The purpose of the Matt Rynish Memorial Honorarium is to recognize and honor the contributions of Matt Rynish to the Civil Engineering profession and the ASCE community, particularly to the Northwest Branch of the Wisconsin Section. The honorarium is a Northwest Branch initiative and will be used to recognize Northwest Branch members for excellence in leadership, recruitment, or other support of Northwest Branch activities.


The Northwest Branch Board of Direction has established the following criteria by which a candidate for the honorarium will be judged and may put forth a candidate or candidates of its choice for consideration. Each recipient is selected by the Northwest Branch Board of Directors. Nominations are not necessary.

Matt Rynish
  • The recipient must be a member of ASCE and the Northwest Branch;
  • Organizational knowledge and enthusiasm toward the ASCE Wisconsin Section and Northwest Branch;
  • Values: sensitivity to trust, ethics, and excellence in professional integrity.
  • The recipient must demonstrate leadership presence, recruitment, outreach or participation in Northwest Branch efforts.
  • Leadership presence as defined below:
    Intellectual curiosity – Take full advantage of educational opportunities. Demonstrates knowledge of learning how the profession changes.
    Leadership potential – Practices leadership now and demonstrates the potential to practice leadership in the future, from small groups to large groups.
    Commitment outside of self – Commitment to participate and help others, serve others and improve communities.
    Unique contribution to the Organization – This individual offers personal insight to the organization through life experiences or their personality makes their contribution unique.
  • Strong interpersonal skills (as demonstrated by Matt Rynish) to work effectively with others: listening, confronting, challenging, straightforwardness, rapport, trust, warmth, compassion, humor.
  • Personal maturity, stability, credibility and authenticity.
  • Assessment skills and instrument knowledge applicable to the organization.
  • Flexibility and ability to work effectively with other members.
  • Ability to plan, conceptualize, implement and manage a coaching relationship over time.
  • Productive for the organization.
  • Service prior to 2012 is not eligible for consideration.


In recognition of Matt’s energy and enthusiasm for Branch and Section participation, $500 will be awarded each year to an ASCE Northwest Branch member committed to active participation in leadership roles within the Branch. It is to be used as the recipient deems appropriate. The award will be presented to an individual along with free admission at the Wisconsin Section Annual Fall Conference and that individual will receive a plaque award at the conference or in the mail (sponsored by the Wisconsin Section) for excellence in leadership in the Wisconsin Section Northwest Branch.

2022 Recipient


2021 Recipient


2020 Recipient


2019 Recipient


2018 Recipient


2017 Recipient

Corona Woychik

2016 Recipient

Marissa Wildeck

2015 Recipient

Kris Roppe

2014 Recipient

Mike Binsfeld

2013 Recipient

Teresa Davis

Matt Rynish Award Recipient for 2016, Marissa Wildeck
2016 Honorarium awarded to Marissa Wildeck
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