Ivan B. Rahn Education Award

Established in 1995

The Ivan B. Rahn Education Award, established in 1995, recognizes distinguished contributions to the educational activities within SME and is open to all SME members who have shown long-term interest in and have significantly contributed to SME activities relating to ABET, student affairs, continuing education, professional registration, and/or the Council of Education (not necessarily an educator themselves). The Award shall consist of a statuette with an engraved inscription containing the name of the award, the name of the recipient, and the date of the award. Election to this honor is by the SME Council of Education with notification to the SME Executive Committee.

The Rahn Award is open to all SME members who have shown long-term interest in and have significantly contributed to SME activities relating to ABET, student affairs, continuing education, professional registration, and/or the Council of Education (not necessarily an educator themselves).

View the award guidelines


Past Award Recipients:

  • 2021 – Jeffrey R. Keaton
  • 2020 – Leigh W. Freeman
  • 2019 - Nikhil C. Trivedi
  • 2018 - K. Marc LeVier
  • 2018 - Raja V. Ramani
  • 2017 - Michael McCarter
  • 2016 - Pamela K. Wilkinson
  • 2015 - Mary M. Poulton
  • 2014 - Arden D. Davis
  • 2013 - Richard Sweigard
  • 2012 - Dan Alexander
  • 2011 - H. Peter Knudsen
  • 2010 - George Luxbacher
  • 2009 - Gary L. Skaggs
  • 2008 - David D. Eyer
  • 2007 - Sukumar Bandopadhy
  • 2006 - Jerry D. Higgins
  • 2005 - Bhupendra K. Parekh
  • 2004 - R. Larry Grayson
  • 2003 - Christopher J. Bise
  • 2002 - C. Dale Elifrits
  • 2001 - Barb Filas
  • 2000 - James R. Arnold
  • 1999 - Eileen Ashworth
  • 1998 - R. R. “Ray” Beebe
  • 1997 - Lee W. Saperstein
  • 1996 - Ivan B. Rahn


For more information, please contact SME at awards@smenet.org.