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 two 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 in good standing.
    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. Complete applications, following directions provided in the application form, are to be submitted for receipt by February 10 of the year of award.
    2. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials electronically via [email protected].
    3. Applications must include:
      1. complete application form, including the research nominator’s original signature;
      2. 500-word personal essay on why the applicant should receive this fellowship and how it will be used;
      3. detailed budget;
      4. description of proposed research and its objectives, signed by an institutional representative indicating proposed research is acceptable;
      5. minimum of two recommendation letters, one of which must be from a faculty member/research nominator;
      6. official transcript;
      7. one-page resume, including honors, activities, organization, ASCE activities (including any offices held), and any work experience. 
  5. Selection:
    1. 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.
  6. Awards:
    1. The amount of the fellowship will be determined annually by and subject to approval of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Board of Direction based on income from the fund endowment.
    2. The recipient will be notified of selection in the spring by the Executive Director of the Society.
    3. Award funds will be sent to the recipient and may be applied to tuition expenses, costs associated with research, and academic fees reasonably and logically associated with a graduate engineering program while continuing formal education.


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

To apply, submit a completed application to [email protected].

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