Jeffrey Donaldson and Orlando Cruz Named CSE’s 2022 40 Under 40
BOSTON—Electrical engineers Jeffrey Donaldson and Orlando Cruz were recognized as Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s (CSE) 2022 40 Under 40 winners. The award recognizes talented individuals under the age of 40 who have supported the growth of the engineering industry.
An avid reader of CSE Magazine, Donaldson first encountered the publication as an entry level engineer, and he has continued to reference the magazine to this day. In the past three years, he has contributed two articles to CSE Magazine. “It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized alongside other engineers for their excellence and passion for this industry and to also join the company of very successful CDM Smith engineers who are past award winners,” said Donaldson.
Donaldson originally started at CDM Smith as a co-op student in 2007 while attending Northeastern University. Shortly after graduating, he began working as a full-time employee in 2009. Since then, he has worked on numerous water, wastewater, transportation, and renewable energy projects. Throughout the years, he has dedicated much of his time towards mentoring the next generation of engineers.
It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized alongside other engineers for their excellence and passion for this industry and to also join the company of very successful CDM Smith engineers who are past award winners.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jeff in multiple capacities over the span of his career. He is a dedicated and talented engineer, colleague, and friend,” said Matt Goss, CDM Smith MEP/Energy practice leader.
No stranger himself to CSE Magazine, Cruz co-authored an article in the publication titled “Picking software to model electrical systems” in 2021. The article discusses the different software available for electrical distribution system model development and system analyses involved in managing complex electrical power systems. “Winning this award is a great honor,” said Cruz. “It means that with the support of a great engineering community, I have been able to successfully deliver on important projects that help the public, improve society, and advance design and the engineering profession.”
Cruz has over a decade of experience in engineering consulting. He has been involved in various water, wastewater, federal, and transportation projects throughout his time working at CDM Smith. One such example is the $30.8 million Boynton Beach Ion Exchange Resin Plant and East Water Treatment Upgrades project. The treatment plant currently supports the growing needs for potable water for the community in Boynton Beach. The project received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision® Bronze award in 2017. Outside of CDM Smith, Cruz is an advisory member of the IES committees for lighting office spaces and lighting industrial facilities.
Winning this award means that with the support of a great engineering community, I have been able to successfully help the public, improve society, and advance design and the engineering profession.
“Orlando is a core member of the electrical team; he is
committed to technical excellence, provides mentoring to our junior staff and
delivers complex engineering projects,” said Spencer Perry, CDM Smith
Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals in the engineering community supporting the building industry. They shape the future of young engineers by recognizing and encouraging them through mentoring articles, networking events and programs.
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