scott G. Danielson|
|1994||John A. Weese||2013||Robert Warrington
Allan T. Kirkpatrick
Scott G. Danielson
Walter W. Laity
|1997||Gary R. Crossman||2014||Timothy W. Simpson|
|1998||Mulchand S. Rathod||2015||Christopher A. Mattson
Carl D. Sorensen
|1999||Philip E. Doepker||2016||Allen H. Hoffman|
|2000||Mark A. Pagano||2017||Steven W. Beyerlein|
|2001||Kenneth J. Fisher||2018||David R. Wallace|
|2002||Chittaranjan Sahay||2020||Michael M. Umbriac
Daniel R. Cooper
Panos Y. Papalambros
|2003||Mohammad A. Zahraee|
|2004||Frank A. Gourley|