Leon R. Grant III, preengineering teacher and advisor for the Marietta High School Civil Engineering Club, Marietta, Georgia, received one of three 2015 DiscoverE Educator Awards at a ceremony held earlier this month at the National Academy of Sciences, in Washington, D.C., for his work championing an extraordinary three-year project to research, engineer, design, and construct “green” sustainable buildings for communities in Haiti using repurposed shipping containers. Grant was nominated for this award by Marcellus Pitts, M.ASCE, the club’s professional advisor.
In collaboration with student engineers, industry professionals, professional associations, and collegiate support, this innovative project provides integrated STEM learning experiences for students in Pre-Engineering, Pre-Architecture, Science, and Mathematics programs.
At the ceremony, Grant received a $2,000 cash prize and a 3M gift pack of classroom supplies.
“As they inspire the next generation of engineers, these teachers play a vital and essential role in helping to shape society’s future,” said Leslie Collins, Executive Director of DiscoverE. “Most importantly, they are building confidence and opening worlds of possibility for their students through their unwavering passion and commitment.” ASCE sponsored the awards in conjunction with 3M, Bechtel, ExxonMobil Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Shell Oil Corporation, and the United Engineering Foundation (UEF).
Read more about Grant, Pitts, and the Haiti Container Building Project in the ASCE News Roundup.