Award Overview 

The circular economy requires effective systems and solution frameworks to tackle global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution. Moving forward, the engineering community must transform our practices to improve every element of our global technological and economic systems. As engineering designers, we must collectively answer the question: how can we design products that support sustainable principles such as reuse, repair, remanufacturing, and recycling? Through technical intervention, we have the power to create solutions for a circular economy – an approach that can work across engineering disciplines.

The Quanser Sustainability Award encourages the development of initiatives that prepare students to discover and develop sustainable engineering methods throughout their careers.  




Any initiative focused on developing undergraduate or master’s-level engineering skills to tackle one or more sustainability issues.  

The initiative must be innovative and include a demonstrable alignment to learning outcomes. In addition, the initiative must have a measurable impact on the student’s understanding of sustainability and be demonstrably scalable (with appropriate funding) to ensure that it can expand to enhance the learning of future generations.  

Individual and team nominations are welcomed.

Application Stages


Please download Letter of Nomination 

Review Committee Evaluation Criteria: 

Judging Committee:


      –   Paul Gilbert, (Canada), Co-Chair (non-voting), Quanser CEO

      –   Stephanie Farrell, (USA), Co-Chair, Professor & Founding Department Head, Rowan University

      –   Hans J. Hoyer (USA) (non-voting)

      –   Maria João Viamonte, (Portugal), President at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

      –   Elizabeth Croft, (Australia & Canada), Dean, Faculty of Engineering at Monash University

      –   Sushma Kulkarni, (India), Director at Rajarambapu Institute of Technology

      –   Soma Chakrabarti (United Kingdom), Ansys, IFEES

      –   Mario Chauca Saavedra (Peru),  IFEES

      –   Sirin Tekinay (USA), GEDC

      –   Lelanie Smith (South Africa), University of Pretoria, IFEES










We are delighted to share an update on the Quanser Global Sustainability Award – a number of outstanding applications advanced to the second stage of the evaluation process and the Award Committee has now completed its review of those applications. Applications from the following universities have been successfully shortlisted (in alphabetical order) .

  • New York University, Abu Dhabi 
  • North Carolina State University  
  • York University, Lassonde School of Engineering 



  • Stage 1 materials must be submitted by July 22, 2022
  • Pre-selection results will be announced on August 1, 2022
  • Stage 2 materials must be submitted by August 31, 2022
  • The three finalists will be announced on September 30, 2022
  • The winner will be contacted early October , 2022
  • The winner will be formally announced during WEEF-GEDC 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa

Submission Requirements

  • Stage 1 and 2 materials must be submitted via email to
  • Project title must be included as the subject of email communications and in all attachment titles
  • Materials may be submitted as attachment or links


*The award will cover round-trip economy class flight from the winner’s place of residence to Cape Town, South Africa, conference registration, and three-night hotel accommodations. If the conference should be held virtually due to limitations derived from the current pandemic, only the amount of the prize will be delivered by means of a bank transfer.

** The nominator must be an active GEDC or IFEES society member. A list of member representatives may be found on the Members page of the GEDC and IFEES websites. Multiple submissions may be submitted by the same nominator. Members of the Executive Committees and members of the Award Committee are ineligible to be either nominators or nominees for the award.

Quanser is the world leader in innovative technology for engineering education and research. With a heritage of creating leading-edge platforms for controls, mechatronics, and robotics, Quanser has built a legacy over the past 30 years of transformational solutions that bring emerging technologies, including autonomous robotics, IoT, self-driving, and virtual reality, to students worldwide. Quanser is unique as the only commercial organization that offers a comprehensive, academically sound platform for delivering programs that push the boundaries of traditional engineering education and research. Through a vast network of academic partners and faculty equivalent researchers and course designers, Quanser works with institutions to solve modern engineering challenges as true colleagues as opposed to conventional vendors.