Urban is pleased to announce that Flavio Salazar was named the Engineer Mentor of the Year by the Los Angeles/Orange County ACE Mentor Program at the organization’s annual Spotlight Awards event. Mr. Salazar, who serves as an engineer in training at the firm, was presented his award at the gala hosted at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
“I’m thankful to be part of a program that provides valuable resources to the community at large and always fosters a positive relationship with high school faculty and students, as well as participating industry professionals,” said Mr. Salazar. “The impact on students and the community is profound. The lasting impacts will be felt for years to come. I wish this program great continued success and I’m truly honored to receive this award!”
A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Mr. Salazar has volunteered with the ACE Mentor Program since 2018. He helps high school students learn about the architecture/construction/engineering industry with hands-on activities. He has also delivered guest speaker presentations on civil engineering for middle school students and undergraduates. Assisting others is something he has prioritized because of the help and inspiration he received from teachers growing up.
An engineer-in-training with Urban’s rail and transit department in Los Angeles, Mr. Salazar was an integral part of the development and execution of Long Beach Transit’s Facilities Assessment Project Master Plan, focusing on alternatives for expansion and redevelopment of the facilities and administration offices. His experience also includes overseeing 20 engineering employees in a municipal engineering project and providing technical writing, planning, mapping, and surveying assessment of over 6,500 bus stops collectively. Additionally, Mr. Salazar designed a speed-reducing roundabout that was constructed in the City of Santa Ana to improve safety and traffic circulation for the adjacent neighborhood and school.
Since 2002, ACE Los Angeles has enabled over 1,500 high school students to discover the exciting potential of careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. ACE brings industry professionals into high schools twice a month to teach students and mentor them. The organization’s scholarship program has grown, and to date, has awarded over $2 million to ACE students in Los Angeles and Orange County in support of their pursuit of careers in the built environment.
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