Steven Elias, PE, division manager of Pennoni’s Winter Haven, FL office has been named Engineer of the Year by the Florida Engineering Society (FES). Founded in 1916, FES promotes and defends the professional interests of all engineers in the state of Florida. Elias is recognized as Engineer of the Year in the FES Ridge Chapter, which includes Florida’s Hardee and Polk counties.
Elias consistently demonstrates the qualities of an Engineer of the Year with his professional and community-driven accomplishments. He is extremely active with community and service organizations, both local and international, including Rotary International, Candy Canes for Kids, Florida Engineering Society, and numerous economic development and civic groups. His efforts impact the community tremendously; Candy Canes for Kids, for example, has reached 7 different cities including Winter Haven (3 times), Dundee, Lake Hamilton, Polk City, Lake Wales, Mulberry, and Eagle Lake over the past nine years. This past year, there were a total of 14 families who received several hundred gifts and approximately 20 Publix meal bags because of Elias and his office’s efforts.
Elias directs Pennoni’s municipal and environmental engineering projects in central Florida, including marketing, planning, design, and construction administration of strategic projects. His efforts have resulted in over $238 million in grant and loan funding assistance to central Florida municipalities since the year 2000. He was honored with the ‘Changemaker’ Award twice, in 2011-12 by Rotary Zone 34 and Rotary District 6890. Elias received the award at a celebratory luncheon on February 21, 2017.
About FES Engineer of the Year Award
This award is given to the one member of FES each year that best exemplifies the ideal image of the Professional Engineer. Engineer of the Year awards recognize the nominated engineer who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of engineers in either industry (FPEI) or government (FPEG).