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2011 Award Winners



 Ayadi, Kamel 
Kamel Ayadi,

ASCE Presidents’ Award 

The ASCE Presidents’ Award commemorates the nation’s first President, who was a civil engineer and land surveyor. The award recognizes an ASCE’s member’s distinguished service to his or her country. 

Kamel Ayadi, M.ASCE is presented the 2011 ASCE Presidents’ Award for his ongoing service to the Tunisian government, leadership of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, his efforts to promote “zero tolerance” for bribery, fraud and corruption in engineering and construction, and for his work with the United Nations Task Force for Science and Innovation and the World Summit on the Information Society.  

Lall, Upmanu 
 Upmanu Lall,

Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award

The Arid Land Hydraulic Engineering Award is given in recognition of original contributions in hydraulics, hydrology including climatology, planning, irrigation and drainage, hydroelectric power development, navigation specially applicable to arid or semi-arid climates or contributions to the understanding and development of new technology in river basins. 

The 2011 Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award is presented to Upmanu Lall, Ph.D., M.ASCE for his pioneering work on the understanding and prediction of hydroclimatic extremes in arid regions, associated innovations in statistical methods and management techniques, and advancing risk management in a changing climate. His research focus has been in the area of hydroclimatology, climate change adaptation, risk analysis and mitigation with emphasis on hydrology, water resource systems analysis, operations research and stochastic processes with applications to flood/drought risk and uncertainty assessment, and the design and operation of water systems. Specifically, his work has developed practical non-parametric statistical techniques for predicting stream flows, which are particularly useful in arid regions where streams may dry up periodically. His work has also helped to elucidate the nonlinear dynamics linking large-scale atmospheric and oceanic processes to the hydrologic and precipitation variability in the drought-prone regions around the world, including the western United States, South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Furthermore, he has demonstrated how to integrate this information into long-term management of reservoirs, aquifer withdrawals and irrigation systems. The methods that he and his co-workers have developed for the prediction of seasonal and longer-term hydro-climatic processes are widely accepted and used around the world. Over the years, Dr. Lall has changed our perception and understanding of numerous topics critical to water resource management, such as i) the relationship between stream flows and lake levels and large-scale climatic variability, ii) long-range forecasting, and iii) understanding of space-time hydrologic processes.

Sue McNeil,
Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Harland Bartholomew Award

The Harland Bartholomew Award is presented to a Society member who is judged worthy of special commendation for enhancement of the role of civil engineers in urban planning and development.

Sue McNeil, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE is presented the 2011 Harland Bartholomew Award for pioneering contributions to the redevelopment of brownfield sites and for infrastructure management education and research. Professor Sue McNeil has contributed over two decades of leadership in transportation activity and in nurturing young transportation professionals in their professional development. Dr. McNeil has an extremely strong record of research accomplishment. She is a pioneer in the field of infrastructure systems asset management, growing out of work in more focused domains such as pavement management systems. She has received widespread national and international recognition for her work in this area. While at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. McNeil founded and became the leader of the Brownfields Center, dedicated to aid the transformation of old industrial sites to productive uses. This is an important issue both in the United States and elsewhere, and Dr. McNeil has become a prominent expert in the area. For example, she conducted significant studies of sites in the Czech Republic as well in the United States. She is capable, energetic and visionary in her research activities. With regard to service, Dr. McNeil is active in several professional societies, including the Transportation Research Board and various technical committees of the American Society of Civil Engineering. She is energetic and well regarded in a variety of professional venues. Particularly notable in this regard is her work as Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems after many years of service as an Associate Editor. Dr. McNeil has had a remarkable history of mentoring young transportation professionals, in her professional activities and in her academic positions. Her advisees are spread throughout the transportation establishment, in practicing, research and teaching.

John H. Bambei, P.E., M.ASCE 
John H. Bambei,

Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award

The Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award recognizes outstanding achievements by a member of ASCE who, through research, planning, design or construction, has advanced the art, science and technology of pipeline engineering. 

The 2011 Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award recognizes John H,. Bambei P.E., M.ASCE  for exceptional service toward the advancement of Pipeline Engineering through this efforts in research, planning, design and construction. His contributions are evidenced by his work with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Denver Water Department, American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AWWARF).  

In 1991, he initiated the first meeting of owners from all parts of the country to evaluate and understand the issues related to large diameter pipe products experiencing major failures of a catastrophic nature.  This led to the formation of the Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe Users Group, with which he remains active.  Mr. Bambei also currently chairs the ASCE PLD Task Committee on the revision of Manual of Practice (MOP) 79, for which he was a member of the original committee.  His greatest contribution has been with the American Water Works Association’s Standards Committee on Air Valves and Steel Pipe from 1986 to the present and the AWWA Standards Council from 2000 to 2006.  He has authored many publications, most recently “Welded Steel Pipe Lap Joints- An Evolution” and “Design and Application of AWWA Steel Ring Flanges” which were presented at the ASCE Pipelines Conference in San Diego in 2009.
 Blanning, Bruce 
Bruce J. Blanning,

Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Energy Award

The Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Energy Award was established to recognize outstanding achievements in the energy field by a civil engineer.

Bruce J. Blanning, P.E., M.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Energy Award for producing the documentary “The Next Frontier: Engineering the Golden Age of Green.”  

Bazant, Zdenek 
Zdeněk P. Bažant,
Ph.D., S.E., NAS,


 Maurice A. Biot Medal

The Maurice A. Biot Medal was established to recognize the lifetime achievement of Dr. Maurice A. Biot and is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding research contributions to the mechanics of porous materials. 

The 2011 Maurice A. Biot Medal is presented to Zdeněk P. Bažant, Ph.D., S.E., NAS, Hon.M.ASCE, NAE for groundbreaking contributions to the mechanics of concrete as a nano-porous material, particularly the creep and diffusion processes, thermodynamics of nano-pore water and high temperature effects, with numerical algorithms and consequences for structural design. Dr. Bažant is a rare engineering scientist who has greatly enriched engineering research and education. His enthusiasm and inquisitive mind has inspired generations of students and co-workers and stimulated many engineers with his push for more science and fundamentals in engineering. Over 40 years, Dr. Bažant has developed a worldwide reputation with a knack for novel solutions in engineering practice, which include fracture of quasi-brittle materials and stability of structures, aging creep and drying shrinkage under high temperatures, to name a few. His prominent contributions to the fields of “Creep and Fracture” and to “Microplane Modeling” of the triaxial response behavior of cohesive-frictional materials have received truly world-wide attention. His early work includes ground-breaking theoretical developments of Drying Creep and Shrinkage Effect in concrete materials which are closely related to the research of Maurice Biot in the field of poromechanics. In fact it is this area which is most exciting because of its potential impact on current safety concepts of nuclear power plants and aging infrastructures. Dr. Bažant has an impressive publication record with over 400 reviewed articles and five textbooks that have been well received. Clearly, they are the signature of a very diverse and innovative mind. His contributions span an impressive spectrum of research activities that have been recognized in the form of membership in prestigious Academies, Honorary Doctorates and prizes, and numerous invitations to present Keynote and Plenary Lectures at national and international conferences. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the US National Academy of Science.

Hayley, Don 
 Mr. Don Hayley,

Can-Am Civil Engineering Amity Award

The Can-Am Civil Engineering Amity Award is given to a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers or of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers for either a specific instance that has had a continuing benefit in understanding and goodwill, or a career of exemplary professional activity that has contributed to the amity of the United States and Canada.

Mr. Don Hayley, P.E. has been awarded the 2011 Can-Am Civil Engineering Amity Award for his more than 40 years of exemplary Canadian, U.S. and international practice in northern geotechnical engineering, and his service to the profession by many lectures and publications on foundations, pipelines, railroads and oilfield and mine development in the northern U.S.A. and Canada. In his 42 year career as a Canadian professional engineering consultant in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering, Mr. Hayley has worked almost entirely on cold regions problems involving oilfields, pipelines, railroads, ice roads and permafrost foundations. During this career he has also been exemplary in the presentation and publication of the results of his work; thereby serving to educate the public and other professionals in state of the art considerations and solutions to the problems of building in the North.

During the 1980’s construction of Alaska’s Beaufort Sea islands for oil exploration and for 10 years thereafter, Don directed the Anchorage, Alaska offices of EBA Engineering and applied his Canadian arctic offshore experience. This subsequent Alaskan work included designing foundations for the POGO and Red Dog mining projects, where he continued to advance the science of building on permafrost. Many of the projects on his resume have also involved joint work with Russian, Chinese, Norwegian and Canadian engineers and consultants.

Through his efforts as noted above, Don has become a worldwide authority on Northern design and construction. He has contributed numerous engineering publications as primary or co-author, including 9 in the last 6 years. Don recently completed a 14 city cross-Canada lecture tour for the Canadian Geotechnical Society. These lectures included three on “State of the Practice” of Cold Regions Engineering. Don had previously founded the Cold Regions Division of this society and served as it’s first director. For these reasons, Don Hayley was chosen to receive the Can-Am Amity Award for 2011.

 Andrade, Jose 
 José E. Andrade,

Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award 

The Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award is presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishments as evidenced by completed works, reports or papers in the field of geotechnical engineering. The award was established to provide professional development opportunities for outstanding young practitioners, researchers and teachers of geotechnical engineering.

The 2011 Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award winner is José E. Andrade, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE for his contributions toward the understanding of instabilities in multi-phase porous media under static and dynamic loading by the development of predictive multiscale computational procedures.  

Maidment, David 
David Maidment,
Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

 Ven Te Chow Award

Established in 1995, the Ven Te Chow Award recognizes individuals whose lifetime achievements in the field of hydrologic engineering have been distinguished by exceptional achievement and significant contributions in research, education or practice.

