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How to Nominate

Anyone involved with steel design and construction is welcome to nominate an outstanding paper for the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award!

2024 Award Dates

Eligible papers must have been published between January 1, 2018, and January 1, 2023.
Nominations must be received by July 1, 2023.
The 2024 T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award will be presented at the 2024 NASCC: The Steel Conference in San Antonio, March 20 to 22.

If you have any questions, please contact Martin Downs at


Any paper published in a professional journal between Jan. 1, 2018, and Jan. 1, 2023, is eligible for award consideration.

Nominees must be:

  • Permanent residents of the U.S.

  • Available to attend and present at the 2024 Steel Conference, which will take place March 20-22 in San Antonio.

  • Available to present his/her work at least six times on selected occasions throughout the year

How to submit a nomination:

Email your nomination package to Martin Downs at AISC:

All nominations must include the following:

  • The name and affiliation of the nominee

  • The title and publication citation of the nominee's outstanding paper(s). (If a work has multiple authors, please identify the principal author.)

  • A copy of the paper(s), along with any published discussion

  • A brief description of the merits of the nominee and his/her work

If you'd prefer to submit a nomination by mail, please send it to: 

T.R. Higgins Award Nomination
c/o Martin Downs
Engineering & Research Coordinator
American Institute of Steel Construction
130 E. Randolph St., Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60601-6204


A distinguished panel of industry experts will weigh this year's nominations for the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award. The 2024 jury includes:

  • Mike Kempfert, CSD (Milwaukee)

  • Jason McCormick, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

  • Frank Russo, Russo Structural Services (Havertown, Pa.)

  • Chia-Ming Uang, University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, Calif.)

  • Brian Volpe, Cives Engineering Corporation (Alpharetta, Ga.)

  • Duff Zimmerman, Cooper Steel (Shelbyville, Tenn.)

The jury will consider each nominee's reputation as a lecturer. They will also evaluate the following aspects of his/her work:

  • Originality

  • Clarity of presentation

  • Contribution to overall engineering knowledge

  • Future significance

  • Value to the American fabricated structural steel industry