Lifetime Achievement Award

Established in 1999, these prestigious awards recognize and honor outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments and achievements have made significant differences in one of five categories:

For a description of these categories, please click here.

  • Design
  • Construction
  • Government
  • Education
  • Management

These individuals crafted engineering wonders that have contributed to the creation of thriving businesses and the local economies of the communities they serve. Lifetime recipients represent a model of achievement to which future generations of engineers aspire to match or exceed.

Each Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award recipient will receive a trophy at a gala banquet in the spring.

Learn about the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Winners and view those recognized in the past.


  1. The awards are given to civil engineers who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievement, leadership, and a long-term commitment to excellence. The awards are not restricted to members of the Society.
  2. In that the election of ASCE Presidency is the highest office accorded, past presidents are not eligible for OPAL awards.
  3. As many as five awards (one for each category) are made annually. The awards will be bestowed based on the lifetime achievements of the recipients.
  4. Names of candidates not nominated for election by the Society Awards Committee will be reconsidered the following year. If they are not selected, individuals can be reappointed after two years.
  1. Include cover letter with nomination form. Letters of reference are desired, but not required. The entire application package should not exceed 12 pages.
  2. Submit seven (7) copies of each nomination to:
    ASCE World Headquarters
    1801 Alexander Bell Drive
    Reston, VA 20191
    Postmarked no later than October 1.
The ASCE Society Awards Committee will review the nominations and select one candidate for each of the five categories. The committee can select a candidate for a different category other than the one for which the candidate was nominated.

Recipients will be notified in writing and requested to submit personal information, including a photograph, for publication purposes. Recipient must agree to attend awards ceremony.