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Howard Award Rules



Ernest E. Howard Award Rules

This award was instituted and endowed in 1954 by Mrs. Howard in honor of her husband, Ernest E. Howard, Past President, ASCE.

I.     The award is known as the Ernest E. Howard Award.

II.    The award is made annually to a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers who has made a definite contribution to the advancement of structural engineering, either in research, planning, design or construction, including methods and materials, these contributions being made in the form of a paper or other written presentation or through notable performance or specific actions which have served to advance structural engineering.

III.    Not more than one award is made each year unless the achievement upon which the award is based is considered to be the contribution of more than one person, such as joint authorship of a paper. In such cases duplicate or multiple prizes are tendered, provided that the balance then available in the award fund is adequate for the purpose.

IV.    The annual recommendation as to the recipient of this Award shall be made by the Committee on the Ernest E. Howard Award to the Executive Committee of the Board of Direction. This Committee shall consist of three members who shall have overlapping terms of service of three years. The chair is the member who, at the time of appointment is chair of the Technical Activities Committee. The other two members are, at the time of appointment, the chairs who have most recently retired from the Structural Engineering Institute Awards Committee and the Board of Direction of the Construction Institute.

V.    The Committee on the Ernest E. Howard Award may also designate "second and third order of merit" nominees. These candidates will be reconsidered by the Committee for the next two years. When a recipient is selected, the selection committee shall also notify the Honors and Awards Program office in writing, the nominees designated to be reconsidered in the next award cycle. Other remaining candidates will be reconsidered only if responsored after a five-year waiting period.

VI.    The award consists of a gold-plated medal, a certificate, and a cash honorarium 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.

To nominate, submit the following:

  • A cover letter, signed by the nominator
  • An Official Award Nomination form  
  • The nominee's CV or biographical information
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

Electronic submissions are encouraged to 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.