Running for President-Elect for American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Peter Moore is combining his 25 years of service to the engineering profession, his dedication to ASCE, and coupled with his strong leadership background in business and the non-profit world, to support his candidacy. Peter’s Vision Statement for ASCE is available online and focuses on Accountability (fiscally), Advocacy (efficacy) and Accessibility (diversity). He believes strongly in the idea that student membership satisfaction and conversion is the key to the long-term success of the organization. Having led a successful civil engineering firm for 20 years, Peter is determined to provide a lasting legacy to ASCE and the Civil Engineering Industry as a whole.
Currently, Peter serves as the President and CEO of Chen Moore and Associates, an approximately 100-person multidisciplinary firm in the Southeast US, particularly Florida. Having been with the firm for over 22 years, Peter helped grow the firm from three people to its current size with a combination of strong vision and the highest quality consulting.Please visit https://www.asce.org/about-asce/elections to vote!
Karen RachlesPeter M. Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, FACEC Running for 2023 ASCE President
Our CMA Miami office has moved! We outgrew our former space and hope you will come visit us in our new place! Please note our new address. The office and fax numbers remain the same: Miami Regional Office: 3150 SW 38th Avenue, Suite 950, Miami, FL 33146; telephone: (786) 497-1500; fax: (786) 497-2300. Our office locations can also be viewed here on our website: https://www.chenmoore.com/contact/
Jennifer Smith, P.E., Derrick Smith, CFM, LEED AP and Craig Wallander, P.E. along with family and friends participated in the The Broward County Waterway Cleanup on March 5. Organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, it is the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event. The group cleaned Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. For more information, please visit: https://waterwaycleanup.org/
Karen RachlesCMA Staff Volunteer at Waterway Cleanup Event
From March 2-4, CMA President Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, FACEC attended the ASCE Legislative Fly-in. Every spring, ASCE holds its Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC, an exclusive and intensive two-day event providing participants with professional development in honing their skills in the public policy process and advocacy, as well as valuable peer-to-peer networking with fellow ASCE influencers. ASCE members had an opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress or their senior legislative staff and advance the Society’s collective policy priorities while learning beneficial leadership skills they can bring back to the workplace.
Karen RachlesCMA President Peter Moore Attends ASCE Legislative Fly-in
CMA Principal Engineer Michael Albert, P.E., and Senior Engineers David Cowan, Jr., P.E., ENV SP and Laura Vogel, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP are participating in the 2022 Florida Engineering Leadership Institute (FELI). Part of their class projects is to raise money and construct beds for those who are not fortunate enough to have a bed to sleep on. On February 19, several members of the class built beds for Vita Nova Village, a housing development for disadvantaged youth in the City of West Palm Beach. The teamed with NUCA and Xcel worx on the build. The team not only built 20 beds but worked with youth to learn how to use tools in construction – helping them to develop skills to join the trades, get jobs and better their situation. The program runs from November 2021 to August 2022. For more information, or if you are interested in supporting the project check out: https://www.fleng.org/general/custom.asp?page=FELI
Karen RachlesCMA Engineers Building Beds for Disadvantaged Youth
In recognition of National Engineers Week (EWeek) February 20-28, CMA will be highlighting some of our women engineers throughout the week!
Sathvika Ramaji, E.I. is an associate engineer in our Miami office with five years of experience. Sathvika graduated from University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering. We asked Sathvika to share some information about why she became an engineer.
Why I chose civil engineering: I chose to become an engineer because I have always wanted to be a problem solver. I enjoy coming up with unique solutions for each project. To me, civil engineering is an essential part of civilization, and I am glad to be able to contribute to society through engineering. Initially, I studied environmental engineering because I liked chemistry in high school, but became very involved with the student chapter of ASCE starting in my sophomore year at the U. Through ASCE, I learned about CMA and met some local CMAers. I pursued an internship at CMA and started on my path to becoming a civil engineer.
Fun fact: I studied abroad in Italy and earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Bologna, one of the oldest universities in the world. I have also visited 27 countries. https://www.nspe.org/
On February 18, CMA Director of Water and Sewer Daniel Davila, P.E. accepted one of the Grand Awards for the City of Fort Lauderdale Emergency Bypass 48” Forcemain project at the 2022 ACEC-FL Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet! CMA President Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, FACEC was also in attendance and thanked the City and ACEC-FL for the opportunity. The fast-tracked emergency, design-build project was led by Murphy Pipeline Contractors and David Mancini and Sons with CMA and A&P Engineers as lead consultants. CMA was responsible for the design, permitting, and construction observation of the replacement of the City’s north transmission line. Eight Grand and seven Honor awards were presented to engineering firms for their innovative applications and elaborate projects. The Grand Award was the highest award given that evening for the overall best engineering project in the state of Florida for the Water & Stormwater category. The event was held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grand Lakes and several CMA staff were in attendance: Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE, Robert Best, P.E., David Castro, P.E., Shahin Hekmat, P.E. and Jason Sutton, PLA. Congratulations!
