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fib SYMPOSIUM 2019
This award is bestowed on engineers under 40 years of age. It is conferred every second year at an fib Symposium. Candidates are nominated based on their PhD theses for the section that recognizes Research and for participation in one or more construction projects for the section that recognizes Design & Construction. All candidates have to be endorsed by the fib National Member Group in their country.

The candidate for the Research award is to be nominated on the basis of his/her PhD thesis, submitted to and accepted by the competent university authorities in the years 2015 to 2019. A copy of the original thesis plus a written summary in English to include all relevant information to assess the technical level, importance and innovative quality of the thesis should be submitted.

The candidate for the Design & Construction award, who must be an individual, is to be nominated on the basis of a written report on the practical design or execution of completed or substantially completed work. This report must be in English, should be about ten pages long and include documentation such as photos and plans. It should also specify the level of responsibility of the candidate and, if applicable, any information on the exceptional or innovative aspects of the work.

To be eligible, all candidates must have been born in 1979 or later and have the formal support of the fib National Member Group in their country.

The award for the 2019 edition will be given in honor of Tadeusz Kościuszko.

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Tadeusz Kościuszko

Tadeusz Kościuszko (Andrew Thaddeus Bonaventure Kosciuszko 1746 – 1817) was a Polish-Lithuanian civil engineer, statesman, and military leader who became a national hero in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and the United States. In 1794, as Supreme Commander of the Polish National Armed Forces, he led one of the most important Polish military uprisings - the Kościuszko Uprising.

Without a doubt, Tadeusz Kościuszko was one of the most prominent and broad-minded people among his contemporaries. He is remembered as a politician who was decades ahead of his time. However, Kościuszko was in fact an engineer. He studied at the Corps of Cadets in Warsaw where he was a graduate of a special engineering course designed for the most advanced students. His knowledge in engineering was later expanded upon and developed in practice in Paris. In the United States he is most famous for his work as an engineer, as the creator of perfect fortifications. He also built the West Point military academy on the Hudson River, and many, many more military-related feats.

All over the word there are many places commemorating the General Tadeusz Kościuszko – one of them is the highest mountain in Australia which was named Mount Kosciuszko.

Tadeusz Kościuszko is also the patron of Cracow University of Technology (CUT).


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Faculty of Civil Engineering
Cracow University of Technology