Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students

Nomination Deadline: March 1st

The prize was established and endowed in 1939 by Daniel W. Mead, Hon.M.ASCE, a Society past president.  The contest provides an opportunity for alert young civil engineers to further their professional development and gain national attention.

Award: Up to five winners will receive cash prizes (1st place $1000, 2nd place $800, 3rd place $600, 4th place $400, 5th place $200).

Read the 2016 Award Winning Paper

Topic:  "When working in a foreign location, what defines the design standard which the engineer can rely on to have met his or her ethical obligation to provide a safe and sound engineering solution or design?"

The following can be used to stimulate, but should in no way limit, the discussion:

Engineers today in the global setting are having to evaluate different design guides, codes, standards and practices that are available to them in the region and select the most pertinent to their specific application that  will meet their obligations as a professional engineer.

o  When evaluating the different codes, standards and quality requirements, how is one to determine the minimum requirements that provide a good balance between local practices versus global best practices?

o  Do the local codes and standards, which may be less stringent than the standards that the engineer is typically accustomed to, meet his or her ethical obligation as the design engineer?

Entries for the contest shall be limited to one paper from each ASCE or AEI Student Organization and must be submitted through the Faculty Advisor.

Questions should be directed to  ASCE Student Services


    I.   The Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students may be awarded annually on the basis of a paper on professional ethics.  Each year the specific topic   of the contest for the forthcoming year shall be selected by the Committee on Student Members for the Student Award.

    II.   Members of Student Organizations of the Society who are in good standing at the time their papers are submitted are eligible for the contest, unless they have previously received the national award for which they are competing.

    III.  Papers for the national contests shall (a) be limited to one paper from each Student Organization; (b) not exceed 2,000 words in length; (c) be written by only one person; and (d) not have previously been published in other than school or Society publications.

    IV.  The Committee on Student Members shall review each submission and recommend the top five student papers as Society finalists, of which one may be selected as the national winner for approval by the Executive Committee.

    V.  All finalists shall receive an appropriate certificate recognizing their achievements.  If there is a national winner, they shall receive a wall plaque rather than a certificate.

    Submission instructions:

    A completed submission will consist of a single .pdf file  containing:

    1. Cover letter, from the Faculty Advisor stating the name, ASCE/AEI member ID number, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address for the paper's author.
    2. The paper being submitted.

    The name of the file shall follow this format:

    Mead Student Prize -  Author's Last Name - Name of University.pdf

    Submissions should be sent to  student@asce.org  and must be received on or before 11:59 pm (EST) March 1.

    Award Recipients

    Danielle G. Neighbour, S.M.ASCE

    Christopher D. Unzicker, S.M.ASCE

    Trevor A. Jones, S.M.ASCE

    Ameeta A. Kunnath, S.M.ASCE

    Jay R. Pastor, S.M.ASCE

    All Recipients