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 6th 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 2024 issue of the ESD’s TechCentury magazine. The top award-winning essay author will receive recognition at the 2024 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 1, 2023 via email to
  • Entries must be submitted in a Word doc format
  • Entries must be accompanied by an application form
    1. The TechCentury Editorial Board will review entries and the top three essays (along with a student profile) will be published in the Spring 2024 issue of TechCentury, both print and online.
    2. The top essayist will be recognized at the 2024 ESD Gold Award Reception as well as receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Essay topics:

(please choose one)

  • How do you feel AI can be used effectively in engineering and what are the downsides?
  • We posed this question to CHATGPT: “What is the most important engineering feat of all time?” and CHAT answered like this (PDF). How would you answer it in your own words?
  • How did emerging technologies from prior eras make progress for today? What was the technology and what impact did it make?
  • Climate change— What do you envision engineering can do to assist with ‘engineering for net zero’ and how can you contribute to the solution?

Please download the contest application form above, then send the entry form and essay in a Word document to by December 1, 2023.


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