David Maidment, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 Ven Te Chow Award for notable contributions in water resources engineering, hydrology and hydraulics engineering, outstanding service to profession through application of GIS in surface water and ground water hydrology, authoring books and research papers in water resources engineering, and mentoring of young engineers. Dr Maidment holds the Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering and is Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources, University of Texas at Austin, where he has been on the faculty since 1981. He teaches water resources engineering, and conducts research on the application of geographic information systems in water resources. Dr Maidment is also the leader of the Hydrologic Information Systems program of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc (CUAHSI). CUAHSI represents 120 US Universities and is supported by the National Science Foundation to develop infrastructure for the advancement of hydrologic science and education in the United States. Professor Maidment was the initiator of GIS use in water resources and innovator of ArcHydro for surface water and ground water hydrology. This initiated dissemination of new geospatial hydrologic methods and practices to the civil engineering community. Furthermore, Professor Maidment has proven to be a remarkable researcher and practicing engineer as shown by the quality of his five books and research publications, as well as his involvement with federal, state and local government agencies and private consultants in solving water resources problems. Professor Maidment was invited to chair many committees and sub-committees within various federal and state agencies. Additionally, Professor Maidment is an exceptional educator in the field of Hydrologic Engineering, as evidenced by the excellent quality of his students. He has supervised over 100 graduate students and continues teaching and mentoring young engineers.

Krebs, Robert 
Robert C. Krebs,
P.E., L.S., F.ASCE

Civil Government Award

The Civil Government Award recognizes those members of the engineering profession who have rendered meritorious service in elective or appointive positions in government.

Robert C. Krebs, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE was awarded the 2011 Civil Government Award for his leadership and distinguished service representing citizens in the Vermont State Legislature. He has also been an exemplar mentor for engineers and surveyors in their professional careers and a proponent of continually advancing one’s career. Mr. Krebs founded and served as President of Krebs & Lansing Consulting Engineers in Vermont from 1978 to 2002. This company continues in practice under the leadership of his successors. While managing his own firm, Mr. Krebs encouraged and mentored engineers and surveyors in their pursuit of licensure. A strong proponent of licensure, he served on the State Board of Land Surveyors in Vermont, authored much of the current survey standards, and assisted with the language for the adoption of continuing professional development criteria.

Mr. Krebs has served as President and on the Board of Directors of NCEES and served as liaison to the NCEES Board of Directors for the Committee on the Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice. He also served as the NCEES alternate to the Board of Directors for ABET. In these roles, he continued to advance licensure and develop educational policies that focus on measurable outcomes.

Mr. Krebs has been a member of ASCE since 1972. He was appointed to the Vermont Legislature as a Representative for Grand-Isle Chittenden and subsequently was elected for a second term. Mr. Krebs brings honor to the civil engineering profession by his dedicated and distinguished service representing citizens in the Vermont State Legislature.

Pulido, F 
Juan Felipe Pulido,

Collingwood Prize

The Collingwood Prize is awarded to the author or authors, under 35 years of age, of a paper describing an engineering project with which the author is directly connected, or recording investigations contributing to engineering knowledge to which the author has contributed some essential contributions and which contains a rational digest of results.

The 2011 Collingwood Prize has been awarded to Juan Felipe Pulido, P.E., M.ASCE for the paper, “Emergency Assessment and Repair of a Sanitary Sewer by Trenchless and Traditional Open-Cut Methods,” Proceedings of the 2010 Pipeline Division Specialty Congress, August 28-September 1, 2010. This paper addresses different alternatives considered for the repair/rehabilitation after damage occurred on a Main Sewer Interceptor for the City of Fort Worth which crosses a water supply lake. Along with the technical difficulties, the paper also addresses the challenges between all parties involved which included different cities, a power plant, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

 Law, Kincho 
 Kincho H. Law,

Computing in Civil Engineering Award 

The Computing in Civil Engineering Award recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution in the use of computers in the practice of civil engineering.

The winner of the 2011 Computing in Civil Engineering Award is Kincho H. Law, Ph.D., M.ASCE for extraordinary leadership in the advancement of computing in civil engineering through academic research in parallel computing methods, regulatory and engineering information management, and engineering enterprise integration. Professor Kincho Law has been a faculty at Stanford University in the field of computing in Civil Engineering for over 28 years. As an author of over 300 journal articles and conference papers, Kincho has been invited as a keynote speaker at many major national and international conferences related to computing in civil and structural engineering. He has shown an extremely insightful and exceptionally deep and broad understanding of the issues in computing related to civil engineering problem domains. His research has spanned a large number of fields related to computing in civil engineering: regulation management and compliance assistance, wireless sensing for structural monitoring and control, integrating web services with distributed data flows, an internet enabled framework for finite element structural analysis and control, and solvers for sparse matrices.

Painter, W L 
 Wilfred L. Painter, Jr.,

Construction Management Award

The Construction Management Award is presented to a member of the Society who has made a definite contribution in the field of construction management in general and, more particularly, in the application of theoretical aspects of engineering economics, statistics, probability theory, operations research and related mathematical oriented disciplines to problems of construction management, estimating, costs accounting, planning, scheduling and financing. 

Wilfred L. Painter, Jr., P.E., F.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 Construction Management Award for decades of innovation on many significant construction projects, not only during construction through leadership and creative means and methods, but also to the basic design solutions that enhanced the built project’s value, quality, and performance. Mr. Painter has performed exceptionally as construction manager for multiple major infrastructure projects: the Staples Center in Los Angeles. the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, the Getty Center Tram Guideway in Los Angeles, and the Home Depot Center Sports Complex in Carson, California. These projects have included a variety of technical challenges, and Mr. Painter always had an eye for creative engineering solutions. Some projects required very unconventional solutions, and some required a different mix of more conventional technologies. In each project. he demonstrated the interpersonal skills necessary to persuade others to understand and embrace alternative ideas. Mr. Painter has been a great mentor to the next generation of construction managers. Many young engineers have benefited from his leadership and teaching on projects. He has been a great role model for all who work in the construction industry. 

 Aral, Mustafa 
 Mustafa M. Aral,
Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Maslia, Morris 
Morris L. Maslia,

J. James R. Croes Medal

The J. James R. Croes Medal is presented to the author or authors of a paper which is judged worthy of the award and to be next in order of merit to the paper to which the Norman Medal is awarded.

Mustafa M. Aral, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE; Jiabao Guan, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE; and Morris L. Maslia, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE; were awarded the 2011 J. James R. Croes Medal  for the paper, “Optimal Design of Sensor Placement in Water Distribution Networks,” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, January-February 2010. The paper presents a thorough and compelling discussion on optimal placement designs of contaminant sensors in water distribution systems. The work is particularly crucial for their complete multiobjective analysis, which substantially prevents hazardous outcomes from single-objective designs for attacked water distribution networks. The authors’ innovative methodology and convincing results stands out in comparison with those of many leading experts in this design problem. Other distribution systems with similar terrorism concerns will benefit from the presented knowledge.

 Eskijian, Martin 
Martin L. Eskijian,

Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award

The Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award is presented to an individual who has made a definite contribution to the advancement of lifeline earthquake engineering.

Martin L. Eskijian, P.E., M.ASCE is the winner of the 2011 Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award for his significant contributions to lifeline earthquake engineering including the development of marine oil terminal engineering standards, active involvement in the ASCE-TCLEE Ports Committee, and post-earthquake reconnaissance following the 1995 Japan, 1999 Turkey, 2004 Sumatra, and 2010 Chile earthquakes.  

Wang, Zhaoyin 
 Zhao-Yin Wang,

Hans Albert Einstein Award

The Hans Albert Einstein Award is given to a member who has made a significant contribution to the engineering profession in the area of erosion control, sedimentation and/or waterway development either in teaching, research, planning, design or management.

The 2011 Hans Albert Einstein Award is presented to Zhao-Yin Wang, Ph.D., M.ASCE for his unique contributions to understanding of hyperconcentrated flows, debris flows, watershed vegetation-erosion dynamics, stream ecology and restorations, and integrated river basin management. Dr. Zhao-Yin Wang is a leader in the field of erosion and sedimentation in watersheds, rivers, reservoirs and deltas. Dr. Wang has made pioneer contributions to the field of sediment-laden hyperconcentrated flows, debris flows, vegetation-erosion dynamics, stream ecology and restoration, and integrated river basin management, making significant advances that are currently being used to address complex environmental erosion and sedimentation problems in his native China and all over the world. Dr. Wang is a Professor in the Department of Hydraulic Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He received his PhD degree in 1985 from China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, and was a student of Prof. Ning Chien, one of the most distinguished sediment experts in China and a former student of Prof. Hans Albert Einstein at the University of California-Berkeley. Prof. Wang has authored more than two hundred scientific publications and technical reports. He was an Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellow at Universitat Karlsruhe, Germany, from 1991 until 1994 and a Visiting Prof. at the University of Hong Kong, China, from 2001 till 2006. Since 1995 he has served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sediment Research and as Associate Editor of the International Journal of River Basin Management published by the International Association for Hydro-Environmental Engineering and Research (IAHR). Currently, Prof. Wang serves as Chairman of the Advisory council of UNESCO’s International Research Center on Erosion and Sedimentation and Vice President of the World Association of Sedimentation and Erosion Research.

Elimelech, Menachem 
 Menachem Elimelech,

Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture

The Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture is awarded to a distinguished environmental engineer whom the ASCE Executive Director will invite to deliver a lecture at a given meeting of the Society.

Menachem Elimelech, Ph.D., M.ASCE, NAE is the recipient of the 2011 Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture for pioneering research on and outstanding contribution to environmental implications and applications of nanomaterials and membrane separation processes for desalination and water reuse. He is the Roberto Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Director of the Environmental Engineering Program, and the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Yale University. Professor Elimelech was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and was awarded the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize in 2005. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Colloids and Surfaces A, Desalination, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Engineering Science, and Separation Science and Technology. Professor Elimelech has authored more than 180 refereed journal publications and is a co-author of the book Particle Deposition and Aggregation (1995). His research focuses on problems involving physicochemical and biophysical processes in engineered and natural environmental systems, including: (i) membrane separations for desalination and water quality control, (ii) transport and adhesion of microbial pathogens, (iii) processes involving nanoparticles and biomacromolecules, and (iv) water, sanitation, and public health in developing countries.

 Munger, Paul 
Paul R. Munger,
Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award

The Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award is presented to a member, except an Honorary Member, of the Society who is judged to have contributed substantially to the status of the engineering profession by establishing a reputation for professional service.

Paul R. Munger, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is awarded the Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award  for 2011, for his extraordinary contributions in university education for 41 years, counsel to students with a parent’s responsibility, leadership in the professional engineering community for qualifications and licensing of professional engineers, and unrelenting, unselfish volunteer contributions to civil engineering and ASCE. Mr. Munger has an over 50 year engineering career, launched by his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Missouri at Rolla (MST).  He served continuously for over 41 years at MST, beginning as an Instructor and rising to Professor and Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department, and subsequently to the present as Professor Emeritus.  He served as a personal advisor to hundreds of engineering students, and always insisted on performance at the level each was capable.  

