Engineering Student Writing Contest

Engineering Student Writing Contest

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, November 20, 2020


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 3rdAnnual 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 2021 issue of the ESD’s TechCentury magazine. The top award-winning essay author will receive recognition at the 2021 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 three topics listed below.
  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, Friday, November 20, 2020 via email to
  4. The TechCenturyEditorial Board will review entries and the top three essays (along with a student profile) will be published in the January 2021 issue of TechCentury, both print and online.
  5. The top essayist will be recognized at the 2021 ESD Gold Award Reception as well as receive a $1,000 scholarship.



Essayists should choose to write on one of the following topics:

  1. How do you feel the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your engineering education, and how have you academically met the challenges it brings?
  2. Why did you decide to pursue engineering (and your particular field) and how do you anticipate the work to evolve over the course of your career?
  3. What do you consider the most amazing feat of engineering over the last 100 years, and why? How did it change the world of engineering?

Please send writing contest entries to by Friday, November 20, 2020.

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