Award Categories, Information, and Application Forms
- Project of the Year
- Premio Vila
- Young Engineer of the Year
- Luis P Saenz
- Francisco de Albear
- Plinio Villa Nueva
CAACE (Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers) annually recognizes Civil Engineering projects completed during the previous calendar year that enhance our professional image and contribute to advancement of our quality of life. The award is divided into four categories based on total construction cost, as follows:
CATEGORY I – The construction cost of the project is less than $10 million dollars.
CATEGORY II – The construction cost of the project is between $10 million dollars and $25 million dollars.
CATEGORY III – The construction cost of the project is between $25 million dollars and $100 million dollars.
CATEGORY IV (Mega Project) – The construction cost of the project is $100 million dollars or greater.
More Info: Project of the Year Award
Application: Project of the Year Award Application
The Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineer Inc. will award annual “Jose A. Vila” Scholarship to Civil Engineer students,among the state of Florida accredited Programs. The minimum amount that each student will receive is $1,000, depending on available funding received by private donations.
The students who receive the “Jose A. Vila” Scholarship will be honored in more ways than one; it’s a monetary but also it’s the prestige of being recognized by your peers. The scholarship depends upon private donations from our members and local engineering companies. Most of all, it tells the student that he or she is among the elite in the Civil Engineering field. Just to mention some of the past recipients, they are: Mr. Joaquin Aviño P.E., former Miami-Dade County Administrator; Ms. Isabel Padron, P.E., Project Manager, Miami-Dade County; Mr. Roberto Carballo P.E., President of C3TS Engineers, Architects and Planners.
The “Jose A. Vila” Scholarship was created during the late 60’s to aid financially disadvantaged civil engineering students at the University of Miami. When FIU became accredited, our predecessors looked at FIU as another option and unanimous decision was made by the Board of Directors to include FIU in the “Jose A. Vila” Scholarship. Recently, the Association has decided to include the University of Florida.
More Info: Premio Vila
Application: Premio Vila Application
The Young Engineer of the Year Award is given to a member of CAACE who is less than 35 years of age on January 1st of the year in which the award is given, and who is judged to have contributed substantially to the status of the engineering profession by meeting these criteria:
1. An established reputation for services to CAACE and other engineering
2. Personal character, integrity, and public image above reproach.
3. An established reputation for civic, community, and public activities and responsibilities.
4. Significant contribution towards improving the professional aspects of civil engineering education.
5. Participation in the professional guidance of qualified young people who seek civil engineering as a career and professional development of young engineers in the formation stages of their career, or other evidence of merit, which in the judgment of the Awards Committee, shall have advanced the Association’s professional objectives.
6. Achievements and distinction in technical field of choice and area of practice (government, education, industry, and private practice).
Application: Young Engineer of the Year Application Form
Engineer of the Year Award
The Luis P. Saenz, Engineer of the Year Award is awarded annually to an exemplary Professional Civil Engineer who, through their projects reflect superior civil engineering skills and represent, through their participation on the profession, a significant contribution to the civil engineering progress and society. This award is presented to individuals who represent these ideals by achieving greater status on the profession by being appointed to positions of significant importance in the civil engineering profession, either within the government or private firms. This award is named in honor of Luis P. Saenz, P.E. a Cuban born civil Structural Engineer with international recognition.
Application: Engineer of the Year Award Application Form
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Francisco de Albear Award, is named after the 19th century Cuban born civil engineer who was a model for the civil engineering profession in Cuba. He was considered by his colleagues and other scientists of his era a wise man and an excellent civil engineer who left a legacy of his work behind him, including the Havana Water Works (Acueducto de Albear), several bridges, roadways, and numerous other projects of national importance. His early work includes the mapping of the principal ports of Cuba and the design and construction of irrigation canals among other projects.
This Award is a Lifetime Achievement Award, and is awarded to Professional Civil Engineers who have achieved a distinguished and productive career. These individuals have been a living example of the Civil Engineering Profession by their exemplary contributions and participation in professional and service organizations as well as dedicating themselves to the betterment of the civil engineering profession. This award gives recognition to individuals who have made outstanding and unusual contributions toward the advancement of our profession.
Civil Engineering Profession Commitment Award
The Plinio Villanueva Award is given to a member of CAACE who has made a commitment, through actions and efforts to the advancement of the Civil Engineering Profession. The Plinio Villanueva Award is named after a Past President of the CAACE organization who is dedicated and exemplifies these ideals. Plinio Villanueva himself was the first recipient of this award.