Dr. Munger worked diligently throughout his professional career to enhance the quality of engineering education.  He has been a strong advocate of licensing of engineering school faculty as a requirement for teaching engineering courses in ABET-accredited programs.  This assures by faculty example, that engineering students understand the importance of protecting public health, safety and welfare and meet professional standards of practice.  

He has served as Director of the Institute of River Studies and as Executive Director of the International Institute of River and Lake Systems.  In addition, he participated as a member of various NSPE committees gaining fellow status in 2004, and served as Chairman of the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors in 1978-1984 and 1995-2002.  

Dr. Munger is extremely active in ASCE, advancing from Associate Member to Fellow in 14 years.  He has also served on over 12 major ASCE committees and as President of the District 14 Council, District 16 Director, and Vice-President of Zone III. 

 Coco, Russell 
 Russell “Joey” J. Coco, Jr.,
 Voiles, Paul 
Paul A. Voiles,
Stamm, Marie 
Marie Stamm,
Kuklinski, Greg 
 Greg Kuklinski,
 Pekelnicky, Robert 
 Robert Pekelnicky,
P.E., S.E., M.ASCE

Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement

The Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement is made to younger members of ASCE (35 years of age or younger) who are judged to have attained significant professional achievements by the degree to which they have served to advance the profession; exhibited technical competence, high character and integrity; developed improved member attitudes toward the profession; and contributed to public service outside their professional careers. 

Russell “Joey” J. Coco, Jr., P.E., M.ASCE, Paul A. Voiles, P.E., M.ASCE, Marie A. Stamm, P.E., M.ASCE, Gregory J. Kuklinski, P.E., M.ASCE, and Robert Pekelnicky, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE, have all been awarded the 2011 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement, for professional achievement in service to the advancement of the profession, evidence of technical competence, high character and integrity, and contributions to public service outside their careers. 

Russell “Joey” J. Coco, Jr., P.E., M.ASCE is the Founder of ENGENSUS, a multi-disciplinary engineering and consulting firm that offers a broad array of services including structural engineering, wind engineering, coastal engineering, hurricane risk consulting, and failure analysis/forensic services. His responsibilities have included marketing, managing client relationships, developing office and job management policies and procedures, preparing proposals, negotiating contracts, project management, and performing technical production tasks. Mr. Coco has also been an active member in civic as well as professional organizations. Mr. Coco has also been instrumental in leading the efforts of over 50 Louisiana civil engineers in producing a Louisiana Infrastructure Report Card due to be completed in September, 2011.

Paul A. Voiles, P.E., M.ASCE is an enthusiastic volunteer at every level of ASCE. He exemplifies the goals and missions of ASCE through his daily work. He continually looks for opportunities to promote engineering and to represent ASCE at professional, civic and community events. He participates in seminars to continue his education and increase his technical competence. He mentors young engineers at work and in different societies. He is active in community through civic boards and volunteer organizations.

Marie Stamm, P.E., M.ASCE is a transportation engineer for Schemmer Associates. In addition to serving as a licensed professional engineer, she is a project manager for several large projects with the Nebraska Department of Roads. Marie’s major project duties include conducting hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) studies, researching and preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, and highway/street drainage design. Marie has also taken on increasing responsibilities with ASCE, from Section and Branch involvement, to society-level commitments; Marie has also engaged herself in community service activities, clubs and civic organizations. Marie’s high level of participation in her profession and her community, technical proficiency and leadership exemplify the qualities of Younger Members who are recognized by the presentation of the Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award.

Greg Kuklinski, P.E., M.ASCE is a project engineer for Alfred Benesch & Company. Greg is an outstanding leader in his profession. He proves so time and again, through collaborative efforts and with clear goals and objectives, which he seeks to meet or exceed. At work, Greg is an engaged bridge designer, involved in all facets of his assigned projects. From Structural to hydraulic design, Greg has made himself an indispensible member of his team by embracing and mastering the technical aspects of his work. Greg is also an avid volunteer. In addition to increasing responsibilities with ASCE, from section and branch involvement, to society-level commitments; Greg has also engaged himself in community service activities, clubs and civic organizations. Rounding out his service, Greg has avidly strived to help students become more active in their chosen profession. Greg has championed a number of initiatives dedicated to providing students with access to leadership opportunities, from hosting interactive sessions with leaders to providing funding to Young Professionals to attend student conferences. Through his body of work, Greg has proven to be an invaluable member to his profession and his community.

Robert Pekelnicky, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE is an Associate Principal at Degenkolb Engineers. Robert is a dedicated and energetic ASCE member. Since 2002, 2, Robert has been a secretary and voting member of the ASCE 7 Seismic Subcommittee, which produced a completely reorganized section on seismic design for ASCE 7-05 and produced the 2010 edition. Robert is also very active with professional organizations. He has taken an active role in many volunteer professional committees in ASCE, ACI, AISC, SEAONC, and SPUR and is rapidly moving into leadership positions. Robert is Associate Principal at Degenkolb and takes a very active role in both projects and internal activities. Robert recently founded and chairs Degenkolb’s Sustainability Committee. Under his direction, the committee promotes disaster resilience and guides the company to become as sustainable as possible. Robert is also involved with community outreach and public policy with SPUR – a public policy think tank that deals with issues related to improving San Francisco. He has been an active member of the Disaster Mitigation/Resilience Committee and the Disaster Response Committee. He frequently gives presentations about Disaster Resilient Cities based on work he has been involved with through SPUR.

 Widdowson, Mark 
 Mark A. Widdowson,
Novak, Paige 
 Paige J. Novak,

Samuel Arnold Greeley Award

The Samuel Arnold Greeley Award is presented for papers on the design, construction, operation, or financing of water supply pollution control, storm drainage, or refuse disposal projects

The 2011 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award is presented to Brian P. Chaplin, Ph.D.; Matthew R. Schnobrich; Mark A. Widdowson, Ph.D., M.ASCE; Michael J. Semmens, Ph.D.; and Paige J. Novak, Ph.D., M.ASCE for the paper, “Stimulating In Situ Hydrogenotrophic Denitrification with Membrane-Delivered Hydrogen under Passive and Pumped Groundwater Conditions,” Journal of Environmental Engineering, August 2009. In this work, a technology was developed to stimulate autotrophic biological denitrification by supplying hydrogen (H2) to groundwater via gas-permeable membranes. The technology was then tested at field scale to determine whether it could be successfully scaled up from the laboratory. Membranes installed in groundwater wells were successful in delivering H2 to the groundwater over the two-year operating period. Hydrogen stimulated microbial reduction of DO and NO3−, degrading up to 6 mg/L DO and converting up to 10.0 mg/L NO3−-N to NO2− -N when operated passively. When recirculation pumps were installed performance in the field did not improve significantly because of mixing with more oxygenated water. However, complementary modeling studies showed that complete DO reduction and denitrification to N2 was possible but the zone of influence and total H2 demand were limiting factors. Water was recirculated in the field from downgradient to upgradient membrane-containing wells to increase the H2 delivery through the membrane by an increase in water velocity. The depth to groundwater (13.7 m) caused some water reoxygenation during recirculation, which may preclude the use of this technology at deep sites, as this makes it more difficult to install sufficient wells and control recirculation. The work is the first of this kind with original information and results.

Bradford, Mark A. 
Mark A. Bradford,


Shortridge Hardesty Award

The Shortridge Hardesty Award is given to a member or members of the Society who have contributed substantially in applying fundamental results of research to the solution of practical engineering problems in the field of structural stability.

Mark A. Bradford, Ph.D., M.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 Shortridge Hardesty Award for his significant and influential contributions to the art and science of stability of metal structures. Professor Bradford has a distinguished career in the field of structural stability. He is the author of nearly 300 refereed papers on this topic, the vast majority of which appear in top-quality journals, in addition to 17 books and monographs. His research focuses on a broad range of topics within the field of structural stability, including research on coldformed, hot-rolled, and stainless steel, and composite and aluminum structures. The diversity and uniformly superior quality of his research are demonstrated by the citations he received in supporting recommendation letters for the varied aspects of his research. Professor Bradford is also active in code development, being the chairman of the Australian code for structural steels. His own research has also had a major influence on the Australian design standards for the design of steel as well as steel and composite structures. Professor Bradford's contributions to the field of structural stability also include educational contributions. One prominent example of this is his co-authored text on the design of steel-concrete composite structures. 

Kirkil, Gokhan 
Gokhan Kirkil,
Constantinescu, George 
 George S. Constantinescu,
Ettema, Robert 
Robert Ettema,

Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize

The Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize is presented to the author or authors of the paper that is judged to be of superior merit in dealing with a problem of flowing water, either in theory or in practice.

The 2011 Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize is awarded to Gokhan Kirkil, Ph.D., M.ASCE; George S. Constantinescu, Ph.D., M.ASCE; and Robert Ettema, Ph.D., M.ASCE for the paper “Detached Eddy Simulation Investigation of Turbulence at a Circular Pier with Scour Hole,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, November 2009.  

 Lund, Jay 
 Jay R. Lund,

Julian Hinds Award

The Julian Hinds Award is given to recognize the author or authors of that paper that is judged to make the most meritorious contribution to the field of water resources development. That award may also be made to an individual for notable performance, long years of distinguished service or specific actions that advanced engineering in the field of planning, development, and management of water resources.

The 2011 Julian Hinds Award is presented to Jay R. Lund, Ph.D., M.ASCE for fundamental contributions to the fields of water resource systems management and resource economics, for leadership that addressed the complex water resource challenges in California and other regions, and for the conceptualization and development of the CALVIN optimization model. 

Rogers, Jerry 
Jerry R. Rogers,
Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE,

Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award

The Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award is presented to those persons who, through writing, research or other efforts, have made outstanding contributions to a better knowledge of, or appreciation for, the history and heritage of civil engineering.

