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Jack E. Leisch Fellowship

Due to the extraordinary nature of current events, the Jack E. Leisch Fellowship has been cancelled for the 2020-2021 academic year. We will begin accepting applications for the 2021-2022 in January of 2021.

The fellowship is a memorial to the outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions of Jack E. Leisch, M. ASCE to the fields of highway design, traffic operations and transportation planning. The fellowship is supported by the income from donations in Mr. Leisch's honor. The award consists of a certificate and a monetary payment of approximately $7,000.



  1. The fellowship will apply to the pursuit of full-time studies in eligible academic programs in highway design, traffic operations, roadway safety, and transportation planning with the emphasis on highway design and traffic operations including ITS and influence of Autonomous Vehicles on highway design and traffic operations.
  2. Any full-time student who is enrolled in or admitted to an above engineering graduate degree program (master or doctoral) at a qualified university may apply. Qualified universities are those with undergraduate and graduate programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
  3. Applicants must be a member of ASCE (Membership applications may be submitted with fellowship applications) and must be in good standing at the time of the award. Previous fellowship recipients are not eligible to reapply.
  4. Application packages should be submitted to the Transportation & Development Institute of ASCE (attn: Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Committee) by April 3.   All items in the application package, with the exception of the official transcript which must be mailed, may be emailed to Debi Denney at Application packages must include the following: 
    1. Resume indicating academic experience, grade point average (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate), graduate record exam (GRE) scores, work experience, extracurricular activities (including ASCE, ITE and other professional society student chapter memberships), and other pertinent information;
    2. Official transcript (please mail to address below);
    3. Brief (no more than 500-word) statement of academic, research, and professional interests as well as intentions beyond graduate school continuing in the fields listed in 1 above.
    4. List of graduate course work (completed and/or planned) in the fields listed in 1 above;
    5. Confidential recommendation letters from three references signed by the reference (must be submitted directly by the reference to T&DI staff, unless mailed in a sealed envelope with the rest of the application package); and
    6. Statement of financial need (no more than 300 words).

Selection is based on appraisal of the applicant's academic program, educational plan, academic performance and standing, post graduate intentions, leadership capacity, and financial need.

Full application packages may be mailed to:

American Society of Civil Engineers 
The Transportation & Development Institute 
Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Committee 
1801 Alexander Bell Drive 
Reston, VA 20191

To nominate, submit the following by March 30:

  • Resume
  • Official transcript (please mail to address below)
  • Brief statement of interests
  • List of graduate course work
  • 3 letters of recommendation (max)

You can submit your nomination electronically to Debi Denney, or by mail to:

American Society of Civil Engineers
Transportation & Development Institute
Jack E. Leisch Fellowship Committee
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191

Award Recipients

Tariq Usman Sayeed

Danielle Berman

James Markosian

Shannon Warchol

Scott Himes

All Recipients