Established in 1999, these prestigious awards recognize and honor outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments and achievements have made significant differences in one of five categories:
For a description of these categories, please click here.
These individuals crafted engineering wonders that have contributed to the creation of thriving businesses and the local economies of the communities they serve. Lifetime recipients represent a model of achievement to which future generations of engineers aspire to match or exceed.
Each Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award recipient will receive a trophy at a gala banquet in the spring.
Learn about the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Winners and view those recognized in the past.
- The awards are given to model civil engineers who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievement, leadership and a long-term commitment to excellence. The awards are not restricted to members of the Society.
- In that the election of ASCE Presidency is the highest office accorded, Past Presidents are not eligible for OPAL awards.
- As many as five awards (one for each category) are made annually. The awards will be bestowed based on the lifetime accomplishments and achievements of the recipients. A person can only receive one OPAL in their lifetime.
- Names of candidates considered by the Society Awards Committee but not nominated for election will be reconsidered the following year. Individuals must be renominated after two years.
Step by step nomination guide and worksheet.
- Include cover letter with a curriculum vitae. Letters of reference are desired, but not required. The entire application package should not exceed 12 pages.
- Submit seven (7) copies of each nomination to the ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Reston, VA 20191. Nominations must be received by June 1, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
The ASCE Society Awards Committee will review the nominations and select one recipient in each of the five categories. The Committee can select a candidate for an OPAL award from a different category than that which they were nominated. Recipients will be notified in writing and requested to submit personal information, including a photograph, for publication purposes. Recipient must agree to attend awards ceremony.