The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award is given in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, dedicated ASCE leadership and commitment to serving others and the community. The candidates are nominated by the Civil Engineering faculty at UD and Cedarville University for the Outstanding Senior Award and then interviewed by the ASCE Dayton Section Education Committee.  


2023 Outstanding Senior Award Winners

The UD nominees were Julia Holstead, Liz Riedel, Tim Heflin, and Steve Musso. The CU nominees were Zachary Perkins, Clay Montgomery, and Jason Thornhill.

The 2023 Outstanding Senior Awards were presented to Liz Riedel and Clay Montgomery in June 2023.

Liz Riedel headshot

Liz Riedel is a fifth year senior at UD. Her first internship with The Kleingers Group in 2020 involved traffic studies and CAD road design projects. Additionally, she has worked two summers (2021, 2022) for Kimley-Horn in Indianapolis, IN. Her experience has developed her passion for the environment. Her studies and out-of-class experiences have deepened her dedication to sustainable living, and expanded her knowledge concerning environmental resource management. 


Clay Montgomery Headshot

Clay Montgomery is a senior Civil Engineering student graduating in May 2023 from Cedarville University. Clay is from Gallipolis, Ohio, and will be moving to the Dayton area after graduation. He chose to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering because of the wide range of opportunities that the profession offers. During his time at Cedarville, Clay was the founding president of the Cedarville University Student ASCE Chapter, and worked with the Ohio Department of Transportation to begin an Adopt-a-Highway program for the Civil Engineering department. Clay has had internship experience working with P.R. Hutchins surveying during the summer of 2021, and with LJB Inc. during the summer of 2022. His internship opportunities have given him experience in surveying, water resources, and site design. After graduation, Clay will begin full-time employment with LJB Inc., in Miamisburg, Ohio, as a Civil Engineer (EI). Clay plans on taking the additional classes needed to receive a professional surveying license and continue working toward becoming a professional engineer. Clay is excited to move to the Dayton area and begin his career. 


To see previous award winners, visit Previous Outstanding Senior Awards.