Abdolmajid Erfani, UMD Team Win ASCE's Wellington Prize

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Clockwise from top left: Abdolmajid (Mazi) Erfani, assistant professor, Michigan Technological University; Zihui (Helen) Ma, doctoral candidate, University of Maryland; Qingbin Cui, professor, University of Maryland; Gregory Baecher, professor, University of Maryland.

The American Society of Engineers (ASCE) announced today that Abdolmajid (Mazi) Erfani, Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering at Michigan Tech and former doctoral student at the University of Maryland (UMD), along with UMD colleagues Zihui (Helen) Ma, Professor Qingbin Cui, and Professor Gregory B. Baecher, has been awarded the 2024 ASCE-wide Arthur M. Wellington Prize. The same research team earlier this year won the Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize of the ASCE Construction Institute for related but separate work.

The Wellington Prize is awarded annually for papers on transportation on land, on the water, in the air, and on fundamental and closely related subjects. This year’s prize was awarded for the paper “Ex Post Project Risk Assessment: Method and Empirical Study,” published in. the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management in February 2023.

The Wellington Prize was instituted in 1921 by the Board of Direction of ASCE in response to a proposal by Engineering News-Record, which endowed the award in honor of Arthur M. Wellington, former editor of Engineering News and author of the widely respected treatise on railway location, The Economic Theory of Railway Location, The Railroad Gazette, 1877.

ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment. ASCE represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, it is the nation’s oldest engineering society. For more information, https://www.asce.org.

Published April 15, 2024