May 22, 2013
Deadline: February 28
The NSPE Award is the highest award given to an individual by the Society. It is presented to an engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare, and humankind.
Past Recipients: See a complete list of recipients.
2012 NSPE Award
After a long professional career and active service life, Guerra was recognized with the NSPE Award, the highest honor given to an individual by the Society. Presented for outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, public welfare, or humankind, past winners of this award include President Herbert Hoover and NSPE Founder David Steinman, P.E.
After earning a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1957, he worked with the post engineer in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Guerra soon joined W. Clark Craig & Associates and rose through the ranks to become an associate of the firm. In 1973, he founded Jose I. Guerra Inc., Consulting Engineers, a multidiscipline engineering company in Austin, Texas. ith his leadership, the firm made significant engineering contributions at the local and state levels through work on 1,500 projects in commercial, industrial, municipal, institutional, and health-care areas. Guerra stepped down as president and CEO in 2009, and now serves as chair emeritus.
A past president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, trustee of the Texas Engineering Foundation, and past NSPE national director, Guerra has given much of his time to the profession. He is presently serving as member and past chairman of the American Association of Engineering ocieties' International Activities Committee for UPADI, the Pan American Union of Engineering Associations of Latin America.