The George M. Landes Prize for Technical Communication

George M. Landes, until his death an engineer at Ford Motor Company, was a 1977 graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Killed in a tragic car accident on October 4, 1981, George had been a student and an engineer and committed himself to both excellence of technical work and excellence of communication-a combination of skills much needed in the profession.

To be a candidate, a student must have been enrolled as an undergraduate in the College of Engineering for at least one term between January 2016 and January 2017. Nominees should demonstrate excellence and creativity in both technical skills and presentation skills.

All materials will be evaluated for both technical communication and excellence in presentation. Presentations should be of professional quality, suitable for industry or for publication exactly as submitted, and carefully proofread.

No material may be submitted more than once. No entrant or nominee may enter more than once. Materials entered in the competition shall not have been submitted to any other award competition. Materials that have been submitted for class credit may be submitted only if it is endorsed by the faculty member involved (see explanation of the entry procedure below).

How to nominate or enter
A single piece of technical work should be submitted. This presentation can be a technical article, a design report, a piece of technical journalism, or any presentation of technical work. Presentations may be written or may involve a combination of other communication media. Work prepared by a group project may be appropriate, but only if all the participants meet the eligibility requirements specified on the previous page. If the work is done by a group, each member must fill out a separate entry form, and all entry forms should be submitted together. The entry forms and three (3) copies of the written work should be delivered to the Technical Communication Program office, 301 Gorguze Family Laboratory (GFL), by the deadline. The written work should bear the author’s pseudonym or alias (and not the real name). If the presentation has been used for credit in a course the nomination portion of the entry form, including the instructor’s signature, must be filled in.

Manuscripts must be delivered to the Technical Communication Program, 301 Gorguze Family Laboratory, no later than Noon on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Late entries will not be accepted.

One prize of up to $2000 will be awarded at the Student Honors Brunch in March.

Decisions of the judges are final. Judges reserve the right to not award prizes if submissions do not meet required standards.