ASCE Seeking Nominations for National Civil Engineering Awards

Aug. 26, 2008

Civil engineering projects and leaders to be recognized at annual gala

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is seeking nominations for its 2009 national achievement awards.

The Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Awards are given in recognition of the lifetime achievements and contributions of a civil engineer, which have greatly enhanced the health, safety and welfare of our nation and the world.

One award is given in each of five categories:
• Construction, for innovation and excellence in the construction of civil engineering projects and programs;
• Design, for innovation and excellence in civil engineering design;
• Education, for demonstrated excellence in furthering civil engineering education;
• Government, for demonstrated leadership of public sector projects and programs; and
• Management, for exceptional management skills in his/her professional career.

The Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research recognizes dedication, vision and leadership in advancing research in the design and construction industry. The Michel Award was established in 1996 to honor Henry L. Michel, past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF).

The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award is given in recognition of a civil engineering project's contribution to the well-being of a community and its people, its resourcefulness in planning and design challenges and its use of innovative materials and techniques.

The Charles Pankow Award for Innovation honors collaboration in innovative design, materials or construction-related research and development transferred into practice in a sustainable way. This award is named in honor of industry visionary Charles J. Pankow (1924 - 2004).

Nominations for the awards must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 1, 2008. The awards will be presented at ASCE's OPAL Awards Gala on Thursday, April 23, 2009.

As the builders of our nation's infrastructure, civil engineers contribute greatly to public health, safety and welfare, as well as to our nation's economy. Despite such achievements as creating our nation's interstate highway system and providing safe drinking water, civil engineers often remain unsung heroes. These awards call attention to and celebrate leadership, creative spirit and commitment to excellence within the engineering profession.

For more information, nomination criteria and procedures, and entry forms, please visit

Source: ASCE

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