Jerry R. Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE has been awarded the 2011 Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award  for his selfless efforts raising awareness in civil engineering through History and Heritage programs in the United States as well as Great Britain. He has organized History and Heritage programs at several National Meetings of ASCE and EWRI and edited or co-edited proceedings of many of these conferences. His most recent was the Hoover Dam Symposium held in conjunction with the National ASCE Conference in Las Vegas. In addition, he organized a history session at the Providence, RI conference of EWRI in the summer of 2010. He served for many years as a member of the History and Heritage Committee and was also Chairman for several years. As a Director and Vice President of ASCE he continued his support for the History and Heritage programs. He is a corresponding member of the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering and Education with an emphasis on the review of papers dealing with History and Heritage.

Ray McCabe, P.E., M.ASCE 
Raymond J. McCabe,

Ernest E. Howard Award

The Ernest E. Howard Award is given to a member of the Society who has made a definite contribution to the advancement of structural engineering through research, planning, design or construction. 


The 2011 Ernest E. Howard Award has been awarded to Raymond J. McCabe, P.E., M.ASCE  in recognition of his unmatched expertise and commitment to technical excellence in the engineering and structural design of our nation’s most complex long-span, movable and signature bridge projects. He is one of today’s foremost experts on long-span bridge design and construction and his contributions to the profession of civil engineering are unmatched in technical innovation of bridge structures and expertise in cable-stay and long-span bridge design.  Mr. McCabe is senior vice president and national director of bridges and tunnels for HNTB, an international provider of professional engineering, architecture and planning services.  He has authored a wide range of technical papers, given presentations to international infrastructure groups and serves as an industry expert and spokesperson on bridge design, construction and inspection.  Following the collapse of the 35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis in 2006, Mr. McCabe testified before Congress on issues related to bridge design and inspection practices.  He has provided international direction to the firm’s bridge and tunnel design services, guiding the practice to its leadership position as Engineering News-Record has ranked HNTB Corporation’s bridge practice in the top five of all firms for nearly 10 years


 Aydilek, Ahmet 
Ahmet H. Aydilek,
Brown, Casey 
  Casey Brown,
Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
Hoek, Eric 
Eric M.V. Hoek,
Taciroglu, Ertugrul 
Ertugrul Taciroglu,
Weiss, Jason 
W. Jason Weiss,

Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes 

The Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes are awarded to members of the Society, in any grade, for notable achievements in research related to Civil Engineering. Preference is given to younger members (generally under 40 years of age) of early accomplishment who can be expected to continue fruitful careers in research.

The 2011 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes  were awarded to Ahmet H. Aydilek, Ph.D., M.ASCE; Casey Brown, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE; Eric M.V. Hoek, Ph.D., M.ASCE; Ertugrul Taciroglu, Ph.D., M.ASCE; and W. Jason Weiss, Ph.D., M.ASCE.

Ahmet H. Aydilek, Ph.D., M.ASCE, was selected because of his innovative and highly creative research in the area of sustainable geotechnical infrastructure design, microbiological soil improvement, and image-based geomaterial characterization. Dr. Aydilek is a leader in the areas of sustainable geotechnics, soil and groundwater remediation, and image-based geomaterial characterization. He has directed several field and laboratory projects that clearly demonstrated the successful reuse of recycled or alternative construction materials in geotechnical infrastructure, and for remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater. His research in the area of geomaterial characterization has resulted in rapid and automated image-based methodologies to define strain distribution in geosynthetics during tensile testing and to define pore structures of geotextiles under tension forces, and evaluation of moisture damage in pavements using “real” 3-D pore structures and a state-of-the-art numerical computing technique. As part of his ongoing research, he has studied microbiologically-mediated processes in soil improvement. The study is quite unique as the microbiological processes were used to improve geomechanical properties of natural soils and can ultimately be used either for site preparation before construction, or for remediation of existing sites with soil conditions considered to be inadequate. Dr. Aydelek’s research on filtration, dewatering of high water content geomaterials as well as efficient retention of soil a matter and anthropogenic particulate matter in stormwaters has demonstrated the importance of critical selection of geosynthetic pore structure parameters for design.

Casey Brown, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, was selected for his research in the field of “human-hydrological” system analysis including the incorporation of climate change and climate-informed seasonal forecasts in managing the world’s water for society’s benefit. Dr. Brown is one of the leading advocates for including climate change and climate informed seasonable forecasts in managing the world’s water for the benefit of society. His work is having significant impacts in enhancing the resilience of water supply systems that serve not only systems within the US but those in developing countries throughout the world. Dr. Brown has produced scholarly papers of the highest order, been recognized as one of the nation’s most outstanding young researchers, receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and worked in the field to change water management in Honduras, Lithuania, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Ghana, Chile, India and Tanzania. Dr. Brown continues the tradition of outstanding water recourses engineers that integrate resource economics, systems analysis, and societal needs into practical solutions that impact people’s daily lives.

Eric M.V. Hoek, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is being recognized because of his innovative research and development of novel low energy, fouling resistant nanocomposite membranes for desalination and wastewater reuse. Dr. Hoek and his research group at UCLA have produced 10 journal articles, one book chapter, and seven patent applications focused on advanced membrane materials since 2007. Thin film nanocomposite membranes have the most immediate practical potential out of these numerous innovations because they promise to reduce the cost, footprint, and energy demand on reverse osmosis systems used in desalination and wastewater reclamation. Moreover, thin film nanocomposite RO membranes are now commercially produced and sold by NanoH2O Inc. Dr. Hoek’s nanocomposite membrane research received the 2007 Global Water Awards Distinction for Innovation of the Year and he was named a 2007 Public Works Magazine Trendsetter. News articles on Dr. Hoek’s nanocomposite membranes appeared in New York Times, Forbes Online, and The Economist for its potential impact on the water industry. According to Global Water Intelligence, nanocomposite membranes are among the “ten most important new technologies, which could change the way the world of water works.”

Ertugrul Taciroglu, Ph.D., M.ASCE, was selected based on his research in solid and structural mechanics, with emphasis on soil-structure interaction, system identification and multi-scale modeling and simulation. Dr. Taciroglu’s research has enabled bridge engineers to accurately predict the passive response of homogeneous backfills, which play a large role in the overall seismic response of seat-type bridge abutments. Bridges with this type of abutment are highly common in California and elsewhere. Without an accurate accounting of the abutment response, seismic demands on critical parts of many highway bridges cannot be accurately determined. His work on ALE methods and the simulation software ROCSTAR he has contributed to enable engineers to evaluate accident scenarios and performance assessment of solid-propellant rocket systems, but also serve as an essential ingredient of coupled fluid-structure interaction problems.

W. Jason Weiss, Ph.D., M.ASCE, won the award because of his outstanding contributions to the field of early age concrete. He has pioneered the application of innovative materials, the development f testing methodologies, and design methodologies for use in crack mitigation or prevention. Dr. Weiss has been a leader in the development of shrinkage cracking mitigation strategies. He has performed extensive research in the area of applications of shrinkage reducing admixtures and internal curing of concrete. His work has demonstrated the benefits of these materials, the scientific principles behind them, and how concrete can be proportioned with these approaches. His research has also resulted in several innovative new test methods, several of which have been standardizes by ASTM. His work is rapidly sought in the field and is heavily referenced in the manual of concrete practice, RILEM early age reports, and in industrial product developments. In addition, his work focuses on application to practice and there are numerous demonstrations of these materials being implemented.

Padmanavhan, Mahadevan 
 Mahadevan Padmanabhan,
Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Hydraulic Structures Medal

The Hydraulic Structures Medal is awarded to an individual or individuals for significant contributions to the advancement of the art and science of hydraulic engineering as applied to hydraulic structures.

Mahadevan Padmanabhan, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 Hydraulic Structures Medal for achievement in the area of analysis and physical modeling of hydraulic structures, including pump intake, discharge outfalls, dams and navigation structures. Dr. Padmanabhan has over 35 years of hydraulic engineering experiences and is a recognized expert regarding physical modeling of various hydraulic structures, including dams, power house and navigation structures, and with special expertise in pump intakes, discharge outfalls modeling. Dr. Padmanabhan also actively involved in authoring technical papers and technical handbooks on suppressions of surface and sub-surface vortices in pump sumps and physical modeling techniques.

 Sustainability Award 

Innovation in Sustainable Civil Engineering Award

The Innovation in Sustainable Civil Engineering Award recognizes a civil engineering project for its creativity in the form of innovative sustainability.  Projects must  demonstrate adherence to the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability.   


Menomonee Valley Industrial Center and Community Park is this year’s recipient of the Innovation in Sustainable Civil Engineering Award for promoting innovation in design and construction that advances the economic, social, and environmental principles of sustainability and extends development and public understanding of sustainability in engineering design, construction and operations.  The Menomonee Valley Industrial Center and Community Park (MVIC) project is one of Wisconsin’s most successful brownfield redevelopments. The 130-acre site was an intensively used manufacturing area for more than 125 years that lay abandoned for the last 20 years. The site presented a host of obstacles to redevelopment: contaminated soils, abandoned materials and facilities, and its location within the Menomonee River 100-year floodplain.


International Coastal Engineering Award

The International Coastal Engineering Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of coastal engineering in the form of engineering design, teaching, professional leadership, research, planning, or a combination thereof.

Miguel A. Losada Rodríguez, Ph.D., M.ASCE, was awarded the 2011 International Coastal Engineering Award  in recognition of his outstanding achievement in fostering coastal engineering education and port and harbor design through research, professional leadership, and teaching. Dr. Losada has been a leading coastal engineer in Spain for his entire career and is internationally known for his research work in coastal engineering, with an emphasis on harbor and breakwater design. Importantly he authored part of the Spanish design standard, Recommendations for Marine Works (ROM), introducing the concept of risk in port design. Dr. Losada founded the two major academic coastal engineering programs in Spain at the University of Cantabria and the University of Granada, where now he is the director of the Andalucian Center for the Environment.

 Teixidor, John 
John Murphy-Teixidor 

ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award

The ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award is given annually to a reporter or reporters whose news coverage enhances public understanding of civil engineering.

John Murphy-Teixidor is the 2011 winner of the ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award for his outstanding depiction of the civil engineering profession and the impact civil engineers have on the world around us (“Best Jobs: Building Bridges,” CNN Money, October 8, 2010). 

DiMaggio, Jerry 
Jerry A. DiMaggio,

Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award

Award recognizes contributions to design or construction of foundations, earthworks, retaining structures, or underground construction. Emphasis is placed on constructed works in which serious difficulties were overcome or substantial economies were achieved.

