AGS Harry Poulos Award: Call for Nominations


The Australian Geomechanics Society (Sydney Chapter) has established the Harry Poulos Award in recognition of the extraordinary impact of Professor Harry Poulos’s contributions to pile foundation analysis and design and his work in understanding soil structure interaction. His research has enabled a more reliable approach to be adopted for pile design, replacing procedures that previously relied purely on experience and empiricism. He has been a prolific contributor to and supporter of the activities of the international and Australian geotechnical community.

Basis of the award

The award will be presented annually to a person selected by the Sydney Chapter Committee as having made a significant contribution to either practice and/ or research in foundation engineering or soil structure interaction that has received national and international recognition. The committee will consider the value of practical contribution and its impact on engineering practice. The award shall be given every second year to the international nominee.


For 2023 nominations are sought of persons not based in Australia. The nomination should be made by at least one person (not necessarily members) to the Sydney Chapter Committee. Nominations must be accompanied by a comprehensive supporting document and the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae. Determination of the award will be by a subcommittee of the Sydney Chapter committee.


The Chairman of the Sydney Chapter Committee shall promulgate a subcommittee of 3 members of the Sydney Chapter Committee to consider nominations for the award.


In the first instance, the Lecturer’s presentation is made to a meeting of members of the Sydney Chapter of the Society. The award memento will be presented by the Sydney Chapter Committee, or as otherwise arranged. The memento consists of a framed certificate and a glass plaque. The Lecture may be presented at other Chapter meetings, subject to individual arrangements.

Submission Deadline

4th October 2024

To make a nomination for the Harry Poulos Award, please submit the nomination form accompanied by a comprehensive supporting document and forward your submission to the Chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society, Sydney Chapter, Prof. Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn via: [email protected]