Nevada Medal

2019 winner

Congratulations to David Duck, the 2019 winner of the Nevada Medal.

Format and submission

Submissions for the 2020 competition are due by February 17, 2020.

Submission information 

  • The paper must be the original work of the author and must describe research in bridge engineering. The subject may include any aspect of bridge engineering including but not limited to disciplines such as structures, geotechnical, materials, assessment, etc.
  • The paper must be written by the student alone. No co-authors shall be allowed. However, the faculty advisor must be acknowledged (See Item 4).
  • The deadline for receiving the paper at the University of Nevada, Reno is February 17, 2020. The name of the award recipient will be announced in the following May.
  • The papers must be typewritten in English and be single-spaced with a 12-point font. Standard US letter size or A4 sheets must be used.  All margins shall be 25 mm.  Use bold headings and center them.  Left justify all the text.  All papers must include a title, author’s information (name, institution, mailing and e-mail address), a 100-word abstract, introduction, description of the research, results, conclusions, acknowledgements, and references.  Acknowledge the academic advisor(s) under whose supervision the work was done.  The authors have the option of grouping the tables and figures at the end of the paper or spreading them throughout the paper.  Graphs and photos need to be of high quality with legible lettering.  All references must be cited.  The total number of pages, including tables and figures, is limited to ten.  Papers that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.
  • Send the entry paper as an attached PDF file to

For more information, contact Prof. Esmaeilzadeh Seylabi at


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.


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 from Ph.D. and M.S. students are solicited via the chairs of all accredited civil engineering programs in the United States, faculty who are active in bridge engineering research in the US and other countries, and members of international bridge engineering organizations. The award recipient will be also announced on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering home page as well as in internationally distributed sources.


The evaluation of the papers is conducted by the members of the Advisory and Evaluators Board, with a minimum of three reviews for each paper. The membership of the board committee is composed of bridge engineering researchers and designers worldwide. The entries are 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


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  • Nathan Johnson, Keinfelder, San Diego, CA
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  • Kazuhiko Kawashima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Sashi Kunnath, University of California, Davis, CA
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