Distinguished Membership is the highest honor ASCE can bestow. It is
reserved for civil engineers who are either ASCE Members or Fellows.
One class of recipients is formally inducted annually.
A Distinguished Member is a person who has attained
eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences
related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and
Whether elected from the membership as a Society Fellow or Member, Distinguished Members (formerly called Honorary Members) are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Society. The total number of Distinguished Members elected in any year should not exceed one for
every 7,500 members. Members of the Board of Direction are ineligible for election to honorary membership during their terms of active membership on the Board of Direction.
Historical List of Distinguished and Honorary Members