Edwin F. Church Medal

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.

Nomination Form
Nomination Instructions

Form of Award: $1000, bronze medal, certificate, and a $750 travel allowance
Limitation(s): Services performed within the context of an individual’s normal employment are not eligible
Nomination Deadline: September 15
Nomination Sent To: Waterloo Tsutsui
Phone Number: (765) 494-3621


Awarded By: Committee on Honors (COH)

Edwin F. Church Medal Recipients

1973  Wilbur R. Leopold 2001 Frank Kreith
1974 Hobart A. Weaver 2002 William S. Hammack
1975 Harry Conn 2023 Devendra P. Garg
1976  Frank W. Von Flue 2024 David Lavery
1979 Kenneth A. Roe 2005 Vincent Wilczynski
1980 Dennis K. Bushnell 2009 Wilbur J. Marner
1981 Neal P. Jeffries 2011 Ramesh K. Agarwal
1982 Clinton H. Britt 2012 Kenneth S. Ball
1984 Milo Price 2013 William M. Worek
1985 Emil L. Martinec 2014 John W. Cipolla
1987 Garland H. Duncan 2015 William J. Wepfer
1988 Dale E. Klein 2016 Karen A. Thole
1989 Adolph T. Molin 2017 Francis A. Kulacki
1990 James R. Welty 2018 Kendra V. Sharp
1991 Joseph A. Falcon 2019 Andreas Polycarpou
1992 Stephen Juhasz 2020 Nael Barakat
1993 Larry C. Oyen 2021  Efstathios E. Michaelides
1994 Avram Bar-Cohen 2022 Suvranu De
1997 Dean Kamen 2023 Volker SIck
1998 Allan D. Kraus    
1999 Woodie C. Flowers    
2000 John H. Lienhard    

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