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Metropolitan Section Civil Engineer of the Year Award Print E-mail
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.
Chief Engineer
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.

Past Recipients:

2015 Alfred H. Brand
2014 William A. Fife
2013 Paul Nietzschmann
2012 Samuel Weissman
2011 John F. Spencer
2010 Hugh S. Lacy
2009 Michael J. Cuddy
2008 Samuel I. Schwartz
2007 Neil Lucey
2006 John M. Dionisio
2005 Ken Serzan
2004 Robert Warshaw
2003 Mysore L. Nagaraja
2002 Peter Rinaldi
2001 Joseph M. Englot
2000 Bernard A. Grand
1999 M. Leland Caldwell
1998 Milo E. Riversa
1997 Francis J. Lombardi
1996 Joel A. Miele, Sr.
1995 Satoshi Oishi
1994 James P. Gould
1993 Fletcher "Bud" H. Griffis
1992 Michael Haratunian
1991 James L. Lammie
1990 Charles Thornton
1989 Man-Chung Tang
1988 Ira Hooper
1987 Frank L. Stahl
1986 Edward Cohen
1985 Anthony R. Ameruso
1984 Brother B. Austin Barry
1983 George Shoepfer
1982 Raymond M. Monti
1981 Bernard Haber
1980 George A. Fox
1979 Michael R. Pender
1978 Joseph R. Ward
1977 Roger H. Gilman
1976 Colonel John T. O'Neill
1975 Arthur J. Fox, Jr.
1974 Jewell M. Garrelts
1973 Alfred C. Maevis
1972 Martin Lang
1971 Sidney M. Shapiro
1970 LeRoy Ericson
1969 Charles E. Schaffner
1968 Richard H. Tatlow III
1967 Arne Lear
1966 William D. Alexander III
1965 Milton Brumer
1964 James Ruderman
1963 Boyd G. Anderson
1962 No Award
1961 Waldo G. Bowman
1960 John Kyle
1959 William H. Mueser
1958 Othmar H. Ammann
1957 Howard L. King
1956 Jacob Feld
1955 Shortridge Hardesty
1954 Richard H. Gould
1953 Emil H. Praeger