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Awards

The following ASCE and Geo-Institute awards will be presented at the 2022 Geo-Congress.

Karl Terzaghi Lecture

This lectureship was established by the Soil Mechanics & Foundations Division (now the Geo-Institute) of the Society by the solicitation of gifts from the many friends and admirers of Karl Terzaghi, Hon.M.ASCE. It was instituted by the Board of Direction on October 10, 1960.

2022 Winner

"Bio-mediated Geotechnics for Hazard Mitigation, Environmental Protection, and Infrastructure Construction"

  • Edward Kavazanjian, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist. M. ASCE, NAE
    For significant contributions to earthquake engineering, the design of waste containment systems, and in leading the emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering.

Ralph B. Peck Award

This award was established in 1999 by the Geo-Institute of the Society in honor of Ralph B. Peck, Dist.M.ASCE. Funds to support this award were donated by the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA, formerly ASFE).

2022 Winner

  • Ellen Rathje, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
    For her advancements to seismic site response analysis through case histories, her development of case histories to inform regional seismic assessments, and her leadership promoting the electronic publishing of case history data.

H. Bolton Seed Medal

This award was established by the Geotechnical Engineering Division (now the Geo-Institute) of the Society in memory of Professor H. Bolton Seed, Hon.M.ASCE. It was officially instituted by action of the Board of Direction on October 23, 1993 and was funded by friends and colleagues of Professor Seed and the U.S. National Society Endowment Fund.

2022 Winner

  • Jonathan D. Bray, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
    For advancements in geotechnical earthquake engineering, including liquefaction ground motions, seismic site response, seismic slope stability, soil-structure-interaction, and surface fault rupture.

Wallace Hayward Baker Award

The Wallace Hayward Baker Award was established in the year 2000 by the Geo-Institute in recognition of the creative and innovative contributions of Wallace Hayward Baker in the field of ground modification.

2022 Winner

  • Lisheng Shao Ph.D., P.E., G.E., M.ASCE
    For outstanding work on promoting and conducting soil improvement technologies and developing the GeoTech Tools as a comprehensive, systematic selection tool.

Carl L. Monismith Lecture

The ASCE Geo-Institute (G-I) has established a Lecture in recognition of Professor Carl L. Monismith's contribution to Pavement Engineering. Professor Monismith's teaching and research career in pavement technology, at the University of California, Berkeley, spans more than 50 years. Throughout this period, he has mentored numerous graduate students who have disseminated advances in pavement technology around the world.

2022 Winner

  • Eyad A. Masad, Ph.D., Fellow of ASCE
    For unique contributions on the use of micromechanical techniques in analyzing geomaterials and asphalt concretes.

Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award

This award was established by the Geotechnical Engineering Division (now the Geo-Institute) of ASCE as a memorial to the outstanding contributions of Arthur Casagrande, Hon.M.ASCE, to the teaching, research, and practice of geotechnical engineering. The award is funded by gifts from the many students, colleagues, and friends of Arthur Casagrande. The award was established to provide professional development opportunities for outstanding young practitioners, researchers, and teachers of geotechnical engineering.

2022 Winners

  • Brett W. Maurer, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE
    For his many accomplishments in teaching and research in geotechnical earthquake engineering, particularly the assessment of soil liquefaction hazards.
  • Alejandro Martinez, Ph.D., EIT, A.M.ASCE
    For pioneering research using multi-scale interdisciplinary techniques that have advanced the emerging field of bio-inspired geotechnics, characterization of unconventional materials, and customization of soil-structure interfaces for civil infrastructure and site characterization tools

Harry Schnabel Jr. Award

The Harry Schnabel Jr. Award was established by the Geo-Institute in 2006. This is a memorial award in recognition of Harry Schnabel's accomplishments in the field of earth retaining structures. This award encourages continued excellence and innovation by those making a career in the earth retaining structures industry. The award is funded by an endowment from the Schnabel Foundation Company.

2022 Winner

  • Debra F. Laefer, Ph.D.,EI
    For work and contributions to earth retention risk management through the innovative development and application of remote sensing technologies.

Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award

The Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award is a memorial in recognition of the outstanding professional accomplishments of Martin S. Kapp, F.ASCE. The award is supported by the income from a fund contributed by the friends and professional associates of Mr. Kapp. The award was established by the Board of Direction in April 1973.

2022 Winner

  • Van E. Komurka, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE
    For contributions advancing the science and practice of deep foundation and geotechnical engineering.

J. James R. Croes Medal

Nominations for this award are papers nominated for the Norman Medal. This prize was established by the Society on October 1, 1912, and is named in honor of the first recipient of the Norman Medal, John James Robertson Croes, Past President, ASCE.

2021 Winners

  • Jinbo Chen, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
    For the paper, “Calibration of Model Uncertainties for Fixed Steel Offshore Platforms Based on Observed Performance in Gulf of Mexico Hurricanes,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, June 2020.
  • Robert B. Gilbert, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, NAE, M.ASCE
    Albert P. Ku, Jiun-Yih Chen, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
    Peter W. Marshall, P.E., F.ASCE
    For the paper, “Calibration of Model Uncertainties for Fixed Steel Offshore Platforms Based on Observed Performance in Gulf of Mexico Hurricanes,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironment.

Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize

In July 1946, the Board of Direction authorized annual awards on recommendation by the Society's Committee on Research to stimulate research in civil engineering. In October 1964, Mrs. Alberta Reed Huber endowed these prizes in honor of her husband, Walter L. Huber, Past President, ASCE.

2021 Winner

  • Shideh Dashti, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE
    For her work in advancing the state-of-the-art in evaluating and improving the seismic performance of structures on liquefiable soil deposits.

Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award

The Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award, established by the Society in 1955, is a memorial in recognition of the outstanding professional accomplishments of Thomas A. Middlebrooks, A.M.ASCE. This award is supported by the income from a fund contributed by friends of Mr. Middlebrooks.

2021 Winners

  • Tony M. Allen, P.E., M.ASCE
    Nezam Bozorgzadeh Nezam
    Peiyuan Lin
    For the paper “LRFD Calibration of Internal Limit States for Geogrid MSE Walls,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.
  • Richard J. Bathurst, Ph.D., M.ASCE
    For the paper “LRFD Calibration of Internal Limit States for Geogrid MSE Walls,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, November 2019.
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