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ASCE Fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by 3% of ASCE members.

Exclusive Fellow benefits

In the year of your advancement, you will:

  • Receive a cherry-wood framed certificate, a pin, lanyard, and ribbons
  • Receive a Fellow membership card
  • Have a bio and photo published in the Civil Engineering Source
  • Two free tickets (a $700 value) to the OPAL (Outstanding Projects and Leaders) Awards Gala

Ongoing benefits for ASCE Fellows:

  • Complimentary Fellow pad folio at the ASCE Convention
  • Ability to use the Fellow logo for personal or business communications
  • Dedicated ASCE staff liaison to assist Fellows with all membership needs

Fellow benefits

As a Fellow, you’ll receive exclusive benefits, including the use of the Fellow logo in your communications, and a dedicated ASCE staff liaison to assist you. 

New ASCE Fellows at OPAL Gala 2023 by Jason Dixson
New ASCE Fellows at OPAL Gala 2023
Photo by Jason Dixson
ASCE Fellow certificate
ASCE Fellow certificate
ASCE Fellow ID card
ASCE Fellow ID card
2015 OPAL Gala new fellows
New Fellows at OPAL Gala 2015
Photo by David Hathcox
ASCE Fellow shield logo
Fellow shield logo
ASCE Fellow pin and lanyard
ASCE Fellow pin and lanyard

Applying for advancement to ASCE Fellow

To apply for Fellow, complete the Fellow application and submit it to the Membership Application Review Committee (MARC). Fellow candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of responsible charge in the Member grade* and a P.E. or P.L.S./L.S./P.S. license. There is no direct admission to the grade of Fellow.

Members may request a waiver of specific requirements.

Applicants for the Fellow grade should provide the following:

  • Completed Fellow application form (PDF) 
  • Nomination form (PDF) completed by a known and authorized representative of an ASCE Organizational Entity. Candidates should know the person representing the Organizational Entity. Examples of Organizational Entities include section or branch presidents, institute board of governors members, committee officers or chairs, student chapter faculty advisors, student chapter department heads, student chapter officers or presidents, etc.

    NOTE: Candidates should only contact ASCE Board of Direction members if they previously had a professional or personal relationship.

  • Copy of Professional Engineer or Professional Land Surveyor license (U.S. or international)
  • Completed testimonial reference forms (PDF) from three references (two must be from ASCE Fellows or higher grade of membership; the third may be from an ASCE Member or higher grade of membership). Please have the completed forms emailed directly to [email protected]. They are meant to be confidential from the candidate.

    There is a membership directory available to help locate your colleagues who are Members and Fellows.

    Personio defines that a professional reference provides information about a candidate in a work setting and is usually written by their former manager, supervisor or colleague. It provides an honest overview of the candidate's skills and characteristics that make them a good Fellow.
  • Copy of resume or CV

All applications for the Fellow grade are thoroughly reviewed by the Membership Application Review Committee (MARC), which meets monthly as needed.

*See Rules of Policy and Procedure,

Planning to apply for ASCE Fellow in the future? We’d like to help. Here are some suggestions.

Pathways to Fellow (PDF)

International member? Here are some suggestions to help you reach Fellow if you reside outside of the U.S.A.

Pathways to Fellow International (PDF)

Submit to:

Email: [email protected]

Mail to:
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Attn: Applications Administrator/Membership Coordinator
1801 Alexander Bell Dr.
Reston, VA 20191-4382

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Read the Detailed Guidelines (PDF) or contact the Fellows Coordinator at [email protected], 800-548-2723, or +1-703-295-6289.

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Reasons to apply for ASCE Fellow

Professional recognition of your engineering peers

What current ASCE fellows say...

"It is said that one shouldn’t be prideful, but being named a Fellow is a case where you should feel very proud. I still look at my Fellow certificate and feel a true sense of accomplishment, it being one of the most meaningful of my career."

Jack A. Raudenbush

"I have had a career where very few of my accomplishments are mine and mine alone. I have been very fortunate to have had a lot of exciting and professionally satisfying experiences with projects, construction, design, and working in professional and civic activities. The award (of Fellow) belongs to many people who added value to each effort."

Michael Ross Fink

"There are a lot of us average engineers (average Joes) out here trying to design a better, safer world consistently. We don’t seek a promotion or salary increase. I am honored that ASCE and our engineering peers recognize that unwavering effort with the Fellow grade."

Benny K. Louie

"ASCE is the professional society I have belonged to throughout my career. I am proud of being a long-term member of it. I hope that my Fellow position will inspire more young civil engineers to contribute to and to be nurtured by this Society."

Hayley H. Shen

"Placing the F.ASCE credential after my name gives me a tremendous sense of pride. To my colleagues and clients, it reinforces that my work is consistent and true and that my word is trustworthy. By being recognized as a Fellow, I have gained access to an exceptional network of civil engineers who have dedicated their careers to achieving excellence."

N. Catherine Bazan-Arias
Ph.D., P.E., BC.GE, F.ASCE