Awards

ASCE’s Honors and Awards program recognizes the commendable achievements and remarkable accomplishments of the civil engineering profession.  With more than 80 awards, the program distinguishes the unique contributions engineers make to both the industry and society.


2020 Section Award Applications

The Philadelphia Section takes pleasure in the announcement of our annual Section Awards program.  These Awards recognize local members for their contributions to the Civil Engineering profession.  If you wish to nominate someone, please read the rules and criteria and then complete the nomination form.

ALL AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED AT OUR ANNUAL SPRING SOCIAL/DINNER DANCE, which will be conducted in May (date and location to be determined).

RULES:

  • Nominations must be received or postmarked by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 31.
  • Individuals may be nominated for awards by a member in any grade of membership.
  • Individuals may receive only one award in a single year, but may be nominated for more than one award in a single year.
  • Award recipients must be approved by the Section's Board of Directors.
  • All awards are presented only in years in which, in the judgement of the Selection Committee or the Board, there is at least one suitable candidate.
  • The Selection Committee will be required to nominate an alternate for Board consideration for each Award.
  • The Selection Committee will also recommend to the Board whether the recipient should be nominated for applicable National or Regional awards by the Section.
  • Please see the specific requirements for ASCE membership for each award synopsis.  Most awards will require that the nominee be a member of ASCE and the Philadelphia Section.  In several cases, specific grades of membership are also required.

 

AWARDS

Philadelphia Civil Engineer of the Year

The Section's highest award is presented to an individual who is judged to have contributed significantly and substantially to the civil engineering profession.

Membership criteria - Member, Fellow, Honorary or Life.

The recipient can also be considered for other recognition, such as Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award (ASCE National) and Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year (Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council).

 

Philadelphia Young Civil Engineer of the Year

This award is presented to a young civil engineer (age 35 or younger as of the date of nomination) who is judged to have contributed significantly to the civil engineering profession.

Membership criteria - Associate or Student (member of a Student Chapter assigned to the Philadelphia Section).

The recipient can also be considered for Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award (ASCE National) and Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year (Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council).

 

Philadelphia Government Engineer of the Year

This award is presented to an individual who is employed by government at the Federal, State or Local level, or a public authority, and who has contributed substantially to the civil engineering profession.

Membership criteria - Member, Fellow, Honorary or Life.

The recipient can also be considered for ASCE National Zone 1 Government Engineer of the Year and Civil Government Award.

 

Philadelphia Young Government Engineer of the Year

This award is presented to a young member (age 35 or younger as of the date of nomination) who is employed by government at the Federal, State or Local level, or a public authority, and who has contributed significantly to the civil engineering profession.

Membership criteria - Associate.

The recipient can also be considered for ASCE National Zone 1 Young Government Engineer of the Year.

 

Educator of the Year

This award is presented to an outstanding educator in the field of civil engineering who has contributed substantially to the field.

Membership criteria – the nominee need NOT be a member of the Philadelphia Section or ASCE but must be an educator or teacher in an educational institution or school within the geographic coverage area of the Section.

 

Community Outreach and Service Award

This award is presented to cite notable and exemplary service in outreach efforts, such as work with students at all levels and public contact on issues which help to explain the roles of engineers in everyday life. 

Membership criteria - any grade of ASCE membership.

 

Government Service Award

This award is presented to an elected or appointed official of government at the Federal, State or Local level, or a public authority, who has contributed substantially to the status of the civil engineering profession through his/her public service.

Membership criteria - the nominee need NOT be a member of the Philadelphia Section or a member of ASCE, but MUST be a public official in a jurisdiction within the boundaries of the Philadelphia Section.

 

Philadelphia History and Heritage Award

This award is presented to an individual whose efforts have made significant contributions to better the knowledge and/or appreciation of the history and heritage of the civil engineering profession.

Membership criteria - the nominee need NOT be a member of the Philadelphia Section or a member of ASCE, but MUST reside within the boundaries of the Philadelphia Section.

The recipient can also be considered for ASCE National Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award.

 

Individual Technical Awards

Each of the following awards is presented to an individual who is judged to have contributed substantially to the civil engineering profession in the specialty area of the particular award:

  • Civil Engineering Manager of the Year
  • Construction Engineer of the Year
  • Geotechnical Engineer of the Year
  • Structural Engineer of the Year
  • Transportation Engineer of the Year
  • Water Resources Engineer of the Year

Membership criteria - any grade except Student

The recipient can also be considered for ASCE National technical group awards.

