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Engineering Leaders Under 40


The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program* recognizes manufacturing professionals under the age of 40 who are making a significant contribution to their plant’s success, and to the control engineering and/or plant engineering professions. Our research shows that finding, training and retaining workers is the biggest issue facing manufacturing today. The goal of the Engineering Leaders Under 40 program is to call attention to these successful young engineers in manufacturing and to show how manufacturers are recruiting and developing the next generation of manufacturing professionals.

2020 program timeline

    • Nominations open: April 20, 2020
    • Nominations close: June 19, 2020
      • Deadline extended to June 26, 2020 (5 p.m. CT)
    • Leaders notified: August 12, 2020
    • Leaders announced: September 17, 2020

Upon submission, all nominations are final. Decision of judges is final. Read the Official Rules here. Nominations for the Class of 2021 will open April 1, 2021.

*This program was formerly known as the Plant Engineering Leaders Under 40 program.

Past Leaders

Plant Engineering Leaders Under 40: This program was rebranded as the Engineering Leaders Under 40 in 2014. View past winners below.