Engineering Student Writing Contest

Engineering Student Writing Contest



Attention students: we want to hear from you!

In an effort to promote and engage student voices and ideas about the profession of engineering, the Engineering Society of Detroit and its TechCentury magazine will hold its 5th Annual Engineering Student Writing Contest.

The contest is now open to all students attending Michigan universities and studying within any of the engineering disciplines or related fields. The top three entries will be published in the January 2023 issue of the ESD’s TechCentury magazine. The top award-winning essay author will receive recognition at the 2023 Gold Award Reception and a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Fishman Stewart, LLC.

Contest details

    1. The student will write a 750-word essay on one of four topics.
    2. The student must be studying an engineering or related discipline at an accredited Michigan university.
    3. Entries must be received by close of business, December 2, 2022 via email to
  • Entries must be submitted in a Word doc format
  • Entries must be accompanied by an application form
    1. The TechCenturyEditorial Board will review entries and the top three essays (along with a student profile) will be published in the January 2023 issue of TechCentury, both print and online.
    2. The top essayist will be recognized at the 2023 ESD Gold Award Reception as well as receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Essay topics:

(please choose one)

  • Climate change— What do you envision engineering can do to assist with ‘engineering for net zero’ and how can you contribute to the solution?
  • Write an advice column: What advice would you give either your mentors or upcoming students/young engineers in relation to the world of engineering?
  • What’s your favorite SciFi or Fantasy story, why, and how is engineering involved in the storyline?
  • STEAM Education: How would you encourage a young person to pursue a career in engineering?

Please visit to obtain the contest application form, then send the entry form and essay in a Word document to by December 2, 2022.


About The Engineering Society of Detroit

Throughout its existence, The Engineering Society of Detroit® has been a leader, whether in promoting the engineering and scientific professions or by providing invaluable technical assistance to the community. It is the vision of ESD to serving this generation of engineers, scientists and allied professionals and foster the next. ESD membership is open to engineers, scientists, architects and those in related or allied professions. There are three levels of individual membership: Professional, Student and Retired.

Student Chapters

ESD currently has Student Chapters at 14 Michigan universities. Student members benefit from networking opportunities, educational programs, career assistance and mentorships. For details on Student Chapters and how to join them, please contact Heather Lilley at 248-353-0735, ext. 120, or