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Distinguished Graduate Awards

The Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Graduate Award was established to recognize and honor former students’ excellence in professional leadership and their significant contributions to society. This award allows the department to highlight achievements of outstanding former students and promote closer association between current civil engineering students and outstanding alumni.

Selection Criteria & Eligibility

Nominees must be graduates of the department. Nominees will be evaluated based on all of the following criteria:

  • prominence attained and impactful contributions made to the profession of civil engineering,
  • contributions toward improving the quality of the department’s educational programs,
  • established and sustained leadership in service to professional societies or the community, and
  • examples that demonstrate practice of the highest standards of integrity and character.

Members of the department’s advisory council, distinguished graduate selection committee, and current faculty members are ineligible. Emeritus members of the faculty or the department’s advisory council are eligible.

Source of Nominations

Nominations can only be made by the following individuals:

  • any graduate from the department, either undergraduate or graduate
  • any member of the faculty or staff of the department
  • any Texas A&M former student

Nomination Package

Complete nomination packages can be submitted via email to Boo Davis; incomplete packages will not be considered. The nomination package must include:

  • A letter of nomination no longer than one page.
  • Three (3) letters of support providing an assessment of professional leadership and service, contributions to the department, and professional accomplishments of the individual.
  • A current resume of the individual being nominated, including their mailing address, telephone number and email address.

Nomination packages are due by July 22, 2024. Nominations received after this date will not be considered. Selected Awardees will need to submit the following documents by Aug. 31, 2024.

  • A short bio of the nominees.
  • A biographical Information sheet, filled out by the nominee (provided upon selection).

Method of Selection

The selection committee typically consists of two emeriti faculty members, two faculty members, and two active members of the profession. This anonymous committee, appointed by the department head, will review nominations and rank recommendations by ballot. Recommendations and supporting citations will be submitted to the department head for final approval. If determined that there are no qualified applicants, the committee will have the option to recommend to the department head that no awards be made. Award winners will be determined by the consensus of the selection committee. To protect the integrity of the process, all information regarding the selection committee and nominations is kept confidential.


The award recipients will be contacted by the department head. The recipient will be recognized in the Fall 2024 semester with an award presented by the department head. Award recognition will be publicized on the department's communication channels after the presentations.

For questions or additional information, contact Boo Davis at