Civil engineering alumnus receives national civil engineering award


RESTON, Va. –Kyle E. Schilling, P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.EWRI, Dist.M.ASCE, will be honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as one of four 2018 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award winners. Schilling will be honored in the Government category. The award recognizes Schilling’s many meaningful contributions to public service projects focusing on civil engineering efforts and will be presented on March 15, 2018 during ASCE’s annual OPAL Gala in Arlington, Va.

As the former Director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources, Schilling is recognized as one of the nation’s top experts in water resources planning, management and policy. He has made many valuable contributions to water resource management and civil engineering at both the state and federal level, but his most notable contribution pertains to the development of “Fragile Foundations,” the 1988 predecessor to ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card that analyzed the economic, social and safety outputs of public works infrastructure. Schilling led development of the water resources category of the National Council on Public Works Improvement Report, one of three presidential level study initiatives that he led.

Since retiring in 1999, Schilling has remained active in a variety of professional and consulting activities. He is currently an active member of the ASCE Committee for Peer Review of Public Agencies and serves as the ASCE member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists Board of Trustees. Previously, he was the president of the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute.

“Through his leadership in the civil engineering industry and his advocacy for the profession, Kyle has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and established himself as both a mentor and role model. His contributions to the profession will leave a legacy for years to come,” said Kristina Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, President, ASCE.

Schilling holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Penn State and attended University of Nebraska for graduate studies.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. Through its strategic initiatives, ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and seeks to “Raise the Bar” on engineering knowledge and competency. For more information, visit


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