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:

The annual award RFP announcement goes out in the Fall and applications are typically due in the beginning of Spring semester. Check back for updates.

Contact for project or award questions:

Judy Owens-Manley
Director, Center for Community Engagement & Learning     786-4087     LIB 211M

Congratulations to the 2016 Dr. Alex Hills Engineering &
Civic Engagement Award Recipient

Isaac Yep, UAA Mechanical Engineering student

Photo of Isaac Yep

Faculty Advisor:  Jeffrey Hoffman, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Project: Prototype STEM Educational Instrument

Isaac's project will include building a prototype STEM educational instrument.This interactive gear board device will allow a hands-on learning experience for middle and high-school students and an opportunity to demonstrate real-world applications of math and science skills.The prototype also has the potential to be implemented with STEM oriented curriculum and activities in collaboration with local community partners like ANSEP.

Meet the past award recipients and learn about their projects:

2015 Dr. Alex Hills Award Recipients - Wind Turbine for Alaska Villages

2014 Dr. Alex Hills Award Recipients - Fairview Community Snow Disposal

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