AAEOY stands for Asian American Engineer of the Year award, an annual recognition event on the national platform to honor the most distinguished professionals with their leadership, technical achievements and remarkable public services.  As a part of the National Engineers Week (DiscoverE) Program, AAEOY was first introduced in 2002, This event has since become a prestigious and important forum for Corporate America, Academia, and Government entities in promoting of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) activities.

Since 2002, hundreds of Asian-American professionals from leading US corporations, prestigious research institutions as well as US Armed Forces have been selected as the recipients of the prestigious Award. The past awardees included Nobel Laureates, academia, key corporate executives and astronauts.

Besides recognizing outstanding Asian American engineers and scientists from across the country, special Distinguished awards were also created to honors and celebrates the achievements of Asian Americans for their global stature and influence. Those awardees have served as role models and a source of inspiration for the STEM community as a whole. Many internationally known individuals have received these Distinguished awards at the AAEOY events since 2002.

About DiscoverE

DiscoverE works to ensure people everywhere understand how engineers, technicians, and technologists make the world a better place. 30 years ago, DiscoverE was the first organization to recognize the need for engineering outreach when it called on engineers around the U.S. to work with young students for Engineers Week 1990. Since then tens of thousands of engineers have participated as role models and provided hands-on engineering experiences to millions of students. Now leading a growing volunteer and educator movement recognized worldwide, DiscoverE celebrates its legacy and builds for the future.

The mission of celebrating the accomplishments of engineers and engaging K-12 students in engineering is made real by a robust coalition of activist partner organizations, volunteers, and educators. CIE/USA is part of the DiscoverE Diversity Council.


Founded in 1917, Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA (CIE/USA) is a non-profit professional organization of Chinese-American engineers, scientists, and other professionals. The objectives of CIE/USA are to promote Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM), encourage professional advancement and leadership development for Asian-Americans, and provide recognition to Asian American professionals at the national level through flagship programs such as AAEOY. As one of the oldest and the most prestigious Chinese-American engineering associations in the US, CIE/USA has seven area chapters across the nation and hold many events monthly.