Karen RachlesCMA’s City of Fort Lauderdale Emergency Project Wins Grand Award
In recognition of National Engineers Week (EWeek) February 20-28, CMA will be highlighting some of our women engineers throughout the week!
Daniela Martinat, P.E. is an associate engineer in our West Palm Beach office. With five years of experience, Daniela graduated from FAU with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. We asked Daniela to share some information about why she became an engineer.
Why I chose civil engineering: I chose engineering because I have always loved math. I loved the idea of pursuing a career that required constant learning and wasn’t a typical female job. I was inspired by my uncle and father who are also engineers and admire their very practical and analytical way of problem solving.
Sean Dannelly, CPA, is the CFO for Chen Moore and Associates and a member of our firm’s executive committee. In 2007, Mr. Dannelly founded Paladin Global Partners, LLC as a partner and in that role, he oversees the accounting and financial aspects of the firm including providing audit assistance, strategic development for clients, developing succession plans, mentoring finance management, and establishing internal controls and infrastructures to maintain audit compliance. He is also President of Dannelly, Monteleone & Associates, P.A. firm where he is dedicated to meeting the needs of small and medium sized businesses through tax planning, financial reporting, and financial planning services. Mr. Dannelly received his Master of Accounting degree and Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Florida.
P.E., LEED AP
Shareholder & Corporate Secretary
Safiya Brea, P.E., LEED AP, is Secretary and Sr. Project Manager for Chen Moore and Associates. Her experience includes large neighborhood improvement projects, including the design of roadways, sidewalks, drainage, water and wastewater infrastructure. She is currently the Project Manager and main client contact for the Broward County UAZ 110/111 & 113 Water Sewer Improvements (an estimated $60 million infrastructure improvement project). In addition, she has managed projects ranging from thousands of dollars to multi-million-dollar, large-scale neighborhood improvement programs. Ms. Brea has managed and designed streetscape improvements, roundabouts, lift station, stormwater improvements and master plans, and booster station basis of design reports. Her duties include construction management, design work, water sewer modeling and project management for municipalities throughout Florida. Ms. Brea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. She is currently on the board for the Florida Engineering Management Corporation and is a graduate of Leadership Florida Connect Class 8.
Ray Monteleone is President of Paladin Global Partners, a business management consulting firm, and Partner with Dannelly, Monteleone & Associates, a full-service CPA firm. Ray focuses on strategic management, problem solving, mergers & acquisitions, compensation consulting, growing companies, and senior executive mentoring for clients worldwide in industries such as healthcare, high tech, manufacturing, education, financial institutions and not-for-profit organizations.
Peter serves as the President and CEO of Chen Moore and Associates, an approximately 100-person multidisciplinary firm in the Southeast US, particularly Florida. Having been with the firm for over 22 years, Peter helped grow the firm from three people to its current size of over 100 employees with a combination of strong vision and the highest quality consulting.
Peter is a two-time graduate from the University of Florida (BSCE and ME), where he serves on the Department Advisory Board for the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment (ESSIE – Civil and Coastal Engineering Department and Environmental Engineering and Sciences Department). He serves on the Florida Atlantic University Foundation Board and is a member of the Nova Southeastern University Industry Advisory Board for the College of Engineering.
He has participated in many leadership programs, including Leadership Broward (lifetime member, served as Board Chair), Leadership Florida (lifetime member, served on both finance and audit committees), and the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute (lifetime member, program chair). He’s a past President of the Florida Engineering Society (FES) Broward Chapter, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) and has served as the FES/ACEC-FL Government Relations Chair for over a decade. Peter is a Fellow of ASCE, ASCE and FES, with numerous other individual awards throughout his career from engineering and civic associations.
