Publicity Made Easy – Promote Local ASCE Award Winners

December 16, 2011

ASCE has a ready-made way for you to bring public attention to the work of local civil engineers from your Section or Branch. Put forth deserving members (and in some cases, projects) as nominees for any of the Society’s 80-plus national awards, in addition to the ones your local chapter gives every year. ASCE’s honors span virtually every facet of civil engineering, from roads to waterways, from the hands-on designer to the academic, from living legends to young up-and-comers.

A winner of a national ASCE award in your backyard is a natural pitch to local media, but even the act of nominating someone from your area can be something you leverage to promote the work of civil engineers and your local group. For instance, a new highway has opened in your county, easing a commuter bottleneck. Nominate a civil engineer who was key to the project, publicize your nomination and help the public forge a connection between that new highway they enjoy and the civil engineers who made it possible.

ASCE’s awards also demonstrate to the community civil engineers’ commitment to high standards and the latest techniques. Just this year, the Society established the annual Innovation in Sustainability Award, honoring a project and its designers for the year’s most creative application of sustainable practices.

There are more than 80 opportunities a year to spotlight the value of civil engineers to your town, city, county, region, state, the nation and the world. Go to to review and choose from the honors, and download nomination forms.

Have you ever leveraged an ASCE award, either national or at your Section or Branch level, for a good story promoting the achievements of civil engineers? Or does this inspire any ideas? Share your experiences or offer some other benefits of publicizing engineering award winners in the comments below.

John Marston
Manager, Digital Media Communications

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