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, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in all communities across the United States and provide recognitions to the Asian-Pacific American (APA) professionals at the national level. The National Council of CIE-USA consists of seven chapters: Dallas-Fort Worth, New Mexico, Great New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, and the Overseas Chinese Environmental Engineers and Scientists Association. CIE-USA regularly sponsors and hosts conferences and engineering & scientific related activities at the national and international level (details can be found at here).

At the national level, CIE-USA has hosted the annual Asian American Engineering of the Year Award (AAEOY Award) in conjunction with National Engineers Week (E-Week) for the past ten years. This sponsor-supported event is a forum for corporate and government entities to recognize outstanding Asian American professionals in science and engineering for their technical achievements and public service (Previous AAEOY events can be found at here).

Besides recognizing outstanding Asian American engineers and scientists from across the country, AAEOY Award also honors and celebrates the achievements of Asian Americans of global stature and influence with "Distinguished Awards." The distinguished awardees are meant to serve as role models and a source of inspiration for Asian American engineers and scientists.

Since 2002, 160 Asian-American engineers from leading US technology corporations, prestigious research institutions and US Armed Forces have been selected as recipients of the AAEOY Award and 25 Distinguished Awards were given; Awardees include 7 Nobel Laureates, academics, key corporate executives and an astronaut.

Passing the Seal
Passing the Seal to the 2012 Albuquerque Planning Team at the Award Banquet in Seattle