This prize was established in 1929 and consists of an award from the income of a fund contributed by engineers and others in honor of Alfred Noble, Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers and of the Western Society of Engineers, for the purpose of perpetuating his name and achievements. The American Society of Civil Engineers is designated as trustee of the fund.
I. The award is made to a member of any grade of the American Society of Civil Engineers; American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc.; The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; or the Western Society of Engineers.
II. The award is given for a technical paper of exceptional merit accepted by the Committee on Publications, or a committee of like standing, for publication in any of their technical publications, provided the author has not passed his/her 35th birthday at the time the paper is published in print by the nominating society.
III. Papers prepared by not more than two authors are eligible for consideration.
IV. If a paper has been written by two authors, the lead author must be 35 years of age or younger.
V. Selected papers are forwarded by the respective societies to an intersociety committee on the Alfred Noble Prize. Each paper, so forwarded, shall be accompanied by a brief synopsis of its purposes and a concise statement of its conclusions.
VI. Each society may nominate more than one paper.
VII. An individual technical paper by a member of one of the foregoing societies published as an appendix to a report of a committee of the society is considered as eligible.
VIII. Papers in a symposium are judged as separate papers and are eligible.
IX. This prize consists of a certificate and 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. In the case of a paper written jointly by authors 35 years of age or younger, both shall share the honorarium. In the case of a paper written jointly by authors 35 years of age or younger and older authors, the older author will receive only a certificate.
X. The recipient of the prize is selected by a committee of five, consisting of a representative of each society. The ASCE representative shall serve as committee chair.
XI. The award is based on papers published in the twenty-four month period ending with June of the year preceding the year of award. The papers must be submitted to the joint intersociety committee not later than May 1 and they must be presented in full, even if printed in abstract.
XII. From the papers not selected for award, the Award Selection Committee may choose to hold over particularly noteworthy papers to the next selection cycle, provided they meet all criteria. Papers held over but not selected in the second cycle are no longer eligible for consideration and may not be re-nominated.
XIII. If in any year no paper deemed worthy of award is available, the award is not made. If two papers of unusual merit are recognized in any year, one may be carried over, fully qualified to compete in the next annual competition.
XIV. The award is made publicly at a general meeting of the society of which the recipient is a member. It is desirable that the recipient be present to receive the award. The time and place of the meeting is designated by said society.