Application: Civil Engineering Commitment Award Application Form
Past Award Recipients
|1999||Distinguished Engineer Award||To:||Servando Parapar , PE|
|Distinguished Engineer Award||To:||Andres Garganta, P.E|
|2000||Millennium Awards||To:||Federico J. Lean, PE|
|To:||Oscar Perez Zabala|
|To:||Plinio M. Villanueva, PE|
|2001||Professional Excellence Award||To:||Gabriel Romanach, PE|
|2002||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Ysrael A. Seinuk, PE|
|Engineer of the Year Award||To:||John Martinez, PE|
|2003||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Rafael L. Robayna, PE|
|Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Maria Porrata|
|2004||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Jaime Mitrani. PE|
|Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Esther Calas, PE|
|2005||Francisco de albear Award||To:||Carlos F. Bozon PhD,PE|
|Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Javier Rodriguez, PE|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Plinio Villanueva. PE|
|2006||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||John W. Renfrow, PE|
|Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Gustavo Felix Pego, PE|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Loreto Humberto Casariego, PE|
|Project of the Year||To:||The Miami Intermodal Center (MIC)|
|2007||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Maria P. Carasa, PE|
|Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Albert A. Hernandez, PE|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Oscar Perez Zabala|
|Project of the Year||To:||Miami Carnival Center|
|2008||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Ramon Soria, PE|
|Luis P. Saenz Award||To:||Eduardo A. Vega, PE|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Rafael L. Robayna, PE|
|Special President’s Award||To:||Yzela Llort|
|Project of the Year||To:||US 27/SR 25/Okeechobee Rd. “Depressed Section”|
|To:||SR 836 Extension|
|2009||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Armando I. Perez, PE|
|Luis P. Saenz Award||To:||Alice Bravo, PE|
|Young Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Javier Manso, PE|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Jose Garrido, PE|
|Special President’s Award||To:||Rene Rodriguez|
|Project of the Year||To:||MIA South Terminal|
|To:||NW 17th. Avenue Bridge over the Miami River Rehabilitation Project|
|2010||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Sergio Alfonso, PE|
|Luis P. Saenz Award||To:||Jorge S. Rodriguez, PE|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Andres Garganta, PE|
|Special President’s Award||To:||Association of Study for the Cuban Economy|
|Project of the Year||To:||Miami-Dade WASD; Ultraviolet l Light Disinfection Facility for Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) water at the West and Southwest Wellfield Facilities.|
|MDX; SR-874 Flyover Ramp at Kendall Drive|
|2011||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Robert J. Carballo, PE|
|Luis P. Saenz Award||To:||Herminio F. Gonzalez, PE|
|Young Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Jose L. Acosta, PE|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Delfin Molins, EI|
|Project of the Year||To:||CI – MDC PW Dept South Side of Rickenbacker CWY Breach Re-Nourishment and Roadway Restoration|
|To:||CII – NW 14th Street from NW 107th Ave to NW 87th Ave – Roadway|
|To:||CIII – Miami International Airport – Rental Car Center East of MIA|
|2012||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Esther L. Casas, PE|
|Luis P. Saenz Award||To:||Julio Brea, PE|
|Young Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Josenrique Cueto, P.E.|
|Project of the Year||To:||C2 – 72” FM – Miami-Dade County|
|C3 – NW 25th Street Via Duct (FDOT) – Miami-Dade County|
|2013||Luis P. Saenz Award||To:||Alfred Lurigados, PE|
|Young Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Nelson Perez-Jacome, P.E.|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Pedro P. Giralt, P.E.|
|Project of the Year||To:||CI – M-Path from Datran Drive to SW 67th Ave – Miami, FL|
|Project of the Year||CII – 24” WM Relocation under Fisherman’s Channel – Miami|
|2014||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Jorge L. Quardreny, Sr.|
|Luis P. Saenz Award||To:||Rafael A. Terrero, PE|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Rodrigo O. Rodriguez, PE|
|Young Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Cristina Ortega-Castineiras, E.I.|
|Project of the Year Category I||To:||Old Cutler Road Roadway Improvement Project Town of Cutler Bay|
|Project of the Year Category II||To:||City of Miami Belle Meade Phase II Drainage Improvements|
|Project of the Year Category III||To:||Miami Dade Water & Sewer Department Government Cut 54” Forcemain Replacement|
|2015||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Felix Blanco, P.E.|
|Luis P. Saenz Award||To:||Harold Desdunes, P.E.|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Maria Fernandez Porrata|
|Young Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Erik Sibila, P.E.|
|Project of the Year Category I||To:||Cuban Memorial Monument – Miami Dade County|
|Project of the Year Category II||To:||Perrine Basins A, B and C Water and Sewer Improvements, Miami-Dade|
|Project of the Year Category III||To:||Bear Cut Bridge Rehab – Key Biscayne, Florida|
|Project of the Year Category IV (Mega Project)||To:||Tunnel from I-395 to Port Miami – Miami, FL|
|2016||Francisco de Albear Award||To:||Antonio Acosta, P.E.|
|Luis P. Saenz Award||To:||Debora Rivera, P.E.|
|Plinio Villanueva Award||To:||Victor Pujals, P.E.|
|Young Engineer of the Year Award||To:||Yulet Miguel, P.E.|
|Project of the Year Category I||To:||NW 36th Bascule Bridge|
|Project of the Year Category II||To:||Brickell PS8/PS3 48″ Interceptor|
|Project of the Year Category III||To:||Alton Road Improvements – Miami Beach|