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.