Rising Stars in Civil Engineering

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Bob Drake

For the second year, CE News is seeking nominations for its Rising Stars in Civil Engineering recognition – professionals 40 years old or younger working in the United States who have shown exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, or public service benefiting the civil engineering profession, their employers, project owners, and society. Earlier this year we recognized 15 individuals (March 2012 issue, page 18; http://tinyurl.com/CE2012RisingStars). In the April 2013 issue of CE News we will introduce you to another group of outstanding civil engineers – hopefully representing a greater diversity of individuals from a broader range of firms, agencies, and educational institutions.

Here's the rules:

  • Nominees must be 40 years of age or younger as of Dec. 31, 2012, and working in the United States as a civil engineer for a private firm (or self employed), public agency (i.e., federal, state, county, or city), non-profit organization, or educational or research institution. Self-nominations are acceptable.
  • Nominees should have a record of demonstrated exceptional ability and professional accomplishments related to civil engineering in one or more of the following capacities: project design; management; leadership; teaching; research; and/or public service.
  • All nominations must be made online at www.zweigwhite.com/risingstarsaward Please select the appropriate category – civil engineer or structural engineer (ZweigWhite's Structural Engineer magazine is recognizing Rising Stars in Structural Engineering in its March 2013 issue) – and provide sufficient information about nominees as requested on the nomination form.
  • The nomination period opened on Dec. 1, 2012, and closes at midnight (Eastern time) on Jan. 31, 2013.
  • Any private firm, public-sector agency, non-profit organization, or educational or research institution may submit a maximum of four nominations in each category – civil engineering and structural engineering.
  • There is no charge for submitting nominations or for any engineer selected as a Rising Star to be featured in the CE News or Structural Engineer article.
  • Each nomination should include a publication-quality digital photo (jpg or tiff file) of the nominee – 2 by 3 inches or larger at a resolution of 300 dpi. This can be uploaded at www.zweigwhite.com/risingstarsaward; the image file name should include the nominee's name. Suggestion: Photos of nominees at work or on a project site provide greater visual interest if ultimately published in the magazines, but selection is not based on submitted photos.

Selection process

  • All completed nominations submitted by the deadline will be considered by judges representing CE News magazine, Structural Engineer magazine, and/or ZwiegWhite. Nominees with incomplete nomination forms may not be considered in the selection process.
  • Rising Stars in Civil Engineering and Rising Stars in Structural Engineering will be selected from the nominations at the discretion of the judges based solely on the information submitted via the online form.
  • Nominees selected as Rising Stars in Civil Engineering and Rising Stars in Structural Engineering will be notified via email on or before March 1, 2013.

Two important notes: 1) Rising Stars in Civil Engineering are selected exclusively from the nominations we receive and 2) selection is based entirely on the information contained in the nomination. So, please take some time to consider the younger, highly skilled and hard-working civil engineering professionals you know who deserve recognition – and then tell us about them at www.zweigwhite.com/risingstarsaward

Bob Drake

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