 

If you are interested in submitting a nomination for consideration, please contact Bob Wright, Committee Chair, at 215-433-1666, or via e-mail at rwright@mcmahonassociates.com, to obtain a nomination form. You may also call Bob, if you have any questions or need any additional information on the Section’s Awards Program.


2020 Student Scholarships

The section offers two distinct scholarships annually:

  • ASCE Philadelphia Section Student Scholarship
  • ASCE Philadelphi Section Member Scholarship

All scholarship winners will be recognized as the Section’s guests at the March 2020 dinner meeting. 

Submittal Deadline: Applications (including recommendations) must be submitted by February 15, 2020 to Andrew Bechtel (bechtela@tcnj.edu
 
ASCE PHILADELPHIA SECTION STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP 
A minimum of one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded by the Section to a civil engineering student who meets the following requirements: 
 
The applicant must be matriculating in a full-time Civil Engineering or Architectural Engineering program at one of the Philadelphia Sections five Student Chapters:

  • Drexel University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Villanova University
  • Widener University. 

The applicant must be an active ASCE Student Member. 

 
Application Requirements: 
Cover letter containing: 

  • The applicant’s name 
  • The applicant’s ASCE ID Number 
  • The applicant’s institution 
  • Degree Level 
  • Address/telephone number 
  • Additional information for consideration (such as need, class rank, or GPA) 
  • Resume 
  • Letter of Recommendation from faculty advisor 
  • Essay (limited to 1,000 words) on the following topic: 

 
The ASCE has laid out a Five-Year Roadmap to Sustainable Development. The goal is to transform the Civil Engineering profession. As a Civil Engineering student, speak to the changes you would like to see the practice of Civil Engineering make in your chosen field (Structural, Transportation, Geotechnical, etc.). How will you work to make these changes happen? 
 

ASCE PHILADELPHIA SECTION MEMBER SCHOLARSHIP 
A minimum of one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded by the Section to a civil engineering student who is the child of an active Philadelphia Section member. The requirements are the same as that of the Student Scholarship except: 
 
All children of active Philadelphia Section members matriculated in any full-time Civil Engineering or Architectural Engineering program at an accredited college or university are eligible. 
 
Application requirements and submittal deadline are the same as for the Student Scholarship. The applicant’s cover letter should include parents name and ASCE ID number. 
 
We encourage all eligible students to apply.  Good luck! 


2019 Philadelphia Section Award Winners

Anthony Bartolomeo, Pennoni – Philadelphia Civil Engineer of the Year

Joseph Natale, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission – Philadelphia Young Civil Engineer of the Year

Ajin Fatima, Philadelphia Department of Streets – Young Government Engineer of the Year

M. Ayub Iqbal, Applied Geoscience and Engineering, Inc. – Geotechnical Engineer of the Year

Joseph Roth, Jacobs – Transportation Engineer of the Year

Kirk Harman, The Harman Group – Structural Engineer of the Year

Michael DeVuono, Arcadis – Environmental/ Water Resources Engineer of the Year

Assunta Daprano, AECOM, and Caroline Voigtsberger, NV5 – Community Outreach and Service Award


Volunteer Spotlight Nominations

If you'd like to nominate a volunteer for our new Volunteer Spotlight initiative, just Click Here!


2018 Philadelphia Section Award Winners

William Thomsen, Urban Engineers - Philadelphia Civil Engineer of the Year

Jesse Gormley, Pennoni Associates - Philadelphia Young Civil Engineer of the Year

Katrina Lawrence, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission – Young Government Engineer of the Year

Melissa Logan Gillespie, TRC Solutions – Geotechnical Engineer of the Year

Carmen Zappile, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation – Engineering Manager of the Year

Franco Montalto, Drexel University – Environmental/Water Resources Engineer of the Year

John Doyle, Traffic Planning & Design, and Timothy Abel, Pennoni Associates – Community Outreach and Service Award


2018 Wilbur S. Smith Award Winner - Dr. Geoffrey M. Rowe

In their continuing effort to enhance communications between ASCE Headquarters and the Regions, Sections, and Branches, Geographic Services is pleased to advise you that Dr. Geoffrey M. Rowe, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE from the Philadelphia Section has been selected by the Transportation and Development Institute to receive the 2018 Wilbur S. Smith Award for “His practical work in asphalt materials and associated dissemination of knowledge that has advanced the state of practice in highway engineering and construction both nationally and globally.”