The 2011 Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award is presented to Jerry A. DiMaggio, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE for greatly improving the practice of foundation engineering of geotechnical design manuals and, additionally, for the development of companion training courses instructing engineers on the implementation of these technologies.  

 Sinha, Kumares 
 Kumares C. Sinha,
Ph.D., P.E., Hon.M.ASCE, NAE

James Laurie Prize

The James Laurie Prize recognizes contributions to the advancement of transportation engineering in research, planning, design, or construction.

Kumares C. Sinha, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.M.ASCE, NAE is the recipient of the 2011 James Laurie Prize for contributions to the advancement of transportation infrastructure engineering and management and to the education of transportation professionals worldwide. Professor Sinha has been a prominent leader in numerous professional activities. His work with the World Bank and the Transportation Research Board has contributed strongly to his international reputation and stature. Within the American Society of Civil Engineers, Dr. Sinha has been a leader in three technical divisions and has shaped the formation of the Transportation and Development Institute. Dr. Sinha founded the continuing conference series on "Applications of Advanced Technologies in Transportation," with the tenth conference held in Athens, Greece, in 2008. Professor Sinha's textbook is well regarded in the profession and is in widespread use: Sinha, K. C. and Labi, S. Transportation Decision-Making: Principles of Project Evaluation and Programming, John Wiley & Sons, New York, N. Y. May, 2007. As a longstanding editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Dr. Sinha oversaw the rising reputation and influence of this journal. It is a premier outlet for archival papers on transportation engineering. Dr. Sinha is remarkable for his diplomacy, integrity and professionalism in making difficult decisions about the management of the journal. The current editor-in-chief consults with Professor Sinha on matters of policy with respect to the journal. With his exceptional energy and professional commitment over a long period of time, Professor Sinha has certainly made outstanding contributions to the ASCE and the transportation engineering profession.

LeFevre Award -- Wisconsin 2011 
 University of Wisconsin

Walter LeFevre Award

The Walter LeFevre Award recognizes academic institutions for their outstanding actions in promoting licensure, ethics and professionalism.

The Educational Activities Committee (EdAC) selected the University of Wisconsin – Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as the recipient of the 2011 Walter LeFevre Award in the large programs category for its activities in promoting licensure, ethics, and professionalism.

The Educational Activities Committee (EdAC) selected the University of New Orleans Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as the recipient of the 2011 Walter LeFevre Award in the small programs category for its activities in promoting licensure, ethics, and professionalism.

The Educational Activities Committee (EdAC) selected the Montana State University Civil Engineering Program as the recipient of the 2011 Walter LeFevre Honorable Mention in the large programs category for its activities in promoting licensure, ethics, and professionalism.  

Al-Omaishi, Nabil 
 Nabil Al-Omaishi,
Tadros, Maher 
Maher K. Tadros,
Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
 Seguirant, Stephen 
 Stephen J. Seguirant,

T.Y. Lin Award

The T. Y. Lin Award recognizes papers that contribute to the field of prestressed concrete.

The winners of the 2011 T.Y. Lin Award are Nabil Al-Omaishi, P.E., M.ASCE; Maher K. Tadros, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE; and Stephen J. Seguirant, P.E., M.ASCE; for the papers, “Elasticity Modulus, Shrinkage, and Creep of High-Strength Concrete Adopted by AASHTO” and “Estimating Prestress Loss in Pretensioned, High-Stressed Concrete Members,” published in the PCI Journal, Summer 2009 and Fall 2009. The objective of this research was to develop design guidelines for estimating prestress losses in high-strength, pretensioned concrete bridge girders. The experimental phase consisted of testing for elastic modulus, shrinkage, and creep of high-strength concrete in geographically diverse areas of the United States. These results were incorporated into an analytical model for predicting prestress losses and compared with losses monitored in actual bridge girders in four different states – Washington, Nebraska, Texas and New Hampshire. The analytical model was found to be reasonably accurate and has since been incorporated into the AASTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.  

 Wang, Kelvin 
 Kelvin C.P. Wang,
Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award

The Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award recognizes the best example of innovative or noteworthy planning, design or construction of transportation facilities.

The 2011 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award is presented to Kelvin C.P. Wang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE for his innovative research on automated pavement survey and data analysis technologies. Dr. Wang has accomplished highly innovative work by developing the Digital Highway Data Vehicle (DHDV) and the related automation technologies, including the Automated Distress Analyzer (ADDA) for processing pavement cracks at I-mm resolution and at highway speed. His recent research work includes 3D laser imaging for automated pavement survey, database support for the new M-EPDG pavement design and pavement evaluation with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). His research work on automated pavement surveying was reported in the Economist (2001), Associated Press (2002) and by CNN (2008). The technologies developed by the team led by Dr. Wang for automated pavement survey are used by several government and private agencies in the US, China, Denmark, South Africa, and Kuwait. Since the mid-1990's, his research work on using digital media and data automation for infrastructure systems positively impacted current practices in the industry, and has been closely followed by both industry and academia. Dr. Wang has been responsible for chairing or co-chairing eight international conferences and he has an outstanding record of publications. In recent years Dr. Wang has led a series of workshops on automated pavement survey at the annual TRB meetings which have been well-received.

Truong,  Christine 
 Christine Truong,

Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students

The Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students is awarded to the author or authors of a paper on professional ethics. Each year the specific topic of the contest is selected by the ASCE Committee on Student Services.

The Educational Activities Committee (EdAC) selected Christine Truong, S.M.ASCE of California State University, Long Beach as the recipient of the 2011 Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students  for her paper “Ethics and the ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure”. The Committee on Student Activities (CSA) found Ms. Truong’s paper to be well-written and her approach to the assigned topic to be insightful.

Jonna, Peter 
 Peter J. Jonna,

Daniel W. Mead Prize for Younger Members

The Daniel W. Mead Prize for Younger Members is awarded to the author or authors of a paper on professional ethics. Each year the specific topics, if any, of the contest for the forthcoming year will be selected by the Committee on Younger Members.

The 2011 Daniel W. Mead Prize for Younger Members is presented to Peter J. Jonna, E.I.T., A.M.ASCE for the paper, “Is it ethical for engineers to develop an infrastructure report card when their industry will likely be the ones rewarded financially for addressing the resulting infrastructure concerns?”, and the 2011 Daniel W. Mead Prize for Younger Members Certificate of Commendation is presented to Brad Jansen, A.M.ASCE for the paper, “Is it ethical for engineers to develop an infrastructure report card when their industry will likely be the ones rewarded financially for addressing the resulting infrastructure concerns?”.

Jonna’s paper defines conflict of interest in context with Civil Engineers preparing the Infrastructure Report Card, and outlines reasons why such a conflict does not exist. In particular, the author provides particular evidence of clear conflicts of interest in cases such as the Securities and Exchange Commission vs. Goldman Sachs. The author goes on to describe the Engineer’s Duty to serve the public through application of its expertise. In conclusion, the author identifies Civil Engineers as the only profession qualified to prepare a report on infrastructure and identifies this as a duty.

Mr. Jansen’s paper provides a contrasting view on the ethics of Civil Engineers preparing an Infrastructure Report Card. The counter argument to the traditional ASCE view point, Mr. Jansen declares that engineers are posed with a conflict of interest as defined by Daniel Mead. In quoting Mead, Mr. Jansen suggests that “it is unethical for engineers to prepare an infrastructure report card when an opportunity for financial reward exists”. The counter argument provides a “devil’s advocate” perspective on the highly successful and popular piece developed by ASCE.

Nelson, Priscilla 
 Priscilla Provost Nelson,
Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE

Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research

The Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research is presented to recognize and acknowledge leaders of the design and construction industry whose dedication and aggressive vision for the industry have provided the cornerstones for improving the quality of people’s lives around the world through research in the design and construction industry.

Priscilla Provost Nelson, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE is the 2011 recipient of the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research.

 Keer, Leon 
 Leon M. Keer,
Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, NAE

Raymond D. Mindlin Medal

The Raymond D. Mindlin Medal is awarded to an individual in recognition of outstanding research contributions to applied solid mechanics.

Leon M. Keer, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, NAE is the winner of the 2011 Raymond D. Mindlin Medal for his outstanding contributions in research on the life prediction of materials in the vicinity of high stress concentrations and development of novel methods and solutions related to contact, fracture and wave propagation in solids. Professor Leon M. Keer works in broad fields of solid mechanics, and he has made important and lasting contributions in the areas of life predictions of materials in the vicinity of large stress gradients and concentrations, and the development of novel solutions and methods of contact mechanics, fracture initiation, and wave propagation. He has also made important contributions to solving problems in classical elasticity theory, tribology, and the mechanics of fatigue in materials. Throughout his career Prof. Keer has made lasting contributions to research and teaching in the disciplines of applied solid mechanics and acoustics in solids. Through his research he has made important contributions to assessment of safety of structures and engineered systems. His research has enabled him and colleagues in related engineering mechanics fields to develop important and innovative methods of analysis and design, which have greatly benefitted the profession. Professor Keer has been an excellent teacher who has influenced and trained generations of students by his teaching. He has mentored and graduated a large number of graduate students, who have become leaders in educational institutions, government laboratories, and industry. He has also made outstanding contributions to practical civil and mechanical engineering, and served in a leadership role in the Engineering Mechanics Division of ASCE.

 Kirby, James 
James T. Kirby, Jr.,
Ph.D., M.ASCE 

John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award

The John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award is given to a member of ASCE, who has made definite contribution in the field of harbor and coastal engineering in the form of either written presentations or notable performance, and serves to recognize new ideas and concepts that can be efficiently implemented to expand the engineering or construction techniques available for the harbor and coastal projects.

The 2011 John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award is presented to James T. Kirby, Jr., Ph.D., M.ASCE for contributions to the profession’s knowledge and understanding of water wave mechanics, development of open source wave models that have become standards in engineering practice, and for dedication to the civil engineering profession through his research and teaching. Dr. Kirby has established the industry standards for the analysis of wave mechanics that resulted in world wide acceptance of the wave models REF/DIF and FUNWAVE as well as led the development of the NEARCOMM model. By providing these models as open source, Dr. Kirby has enabled a generation of civil engineers to utilize these sophisticated tools for education and design. Widespread application of these theoretical developments and models have been instrumental in not just advancing science, but a deeper understanding of the coastal processes and the optimal design, construction and maintenance of the marine infrastructure around the world, benefitting individuals and society as a whole.

