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Distinguished Members

  • Distinguished Membership is the highest honor ASCE can bestow. It is reserved for civil engineers who are either ASCE Members or Fellows. One class of recipients is formally inducted annually.

  • "A Distinguished Member is a person who has attained eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction."

    Whether elected from the membership as a Society Fellow or Member, Distinguished Members (formerly called Honorary Members) are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Society. The total number of Distinguished Members elected in any year should not exceed one for every 7,500 members. Members of the Board of Direction are ineligible for election to honorary membership during their terms of active membership on the Board of Direction.  


    • Nominations for Distinguished Membership to be presented in any year must be submitted to the ASCE Honors and Awards Program Office no later than October 1 of the previous year. Each nomination should be accompanied by a complete biography of the nominee and a one-page summary thereof, a citation, a 200-word rationale statement, a complete nomination form, and a minimum of six (maximum ten) letters of recommendation.
    • The Society Awards Committee will review the nominations and transmit to all members of the Board of Direction, not later than one month prior to the meeting at which they will be considered by the Board, the names and biographies of those nominees whom it recommends for election. The listing of recommended nominees should not exceed one name for every 7,500 members of the Society. Voting by the Board of Direction is by secret ballot, without discussion. Names of candidates voted on but not elected may be resubmitted by the Society Awards Committee to the Board of Direction for two years, after which their names will be dropped from the roster of candidates unless re-nominated. Names of candidates considered by the Society Awards Committee but not nominated for election will be reconsidered for two years after which their names will be dropped from the roster of candidates unless re-nominated.
    • A person elected to Distinguished Membership will be notified promptly thereof by the Secretary. The election will be canceled if an acceptance is not received within sixty (60) days after the mailing of such notice. 

    Nominate a Candidate for Distinguished Member

    1. Use the Step by Step Guide (.PDF) to simplify the nomination process.
    2. Fill out the official nomination form (.PDF).
    3. Provide a one page bio of the nominee.
    4. Nomination for Distinguished Membership requires 6-10 letters of recommendation (.PDF). (Sample letter of recommendation)
    5. All nominations are due by . Send your nomination package electronically to 

    Historical List of Distinguished and Honorary Members (PDF)

  • Class of 2019

  • Class of 2018

  • Class of 2017 

    Bilal M. Ayyub, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE

    Stephen A. Curtis, P.E., D.PE, Dist.M.ASCE

    Charles H. Dowding, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE

    George M. Filz, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE

    David J. Hammond, P.E., S.E., Dist.M.ASCE

    James O. Jirsa, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE

    Kincho H. Law, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE

    Richard N. Palmer, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE

    John G. Tawresey, S.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE

  • Class of 2016

    M. Hanif Chaudhry, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE

    Gary Y.K. Chock, S.E., D.CE, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE

    Raymond Paul Giroux, Dist.M.ASCE

    Kenneth C. Hover, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE

    Jay R. Lund, Ph.D., F.EWRI, Dist.M.ASCE

    Patrick J. Natale, P.E., CAE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAC

    James A. Rispoli, P.E., BCEE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAC 

    Heinz G. Stefan, Dr.Ing., Dist.M.ASCE

    Kenneth H. Stokoe II, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE 

  • Class of 2015

    • Lawrence C. Bank, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • Rafael L. Bras, Sc.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • Barry J. Goodno, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Thomas T. C. Hsu, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Thomas J. Hughes, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAS, NAE
    • D. Thomas Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Roberto T. Leon, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Sue McNeil, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Ronald M. Noble, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Vijay Singh, D.Sc., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, F.EWRI, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Pol D. Spanos, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • George Z. Voyiadjis, D.Eng.Sc., F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE
  • Class of 2014

    • Reidar Bjorhovde, Dr.-Ing., Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Jesus M. de la Garza, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAC
    • William H. Espey, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Dennis M. Kamber, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Anne Setian Kiremidjian, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Michael K. Loose, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Thomas D. O’Rourke, Ph.D., Hon.D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • Monte L. Phillips, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Jane McKee Smith, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Kirankumar V. Topudurti, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, Dist.M.ASCE
  • Class of 2013

    • James L. Barnard, Ph.D., C.Eng., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Mark A. Bradford, D.Sc., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE
    • John M. Dionisio, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Tuncer B. Edil, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Marcelo H. Garcia, Ph.D., F.EWRI, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Thomas A. Lenox, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Philip Li-Fan Liu, Sc.D., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Vilas S. Mujumdar, D.P.A., P.E., S.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Jery R. Stedinger, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Erik H. Vanmarcke, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE
    • William S. Zoino, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE 
  • Class of 2012

    • Robert E. Alger, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Glen T. Daigger, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • David Darwin, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
    • James M. Fisher, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Nicholas J. Garber, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • Achintya Haldar, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Perry L. McCarty, Sc.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • Thomas M. Murray, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • George F. Pinder, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • Bruce E. Rittmann, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
    • Richard L. Tucker, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, NAC