Congratulations to our 2014 Winners
Design World is pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 Leadership in Engineering Program. Leadership in Engineering is an industry recognition program to acknowledge engineering leadership across several disciplines. The Design World User Community has cast votes, we’ve done our official tally and we are pleased to celebrate the winners.


Advanced Materials Minnesota Rubber & Plastics
Since 1945, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics has built a world-wide reputation in the molding and assembly of products made from elastomers and thermoplastics. Our reputation is founded on our unique science-based approach that has made us the preferred manufacturing partner for industry leaders in North America, Europe and Asia. And we are especially well known for our ability to provide cost-effective solutions to technically demanding applications.
3D Systems
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. The company also provides integrated 3D scan-based design, freeform modeling and inspection tools.
Electrical & Electronics Beckhoff
Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven industrial technologies. Manufacturers and machine builders can implement high performance Beckhoff control systems more efficiently and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff has been a long-time proponent of open controls architectures, full system interoperability, seamless machine-to-machine communication and lean automation solutions.
PennEngineering, founded in 1942 in Doylestown, PA, USA remains the global leader in the design and manufacture of thin-sheet fastening devices and installation systems. The Company is the developer and the sole manufacturer of PEM® brand self-clinching, broaching, surface mount, weld and other fasteners and has manufacturing and technical facilities in two U.S. locations, Galway, Ireland, and Kunshan, China.
Fastening & Joining
Fluid Power
If you’ve got an engineering challenge, Bimba has the solution. Whether it’s a standard off-the-shelf cylinder or a cutting-edge custom assembly, Bimba is uniquely positioned to help you take control of any motion control application. Its capabilities include an extensive line of industry-leading air cylinders, rotary actuators, linear thrusters, rodless cylinders, hydraulics, air preparation equipment, valves, flow controls and position-sensing cylinders.
igus® is committed to using its innovative polymer materials to develop products that provide creative solutions and exceed its customers’ expectations while delivering fast, accurate service. These plastic blends are used throughout each of igus®’ product lines of cable carriers, plastic plain bearings, spherical bearings and linear bearings, guides and slide tables.
Mechatronics Lenze
Lenze is a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology. Our products can be found in many industries, including automotive, packaging, material handling and logistics, robotics, and commercial equipment (pumps/fans).
PHD offers the widest selection of high value, long-life automation actuators in the industry providing the best delivery and support possible. They lead the industry in engineering expertise, testing facilities, and latest generation engineering design and FEA software. PHD engineers analyze virtual prototypes and optimize the design prior to building physical prototypes, saving weeks of design time.
Motion Control
Software COMSOL
COMSOL provides software solutions for multiphysics modeling and simulation. The company’s flagship product, COMSOL Multiphysics, is a software used for the modeling and simulation of any physics-based system. Its customers are researchers and engineers working for leading technical enterprises, research labs, and universities.
Balluff, Inc. is one of the world’s leading sensor manufacturers, providing innovative and practical sensing solutions for a wide range of applications and industries. Balluff specializes in delivering dependable, rugged products for industrial sensing, networking, and ID to help prevent downtime and eliminate errors.
Switches & Sensors
Test & Measurement National Instruments
NI offers graphical system design tools to engineers and scientists who develop next-generation control and monitoring systems within industries such as energy, industrial control, life sciences, and transportation. NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware and NI LabVIEW system design software provide an off-the-shelf platform to meet demanding control and monitoring tasks.