Bridge Awards

The IBC annually recognizes individuals and projects of distinction. The medals are named in honor of the distinguished engineers who have had a significant impact on the bridge engineering profession worldwide.

Awards and descriptions are listed below. Nominations are due in January preceeding the Conference and presented at the Awards Dinner during the conference.


Call for Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual IBC.

The deadline for submittal is January 16, 2015. Please click here for more info and Nomination Form.



Sponsored by

  • Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania

  • Roads and Bridges Magazine

  • Bayer Corporation

  • bridge design & engineering magazine

  • TranSystems, Inc.

  • John A. Roebling Medal (Individual Medal)
    To be awarded for lifetime achievement in bridge engineering. Major achievements may include design, construction, research or educational endeavors. List of Past Winners

  • George S. Richardson Medal
    For a single, recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering. Fields of endeavor may include design, construction, research or education. List of Past Winners
  • Gustav Lindenthal Medal
    For a single, recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating, as appropriate, technical and material innovation, aesthetic merit, harmony with the environment or successful community participation. List of Past Winners
  • Eugene C. Figg Medal
    For a single, recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering that, through vision and innovation, provides an icon to the community for which it was designed. List of Past Winners
  • Arthur G. Hayden Medal
    For a single recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating innovation in special use bridges such as pedestrian, people-mover, or non-traditional structures. List of Past Winners
  • Abba G. Lichtenstein Medal
    For a recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating artistic merit and innovation in the restoration and rehabilitation of bridges of historic or engineering significance. List of Past Winners


Questions: Contact Conference Manager, Cori Weber at 412-261-0710 x11


John A. Roebling Medal Winners

Award for lifetime achievement in bridge engineering

  • 2014 Malcolm Thomas Kerley, P.E., Richmond, VA
  • 2013 M. Myint Lwin, P.E., S.E., Washington, DC
  • 2012 Dann H. Hall, Coopersburg, PA
  • 2011 Michael J. Abrahams, P.E., Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.
  • 2010 John M. Kulicki, Ph.D., P.E., Modjeski and Masters Inc.
  • 2009 Harold R. Sandberg, PE, SE, Alfred Benesch & Company
  • 2008 Leonardo Fernandez Troyano, Carlos Fernandez, Casado S.A.
  • 2007 William B. Conway, PE, Modjeski and Masters
  • 2006 Charles Seim, PE, F. ASCE
  • 2005 Dr. John E. Breen, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2004 William Brown, Brown Beech & Associates Ltd.
  • 2003 Hiroyuk Fujikawa, President, Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority
  • 2002 Jackson Durkee, Consulting Structural Engineer
  • 2001 James Roberts, CALTRANS
  • 2000 Gene Figg, Figg Engineering Group
  • 1999 Abba G. Lichtenstein, P.E., Dr. Eng., A.G. Lichtenstein & Associates
  • 1998 Dr. Man-Chung Tang, P.E., T.Y. Lin International
  • 1997 Dr. Christian Menn, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • 1996 Frank D. Sears, Modjeski and Masters, Inc.
  • 1995 Dr. John W. Fisher, Lehigh University
  • 1994 Dr. Jean M. Muller, J. Muller International
  • 1993 Arthur L. Elliott, Consultant/California DOT (retired)
  • 1992 Frank L. Stahl, Ammann & Whitney
  • 1991 Herbert Rothman, Weidlinger Associates
  • 1990 T.Y. Lin, T.Y. Lin International
  • 1989 Blair Birdsall, Consultant/New York DOT (retired)
  • 1988 Carl H. Gronquist, Steinman, Boynton, Gronquist & Birdsall

