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Menassa Receives ASCE’s Alfred Noble Prize

Carol Menassa has been selected to receive the Alfred Noble Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).| Short Read

Carol Menassa, Associate Professor and John L. Tishman Construction Management Faculty Scholar, has been selected to receive the Alfred Noble Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  The award is given for a technical paper of exceptional merit published prior to the lead author’s 35th birthday.

This prize, consisting of a certificate and honorarium, was established in 1929 in honor of Alfred Noble, Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers and of the Western Society of Engineers, for the purpose of perpetuating his name and achievements. The award is made to a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc.; The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; or the Western Society of Engineers. The prize recipient is selected by a committee of five, consisting of a representative of each society.

The winning paper, entitled “Modeling the Effect of Building Stakeholder Interactions on Value Perception of Sustainable Retrofits,” appeared in the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering in July 2015. The full paper can be found at:

Co-author and co-recipient of the award, Kristina Stephan was Prof. Menassa’s advisee as a Masters student. She graduated in 2013 and is currently Operations Manager at Green Top International in Qatar.
The prize will be presented at the ASCE Annual Convention in New Orleans in October.

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