Jose L. Acosta
Jose L. Acosta
Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE, is Vice President of Chen Moore and Associates. Mr. Acosta is responsible for business development and strategic planning for the firm. He also serves as Principal-in-Charge and Senior Project Manager for several significant public and private sector Clients. Mr. Acosta has over two decades of experience in various types of public and private sector civil engineering infrastructure projects. He has lead design teams for land development, water/wastewater infrastructure, roadway/transportation, and education/institutional projects throughout Florida. Prior to joining CMA, Mr. Acosta served as the director of engineering for a multi-discipline firm in Florida. Mr. Acosta has been a long standing leader in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), serving as a local branch President, chairing various state committees, President of Florida Section and as a Region 5 Governor, where he represented Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Mr. Acosta also served as President of the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers (CAACE) and is currently on their board of directors. Mr. Acosta served on the Industry Advisory Board of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Miami and has worked as an adjunct professor. He was the recipient of the Broward Branch’s 2003 and 2009 Young Member of the Year Award. In 2008, the Broward County Chapter of the FES named him the Young Engineer of the Year. In 2011, the CAACE named him their Young Engineer of the Year. In 2015, Mr. Acosta was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the South Florida Business Journal. In 2017, ASCE Region 5 named Mr. Acosta their inaugural winner of their Engineer of the Year award recipient. Mr. Acosta was a member of Leadership Florida’s Cornerstone 37 Class and currently service on its Southeast Region’s Board of Directors. Mr. Acosta has Bachelor Degrees in Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University.
P.E., LEED AP
Jason McClair, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, is Treasurer and Vice President of Chen Moore and Associates. Mr. McClair is responsible for the project operations and resource management of the firm. He is also the Principal-in-Charge for several key clients and serves as a Senior Project Manager for several important public sector clients. Mr. McClair is an expert in stormwater management modeling in Florida and has been the lead engineer on various stormwater master plans throughout Florida. Mr. McClair also has over 20 years of engineering experience in utility infrastructure design, regulatory permitting, modeling for stormwater collection, water distribution, and sanitary transmission systems. Mr. McClair received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida.
Dr. Ben Chen
Dr. Ben Chen,
Dr. Ben Chen, P.E., BCEE, is the founder of Chen Moore and Associates (formerly Chen and Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.) and serves as Chairman of the Board for our firm’s Board of Directors, where he is responsible for the long-term planning for the firm’s future. Dr. Chen has had a wonderful career, working on some of the most significant utility and neighborhood improvement projects in South Florida. Dr. Chen has also had a long-standing history of being a leader in the community as an advocate for infrastructure needs throughout Florida, but also as a philanthropist throughout Florida. He has a served organizations in leadership positions of all types, including the Florida Engineering Society, Workforce One (known as CareerSource Broward now) and on university civil engineering department advisory boards for Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and formerly St. Thomas University. Dr. Chen received his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil and Sanitary Engineering from National Taiwan University before immigrating to the United States to obtain his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Cristobal Betancourt, PLA, is Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture for Chen Moore and Associates. He has experience providing planning and landscape architecture design solutions for public and private sector clients. Mr. Betancourt leads a team that has extensive experience on significant municipal streetscapes, parks (including master plans), transportation projects, campuses, facilities and land development projects throughout Florida (from northern Florida to Key West). Examples of such projects include the implementation of the Complete Streets Master Plan developed by the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization, master planning for SunTrax in Lakeland, segments of areas on the Florida Turnpike and the incorporation of an existing street in the pedestrianized Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach. In addition, Mr. Betancourt is the principal for our LA Department’s efforts for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) throughout the state. He and his team are well versed in designing for multiple modes of transportation including air, rail, roadway, and multimodal transit facilities. He has been the Project or Task Manager for districtwide landscape contracts, highway beautification projects and LAP funded projects. Mr. Betancourt completed his post graduate studies in urban design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and his Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.
Brent Whitfield, P.E., ENV SP is the Director of Water Resources for CMA. Mr. Whitfield has worked for a variety of public sector clients at the City, County and State level. His experience includes tasks as varied as hydrologic and hydraulic modeling related to environmental and flood protection studies and detailed engineering design and construction oversight for roadway, water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure. Mr. Whitfield has provided infrastructure solutions in various settings from residential neighborhoods to commercial airports. As a life-long resident of Florida, Mr. Whitfield has maintained a commitment to serving the community both professionally and personally serving as an appointed board member for a municipal advisory board with maintaining involvement in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Florida Engineering Society (FES) and Leadership Florida. He serves as the chair of the water resources committee for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Florida. Mr. Whitfield holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.
William “Bill” Thorp has decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, eventually specializing in the financial management of the transportation industry. He served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) as well as the Assistant Secretary of Finance and Administration for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Mr. Thorp attended the City College of New York from which he holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree. He also attended the University of South Florida. Mr. Thorp is married and has three grown children and four grandchildren all of which he is very proud. His hobbies include fishing, photography and silversmithing.