Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE, vice president of Chen Moore and Associates, a multidiscipline engineering consulting firm in South Florida, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Acosta is responsible for civil engineering work for several significant clients and projects of CMA’s, and is responsible for business development throughout the firm. He has a long history of service to ASCE:
• University of Miami – served as Student Chapter president, 1998-1999
• Broward Branch – started and served as the chair of the scholarship committee, serving also in all roles on the executive board, concluding as president from 2003-2004
• Region 5 – was its first at-large governor, serving in that capacity from 2006 to 2009
• Florida Section – served as vice president 2009-10, became the president-elect for the 2014-15 term, served as president for 2015-16, and is currently serving as the past president of the Section
• Acosta is an active mentor to civil engineering students, having served as a concrete canoe judge since 2002 (missing only two years for the birth of his kids) for the ASCE Southeast Regional Student Competition
He also serves as president of the Cuban American Association of Civil Engineers (2015-17) and has been a member of the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute. He received the Young Engineer of the Year Award from the Broward Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society in 2008. The Broward Branch of ASCE named him its Young Engineer of the Year in 2003 and 2009. Additionally, he was named Young Engineer of the Year for CAACU in 2011 and in 2015 was named by the South Florida Business Journal as one of its top 40 professionals in South Florida under 40.
Acosta’s charitable efforts over the years have included the following:
• Serving as an Industry Advisory Board Member for the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Miami for eight years
• Mentoring Nautilus Middle School’s science class, in Miami Beach, for over the past two years for the Future City Competition and co-chairing the South Florida competition
• Teaching the land development segments of the Senior Design course for civil engineering at the University of Miami for eight years
He is a member of the Southeastern Florida Caribbean Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the American Water Works Association.
Acosta graduated from the University of Miami with bachelor of science degrees in civil and architectural engineering. He also graduated from Auburn University with a master’s degree in business administration through their outreach program.