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Awards & Honors

Each year, the ASCE Texas Section members celebrate outstanding individuals and projects within the Section and throughout our civil engineering community. These deserving individuals are nominated by their peers in recognition of their service and achievements. This is your opportunity to nominate a project or colleague whom you believe is deserving of special recognition by ASCE Texas Section.

The following awards recognize engineers who provide exemplary service to the Texas Section, their local ASCE Branch, and the general public through their professional work and volunteer efforts. Expand a section below to explore each of the award categories. Most awards are presented annually during the Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON).


Texas Section Awards

The following Texas Civil Engineering Awards were established with the objective of recognizing engineers who provide exemplary service to the Section and the general public through their professional work and volunteer efforts.

  • Award of Honor
  • Professional Service Award
  • Service to the People Award
  • Professional Service to Students Award
  • Government Civil Engineer Award
  • John A. Focht Jr Citizen Engineer Award
  • History & Heritage Award
  • Young Civil Engineer Award *NEW*
  • Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award *NEW*

Previous Texas Section Award Winners

2023 ASCE Texas Section Award Recipients 

Nominations are open for 2024:
Click here for Nomination Form for 2024 — Deadline for nominations has been extended to May 15, 2024

Contact Honors Committee Chair Michael Gurka for more information.

Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award

The Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (Texas OCEA) Award may be given on annual basis to a completed project that demonstrates the greatest contribution to civil engineering progress and society as a whole. It must have been designed and/or built in Texas.

Previous Texas OCEA Winners

Previous Texas OCEA Award of Merit Recognition

OCEA Entry Form 

Nominations are closed for the 2024 Texas OCEA Award.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Distinguished Members

Branch Full Name Year of Election
Austin Branch James D Murff, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE 1981
Austin Branch C. Michael Walton, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE 1992
Houston Branch Jerry R. Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE 1999
Austin Branch David E Daniel, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE 2007
Dallas Branch Richard W Furlong, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE 2007
Caprock Branch Kishor Mehta, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE, F.SEI 2007
Brazos Branch Dallas Little, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE 2011
Austin Branch John E Breen, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE 2011
Austin Branch Richard L Tucker, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE 2012
Austin Branch William Howard Espey, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE 2014
Brazos Branch Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE 2014
Houston Branch Thomas T.C. Hsu, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE 2015
Brazos Branch Vijay P Singh, D.Sc, P.E., Hon.D.WRE, F.EWRI, Dist.M.ASCE 2015
Houston Branch Pol D Spanos, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE 2015
Austin Branch Thomas J. R. Hughes, Ph.D., P.E., NAS, NAE, F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE 2015
Austin Branch Kenneth H Stokoe, II, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, NAE, Dist.M.ASCE 2016
Austin Branch James O Jirsa, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE 2017
Corpus Christi Branch Joseph E Minor, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE 2018
Brazos Branch Jose M Roesset, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE 2018
Houston Branch Roberto Ballarini, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE 2021
Houston Branch Satish Nagarajaiah, Ph.D., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE 2021

Excellence in Journalism Award

The Excellence in Journalism Award honors journalists for outstanding coverage of civil engineers, civil engineering projects, and prominent industry issues. Our goal is to recognize journalism that highlights the role of civil engineers and the impact their work has on water supply, transportation, public works projects, the environment, and much more. We also want to recognize journalists that engage with the public in a way that benefits infrastructure initiatives.

Previous Excellence in Journalism Award Honorees

This award has been sunset as of 2022. To learn more about this award, please contact [email protected].