Civil engineers hold annual awards dinner
by Michael Perlman
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ASCE Met Section Dinner Dance
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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Metropolitan Section held its 53rd Annual Dinner Dance & Awards on June 14 in the penthouse of Terrace on the Park.

“Being a member symbolizes my love of the civil engineering profession,” said society president-elect Robin Kemper of Zurich North America. “We are the leaders in providing a better quality of life to all citizens of the world.”

The Civil Engineer of The Year Award was presented to Andrew J. Ciancia, chairman of the Board of Langan Engineering, Environmental, Surveying, and Landscape Architecture.

Ciancia has played a significant role in the preservation and renovation of several city landmarks, including the American Museum of Natural History, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Ferry Terminal at Ellis Island

He also co-wrote the book “The Avoidance of Damage to Historic Structures Resulting from Adjacent Construction,” which became a main resource for a Department of Buildings policy.

The Herbert Howard Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award was presented to Horia Necula, managing engineer of Civil Design for the Long Island Railroad.

“I see lots of young engineers today, and I want them to remember the words ‘structural preservation,’” he told the crowd. “We are using our great-grandfather’s infrastructure. Young engineers have to fill big shoes.”

The Homer Gage Balcom Award was presented to Silvian L. Marcus, WSP Director of Building structures. His world-renowned projects include 432 Park Avenue, The Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, and MoMa Tower.

“I was on the terrace and I saw Arthur Ashe Stadium with the movable roof, Citi Field, and 432 Park Avenue,” he said. “The people that did the jobs have worked day and night to have successful buildings.”

Vatstal Shah of the geotechnical group Matt MacDonald was the recipient of The Thomas C. Kavanagh Service Award. The NJIT and NYU adjunct professor became one of New Jersey’s youngest professional engineers at 23. He regularly advocates for the promotion of STEM skills in schools.

“I enjoy giving back to the profession,” he said. “Back in the 90s, my dad had a license plate from ASCE, that read ‘Civil Engineering, A people serving profession.’”

Ketty Pamela Paulino of the Department of Design & Construction was presented with the Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award. She is managing an infrastructure project for school safety.

“Remember to always live by example, with integrity, honesty, and respect,” she said. “If you want something, try everything possible to make it happen.”

The Younger Member Award was presented to Belinda Leung, chief construction inspector of Con Edison. She also served as associate project manager for green infrastructure projects with the Department of Environmental Protection.

The Design-Build Project of the Year Award was granted to designer HNTB Corp and contractor Skanska-Kiewit-Ecco III for phase one of the Kosciusko Bridge project. The Construction Achievement Project of the Year Award went to L.K. Comstock for the St. George Ferry Terminal Interlocking project.

“It’s very satisfying to see local projects get recognized for the benefits they provide to local communities,” said Craig Ruyle, director of Construction for the Department of Transportation. “In the case of the Kosciuszko Bridge, we are replacing a deteriorating bridge with two new state-of-the-art bridges.

“With one of two completed and the second well underway,” he added, “the project is already enhancing traffic safety, reducing congestion, and improving travel speeds on the segment of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.”

This year, ASCE launched a diversity and inclusion committee, in addition to creating a committee of past presidents to plan a 100th anniversary celebration of the Metropolitan Section, which represents over 5,000 members.

ASCE also produced the film “Dream Big” and is committed to giving a copy of the movie to every junior high school in the city. The organization has also played a role in “Kids Day” at the Hall of Science, and continued their support for the Engineering Awareness Program at Manhattan College.
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