This lectureship was established by the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division (now the Geo-Institute) of the Society by the solicitation of gifts from the many friends and admirers of Karl Terzaghi, Hon.M.ASCE. It was instituted by the Board of Direction on October 10, 1960.

Recent winner

  • 2021: Gregory B. Baecher, Ph.D. P.E., NAE, M.ASCE

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  1. At about yearly intervals and upon recommendation of the Geo-Institute Board of Governors, the Executive Director will invite a distinguished engineer to deliver a "Terzaghi Lecture" at an appropriate meeting of the Society.
  2. The recipient shall be recommended by the Geo-Institute for approval by the Society's Executive Committee.
  3. The lecturer shall be tendered a certificate and a cash prize determined annually by and subject to the approval of the Executive Committee of the Board of Direction based on the income from the award endowment.
  4. Membership in the Society is not a requirement for consideration.


To nominate, Submit the following:

You can submit your nomination electronically to [email protected], or by mail to:

ASCE Honors and Awards
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191

Lecturers are invited by the Geo-Institute Board of Governors.