Engineering group holds annual awards dinner

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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Metropolitan Section held its 54th Annual Awards Dinner on June 26 at Gotham Hall in Manhattan.

“ASCE symbolizes the commitment to the next generation of engineers and the technical advancement of engineering,” said Roebling Award winner and bridge engineer Josephn LoBuono. “It sponsors events and programs that foster the development of young engineers, as well as sponsors numerous technical seminars locally and nationally for the dissemination of technical information and knowledge.”

The Roebling Award focuses on lifetime achievement. LoBuono considers the Bayonne Bridge Reconstruction project a personal highlight.

“I devoted eleven years of my 51-year career in bridges to this project,” he said. “This positioned me to directly update Othmar Ammann’s work to contemporary code standards and increase the life of this remarkable bridge for 100 more years for future generations to marvel at its graceful, powerful lines.”

The Construction Achievement Project of The Year Award was awarded to the 5 Mile Belt Parkway Bridge Replacement & Reconstruction Project, which includes Gerritsen Inlet, Rockaway Parkway, Mill Basin, Paerdegat Basin, and Fresh Creek Basin.

The Met Section Civil Engineer of the Year Award was presented to Andrew W. Herrmann of Hardesty & Hanover Consulting Engineers. He is an expert on movable bridges.

The Herbert Howard Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award was presented to Harold Fink of the state Department of Transportation, where he is the deputy chief engineer, overseeing projects like the Hunts Point Interstate Access Improvement, Van Wyck Expressway Improvement, and Kew Gardens Interchange Reconstruction.

For over 15 years, Fink led efforts related to the Gowanus Expressway Viaduct.

Senior engineer Amen Mukhlis of the NYC Transit Authority was the recipient of the Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award. He leads 11 flood resiliency construction projects.

He often promotes engineering as a career choice, and champions small businesses in engineering and construction. MTA projects. He is also dedicated to philanthropic causes with Disabled American Veterans and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Arthur J. Alzamora, senior associate of Langan Engineering, was the recipient of the Thomas C. Kavanagh Service Award. As part of a geotechnical engineering team, he provides technical expertise and communication between team members on high-profile projects.

He has played key roles in One Vanderbilt in Midtown Manhattan and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Alzamora also participates in several professional groups, volunteers for charitable and community organizations. He teaches at Manhattan College.

The Younger Member Award was presented to Guillermo Diaz-Fanas, who serves as a senior technical principal with the Geotechnical & Tunneling Technical Excellence Center of WSP USA. His expertise includes seismic hazard analysis. He is a major advocate for diversity and inclusion of oppressed groups in civil engineering.


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