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TDI Outstanding Young Engineer Award

To recognize the professional contributions of younger members of the Institute, the Committee on Younger Members (CYM) established the T&DI Outstanding Young Engineer Award. The Award was officially instituted by action of the Board of Direction of the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute in February 2014.

I. The name of the award is the T&DI Outstanding Young Engineer Award.

II. This recognition may be awarded not more than annually to members of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Transportation and Development Institute who are 35 years of age or less on April 1 in the year of the award and who are judged to have attained significant professional achievement, by the degree to which the candidates have shown:

  • Service to the advancement of the profession;
  • Evidence of technical competence, high character, and integrity;
  • Leadership in the development of younger member attitudes toward the profession;
  • Contributions to public service outside of their professional career;
  • Other evidence of merit, which in the judgment of the award committee shall have advanced the Society's objectives and contributed to the public perception of the future of engineering.


III. The award shall be made not more than annually when, in the judgment of the award committee, made up of the members of the T&DI Committee on Younger Members (CYM), a sufficient number of suitable candidates are available. No more than one recipient will be named in any year, and no recipient may receive the award more than once.

IV. An individual, or group of individuals, may submit electronic nominations, in writing, for these awards. Nominations may also originate in the award committee, consisting of the full members of the CYM.
These nominations shall be submitted to the Transportation & Development Institute of ASCE, Attn: Andrea Baker, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191 or by email at abaker@asce.org by February 1 of each year for referral to the CYM. The committee will then submit its recommendations, if any, to the T&DI Board of Governors for final action. Self-nominations are not accepted.


V. The award review committee shall evaluate and rank each of the nominations received for the award per the following characteristics, with recommended weighting of each category noted as a percentage:

  • Technical registration – preference given to PEs and additional professional registrations (10%)
  • ASCE Activities – focus on work performed, programs undertaken and improvements initiated. Committee memberships without involvement are not considered activities. (25%)
  • Non-ASCE Professional/Technical Society Activities - focus on work performed, programs undertaken, and improvements initiated. Committee memberships without involvement are not considered activities. (10%)
  • Civic and Humanitarian Activities – focus on work performed and projects accomplished. May include work in politics, charity, government, or other work that impacts the general public. (10%)
  • Engineering achievements – emphasizes not only papers and presentations, but significant projects undertaken, unique project characteristics, innovative design techniques and research, and peer/industry recognition (35%)
  • Diversity – any activities not included in other categories which represent “non-typical” engineer interests, showcasing an individual who contributes both inside and outside of the engineering world and defies the “stereotypical engineer” (10%)


VI. Meritorious nominees not selected in a given year may be held over after notification of the nominee and their consent to be held over, at the discretion of the award committee for consideration the following year, provided the nominee is still eligible under Rules II and III.

VII. Deceased persons are not eligible for nomination for the award, although an award can be made posthumously to a nominee whose petition had reached the award committee during their lifetime.

VIII. The award shall consist of a plaque inscribed with the name of the recipient and the circumstances of the award, to be presented at a major T&DI-sponsored Congress in the receiving year.

Future years’ awards, pending the acquisition of a corporate sponsorship or other sustaining funding source beyond T&DI’s general fund, shall include a subsidy of the travel costs, per ASCE per diem reimbursement and 14-day advanced airfare purchases, to the conference/Congress where the award will be presented, for the Awardee and one guest. The subsidy will not include the costs of conference/Congress registration; if the Awardee would like to attend the conference/Congress, s/he will be responsible for the costs of registration.

IX. Active members of the T&DI CYM shall not be eligible for the award.

To nominate an individual for this award, submit the following via email:

Nomination packages must be submitted by February 1. For the inaugural year, 2014, the nomination period will be extended to April 1, 2014.