 

Region 2 Award Applications

Region 2 is excited to launch a new series of awards that recognize and celebrate outstanding service of ASCE members within our Region! Nominations are due November 30th. Please consider honoring one of your deserving colleagues by sending in a nomination. Thank you so much! If you have questions, please contact Carol Martsolf, Region 2 Governor, at ccmartsolf@urbanengineers.com or 215-922-8081, ext 1218.

Please Click Here to visit the Region 2 Awards page and view the applications.


2017 Philadelphia Section Award Winners

John Nawn, Fleisher Forensics - Philadelphia Civil Engineer of the Year

Kevin Brown, Urban Engineers - Philadelphia Young Civil Engineer of the Year

Nha Truong, Philadelphia Water Department – Young Government Engineer of the Year

Robert Crawford, James J. Anderson Construction – Geotechnical Engineer of the Year

James Pezzotti, Pennoni Associates – Structural Engineer of the Year

Frank Falcone, Villanova University – Educator of the Year

Katrina Lawrence, DVRPC and Kevin Walsh, Pennoni Associates – Community Outreach and Service Award

Michael Carroll, Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office – Government Service Award

Centennial Book Committee (31 individuals) – History and Heritage Award

Photos of the 2017 award winners and ASCE Spring Social can be found here.


ASCE Philadelphia Receives National Awards

ASCE Philadelphia Younger Member Forum -, Eastern Regional Younger Member Council Peers Group Award

Charlie Mumford, Pennoni Associates - Outstanding Younger Member in Community Activities

Kevin Brown, Urban Engineers - Outstanding Practitioner Advisor Award


ASCE Philadelphia Receives National Awards

 

Mr. Anthony S. Bartolomeo, P.E., F.ASCE, Elected by President-Emeriti Council presents the 2016 ASCE Presidents' Award at the ASCE 2016 Convention in Portland, Oregon September 28 - October 1st 2016:

“For developing the ASCE Grand Challenge to reduce our nation’s infrastructure lifecycle costs by 50% by 2025, encouraging youth to attain 21st century skills and post-secondary education and his ongoing commitment and leadership to community and non-profit organizations.”


2016 Philadelphia Section Award Winners


David Fleisher, Fleisher Forensics - Philadelphia Civil Engineer of the Year

Drew Sirianni, Pennoni Associates - Philadelphia Young Civil Engineer of the Year

Gary Knappick, City of Philadelphia - Government Engineer of the Year

Amanda KEssler, Amtrak - Young Governement Engineer of the Year

Megan Syrnick, Hill International - Construction Engineer of the Year

Jeremy Colello, HNTB - Transportation Engineer of the Year


2016 Engineers Week Honorees


Kevin Johnson, P.E. - Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year

Daniel Sujo - Delaware Young Valley Engineer of the Year

Richard Prentice - Outstanding Service to Engineering


2016 Philadelphia Section Scholarship Winners


Ali Malick - Drexel University

Matthew Gehman - Temple University

Tom Saludutti - Villanova University


2015 Annual Spring Social Photos

ASCE Philadelphia Receives National Awards

Ehsan Minaie, Ph.D., P.E., Intelligent Infrastrucure Systems - 2015 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement

ASCE Philly YMF - 2015 Younger Member Group Award for Large Groups - The YMF will be honored at the ASCE Annual Convention in New York City, October 11-14, 2015

Congratulations to Ehsan and the YMF!


2015 Philadelphia Section Award Winners

 

Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA - Philadelphia Civil Engineer of the Year

Chris Gray, TimHaahs - Philadelphia Young Civil Engineer of the Year

Amanda KEssler, Amtrak - Young Governement Engineer of the Year

Angelo Waters, Urban Engineers - Environmental/Water Resources Engineer of the Year

Don Gusic, Pennoni Associates - Transportation Engineer of the Year

Les Toaso, PennDOT - Government Service Award

Kolleen Backlund, DiGioia Gray Associates - Community Outreach and Service Award

 


Past Award Winners

After reviewing the nominations from around the region, the Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year Awards committee has selected Brian Mark Crookston, PhD, PE, a Project Engineer / Hydraulics Specialist for Schnabel Engineering of West Chester, Pennsylvania to be the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year.

Kazi M. Hassan, P.E. won the 2015 Outstanding Young Civil Engineer of the Year in the Private Sector. He received the award at the ASCE Eastern Regional Younger Member Conference in Miami, FL.

Chris Renfro, EIT won the 2015 Outstanding Young Civil Engineer of the Year in the Public Sector. He received the award at the ASCE Eastern Regional Younger Member Conference in Miami, FL along with Mr. Hassan.