PCI will post a solicitation for applications in spring 2023 with an expected deadline in mid-August.

Dr. Dennis R. Mertz was a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware. He was one of the principal investigators who developed the AASHTO Load and Resistance Factor Bridge Design Specifications. This research fellowship in memory of Dr. Mertz was established in 2017 to focus on precast, prestressed concrete bridges and transportation products.

For each fellowship awarded, an industry advisory committee is formed. This committee is available for consultation and guidance relative to standard practices in the industry. The student and advising professor get unique access to industry professionals throughout the progress of the project.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to technical@pci.org.