Ronald D. Kenyon Award

The Ronald D. Kenyon Award for Research and Education is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to research and education surrounding asphalt pavement technology; environmental, health, and safety; and asphalt pavement sustainability. The Kenyon Award honors those deserving individuals whose work and leadership have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the asphalt pavement industry.


In January 2019, James M. Melius, M.D., DrPH became the latest Kenyon Award honoree. Melius dedicated his professional life to protecting the health and safety of working men and women. He was a strong NAPA partner and worked with the association for more than 20 years on the asphalt fumes issue. Among his many accomplishments, Melius forged the agreement between the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the construction industry to create the National Construction Safety and Health Research Program; he was a driving force behind the development of the Silica/Asphalt Milling Machine Partnership; and he worked with NAPA on the Engineering Controls Initiative and the deployment of warm-mix asphalt technologies in the United States. Melius's contributions to occupational research and policy have and will continue to positively affect American workers.



Don Elisburg (2nd from left) accepts the Ronald D. Kenyon Award

on behalf of the late James Melius at the 2019 NAPA Annual Meeting


Past Recipients