Allan Widger Consulting Corporation Grant for Young Geotechnical Engineers in Transportation

This grant provides financial support to a young geotechnical engineer working in transportation to enable his/her attendance and participation in the annual TAC conference and fall technical meetings (up to $3,500) and TAC’s spring technical meetings (up to $1,500). The winner will attend meetings of the Pavements Committee and the Soils & Materials Committee, and is encouraged to attend other committee meetings and technical sessions.

Applicants must:

  • Be not more than 35 years old on December 31 in the year of the award
  • Hold at least a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering (or equivalent)
  • Be employed by a TAC member organization
  • Have at least three years of work experience in the transportation field
  • Not be a full-time student

Applications must be submitted by January 31 to be considered for that year’s grant. Applicants must submit a CV and a description (up to 750 words) of their work accomplishments, reasons for wanting to attend the TAC conference and technical meetings, and anticipated benefits of doing so. Applicants agree to write a one-page report following the spring and fall meetings, suitable for publication on TAC’s website and social media, with event highlights and comments about how participation will benefit her/his professional development.

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee, which reserves the right to not approve a winner. Previous grant recipients may re-apply, but will be considered only if they are presenting in a technical session at the TAC conference.

Expenses eligible for reimbursement include conference registration, hotel accommodations, economy air/train/bus fare or car mileage, and local transportation.

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Key Dates

  • January 31 – Deadline for nominations for that year’s award
  • June – Winner announced
  • Fall – Award presented at TAC Conference

Previous Recipients

2021 Jean-Pascal Cloutier, Ministère des Transports du Québec
2020 Ahmed Ghazy, City of Winnipeg


Sam Esfandiarpour, Thurber Engineering Ltd.

2018 Aleks Kivi, Applied Research Associates



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