Ronald Colas has been named the 2015 State of Florida Engineer of the Year by the Florida Engineering Society (FES).
Colas, vice president and transportation area manager for South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America for WSP USA, received the award at the annual FES conference, July 29-Aug. 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The award is given to an FES member who has established a record of consistent quality as a professional engineer, as well as a record of achievement in education, employment, professional and public service activities.
“I am honored to be recognized by FES at the state level and to be part of a select group of previous award recipients,” Colas says.
At WSP, Colas is responsible for identifying and marketing business opportunities, as well as developing and enhancing key client relationships. He has strengthened the company’s reputation in alternative delivery with the Interstate 95 design-build project and re-established the firm’s presence in Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Districts 4 and 6 with various conventional design projects.
During his tenure as president of the Miami chapter of FES in 2013, Colas increased membership significantly and called for inclusion of all engineering disciplines as well as greater participation from the public sector. Colas continues his involvement in the community through participation in FES events such as Future Cities and MathCounts and representing the company at the 2015 Miami-Dade Transportation Summit.
This is his second FES award this year. In March, the Miami chapter of FES presented Colas with its 2014 Engineer of the Year Award.
With more than 25 years of transportation industry experience, Colas has successfully managed a wide range of civil engineering and aviation projects on behalf of clients such as the Miami Dade Aviation Department, Broward County Aviation Department, Virgin Islands Port Authority and the Puerto Rico Ports Authority.
He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association; United States Council for International Engineering Practice; Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers; and the Florida Aviation Council.