A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award


A. Richard Newton

Nominations are closed.

The A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award recognizes educators for developing innovative teaching practices and approaches that attract girls and women to computing, engineering, and math in K-12 or undergraduate education. Recipients are honored by the technical women’s community at the Grace Hopper Celebration. The award includes a prize of $7,000.

The A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award honors the life and career of A. Richard Newton (1951-2007). Newton was a professor and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a pioneer in electronic design automation and integrated circuit design, and a visionary leader in the technology industry.

Meet our 2017 winner.

Selection Criteria

Potential nominees are making a positive impact in K12 or undergraduate education in the areas of computing, engineering, and/or math. They are recognized for developing innovative and new teaching practices, techniques or education approaches that attract girls and women to these subjects. Nominees are evaluated based on the following:

  1. Innovation: Are the teaching practices and approaches a new and novel idea or a truly creative implementation of an existing best practice?
  2. Impact on girls and women: What is the specific impact on girls and women? Has it changed lives in profound and important ways? Has it created opportunities where none existed before?
  3. Reach: Does the Nominee’s work extend beyond her/his institution, local community, or state? Who is their work affecting: students, teachers, parents, the community?
  4. Sustainability & Scalability: Consider if the nominee could expand her/his work or if other institutions/individuals could replicate the nominee’s work in other institutions, cities, states, countries, etc.

Supporting Documents

You will need to submit:

  • Two letters of reference from professional contacts of the nominee (third letter is optional)
    • Endorsers should be chosen to represent a range of perspectives and institutions and provide additional insights or evidence of the candidate’s impact. Each letter should focus on the accomplishments which that endorser can attest to and place in context.
  • The nominee’s biography (maximum of 500 words)
  • A two to three page statement of merit from the nominator
    • Nominators are preferably recognized members of the community who are not from the same organization as the candidate and who can address the candidate’s contributions outside their organization.
  • The nominee’s CV or resume
  • Horizontal high resolution photograph of the nominee (minimum of 5MB JPG)


  • January 25, 2017: Nominations open
  • March 8, 2017 5 p.m. PT: Deadline to submit nominations