The Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award was established by the Faculty of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University in 1966 to honor engineering graduates who have been recognized for outstanding achievements in:
These engineering graduates have received an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from the College of Engineering. Nominations for this prestigious award come from members of the Engineering faculty, and a vote by faculty representatives determines the recipients of the award. Announcement of the annual awards is made by the Dean of Engineering at the Awards Banquet during Alumni Weekend. The recipient is presented a bronze medallion and engraved certificate. In addition, each outstanding engineer's portrait hangs in Page Hall in a gallery dedicated to recipients of the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award.