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Wellington Prize Rules


Arthur M. Wellington Prize

This prize was instituted in 1912 by the Board of Direction in response to a proposal by the Engineering News-Record, which endowed the award in honor of Arthur M. Wellington, former editor of Engineering News and author of a well-known and widely respected treatise on railway location, “The Economic Theory of Railway Location.”

I.    The prize may be awarded annually for papers on transportation on land, on the water, in the air, or on foundations and closely-related subjects, not including contributions in the form of reports and manuals.

II.    Papers published in the twelve-month period ending with June of the year preceding the year of award are eligible.

III.    The award is not restricted to members of the Society.

IV.    Nominations may be submitted by anyone and must be sent directly to the Honors and Awards Program office by October 1. The Honors and Awards Program office will transmit nominations to the appropriate ASCE Organizational Entity for review.

a.Nominations sent to the Honors and Awards Program office by October 1 will be transmitted to the appropriate ASCE Organizational Entity.
b.Each ASCE Organizational Entity may recommend for review up to two candidate papers for consideration by the Paper Review Committee.
c.Only those candidate nominations received by the Honors and Awards Program office from the ASCE Organizational Entity by January 15 will be considered by the Paper Review Committee.
d.The nominated papers are reviewed by the Paper Review Committee which shall recommend the recipient(s) to the Society Awards Committee which shall request approval from the Executive Committee of the Board of Direction. The Paper Review Committee shall be composed of two representatives of TAC and one representative of each Institute. Its chair shall be the senior TAC member. Committee members shall serve three-year staggered terms.

V.    The lead author shall receive a plaque. All other authors shall receive a certificate.

To nominate, submit the following

Submission, either electronically to or mailed to the Honors and Awards Program office at the ASCE headquarters: 1801 Alexander Bell drive, Reston, VA 20191-4400, must be received by October 1. 

Click here for a list of past award recipients