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Civil Engineering's Herrera named one of Engineering News-Record Southeast's "Top 20 Under 40" for 2014

Atkins' southeast Florida engineering manager, Victor Herrera, PE, was selected as one of Engineering News-Record Southeast's "Top 20 Under 40" for 2014. Photo credit: Atkins
Victor Herrera speaks with students at Woodville Elementary in Tallahassee, Florida, during Discovery Days, a K-12 outreach program he helped develop on behalf of the Florida Engineering Society's Big Bend Chapter. Photo credit: Atkins

Miami, FL - Atkins' southeast Florida engineering manager, Victor Herrera, PE, has been named one of Engineering News-Record Southeast's "Top 20 Under 40" for 2014 and is showcased with the other recipients in the publication's January 2014 edition.

Each year, ENR's regional editions celebrate the excellence of young professionals by highlighting 20 individuals under the age of 40 who represent the "best-of-the-best" in their construction and design careers by giving back to their industry and communities. Recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges and evaluated based on their work experience, career and industry leadership achievements, and community service.

"Victor is one of Atkins' rising young stars," said Joe Boyer, Atkins CEO for North America. "Not only is he a trusted leader and talented technical resource for our clients, but he has also made tremendous efforts to give back to his community and industry. This is wonderful and well-deserved recognition among his peers."

Based in Atkins' Miami, Florida, office-where he transferred from Tallahassee in 2010-Herrera currently manages projects and technical staff for the company's southeast Florida engineering group. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of his group, Herrera manages projects and provides civil engineering services for Atkins' south Florida clients.

Among his notable achievements, Herrera served as civil engineering project manager for 1450 Brickell, Miami's first office tower to achieve LEED Gold status, which received the 2012 Vision Award from the Urban Land Institute's Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council. He also contributed to the civil engineering design of the multi-award-winning U.S. Southern Command Headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense in Doral, Florida.

Herrera's considerable industry and community service has included volunteering as an active member of the Florida Engineering Society (FES) at both the local and state levels. For the Big Bend Chapter, Herrera developed the Discovery Days program-an opportunity for engineers to conduct hands-on demonstrations with students from kindergarten to 4th grade. The program earned Herrera recognition as the "Volunteer of the Year" for education by the local Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.

In 2009, Herrera was the youngest member to attend the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute program, which continued building on his desire to give back to his community. In Tallahassee, he served on the board of directors of Refuge House (, a non-profit organization that assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. He currently serves on the Florida A&M University/Florida State University civil and environmental engineering advisory board; is a standing member of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) advisory board to Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and serves on multiple local and state-level committees and groups with FES.

Herrera earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and he is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Alabama.