Reinhorn, Andrei 
Andrei M. Reinhorn,
Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Nathan M. Newmark Medal

The Nathan M. Newmark Medal is bestowed upon a member of the Society who, through contributions in structural mechanics, has substantially strengthened the scientific base of structural engineering; these contributions having been made in the form of papers or other written presentations.

Andrei M. Reinhorn, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 Nathan M. Newmark Medal for contributions to the development of experimental and analytical methods in structural dynamics and in design of response-control systems for earthquake resistant buildings, as well as contributions to quantify earthquake resilient communities. Professor Reinhorn has made outstanding contributions to structural engineering, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. His most notable contributions are in the development of new modeling techniques for nonlinear structural analysis, structural control of inelastic structures, and quantification of disaster resilience of communities. He has developed new models and computational approaches for damaged and degrading structures near collapse, which enabled engineers to design safer buildings. His widely used models offered new analytical concepts in states space and Lagrangian formulations. His computational platforms are widely used by academics and design professionals around the world. Professor Reinhorn also developed modeling and solution techniques for structural control and base isolated structures. He pioneered experimental structural control that brought the experimentation from small scale laboratory implementations to the full scale real-life realization of controlled structures using active tendon systems in Japan. He developed the first digital controller for large structures and designed complex algorithms for control of multidirectional systems against wind and earthquakes. He designed the retrofit of a Navy Building in San Diego, a project that received a GSA Award for construction. He was one of the pioneers in defining the disaster resilience of communities and its quantification. Using basic principles of process control he developed a strategy for community decisions corresponding to disasters, recovering from disasters, strengthening and toughening systems, preventing disasters, and preparing the community for decisions to be taken in a future event. Professor Reinhorn has also pioneered many new techniques in shake table testing and advanced experimental techniques.


Alfred Noble Prize

 The Alfred Noble Prize recognizes a technical paper of exceptional merit accepted by the Committee on Publications of ASCE, AIME, ASME, IEEE, or WSE.   


Raffaella Paparcone and Markus J. Buehler receive the 2011 Alfred Noble Prize for the paper, “Failure of Alzheimer’s Aß (1-40) amyloid nanofibrils under compressive loading,” JOM, April 2010.  The paper opens up a new area of research.

Najjar, Shadi 
 Shadi S. Najjar,
D.Eng., A.M.ASCE
Gilbert, Robert 
Robert B. Gilbert,

Norman Medal

The Norman Medal is bestowed upon the author or authors of a paper that is judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to engineering science.

The 2011 Normal Medal was awarded to Shadi S. Najjar, D.Eng., A.M.ASCE, and Robert B. Gilbert, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE; for the paper, “Importance of Lower-Bound Capacities in the Design of Deep Foundations,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, July 2009. To incorporate the lower bound capacity into reliability analysis of deep foundations, the authors used a truncated mixed lognormal distribution to model the capacity. Reliability analyses were then performed to study the effect of lower-bound to median capacity ratio on the reliability index. Two examples were presented to demonstrate the impact of incorporating the lower bound capacity in the LRFD design of deep foundations, which results in significant effect in design conservatism by reducing the number of piles required while maintaining the same level of target reliability. This paper will have a significant contribution toward improving the LRFD design methodology through incorporating the lower-bound values and their uncertainty in the reliability analysis to calibrate the resistance factors of different geotechnical and infrastructure systems. This methodology will provide geotechnical engineers with a more realistic and less conservative bias design of these systems, and hence resulting on significant savings.

  Bridge in a Backpack 

Charles Pankow Award for Innovation

Named for industry visionary Charles J. Pankow, the award recognizes the contributions of organizations working collaboratively to advance the design and construction industry by introducing innovation into practice, in a sustainable manner.

The winner of the 2011 Charles Pankow Award for Innovationis Bridge-in-a-Backpack™, Advanced Structures & Composites Center University of Maine.

Rispoli, James 
 James A. Rispoli,

John L. Parcel-Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award

The John L. Parcel-Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award is given to a member of ASCE who has made a definite contribution in the form of written presentations or notable performance to the field of civil engineering management.

The 2011 John L. Parcel-Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award is presented to James A. Rispoli, P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE, for his tremendous impact and contributions managing and improving infrastructure through his work in both the private and public sectors, his drive to advance our profession, and his selfless contributions to ASCE throughout his career.  Mr. Rispoli served in the U.S. Navy with distinction, attaining the rank of Captain and Command, and had a significant impact on the Navy and Marine Corp’s shore infrastructure and combat readiness. He excelled in the private sector as the President of M&E Pacific and the Vice President and Managing Principal of Dames & Moore’s Pacific-Ocean area operations. Driven to serve our nation, he returned to Government service with the Department of Energy. He led their Engineering and Construction Management Office and executed over 125 construction projects, valued in excess of $38 billion. He was later appointed by the President of the United States as an Assistant Secretary of Energy and led the cleanup of waste and environmental contamination from the nation’s nuclear-related research and production activities.

He is a Fellow of the Society, Chair of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council, past Chair of the Construction Division, and has served with distinction in several local section officer positions. Mr. Rispoli’s contributions to the civil engineering community stem from his passion and inspiration as a leader that builds and leads exceptional teams achieving extraordinary results.

 Bobet, Antonio 
Antonio Bobet,
Sc.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Ralph B. Peck Award

The Ralph B. Peck Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession through the publication of a thoughtful, carefully researched case history or histories, or the publication of recommended practices or design methodologies based on the evaluation of case histories.

Antonio Bobet, Sc.D., P.E., M.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 Ralph B. Peck Award for his case study on the earthquake-induced failure of the Daikai Station (Kobe) and, based thereupon, the development of analysis/design procedures for shallow underground structures subject to seismically-induced deformation.  



 Jesus de la Garza 

Jesus M. de la Garza,


Peurifoy Construction Research Award

The Peurifoy Construction Research Award is made to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of construction engineering through research and development of new technology, principles or practice.

The 2011 Peurifoy Construction Research Award is presented to Jesus M. de la Garza, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE for his pioneering research contributions in Information Technology, Construction Scheduling, and Highway Asset Management. Professor de la Garza is widely recognized as a leader in the critical area of project control in construction management. His research in this area has greatly increased out understanding of the knowledge required for control systems and the effective us of information technology in project control. In his 22 year career as an academic researcher, Professor de la Garza has made and continues to make outstanding and pioneering research contributions to construction. His work thus far has primarily focused on three key areas: 1) Information Technology, 2) Construction Scheduling, and 3) Highway Asset Management. Professor de la Garza’s research contributions have led to the development of new technologies, principles, and practices in construction engineering and management. In particular, his work on the identification and quantification of “phantom” float in CPM schedules significantly extended John Fondahl’s theory, and redefined the state of the art in construction scheduling and schedule analysis. Professor de la Garza’s work in privatized highway maintenance and performance based contracts has changed the highway asset management practice in Virginia and many other states. It has redefined the metrics of contractor performance evaluation through the development of a new and innovative statistical approach.

 Rooney, James 
 James W. Rooney,

Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering

The Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering is presented to a member of the Society who has made outstanding contributions to cold region engineering or to a basic understanding of cold environments, including dissemination of knowledge of cold climates technology, through publishing innovative technical or research papers.

James W. Rooney, P.E., M.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering for his exemplary 47-year career of cold regions practice and publications in geotechnical studies, planning, engineering design, construction of civil engineering facilities in cold climates, and for his dedication to advancing engineering practice through ASCE Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering committee activities. Mr. Rooney graduated in 1962 with a BS and 1967 with a Masters of Science degree in civil engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He began his cold regions carrier in 1963 with the Alaskan Department of Highways until 1966. In 1969, he was one of the original partners of R&M in Fairbanks, Alaska. He worked on the initial geotechnical studies and route evaluation for the Trans Alaska Pipeline System, the initial Dalton Highway Haul Road, an 800 mile pipeline work pad and construction zone, the Alaskan Northwest Natural Gas Transportation System, the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project in Alaska, the US Navy’s Over-The-Horizon Radar facility in the Aleutian Chain, and the US Navy’s Submarine Acoustic Sound Testing Facilities in Behm Canal near Ketchikan. During his long career in engineering practice, James has been involved in geotechnical engineering work in many of the significant projects in cold regions and has documented significant aspects of projects through 42 publications and presentations at ISCORD, HEHTT, and ASCE-TCCRE conferences, and in two ASCE TCCRE monographs. From 1969 through the present time, James has performed many hours of service to his community. In 1979 he was awarded the Lincoln Arc Welding Award for H-Pile Foundation Design, was selected and honored as the 1988 Engineer of the Year by the Alaskan Engineering Societies, and was the UAF and ASCE 2002 Eb Rice Memorial Lecturer.

Binney, Peter 
Peter D. Binney,
Galloway, Gerry 
Gerald E. Galloway, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE  

President's Medal

The ASCE President’s Medal recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of eminent engineers to the profession, the Society or the public.

The 2011 President’s Medal is awarded to Peter D. Binney, P.E., M.ASCE and Gerald E. Galloway, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE.

Peter D. Binney, P.E., M.ASCE was recognized for his dedicated leadership in developing the national sustainable infrastructure project rating system and its certification program to further promote sustainable design and practice. Mr. Binney is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the water industry and sustainability. In 2010, he joined Merrick & Company as the firm’s National Director of Sustainable Infrastructure. His expertise has provided essential leadership in the soon-to-be-completed national sustainable infrastructure certification and rating system being developed by ASCE, ACEC, and APWA.

Gerald E. Galloway, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE was recognized for his distinguished service to the nation in promoting wise use of lakes and rivers, and establishing a basis for effective floodplain management and for continued meritorious service to the Society, including his contributions to the Guidelines for Critical Infrastructure. Dr. Galloway is a geographer, civil engineer, and public administrator. He has served the profession through his military service as a U.S. Army Brigadier General, government service as the head of the White House Study of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1993, and educator as the Glenn L. Marti Institute Professor of Engineering and an Affiliate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He has served on multiple Society committees, contributing to Society objectives with regard to education, sustainability, infrastructure and strategic planning.


James Suttle 
James H. Suttle,

The Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award

The Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award was instituted by the Board of Direction in 2005 to recognize an engineer practitioner’s incident-specific or career-long application of ethics to achieve conspicuous success in a leadership role.   

