Awards, Publications and Activities

The Community Engagement Division sponsors a Best Paper Award and a Best Diversity Paper Award. All presented papers submitted to the division are considered for both awards. The division’s best papers are forwarded on for PIC Best Paper Award and ASEE’s Best Diversity Paper Award.

Best Paper Awards

Each year the Community Engagement Division selects a Best Paper from among the papers presented at the Annual Conference. These papers go through a double-blind peer review process. Best papers that have been recognized include:

Year Paper Link
2020  Whitney Gaskins, Tracy Pritchard, Delano White, Keri Eason (University of Cincinnati). Parents’ Perceptions of STEM Education in Black Churches.
2019  Michael Foster & Gary E. Spivey (George Fox University). Implementing Human-Centered Design into an Engineering Service Course Development and Evaluation
2018  Canney, N. & Lambrinidou, Y. Representations of ‘The Public’ in Learning Through Service (LTS) versus ‘Mainstream’ Engineering Foundational Professional Documents.
2016  Kurt Paterson (James Madison University), Christopher Swan (Tufts University), and David W. Watkins (Michigan Technological University). Going is Not Knowing  Challenges in Creating Intercultural Engineers.
2015  Jeffrey Walters, Kaitlin Litchfield (University of Colorado Boulder). Investigating the benefits of group model building using system dynamics for Engineers Without Borders students.
2014   Jon A. Leydens, Juan Lucena, Dean Nieusma (Colorado School of Mines). What is design for social justice?
2013  Aimee S Navickis-Brasch, Anne Liu Kern, Jillian Rae Cadwell, Laura Laumatia,  Fritz Fiedler (University of Idaho, Moscow). How Land Use Change, Changed Culture.

Film Festival

In 2015, the Community Engagement Division hosted a film festival. There were 33 submissions, which were narrowed to 12 finalists. The two winners, who received $1000 each, were:

Best Video: I Am Standing, Loyola Marymount University,

Biggest Community Impact: Cerro Patacon Panama Water Development, University of Pittsburgh,

Thanks to Tom Colledge for coordinating the competition.


Other Publications

All Annual Conference papers are available at:

The CED has published 19 papers in 2012, 33 in 2013, 22 in 2014, 24 in 2015, 14 in 2016, 28 in 2017, 31 in 2018, 23 in 2019, and  37 in 2020.

Scholarship in the area of community engagement is published in the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship.  See more information at:


Community Engagement Activity

Each year (when the conference is held in person) the CED participates in a service event with a local group.


2019: Sat. June 15, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM,Stewart Middle School

Organizers: Dr. Nathan E Canney P.E., Dr. Maya A Trotz (University of South Florida)

Participants contributed to the ongoing collaborations between University of South Florida engineering faculty and education activities with ROVs.


2018: Sat. June 23, noon-4 pm, Community Garden for Salt Lake City Refugees

CED partnered with the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center (aka Bennion Center) at the University of Utah.


2017: Sat. June 24, 1-4 pm, Toy Adaptation for Children with Special Needs

CED partnered with the Toy Adaptation Program at The Ohio State University to host an adaptive toy event.


 2016: Sat. June 25, 8 am – 4 pm, Playground Build Activity

CED and the ASEE Construction Divisions worked with EPICS Purdue and LSU to help with a playground build in Baton Rouge at a local elementary school. The activity was coordinated by Dr. Marybeth Lima.


2015: Service event in Seattle with students from Seattle University.

Coordinated by Nathan Canney and Francis ‘Jerry’ Hopcroft.