The Trent R. Dames and William W. Moore Fellowship was established in 1990 by the partners of Dames and Moore in honor of the firm’s founders for the purpose of advancing the science and profession of engineering and to enhance the overall welfare of mankind.

Recent recipients

  • 2022–2023: Aisha Faruqi, S.M.ASCE, University of California, Davis

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  1. The Trent R. Dames and William W. Moore Fellowship may be presented annually to 2 practicing engineers or earth scientists, professors or graduate students, who will use the fellowship for graduate study.
  2. The purpose of the fellowship is to further the exploration of new applications of geotechnical engineering or the earth sciences to social, economic, environmental, and political issues.
  3. Eligibility:
    1. At the time of application applicants must be practicing engineers or earth scientists, professors or graduate students who are members of ASCE.
    2. Previous recipients of the fellowship are eligible to apply in any succeeding competition for these awards provided the other requirements of eligibility are satisfied.
  4. Application:
    1. Completed applications are to be submitted to the ASCE Honors and Awards Program office for receipt by February 10 of the year of award. Applications shall include: (a) complete application form, including the research nominator’s original signature; (b) detailed financial statement stating the purposes for which the funds are expected to be used and how they will assist the applicant; (c) description of proposed research and its objectives; (d) statement from the institution at which the research is to be done that the applicant and proposed research are acceptable to that institution; (e) minimum of 2 sealed letters of recommendation; one must be from a faculty member/research nominator; (f) 1 sealed official transcript; (g) 1-page resume, including honors, activities, organization, ASCE activities (including any offices held), and any work experience; (h) 500-word personal essay on why the applicant should receive this fellowship.
  5. Selection:
    1. Applicants are forwarded to the appropriate technical divisions for review. Selection of recipients is made by the Society Awards Committee or its designee for recommendation to the Executive Committee for final approval.
    2. Selection is based on (a) technical and social value of the proposed research. Preference is given to research which will contribute to the solution of conflicting engineering issues involving social, economic, environmental or political concerns or compromises; (b) ability of the proposed research to meet the overall objective of the fellowship; (c) relevant professional experience, previous research or course of study either as a practitioner or in academia; (d) prior contribution to the engineering profession and/or the applied earth sciences.


Application Deadline: Complete application and transcript must be received by February 10.

To apply, submit a completed application and transcript to:

American Society of Civil Engineers
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, Virginia 20191-4400
Attn: Honors and Awards Program

All application requirements must be fulfilled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.