Award recipient Jarrod Nelson and Dr. Alex Hills This award encourages UAA undergraduates in Engineering to disseminate engineering knowledge and practice for the benefit of society.  For this $2,500 award, undergraduates will initiate a service project that solves engineering and technology-based problems in partnership with local organizations and under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Why Apply?

  • Have a meaningful experience working with faculty
  • Gain valuable community awareness, particularly in communication with clients
  • Broaden your learning of engineering design within a social context

How to Apply:

  1. Download the Engineering & Civic Engagement Award Cover Sheet & Proposal Guidelines. Printed applications materials are also available at the CCEL office in LIB 211G.
  2. Complete the Cover Sheet including required signatures.
  3. Develop a project proposal following the guidelines.
  4. Obtain required letters of support from faculty mentor and community partner.
  5. Submit Cover Sheet, Proposal, Letters to the Center for Community Engagement & Learning by January 30, 2015. Submit by email to

Need some inspiration? Look here for Potential Project Ideas

Contact for project or award questions:
Judith Owens-Manley, Ph.D.
Director, UAA Center for Community Engagement & Learning     786-4087

Congratulations to the 2014 Dr. Alex Hills Engineering &
Civic Engagement Award Recipients

Jacob Plancich, Nathaniel Cox, Marissa Stewart, Richard Bailey

Group photo of Alex Hills Engineering Award student recipients.

Faculty Advisor:  Aaron Dotson, Dept. of Civil Engineering

Project:  Fairview Community Snow Disposal - Final Project Report (pdf)

Students in CE A438 Design of Engineering Systems proposed to take on a design project for the construction of a snow cistern in the Fairview community. The goal of the project is to present these four young engineers, all graduating in 2014, with an opportunity to apply the fundamental engineering concepts learned in the classroom and to interact in a professional environment with local community leaders, while providing a much needed professional service for the Municipality and the Fairview neighborhood. The project is anticipated to result in reduction in space required for snow storage, development of a new technology for snow storage, and improvements in safety due to more effective snow removal. 

Hills 2014 project photo

Meet the past award recipients and learn about their projects

2013 Dr. Alex Hills Award Recipients - Alma Abaza & Ryan Bergerson

2012 Dr. Alex Hills Award Recipient - Forest Knutsen

2011 Dr. Alex Hills Award Recipient - Jarrod Nelson

2009 Dr. Alex Hills Award Recipient

About Dr. Alex Hills

Find out more about Dr. Alex Hills by reading his Biography.

Listen to the Podcast from Dr. Hills Oct. 12 UAA lecture "The Dawn of Wi-Fi"


Dr. Alex Hills interview - Wireless Andrew at Carnegie Mellon University