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Le Val Lund Practice Award for Lifeline Risk Reduction Award Rules


This award was established to honor Le Val Lund, Jr., P.E., M.ASCE, a recognized expert on protecting urban lifelines from natural and manmade disasters. The funds for the award were obtained through the solicitation of gifts from his colleagues, admirers and friends. It was instituted by the Board of Direction on August 28, 2012.

I. The award may be made annually to an individual who has made a definite contribution to the practice of reducing risks to lifeline systems and preparing communities for natural and technological hazards. The recipient shall have demonstrated exemplary professional conduct, personal leadership, and an understanding of the inter-relationship between engineering and social, economic, and political factors in lifeline risk reduction.

II. Lifeline systems include water, power, gas and liquid fuels, telecommunications, transportation, and sewage infrastructure and their interactions.

III. ASCE members of any grade, except Student Members, are eligible for consideration.

IV. Self-nominations are not accepted.

V. Contributions through outstanding performance or specific and noteworthy actions which have served to reduce risks to lifeline systems and prepare communities for natural and manmade hazards are criteria for this award.

VI. Not more than one award may be presented in any given year. No one shall receive the honor more than once.

VII. The award selection committee shall recommend a nominee for approval by the Executive Committee of the ASCE Board of Direction. The award selection committee shall be composed of two members from the Awards Committee of the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering and two members of the Awards Committee of the Council on Disaster Risk Management, who shall serve overlapping two-year terms. The chair of the award committee shall alternate annually between the two technical councils with the longer-serving TCLEE representative chairing in odd years and the longer-serving CDRM representative chairing in even years.

VIII. Nominees not selected in a given year will be held over for consideration through the next selection cycle. At the end of the second cycle, nominees not chosen will no longer be eligible for consideration, except that nominators who wish for their candidate to be considered for another two-cycle period must produce a new nomination package.

IX. The award will consist of a plaque, suitably inscribed with the name of the recipient and the year of award, and a cash prize determined annually by and subject to the approval of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Board of Direction based on the income from the award endowment.

X. The first year of award shall be 2013.

To nominate for this award, submit the following, by the November 1 nomination deadline:

Electronic submissions are encouraged to Awards by November 1. Paper submissions are also accepted, in which case one copy of the complete nomination package should be received by the Honors and Awards Program at the ASCE headquarters: 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191-4400.