|Metropolitan Section Civil Engineer of the Year Award|
The Section's highest award recognizes a civil engineer who
has rendered exceptional service to the civil engineering
profession, to the Met Section and to the Society. The first award was presented to Emil H. Praeger on May 20, 1953 in the Engineering Societies Building for his design of Pier 57, the only pier in New York City built on floating concrete caissons. A former chief of the Navy Bureau of Design, Praegar also designed a floating concrete breakwater for the invasion of Normandy during World War II.
2016 Recipient:James Starace, P.E.
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Jim Starace is the Chief Engineer and the Director of Engineering for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In this capacity, Mr. Starace is responsible for the Engineering Department’s services that include design, structural integrity, construction and quality assurance to support the Port Authority’s Capital and Operating programs. The programs involve major projects at the Port Authority facilities, which include airports; tunnels, bridges and terminals; ports; and the PATH rail system.
Jim’s Port Authority career spans over 30 years and includes assignments in an increasing capacity to his current position, which he assumed in August 2015. Assignments have included overseeing construction projects of various PATH and Tunnels and Bridges projects, the Resident Engineer for the construction of the Newark Liberty International Airport International Arrivals Building, Resident Engineer for LaGuardia Airport, Engineer of Construction for the AirTrain Terminal at Jamaica Station and New Jersey Airports, Manager of the Construction Management Division and Deputy Chief Engineer.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the State University of New York Maritime College, a Master of Engineering Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey.
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