Gustus L. Larson 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 and ASME to recognize the outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering by graduating 20 years or more.

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 Gustus L. Memorial Award is presented for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering, within ten to twenty years following graduation with a baccalaureate (bachelors) degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field. The award is bestowed for overall outstanding achievement in the mechanical engineering field during the set period of time.

The award, established in 1974, honors Gustus L. Larson, ASME Fellow and founder of Pi Tau Sigma at the University of Wisconsin. He was a recognized leader in heating, ventilating, and air conditioning and was a former president of the ASHVE.

Submit Nomination Here
Nomination Instructions

Form of Award:  $1000, certificate, and a $750 travel allowance
Limitation(s): The nominee must be a person who has received a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related field within ten to twenty calendar years from the year of the award presentation.
Administrative Responsibility: Committee on Honors (COH)
Nomination Deadline: February 15
Awarded By: Committee on Honors (COH)

Gustus L. Larson Memorial Awardees

2024 Sinan Keten
2023 Devesh Ranjan
2022 Yihui Zhang
2021 Patrick E. Hopkins
2020 Yuri Bazilevs
2019 Yong Zhu
2018 Kripa K. Varanasi
2017 Evelyn N. Wang
2016 Kenneth T. Christensen
2015 Nikhil A. Koratkar
2014 Wei Lu
2013 William P. King
2012 Nicolas G. Hadjiconstantinou
2011 Arvind Raman
2010 Andrei G. Fedorov
2009 Anna G. Stefanopoulou
2008 Andrew G. Alleyne
2006 Narayana R.V. Aluru
2005 Robert Parker
2004 Suresh V. Garimella
2003 Yonggang Huang
2002 Thomas R. Kurfess
2001 Arunava Majumdar
2000 Cristina H. Amon
1999 James H. Oliver
1998 Jamal Seyed-Yagoobi
1997 Suhada Jayasuriya
1996 David N. Ku
1995 Wing Kam Liu
1994 Salvatore Torquato
1993 Bahram Ravani
1992 George P. Peterson
1991 Pol D. Spanos
1990 Dale E. Klein
1989 Boris Rubinsky
1988 Adrian Bejan
1987 David L. Butler
1986 Bharat Bhushan
1985 Klaus-Jurgen Bathe
1984 Robert A. Altenkirch
1983 R. Byron Pipes
1982 Melvyn C. Branch
1981 Terry E. Shoup
1980 Arthur G. Erdman
1979 Gerald R. Seeman
1978 Philip H. Francis
1977 Nam P. Suh
1976 John G. Bollinger
1975 Chang-Lin Tien

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