Distinguished Membership


Distinguished Member Shield

"A Distinguished Member is a person who has attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction."

Whether elected from the membership as a Society Fellow or Member, Distinguished Members (formerly called Honorary Members) are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Society. The total number of Distinguished Members elected in any year should not exceed one for every 7,500 members. Members of the Board of Direction are ineligible for election to honorary membership during their terms of active membership on the Board of Direction.

The Membership Directory of the Society contains a "Historic Roster of Honorary Members" and a list of active Distinguished/Honorary Members.


  • Nominations for Distinguished Membership to be presented in any year must be submitted to the ASCE Honors and Awards Program Office no later than October 1 of the previous year. Each nomination should be accompanied by a complete biography of the nominee and a one-page summary thereof, a citation, a 200-word rationale statement, a complete nomination form, and a minimum of six (maximum ten) letters of endorsement.
  • The Society Awards Committee will review the nominations and transmit to all members of the Board of Direction, not later than one month prior to the meeting at which they will be considered by the Board, the names and biographies of those nominees whom it recommends for election. The listing of recommended nominees should not exceed one name for every 7,500 members of the Society. Voting by the Board of Direction is by secret ballot, without discussion. Names of candidates voted on but not elected may be resubmitted by the Society Awards Committee to the Board of Direction for two years, after which their names will be dropped from the roster of candidates unless re-nominated. Names of candidates considered by the Society Awards Committee but not nominated for election will be reconsidered for two years after which their names will be dropped from the roster of candidates unless re-nominated.
  • A person elected to Distinguished Membership will be notified promptly thereof by the Secretary. The election will be canceled if an acceptance is not received within sixty days after the mailing of such notice.

Send your completed nomination package to:

Jane Moran Alspach, Senior Manager
Honors and Awards
American Society of Civil Engineers
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400


October 1


Distinguished Member Brochure

Nomination Tools:

icon Nomination Form

Nomination Guide & Worksheet To Prepare a Nomination
icon List of Official Nominators

How to Write A Letter of Recommendation
link Outline for One Page Biography
link List of Recommenders Form


2008 class
2008 class