Engineer Edgar I. Rodríguez-Pérez became the new president of the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico, succeeding Angel González-Carrasquillo, who will conclude his two-year term on Aug. 30th. Rodríguez is the current first vice president of the trade organization known as the CIAPR for its initials in Spanish.
“I step into this crucial role in the CIAPR during very challenging times for our island, and I come to present specific solutions,” Rodríguez said.
“We will focus on making specific recommendations on urgent issues for Puerto Rico, such as constant flooding in urban areas, public transportation, solid waste, especially the challenge we have with the provision of the disposition of tires and renewable energy, among other issues,” he said.
In his new post, Rodríguez will find support from the newly elected first vice president, Edgardo Martínez-Pérez, and Evi Rose Ricciardi, who will occupy the position of vice president.
During the organization’s recent elections, Rodríguez unveiled a work plan founded on two main areas: making services increasingly accessible to CIAPR members and bringing these services to their municipalities or regions; and positioning the organization as a community services institution.
Rodríguez is a licensed civil engineer with a Master’s Degree from the University of Puerto Rico — Mayagüez Campus and a member of the Permanent Register of Surveying. He is a public servant with a long career and has held positions in the Highway Authority, Public Housing, the UPR and the Municipality of San Juan.
“This victory is a tribute and recognition to career public servants in general; it is the first time the CIAPR has a president who is also a career public servant,” he added.
He has been a member of the CIAPR’s governing board for the past four years.