            The 2011 Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award recognizes James H. Suttle, P.E., M.ASCE for his lifelong service to the engineering community and to our nation, by demonstrating selfless leadership and adherence to the highest ethical principles through private practice, community service, and public office.  Throughout his career, Mr. Suttle has achieved and promoted accomplishments that preeminently promote superior engineering, ethics, and leadership while serving the safety and welfare of his community.  These include his service as the executive vice president of HDR, one of the nation’s largest architecture and engineering firms, as the Public Works director for the City of Omaha, and as a member and chairman of the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects.  His service to the community has extended even further and has included acting as a board member or officer in several organizations of leadership and community service, such as the YMCA, Methodist Hospital, Omaha Downtown Rotary Club, United Way of the Midlands, and the Salvation Army.  In each position he has led with a high level of professionalism and ethics.  Mr.  Suttle continues to lead with integrity and the highest of ethical standards as Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska and has been proactive to address the City’s financial challenges while driving initiatives that address poverty, sustainability, and government accessibility.  He has partnered with professional engineering associations, community groups, and local leaders throughout Nebraska to forge partnerships that expand the impacts of his initiatives beyond the city limits.

 Driver, Robert 
Robert G. Driver,
Ph.D., P.Eng., M.ASCE
Shiskin, Jonah 
Jonah J. Shishkin,
P.Eng., M.ASCE

Raymond C. Reese Research Prize 

The Raymond C. Reese Research Prize is awarded to the author or authors of a paper that describes a notable achievement in research related to structural engineering.

The 2011 Raymond C. Reese Research Prizeis awarded to Jonah J. Shishkin, P.Eng., M.ASCE; Robert G. Driver, Ph.D., P.Eng., M.ASCE; and Gilbert Y. Grondin, Ph.D., P.Eng., for the paper “Analysis of Steel Plate Shear Walls Using the Modified Strip Model,” Journal of Structural Engineering, November 2009.” The award paper proposes a modification to the strip model, which is a widely-used analysis model for steel plate shear wall• systems (SPSWs), and which addresses the many complex aspects of SPSW behavior. The proposed modification is based on a thorough review of available experimental data and thorough understanding of the issues. The work is an outcome of a well-recognized, continuing effort by the research group at the University of Alberta. The paper first describes a detailed strip model, clarifies how each model parameters may affect the accuracy of analysis results, and then develops a modified strip model that is easy to implement but retains sufficient accuracy. The modified model resolves critical shortcomings of the strip model currently implemented in the United States and Canadian design codes, which require cumbersome iterative efforts to determine a number of design parameters. The parametric study described in the paper indicates that the modified model matches experimental results better than the conventional strip model. Therefore, the paper may have significant impact in the design of SPSW systems, which have been shown to be excellent seismic load-resisting systems.



Robert Ridgway Student Chapter Award

The Robert Ridgway Student Chapter Award recognizes the single most outstanding student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

 Cal Poly Student Chapter 2011 

The 2011 Robert Ridgway Student Chapter Award is presented to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ASCE Student Chapter for excellence in the effective and meritorious conduct of its affairs as a Student Chapter of ASCE through the ability and professional diligence of the Chapter officers, members and faculty advisors. The Chapter’s mission to enhance civil engineering education by promoting the educational, communal, and social development through professional interaction, civil servitude, and inter-relational communications was achieved through a well-rounded slate of activities. Particularly impressive was the Chapter’s collaboration on special projects and activities with other organizations –SWE, SEENVE, Architectural Engineering (ARCE), Construction Management (CM), ASCE San Luis Obispo Branch, and EWB.  

Temple, Darrel 
 Darrel M. Temple,

Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award

The Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award is presented, upon recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute Hydraulics and Waterways Council, to a distinguished person who will deliver the Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Lecture at an appropriate meeting of the Society.

Darrel M. Temple, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE is presented the 2011 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award for outstanding contributions related to the hydraulic design of grassed waterways using erosionally effective stress principles and for outstanding contributions to the physical and numerical modeling of headcut erosion and breach development processes affecting earthen spillways and embankment dams. He is a recognized authority in the area of vegetal protection of open channels, the analysis of vegetated earth spillway performance, and the analysis of embankment dam overtopping. He has served as a team leader in the development of software widely used in the design and analysis of dams and spillways. His work is being used extensively nationally and internationally, and he is sought out for consultation by both the public and the private sectors. He is the sole or senior author on over 120 publications, senior author on 63 publications, and has participated as a speaker and leader in numerous meetings, workshops, and seminars. He was employed at the USDA ARS Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit for 30 years and continues to work with the unit as a collaborator.

 Fujino, Yozo 
 Yozo Fujino,

Robert H. Scanlan Medal

The Robert H. Scanlan Medal is awarded to an individual in recognition of distinguished achievement in engineering mechanics based upon scholarly contributions to both theory and practice. The areas of achievement will generally be structural mechanics, wind engineering and aerodynamics.

The 2011 Robert H. Scanlan Medal is presented to Yozo Fujino, Ph.D., M.ASCE for contributions to the advancement of aerodynamics and dynamics, control, and health monitoring of bridges. Professor Fujino is an outstanding scholar/engineer who has made significant contributions to the dynamics of bridges, wind effects on structures, structural health monitoring, and passive/active control technologies. He was among the first to conducted studies involving tuned sloshing dampers and their mathematical modeling using tuned mass dampers analogy. This technology is now effectively used in a host of buildings around the world. In the area of structural health monitoring, he has studied the performance of Hakucho Bridge under wind action by installing a dense sensor array. Utilizing the measured data, he successfully extracted aerodynamic forces which showed good agreement between field data and wind tunnel results. This study was the first to prove the validity of wind tunnel testing of bridges. Professor Fujino’s leadership in bridge and wind engineering is well respected by practicing engineers. He was invited to serve on technical committees for some of the signature bridges in Japan. He also served as an advisor on the Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong and Padma Bridge in Bangladesh. Professor Fujino was also a consultant for vibration problems and their remediation related to the Millennium Bridge in London. He is highly regarded by the Japanese government, which is evidenced by his appointment as a Science Advisor to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Japan from 2002 to 2004. Recently he was appointed as a senior program officer of JSPS (equivalent to NSF in USA) and since 2008 and he has been in charge of the engineering research and education program.

Morgenstern, Norbert 
 Norbert R. Morgenstern,
Ph.D., P.Eng., M.ASCE

H. Bolton Seed Medal

The H. Bolton Seed Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and/or practice in geotechnical engineering.

Norbert R. Morgenstern, Ph.D., P.Eng., M.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 H. Bolton Seed Medal for his exceptional contributions and outstanding productivity in education, research, and consulting that have profoundly influenced engineering practice in slope stability and dam design. 

 Jackson, Tim 
 Timothy T. Jackson,

Wilbur S. Smith Award

The Wilbur S. Smith Award recognizes contributions to the enhancement of the civil engineer’s role in highway engineering.

The 2011 Wilbur S. Smith Award is presented to Timothy T. Jackson, P.E., M.ASCE for his career-long commitment to the principles of sustainable transportation and livable communities. Mr. Jackson's commitment to the field of sustainable transportation planning and engineering has been a constant. Mr. Jackson has continually strived to think "out of the box" in transportation development. He has always believed that streets and highways can not only meet the public's mobility needs, but that they can become an enhancement of the community. Mr. Jackson recently worked with the Pennsylvania DOT to develop and roll out its "Smart Transportation" initiative to connect land use and transportation development. The training he developed to communicate these concepts has taught countless state highway engineers to have a greater role in the highway planning and environmental phases, collaborating with the public in order to create more sustainable transportation solutions. Mr. Jackson was critical to the success of several ASCE national conference sessions and two ASCE-sponsored workshops on context sensitive design when the field was in its infancy. These sessions and workshops exposed hundreds of practicing engineers to an expanded role of the transportation developer who is accountable for the sustainability of their projects.

Kepaptsoglou, Konstantinos 
 Konstantinos Kepaptsoglou,
Karlaftis, Matthew 
Matthew Karlaftis,

ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award

The ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award is presented to the individual, individuals or committee that has prepared, for the benefit of the profession, the most outstanding paper which reviews and interprets state-of-the-art scientific and technical information.

The 2011 ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award goes to Konstantinos Kepaptsoglou, M.ASCE; and Matthew Karlaftis, Ph.D., M.ASCE; for the paper, “Transit Route Network Design Problem: Review,” Journal of Transportation Engineering, August 2009. The paper provides an extensive review of nearly 60 papers in the area of transit route network design problem in an effort to highlight elements of past research and possible future research directions. The authors did a good job in their comprehensive literature review and in stressing the need to focus on different environments such as mega-events or emergencies as opposed to the daily operation. The paper also presents a general framework for the problem.

Ball, James 
 James E. Ball,

J. C. Stevens Award

The J. C. Stevens Award recognizes excellence in a paper published by the Society. The paper is in the field of hydraulics, including fluid mechanics and hydrology.

James E. Ball, Ph.D., M.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 J.C. Stevens Award for the discussion of “Automatic Calibration of the U.S. EPA SWMM Model for a Large Urban Catchment,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, December 2009.

 Wahlstrom, David 
David A. Wahlstrom,

Surveying and Mapping Award

The Surveying and Mapping Award recognizes contributions to the advancement of surveying and mapping either in teaching, writing, research, planning, design, construction , or management.

David A. Wahlstrom, J.D., P.E., PLS, F.ASCE is presented the 2011 Surveying and Mapping Award for his stalwart devotion and contributions to the advancement of surveying and mapping, particularly in providing leadership, standards and educational opportunities to the profession of Geomatics. The Geomatics Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is proud to present the 2011 Surveying and Mapping Award to Professor David Wahlstrom, JD, PE, PLS. For more than 45 years Professor Wahlstrom has combined his technical and legal expertise to benefit the profession. The Surveying and Mapping Award recognizes contributions that advance surveying and mapping either in teaching, writing, research, planning, design, construction or management. Professor Wahlstrom combined advance degrees in Civil Engineering and Doctor of Jurisprudence prior to his long career of teaching. He was an instructor of surveying for over 42 years at the following universities: South Dakota State University, Purdue University, and the University of Houston. He continues a schedule of presentations on surveying and legal aspects. Dr. Wahlstrom has remained a “…tireless advocate for ‘raising the bar’, both in practice and for greater ASCE involvement in the accreditation of surveying programs.” His work has been published in numerous publications including ACSM Bulletin, ACSM Journal of Surveying and Mapping, ASCE Journal of Surveying Engineering. He is a past Editor and remains a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Surveying Engineering.