George S. Richardson Medal Winners

Award for a single, recent, outstanding achievement

  • 2014 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, St. Louis, Mo
  • 2013 Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, Qingdao City, Shandong Province, China
  • 2012 Nanjing Dashengguan Yangtze River Bridge, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
  • 2011 Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong, China
  • 2010 Wuhan Tianxingzhou Rail-cum-road Yangtze River Bridge, China
  • 2009 I 35-W Bridge over the Mississippi Bridge in Minneapolis, MN
  • 2008 Sutong Bridge, Nangtong City, Jiangsu Province, China
  • 2007 Maine Department of Transportation for the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, Waldo and Hancock Counties, ME
  • 2006 Dr. Donald White, Dr. William Wright, Mr. Michael Grubb LRFD Unified Design Specifications for Steel Deck Girder Bridges
  • 2005 GEFYRA S.A., Greece for the Rion - Antirion Bridge
  • 2004 California Department of Transportation for the Al Zampa Memorial Bridge (New Carquinez Bridge)
  • 2003 Massachusetts Turnpike Authority for the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
  • 2002 The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation for the Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC
  • 2001 Luis do Canto Moiniz, Rede Ferroviaria, Nacional EP, Portugal for the Tagus River Suspension Bridge Rail Addition Project
  • 2000 Ray McCabe, HNTB Corporation for the Storrow Drive Bridge
  • 1999 Gerard Sauvageot, J. Muller International for the Confederation Bridge, Northumberland Strait, Canada
  • 1998 Honshu Shikoku Bridge Authority for the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge
  • 1997 Virginia DOT, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Tidewater Construction Corp. for the George P. Coleman Bridge, Yorktown, Virginia
  • 1996 John M. Kulicki, Modjeski and Masters, Inc. for Development & Approval, LRFD Design Specifications
  • 1995 Michel P. Virloguex, Designer, Bertrand Deroubaix, Project Manager for the Normandy Bridge
  • 1994 Figg Engineering and Eastern Federal Lands Highway Div., FHWA for the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge, Tennessee
  • 1993 Colorado DOT for the Hanging Lake Viaduct, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado
  • 1992 Washington State DOT for the Lake Washington Floating Bridge
  • 1991 James W. Neal, Jr., John F. Beasley Engineering, Inc. for the Roosevelt Lake Bridge
  • 1990 Denny A. McLeod, Rigging International for the Oakland Bay Bridge, California
  • 1990 L. Ray Davis, Hardaway Company for the Ben Sawyer Bridge, South Carolina
  • 1989 Tsutumu Yamane, Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority for the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Routes, specifically the Kojima-Sakaide Route
  • 1988 Jean M. Muller and Eugene C. Figg, Jr., Figg and Muller Engineers, Inc. for the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Across Tampa Bay, Florida

Gustav Lindenthal Medal Winners

Awarded for a single, recent outstanding achievement demonstrating harmony with the environment, aesthetic merit and successful community participation.

  • 2014 South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Chesapeake, VA
  • 2013 DEH CHO Bridge, Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 2012 I-76 Allegheny River Bridge, Oakmont, PA
  • 2011 North Arm Fraser Crossing, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2010 Xihoumen Bridge, China
  • 2009 Woodrow Wilson Bridge, South of Washington, DC linking VA and MD
  • 2008 Route 50 Bridge over the Ohio River and Blennerhassett Island, Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 2007 Construction Command Office of Nanjing No. 3 Yangtze River Bridge for the Nanjing No. 3 Yangtze River Bridge, Nanjing, P.R. China
  • 2006 South Carolina DOT for the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge
  • 2005 Compagnie Eiffage du Viaduc de Millau, Millau, France for the Viaduct of Millau
  • 2004 The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for the Mingo Creek Viaduct, Pennsylvania
  • 2003 Alexandre Chan, for the President JK Bridge, Brazil
  • 2002 Figg Engineers, for the Broadway Bridge, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 2001 Henrik Christensen, Øresundskorsortiet, Denmark, for Oresund Fixed Link Bridge Project
  • 2000 Celia Kupersmith, Golden Gate Bridge, GGB Highway & Transportation District
  • 1999 Kazu Hayashida, Hawaii Dept. of Transportation for Interstate H-3 Winward Viaduct

Eugene C. Figg Jr. Medal For Signature Bridges

Awarded for a single recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering that, through vision and innovation, provides an icon to the community for which it was designed.

