There are three award categories determined by length of career and accomplishments:
Presented to a distinguished industry leader in recognition of her/his significant professional accomplishments and leadership contributions in the field of engineering. This award celebrates both the professional and personal achievements of the individual. Awardee must be an alumnus of Oregon State University.
Presented to dynamic mid-career engineers who have made sustained distinguished contributions to the profession, field, OSU, or society at large. Awardees must have a minimum of twenty years of experience beyond their bachelor's degree and still be in the engineering profession. Each awardee must be an alumnus of the OSU College of Engineering.
Induction into the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through their professional accomplishments, service to OSU, engineering, or society at large. These individuals have made early career contributions that identify them as future leaders in their profession or field. They have less than twenty years of professional experience beyond their bachelor's degree. Each awardee must be an alumnus of the OSU College of Engineering.