2019 Awardees

C.D. Mote, Jr.
Lifetime Achievement Award

C.D. Mote, Jr. is president of the National Academy of Engineering and Regents’ Professor on leave from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Mote is a native Californian who earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at the University of California, Berkeley in mechanical engineering between 1959 and 1963. After a postdoctoral year in England and three years as an assistant professor at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, he returned to Berkeley to join the faculty in mechanical engineering for the next 31 years. Fifty-eight PhD students earned their degrees under his mentorship.

He held an endowed chair in mechanical systems at Berkeley and chaired the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1987 to 1991, when the National Research Council (NRC) ranked its graduate program effectiveness highest nationally. Because of his success at raising funds for mechanical engineering, in 1991 he was appointed vice chancellor expressly to create and lead a $1 billion capital campaign, which raised $1.4 billion.

In 1998, Dr. Mote was recruited to the presidency of the University of Maryland, College Park, a position he held until 2010 when he was appointed Regents’ Professor. During his tenure the number of Academy members on the faculty tripled, three Nobel laureates were recognized, and an accredited school of public health and a new department of bioengineering were created. He also founded a 130-acre research park next to the campus, faculty research funds increased by 150 percent, and partnerships with surrounding federal agencies and with international organizations expanded greatly. The number of students studying abroad tripled. Dr. Mote created an annual open house day that attracts over 100,000 visitors, founded a charitable foundation for the campus whose board of trustees launched and led a successful $1 billion capital campaign, and took to lunch every student that wanted to go. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the campus #36 in 2010 and its Engineering School #13.

Dr. Mote is recognized for impacts he has made as a scholar, inventor, educator, mentor, and as a leader who has advanced higher education, innovation and the engineering profession. He is the recipient of the ASME Medal, the NAE Founders Award, and the Humboldt Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany. He has authored/co-authored over 300 publications, and holds four patents. Mote is an honorary fellow of ASME, honorary member of the American Society of Engineering Education, a fellow of: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Mechanics, Acoustical Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Inventors. He was elected to membership in the NAE in 1988 and as President in 2013. Mote was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and as honorary academician of the Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

As president of the NAE Dr. Mote is committed to ensuring highly competitive talent in the US engineering workforce, facilitating public understanding of engineering, demonstrating how engineering creates a better quality of life and engaging the academy in global engineering issues in support of national interests. A highlight of global engineering engagement is the promotion of the NAE’s fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering from 2008 whose solutions are needed to achieve the grand challenges global vision “Continuation of life on the planet, making our world more sustainable, safe, healthy and joyful.”


Gwynne Shotwell
Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award

As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and managing all customer and strategic relations to support company growth. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 100 launches, representing more than $10 billion in business. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors.

Prior to joining SpaceX, Shotwell spent more than 10 years at the Aerospace Corporation, holding positions in Space Systems Engineering, Technology and Project Management. She was promoted to the role of Chief Engineer of an MLV-class satellite program, managed a landmark study for the Federal Aviation Administration on commercial space transportation, and completed an extensive analysis of space policy for NASA’s future investment in space transportation.

In addition to being named the 2018 Satellite Executive of the Year, Shotwell was awarded the AIAA Goddard Astronautics Awards as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Ralph Coats Roe Medal. Fortune Magazine placed Shotwell at #42 on their list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2018 and Forbes named her #70 on their list of Power Women in 2017. In 2014, Shotwell was appointed to the United States Export Import Bank's Advisory Committee and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council. Shotwell was elected to the honorable grade of Fellow with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Through leadership in both corporate and external science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, Shotwell has helped raise over $1.4 million for STEM programs reaching thousands of students nationwide.

Shotwell received, with honors, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and serves on their Board. She has authored dozens of papers on a variety of space related subjects.


Linnie Haynesworth
Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award

Linnie Haynesworth is Sector Vice President and General Manager of the Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions division of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.  In this role, Ms. Haynesworth is responsible for the sustainment and growth of the division’s global business portfolio, which includes full-spectrum cyber solutions, multi-int enterprise data management and integration, and mission enabling Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities supporting customers worldwide.

Ms. Haynesworth started at Northrop Grumman as an intern during her junior year at the University of Southern California, School of Engineering.  She was drawn to the company initially because of its strong reputation for developing new talent, and for its focus on aerospace and defense.  Upon graduation, Northrop Grumman hired Ms. Haynesworth as a full time employee.  Her early assignments ranged from associate engineer to program manager of the Battlefield Combat Identification System to director of Engineering Centers within the Command, Control and Intelligence division.  She became recognized throughout the company for her technical knowledge and leadership, and built a strong track record of program management success.

Northrop Grumman first called Ms. Haynesworth to its senior executive ranks, as vice president of the supply chain organization within its Space Technology sector.  When she ascended to the position, she became the first woman of color in Northrop Grumman’s history to lead a space program.  Her executive roles since then have included vice president and program manager of the Defense Weather Satellite System (DWSS) program, and vice president for Aerospace Products within the company’s legendary Aerospace Systems sector.  Prior to her current role, she served as sector vice president and general manager of the ISR division within the former Information Systems division.

Ms. Haynesworth earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, School of Engineering.  During her time at USC, she tutored high school students in math and developed a passion for mentoring students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  This is evident today in her active support of Northrop Grumman’s internship programs, new talent development programs, and innovative STEM and cyber education programs, like the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot competition.

Ms. Haynesworth often speaks to groups about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, particularly to the success of engineering programs.  She continues to champion diversity and inclusion initiatives at Northrop Grumman, co-sponsoring the company’s women in leadership enterprise working group and the African-American task group, among others.

Ms. Haynesworth serves on the board of directors of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, and the board of trustees of the Flint Hill School.  She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, as well as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Over the last 30 years, numerous organizations have recognized Ms. Haynesworth for career excellence and outreach to the community.  Most recently, the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation honored her as its 2018 Woman of the Year, for tenacity, courage and leadership in the aerospace, aviation, and science and technology industries.

Ms. Haynesworth is a native of Detroit, Michigan.  She is married to Daniel Haynesworth, and they have three children, Mitchell, Monica and Martin.