Two faculty members at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have announced The Constellation Prize, which recognizes the work of engineers who promote social justice, human rights, peace, and environmental protection. Daniel Lander, a lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, a lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, are part of the team behind the new prize that celebrates individuals who look beyond the technical dimensions of their work to consider the broader impact.

Engineers in the US are eligible to enter and don’t need to be professional or licensed but can be engineers from academia, nonprofits, government, industry, small business, or a civil society. The 2020 award is based on the support that nominees request. The award committee will leverage resources to try to provide the support. Awardees will be connected with a network of relevant contacts via Rensselaer’s team and faculty. The award will also allow recipients’ work to be shared using multimedia and communication efforts and documented to serve as inspiration for others. The award will evolve over time and there are no set number of awards, according to organizers. For more information and to see winners of this year’s prize(s), visit