Nomination Deadline: October 1st

This award and lectureship was established by the Environmental Engineering Division (now the Environmental & Water Resources Institute) and endowed by the firm of Freese & Nichols in honor of their distinguished partner Simon Wilke Freese, F.ASCE. It was instituted by the Board of Direction on November 5, 1975.

Recent winner

  • 2025: Arup K. SenGupta, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE.

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  1. At about yearly intervals and upon recommendation of the Governing Board of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute, the Executive Director of the Society will invite a distinguished person to prepare for publication and deliver the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Lecture at an appropriate meeting of the Society.
  2. 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 ASCE Board of Direction based on the income from the award endowment.
  3. The lecturer will be selected without restrictions as to Society membership.


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