Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award

In 1938, Pi Tau Sigma (National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society) arranged with ASME for the joint award of the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal. This medal is awarded for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering to an engineer within ten years after graduation from the regular engineering course of a recognized college or university.

In 1944, the Charles Russ Richards Award was similarly established as a joint award of Pi Tau Sigma to recognize outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering for twenty years or more following graduation.

In 1973, Pi Tau Sigma and ASME entered into a new agreement which continued the existing awards and added the Gustus L. Larson Award to honor engineering graduates for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering between ten and twenty years after graduation. Funding was provided from the ASME Ward S. and Editha Jacobs Fund.

The qualifications for the recipients of each of the three awards are identical except for the period of recognized achievements. In each case the recipient shall have received a baccalaureate degree from a regular engineering program of a recognized college or university and shall have attained outstanding achievement within the period stated for each award. Achievement shall be all or in part in any field, including industrial, educational, political, research, civic and artistic. The candidate'/s achievements will be examined for an application of basic engineering methods or principles.

The three awards are administered by a Joint Board of Award appointed by Pi Tau Sigma and ASME. The Chair is a Pi Tau Sigma appointee. The Board of Award provides forms and invites ASME Sections and other units to nominate for the awards. The Board of Award submits the names and records of the persons selected for the three awards to the ASME Committee on Honors for the formal selection of the recipients.

The Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award is presented to an engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering twenty years or more following graduation with a baccalaureate degree. The award is bestowed for overall outstanding achievement in the mechanical engineering field during the set period of time.

The award, established in 1944 by Pi Tau Sigma in coordination with ASME, honors Charles Russ Richards, founder of Pi Tau Sigma at the University of Illinois, former head of mechanical engineering and dean of engineering at the University of Illinois and later president of Lehigh University. He was a member of ASME and served on its Board of Governors.

Form of Award:

A $1,000 honorarium, a certificate, and a travel supplement not to exceed $750.

Limitation(s): The nominee must be person who has received a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related field in more than twenty calendar years from the year of the award presentation.
Administrative Responsibility: Committee on Honors
Nomination Deadline: February 15
Nomination SentTo: Special Awards Committee Chair
Special Award Committee Chair: G. Ravichandran
Phone Number: 626-395-4100
Awarded By: Committee on Honors (COH)


1947 Jacob P. Hartog 1971 Howard L. Harrison 1995 Junuthula N. Reddy
1949 Arthur M. Wahl 1972 Charles E. Jones 1996 Tsu-Wei Chou
1950 Burgess H. Jennings 1973 Ali A. Seireg 1997 Masayoshi Tomizuka
1951 J. Kenneth Salisbury 1974 Richard J. Grosh 1998 Hong Thomas Hahn
1952 Jess H. Davis 1975 Carl F. Zorowski 1999 Ephraim Suhir
1953 Thomas M. Lumly 1976 Ali S. Argon 2000 Bharat Bhushan
1954 Robert H. Hughes 1977 Hassan A. Hassan 2001 Adrian Bejan
1955 Sylvan Cromer 1978 John C. Chato 2002 Salvatore Torquato
1956 Everett M. Barber 1979 John H. Lienhard 2003 Roop L. Mahajan
1957 Wayne C. Edmister 1980 Albert I. King 2005 Warren R. DeVries
1958 Donald C. Burnham 1981 Shien-Ming Wu 2006 Ramesh K. Agarwal
1959 M. Eugene Merchant 1982 L. S. "Skip" Fletcher 2007 Ricahrd O. Buckius
1960 Ascher H. Shapiro 1983 Peter A. Engel 2008 Guruswami Ravichandran
1961 Harrison A. Storm, Jr. 1984 Ferdinand Freudenstein 2009 E. Daniel Hirleman
1962 Dudley D. Fuller 1985 Ephraim M. Sparrow 2010 Yonggang Huang
1963 George F. Carrier 1986 E. Kent Springer 2011 Huajian Gao
1964 Simon Ostrach 1987 Allen F. Rhodes 2012 Pol D. Spanos
1965 Leonard J. Koch 1988 Ward O. Winer 2013 A. Galip Ulsoy
1966 J. Lowen Shearer 1989 Ramesh K. Shah 2014 Suresh V. Garimella
1967 T. Cyril Noon 1990 Ranga Komanduri 2015 Xiang Zhang
1968 Bernard W. Shaffer 1991 Frederick F. Ling 2016 Kenneth E. Goodson
1969 Robert E. Uhrig 1992 John H. Staehlin 2017 Jian Cao
1970 Ralph G. Nevins 1994 C. Dan Mote, Jr. 2018 Kon-Well Wang
        2019 Pradeep Sharma
        2020 Katepalli R. Sreenivasan
        2021 Wei Chen


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