Royce J. Tipton Award

The Royce J. Tipton Award recognizes contributions to the advancement of irrigation and drainage engineering in teaching, research, planning, design, construction or management.

Thomas L. Spofford, P.E. is the recipient of the 2011 Royce J. Tipton Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of water and soil aspects of irrigation by software development, promoting application of new technologies, and through public and professional service. Mr. Spofford has had a long and fruitful career in irrigation and drainage where he has impacted people and programs in the areas of teaching, research, planning and design, construction, and management. He is a member of the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage and the Irrigation Association where he received the "Person of the Year" award in 2001. Tom was named “Engineer of the Year” (1984), Inland Empire Chapter of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers for his work on the “Washington Irrigation Guide”. He received the EWRI Task Committee Excellence Award in 2005 as a member of the "Task Committee on Standardization of Reference Evapotranspiration". He took the national lead, within the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in bringing industry and government together to develop a standardized method for design and evaluation of center pivot irrigation systems. Over his career, he has published, coauthored, and edited numerous papers and technical manuals. These manuals are used for design of irrigation systems across the nation as well as internationally by federal employees and private entities. he was also a contributor to a number of national design standards housed within the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, including the Standard S376 on the “design, installation and performance of underground thermoplastic irrigation pipe”, for which he received a national award. Tom has mentored many engineers through his roles at NRCS where he served as a regional water management engineer in Portland OR, and later as The National Water Management Engineer for NRCS stationed in Washington DC.

 Movassaghi, Kam 
Kam K. Movassaghi,
Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE 

Francis C. Turner Award

The lectureship was established by the Transportation and Development Institute (formerly the Highway and Urban Transportation Divisions) of the Society by the solicitation of gifts from the many friends and admirers of Francis C. Turner, Hon.M.ASCE, former Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Public Roads, and retired Federal Highway Administrator.

The 2011 Francis C. Turner Award is presented to Kam K. Movassaghi, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE for advancing transportation engineering as an educator with the University of Louisiana, as a public servant leading the Louisiana Department of Transportation, as a consultant and as a volunteer with ASCE and T&DI. During his tenure as head of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Dr. Movassaghi led the department through two cycles of successful accreditation review. He also developed and implemented a new curriculum and established the Center for Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Systems (CASTS) for multi-disciplinary education and research activities. As a professor Dr. Movassaghi conducted research and contributed to the state-of-knowledge in the field of transportation engineering, network analysis, mathematical optimization, engineering economics, and program and project management. As Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD) Dr. Movassaghi led a staff of 5,300 people and managed an annual budget of $1.8 billion. During Dr. Movassaghi's leadership LDOTD increased its annual construction project lettings by 78% while maintaining the same budget using innovative management techniques. He also established the Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED), which was the largest construction program in the history of LDOTD. In addition, he was instrumental in creating local transportation authorities and facilitating the development of the LA-l highway. As President of C.H. Fenstermaker, Dr. Movassaghi has led the firm to being one of the top 300 ENR companies at an average growth rate of 49% annually. Dr. Movassaghi has been recognized by ASCE, and other organizations, at the national, state and local levels. In addition to his service to the profession Dr. Movassaghi serves his community by serving on numerous committees, panels and advisory boards.

Li, Zongzhi 
 Zongzhi Li,
 Madanu, Sunil 
 Sunil Madanu,

Arthur M. Wellington Prize

The Arthur M. Wellington Prize is awarded to the author or authors of a paper on transportation on land, on the water, in the air or on foundations and closely related subjects.

Zongzhi Li, A.M.ASCE; and Sunil Madanu, S.M.ASCE; were awarded the 2011 Arthur M. Wellington Prize for the paper, “Highway Project Level Life-Cycle Benefit/Cost Analysis under Certainty, Risk, and Uncertainty: Methodology with Case Study,” Journal of Transportation Engineering, August 2009. The paper presents an approach to improve the highway project evaluation process. This allows for the incorporation of risk assessments and uncertainty in the factors affecting the decision making process. The authors used a case study to estimate the project benefits and the implications on the network level selection process. The results reveal that the uncertainty based analysis has a higher matching rate with the practice of DOT than that based on risk analysis. The strength of the paper lies in the ability to address uncertainty issues in life-cycle benefit/cost analysis, which would improve the existing risk based analysis.

 Bruneau, Michel 
Michel Bruneau,
Ph.D., P.Eng., F.ASCE

George Winter Award

The award is named for Dr. George Winter, world renowned teacher and researcher at Cornell University, who died in 1982. The George Winter Award is intended as a recognition of the achievements of an active structural engineering researcher, educator or practitioner who best typifies the late Dr. George Winter’s humanistic approach to his profession: i.e., an equal concern for matters technical and social, for art as well as science, for soul as well as intellect.

Michel Bruneau, Ph.D., P.Eng., F.ASCE is the recipient of the 2011 George Winter Award for his contributions to structural engineering and seismic hazard mitigation and his contributions to creative fictional literature which succeed in telling the hazard mitigation story to a broader audience. Professor Bruneau's research on steel plate shear walls has been ground-breaking and has largely shaped current seismic design requirements for the system. His research on multi-hazard resistant bridge bents has resulted in the development of recommendations for design requirements for composite steel-concrete bridge bents for both seismic and blast loads. He has led a large research program on the seismic evaluation and retrofit of steel truss bridges, which began with a comprehensive study of riveted bracing members often used in truss bridge piers. That research was extended with the development of a rocking approach for truss bridge pier retrofit and the development of an eccentrically braced frame with self-stabilizing links that are not subject to lateral torsional buckling and thus can be used in planar piers where lateral bracing is difficult to provide. The latter work has resulted in seismic design requirements that will be included in the next release of the AISC Seismic Design Provisions. In addition, Professor Bruneau has also been an exceptional educator, supervising research of post-graduate students and as an excellent classroom instructor. While Professor Bruneau has a long and successful technical career, what makes him particularly suited for this award is his success as a writer of fiction, which addresses the artistic and social needs of the community. Professor Bruneau has written two novels, one in English and one in French, both of which have received critical acclaim. From this background in seismic engineering, Professor Bruneau developed for his latest novel "Shaken Allegiances" the story of an earthquake event in an unprepared city, resulting in a breakdown of societal systems and exposure of human behavior.

Over, Randall 
Randall S. Over,
Rose, Garland 
 Garland P. Rose,

William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award

The William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award recognizes individuals or groups of individuals who are members of ASCE and who have made continuing efforts to promote appreciation for the history, tradition, developments and technical and professional activities of the Society.

Randall S. Over, P.E., F.ASCE has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award for his continued meritorious service including leadership and perseverance in guiding the implementation of a new ASCE strategic planning process and his many accomplishments and contributions to the Society as a Director and Vice President on the Board of Direction. Mr. Over’s service to ASCE is extensive, including Chair of the Strategic Planning Task Committee, Committee on Restructuring Committees, Governance Restructuring Implementation Committee, Executive Director Selection Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Chair of the Society Awards Committee.

Garland P. Rose, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award for his continued meritorious service to ASCE in shaping its future while honoring its past, especially for service on the Governance Restructuring Implementation Committee, Board committees on finance and public policy and multiple task committees. Mr. Rose is formerly Chairman of the Board at Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon. From 2002 to 2005 he served on ASCE’s Board of Direction. Additional service to the Society includes tenures on the Task Committee on Governors’ Roles; Policy Review Committee, for which he serves as chair; Board Financial Committee, Board Investment Subcommittee, Governance Restructuring Implementation Committee, Task Committee on Meetings and Chair of the 2011 Annual Conference.


Younger Member Group Award

The Younger Member Group Award recognizes the most outstanding Younger Member Groups of the previous year.

 Phoenix Branch 2011 
The 2011 Younger Member Group Award in the Large Group Category is presented to the Phoenix Branch Younger Member Forum. The Phoenix Branch Younger Member Forum (PBYMF) hosts numerous technical, outreach, professional development, and networking events throughout the year. The PBYMF continued to host a successful golf tournament that attracted over 70 golfers and raised over $5,000. The group also continued to hold its extensive PE Review Course – a 5-week, 10-day class with an average attendance of 30 students per class. In addition to activities and fundraisers for the Phoenix engineering community, the PBYMF also reached out to the general community by volunteering and hosting numerous events such as Project Cure, a toy drive, and a Habitat for Humanity project.
 Wisconsin SE 2011 

The Wisconsin Section, Southeast Branch Younger Member Group was awarded the 2011 Younger Member Group Award in the Small Group Category. The Wisconsin Section Southeast Branch Younger Member Group (WISE YMG) hosted numerous professional, community service, outreach, and networking events. Some of the most popular events for each of these areas included: PE study groups, several days volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for community service, Future cities and Mathcounts for outreach, and a Friday fish fry at the Lakefront Brewery for networking. The WISE YMG was also very active beyond the group by having members volunteer with the branch and section, producing publications, and attending regional and society level conferences.

The 2011 Younger Member Group Letter of Commendation in the Large Group Category is presented to the Florida Section, East Central Branch Younger Member Forum. The East Central Branch (Florida Section) Younger Member Forum hosted a variety of events throughout the course of the year, including professional and technical presentations, tours, outreach activities, and community service. The group excelled in service events with as many as 30 members attending single events. Some of the service events included: the Disney Half Marathon and Marathon, Ronald McDonald House, Armed Service Letter Writing Campaign, and Pathways to Care.

The 2011 Younger Member Group Letter of Commendation in the Small Group Category is presented to the Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum. The Hawaii Younger Member Forum is one of the most active Younger Member groups within ASCE. The 2010 fiscal year was no different. One of the most impressive events is the PE Refresher Course. The Hawaii YMF provides ten three-hour lectures, class supplies, copies of lecture notes, and a copy of Lendeburg’s Civil Engineering Reference Manual. In addition to the refresher course, the Hawaii YMF also initiated the restoration of a perimeter fence at the Foster Botanical Gardens in Honolulu, volunteered for the Special Olympics, participated in stream cleanup projects, and hosted monthly networking events.


Nominations for the 2012 awards cycle are now being accepted. Please visit for further information and to download nomination forms.