ESM Early Career Recognition Award

ESM Early Career Recognition Award

The ESM Early Career Recognition Award recognizes alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years who have distinguished themselves at work, in academia, and/or in their community.

Nominations are sought from anyone who knows an ESM alumnus or alumna who has distinguished themselves in one or more of these areas. In reviewing a candidate's credentials, the three areas of achievement are judged equally. 

To nominate an individual for the ECR Award, please complete the nomination form. Please note that individuals may also nominate themselves.

Candidates are encouraged to submit letters of support from colleagues, supervisors, or other appropriate references. No more than two letters of support may be submitted. Inclusion of a Curriculum Vitae or résumé is optional.

Nominations Deadline

Nominations are now closed for the Fall 2019 award. Check back soon to nominate someone for the Spring 2020 award.



  • Spring: Jonathan Pitt ('05 M.S. E MCH, '09 Ph.D. ESMCH)


  • Fall: Guneet Sethi (’04 M.S. E MCH, ’08 Ph.D. ESMCH)
  • Spring: Abby Dodson ('12 E SC)


  • Amber Black (’14 Ph.D. ESMCH)


  • Benjamin Ross ('06 E SC, '07 M.S. ESMCH)


  • Fall: Shawn Keebaugh (’03 E SC, '08 Ph.D. ESMCH)
  • Spring: Mukul Dixit ('07 E SC, '08 M.S. ESMCH, '12 M.Eng. SYSEN)


  • Joseph Geddes (’01 E SC, '01 M.S. ESMCH, '06 Ph.D. ESMCH)


  • Fall: Fei Wang ('05 Ph.D. ESMCH)
  • Spring: Brian Piccione (’05 E SC)


The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523