Young Professional Leadership in Engineering Excellence Award

Young Professional Leadership in Engineering Excellence Award

The Young Professional Leadership in Engineering Excellence Award recognizes the achievements of young professionals while honoring the combined legacy of two previous SAME individual awards, the Tudor Medal (which recognized a civilian young professional) and the Sverdrup Medal (which recognized uniformed young professional).

The Tudor Medal was established in 1966 to honor Ralph A. Tudor, a West Point graduate and military engineer who became a prominent civilian engineer and founded the Tudor Construction Company in San Francisco in 1950. He established a nationwide reputation for excellence following his involvement in the design and construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and other bridges in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as an Undersecretary of The Interior under President Eisenhower. Tudor was posthumously awarded the Goethals Medal in 1963.

The Sverdrup Medal was established in 1980 to honor Maj. Gen. Leif J. Sverdrup, USA. Sverdrup was General Douglas MacArthur’s lead engineer in the Pacific during WWII and was responsible for construction of the vast system of air bases in the theater. He was on the aircraft carrier when the Japanese surrendered. He later founded Sverdrup & Parcel and Associates, a prominent firm that had originally sponsored the Sverdrup Medal and which was later acquired by Jacobs.


A Young Professional of SAME, age 39 years or younger in the year for which nominated and who has been a member of SAME for at least three years prior to nomination.

Nomination Criteria

The following criteria will be used in judging nominations:

  • Outstanding contributions to engineering, design, construction, research & development, or planning for the past three years.
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing projects or organizations.
  • Participation in SAME.
  • Receipt of awards or other recognition for professionalism, leadership.
Nomination Process

Nominations for this award must be made by a Society member and endorsed by a Post President or member of the National Board of Direction, using the Society nomination form. The Post President or member of the National Board of Direction endorsing the nomination will verify that the individual meets the eligibility criteria for the award, and that the nomination package provides information to support each of the nomination criteria and all required information on the nominee. The nominator is responsible for ensuring the package, with endorsement, is received at the SAME National office.