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Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students

Nomination Deadline: March 1st

The prize was established and endowed in 1939 by Daniel W. Mead, Hon.M.ASCE, a Society past president. The contest provides an opportunity for alert young civil engineers to further their professional development and gain national attention.

Award: Up to five winners will be chosen. First place will receive a plaque. Other winners will receive certificates. 

Read the 2017 Award Winning Paper (PDF)

2018 Topic: "How does the personal and professional use of social media relate to the ASCE Code of Ethics?"

For consideration:

  • Social media is used daily for sharing, marketing, networking, and providing personal comments on issues.  Should your social media posts define you as a civil engineer?  Should they be grounds for your employer to discipline or terminate you?
  • Is it good practice to share news stories about failing infrastructure, comment about fellow engineers/contractors, post information about upcoming contracts, or send pictures of job sites or engineering plans?

Entries for the contest shall be limited to one paper from each ASCE or AEI Student Organization and must be submitted through the Faculty Advisor.

Questions should be directed to  ASCE Student Services.


I.   The Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students may be awarded annually on the basis of a paper on professional ethics.  Each year the specific topic   of the contest for the forthcoming year shall be selected by the Committee on Student Members for the Student Award.

II.   Members of Student Organizations of the Society who are in good standing at the time their papers are submitted are eligible for the contest, unless they have previously received the national award for which they are competing.

III.  Papers for the national contests shall (a) be limited to one paper from each Student Organization; (b) not exceed 2,000 words in length; (c) be written by only one person; and (d) not have previously been published in other school or Society publications.

IV.  The Committee on Student Members shall review each submission and recommend the top five student papers as Society finalists, of which one may be selected as the national winner for approval by the Executive Committee.

V.  All finalists shall receive an appropriate certificate recognizing their achievements.  If there is a national winner, they shall receive a wall plaque rather than a certificate.

Submission instructions:

A completed submission will consist of  a single .pdf file containing:

  1. Cover letter, from the Faculty Advisor stating the name, ASCE/AEI member ID number, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address for the paper's author.
  2. The paper being submitted.

The name of the file shall follow this format:

Mead Student Prize -  Author's Last Name - Name of University.pdf

Submissions should be sent to  and must be received on or before 11:59 pm (EST) March 1.

Award Recipients

Alec Ramirez, S.M.ASCE

Danielle G. Neighbour, S.M.ASCE

Christopher D. Unzicker, S.M.ASCE

Trevor A. Jones, S.M.ASCE

Ameeta A. Kunnath, S.M.ASCE

All Recipients