  • 2014 Dragon Bridge, Dan Nang, Vietnam
  • 2013 Lake Champlain Bridge, Crown Point, NY – Addison, VT
  • 2012 The Triplet Bridges, La Paz, Bolivia
  • 2011 Michael O'Callahan-Pat Tillman Memorial (Hoover Dam By-Pass) Bridge, connecting Arizona and Nevada
  • 2010 George Street Bridge in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 2009 Sanhao Bridge over the Hunhe River, Shenyang, China
  • 2008 High-Main Street Bridge, Hamilton, Ohio
  • 2007 Florida Department of Transportation for the Royal Park Bridge Replacement, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 2006 T.Y. Lin International for the Dagu Bridge, Tianjin, China
  • 2005 Turtle Bay Museums and Arboretum on the River, Redding, California, for the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay
  • 2004 Shanghai Lu Pu Bridge Investment Development Co., Ltd. for the Lu Pu Bridge, China
  • 2003 Bangkok Metropolitan Administration for the Rama 8 Bridge, Chaiyuth Na Nakorn
  • 2002 Jiangsu Provincial Department of Communications for the Jiangyin Bridge, China

Arthur G. Hayden Medal

Awarded to recognize a single recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating innovation in special use bridges such as pedestrian, people-mover, or non-traditional structures.

  • 2014 Squamish Pedestrian Overpass, Squamish, BC, Canada
  • 2013 Starlight Bridge, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 2012 Peace Bridge, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • 2011 Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • 2010 Riverside Bridge, Cambridgeshire County, UK
  • 2009 Seattle’s Museum of Flight Pedestrian Bridge, Seattle, WA
  • 2008 Tri-Countries Bridge, Weil Am Rhein, Germany
  • 2007 Project Bureau Ijburg for Nesciobrug, Ijburg, The Netherlands
  • 2006 BAA Gatwick, Gatwick Pier 6 Airbridge, Gatwick Airport, London U.K.
  • 2005 City of Greenville, South Carolina, for the Liberty Bridge
  • 2004 The City of Winnipeg for the Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge, Canada
  • 2003 Schlaich Bergermann & Partner for the Duisburg Inner Harbor Footbridge, Germany

Abba G. Lichtenstein Medal

For a recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating artistic merit and innovation in the restoration and rehabilitation of bridges of historic or engineering significance.

  • 2014 Checkered House Bridge Route 2 Design-Build, Richmond, VT
  • 2013 Willamette River Bridge, Oregon City and West Linn, OR
  • 2012 Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation, St. Augustine, FL

James D. Cooper Student Award

An annual competition available to all graduate and undergraduate students attending an accredited college or university that offers a civil engineering major.

  • 2012 Zachary B. Haber, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2011 Behrouz Shafei, University of California at Irvine
  • 2010 Sarira Motaref, University of Nevada- Reno
  • 2009 Michael Loy, Oregon Episcopal High School for his paper entitled: Developing a Novel pH Buffer Methodology to Inhibit Corrosion of Steel Reinforcement in Concrete
  • 2008 Woo Soek Kim of the Pennsylvania State University for his paper entitled: Simplified Nonlinear Numerical Method for Integral Abutment Bridges
  • Undergraduate Student Award: Heidi Clayville, Theresa Howell and Kristen Erickson of Washington University in St. Louis for their paper entitled: The New Daniel Boone Bridge Project: US Route 40/I-64 Across the Missouri River.
  • 2007 Jessica T. Newlin, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and K. Sham Bhat, Department of Statistics, The Pennsylvania University, University Park, PA
    for Paper: Identification and Prioritization of Stream Channel Maintenance Needs at Bridge Crossings (IBC-07-18)