Every year, the Illinois Bituminous Paving Conference recognizes the significant contribution of individuals and/or organizations to the pavement engineering field. The Conference Award Committee seeks nominations from DOTs, industry, and local agencies for the following four awards, worth $500 each:
- Marshall Thompson Student Research Award: which recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student for his or her contribution to advance knowledge in the bituminous paving field.
- IAPA Bituminous Innovative Research Award: which honors a person for his or her contributions to innovative and impactful research aimed to improve the performance of bituminous materials and/or pavements.
- Barry Dempsey Bituminous Technical Contribution of the Year Award: which celebrates a DOT or industry employee for outstanding technical/engineering contribution to the bituminous paving field.
- Imad Al-Qadi Leadership in Bituminous Engineering Award: which commends a DOT or industry employee and/or organization for leadership in the bituminous and flexible pavement field.