February 06, 2013
On February 5, 2013 the National Building Museum awarded the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) its Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology.
SWE was selected for its more than 60-year history of giving women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. The Society currently serves more than 22,000 members and is a proponent of strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for women.
During a ceremony at the Museum in Washington, D.C. Betty Shanahan, executive director and CEO of SWE, delivered a lecture titled “Diversity Fueling Innovation,” in which she discussed strategies for recruitment, retention and promotion of women and other under-represented populations in STEM professions.
The Henry C. Turner Prize is named for the founder of Turner Construction Company. The prize recognizes an invention, an innovative methodology, and/or exceptional leadership by an individual or team of individuals in construction technology. This includes construction techniques, innovations and practices, construction and project management, and engineering design
Since its inception in 2002, the Turner Prize has been awarded to: structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson; architect I.M. Pei; engineer and builder Charles A. DeBenedittis; the U.S. Green Building Council; Paul Teicholz, founder of Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering; Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies; Charles Thornton, engineer and founder of the ACE Mentor Program; Engineers Without Borders-USA; and Caterpillar Inc.
The Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology – which carries a cash award of $25,000 – is sponsored by the Turner Construction Company, who established an endowment to support the prize in 2001.