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Awards Process

Awards are of great importance to the engineering mechanics community.  It is therefore essential that awards decisions be made with total openness, fairness, objectivity and integrity. 

Nominations

The deadline for submission of nominations for the Society Awards EMI is responsible for, and for the EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award is November 1 of each year.  Other Society-wide awards may have different deadlines. Nominations are solicited through reminders in the EMI newsletter and announcements on the EMI website.  Anyone may nominate someone for an award by preparing and submitting the nomination package by the deadline, as stated on the page for that award.
 
Unless explicitly excluded by the rules for the award, unsuccessful nominations for any particular award will be automatically carried forward for two years after their initial submission. Unsuccessful nominations that are carried over may be updated and unsuccessful nominations may be resubmitted in subsequent years provided they satisfy the criteria for the specified award.

The EMI Awards Committee

The EMI Awards Committee includes the immediate Past President of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and four additional members appointed by the EMI Board of Governors to serve two-year terms. Committee members may be reappointed to a second two-year term. The Chair is appointed by the EMI Board of Governors annually. The EMI Awards Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Governors for nominations of recipients for all Society awards administered by the Institute, in accordance with the rules for each. The EMI Awards Committee also makes recommendations of candidates and recommends members to the joint EMI/SEI committee that administers the Cermak Medal and the Newmark Medal.
 
The EMI Awards Committee is responsible for recommending to the relevant committees candidates nominated for the other Society-wide awards listed above. The EMI Awards Committee is also responsible for recommending to the EMI Board of Governors a candidate nominated for the EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award.

Awards Decisions

Review of the nominations received by the deadline is conducted with the utmost professionalism and integrity by the EMI Awards Committee.   All members of the Awards Committee normally participate in all decisions. Exceptions are when one or more members become ineligible to participate in a specific decision because of a conflict of interest, as when a regular member is under active consideration for an award, or when a committee member finds that they are unable render an objective judgment. Other exceptions occur when one or more members fail to respond in a timely manner to a call for vote, in which case the Committee decision is based on the number of valid responses that have been received by the specified deadline, with at least two-thirds of the committee responding.  
 
The EMI Awards Committee forwards to the EMI Board of Governors its recommendations and the associated citations for the Society Awards EMI is responsible for, and for other Society-wide awards. The EMI recommendations are then forwarded to the Society Awards Committee by the deadline of February 1, and then to the Executive Committee of the ASCE Board of Direction which approves the list of recipients of Society Awards at its spring meeting, usually in March or April of each year.  
The EMI Awards Committee also forwards its recommendations for the EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award to the EMI Board of Governors for review.  

Award Notification

The winners of Society Awards and Society-wide awards are notified by the ASCE Executive Director shortly after the spring meeting of the Executive Committee ASCE Board of Direction.  An announcement of the winners of the Society Awards and Society-wide awards, together with the associated citations is usually included in one of the spring issues of ASCE News and of the EMI newsletter and is posted on the EMI website.  The Society Awards that EMI is responsible for and the Society-wide awards won by EMI members are usually presented at the EMI annual conference.  
 
The winner of the EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award is usually known in early February, and the winner is notified shortly thereafter by the EMI Director.  An announcement of the winner of the EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award and of the associated citation is usually included in one of the spring issues of the EMI newsletter and is posted on the EMI website.  The EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award is usually presented at the EMI annual conference.
 
Previous winners of other Society-wide awards are listed on the page for each award: AWARDS.