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Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper in Bridge Engineering

Bridge engineering is an evolving and vibrant field within civil engineering. Academic institutions worldwide are researching innovative and groundbreaking ideas and concepts. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, as a leader in pioneering bridge engineering research, wishes to recognize outstanding graduate student contributions to state-of-the-art bridge engineering through the Nevada Medal for Distinguished Student Paper in Bridge Engineering.


The deadline for the 2017 competition is January 30, 2017.


The recipient will receive $1,500 cash, a gold medal, and a plaque. The certificate will show the title of the award as well as the name of the winner. Information about the award and the winner will be publicized in internationally distributed newsletters, the University of Nevada, Reno website, and the College of Engineering Alumni Newsletter.

Format and Submission

Please refer to the paper submission instructions.


Original papers are sought that describe research conducted by current doctoral or master's degree students in civil engineering addressing innovative approaches or concepts applied to bridge engineering with potentially important impact in bridge design. The papers need to be full length and describe a completed study with final conclusions. The papers must be authored by the student and be written in English. The winning paper or any of its parts may be used in conjunction with publicity for this medal. Copyrights shall remain with the author.


The funding for the award and the associated costs for this competition are provided through an endowment established by Simon Wong Engineering, San Diego, California. Mr. Wong is an alumnus of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he completed a BSCE (‘79) and an MSCE (‘84) degree specializing in structural engineering. The endowment funded the award from 1999 to 2014. Starting in 2015, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department resources have been used for the award.


Student papers will be solicited via the chairs of all accredited civil engineering programs in the United States. The award will be also announced on the Department of Civil Engineering home page as well as in internationally distributed newsletters and magazines such as those prepared by the ASCE, ACI, AISC, EERI, etc.


A selection committee of seven experts in bridge engineering will evaluate and select the winner of the medal. The committee will be composed of bridge engineering researchers and designers worldwide. The entries will be judged based on the originality of the research, potential impact on bridge engineering design and construction, and clarity of presentation.


Professor M. Saiid Saiidi, University of Nevada, Reno

Advisory Board

Professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, University of California, Berkeley

Professor Andrjez M. Brandt, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Professor Ian Buckle, University of Nevada, Reno

Professor G. Michele Calvi, University di Pava, Italy

Mr. Bill Crawford, CH2M-Hill, Reno

Professor Matej Fischinger, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Professor Mike Forde, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Professor Dan Frangopol, Lehigh University

Mr. George Ghusn, Blakely/Johnson/Ghusn, Inc., Reno

Professor Andreas J. Kappos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Professor Kazuhiko Kawashima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Professor F. Wayne Klaiber, Iowa State University

Professor Urs Meier, Swiss Federal Laboratories For Material Testing and Research, Switzerland

Professor Antonio Nanni, University of Miami

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