Local man awarded for outstanding community service

Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence: Somer­ton res­id­ent Ruben Dav­id was presen­ted with the 2014 Out­stand­ing Ser­vice to the Com­munity Award on Feb. 14.

The En­gin­eers’ Club of Phil­adelphia presen­ted Somer­ton res­id­ent Ruben Dav­id with its 2014 Out­stand­ing Ser­vice to the Com­munity Award on Feb. 14. The award re­cog­nizes an en­gin­eer who has over the course of his ca­reer provided pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al ser­vice above and bey­ond the call of duty to the Delaware Val­ley com­munity. Dav­id was honored dur­ing Delaware Val­ley En­gin­eers Week, which is part of a na­tion­al en­gin­eer­ing ob­serv­ance.

“Dav­id has been a ma­jor con­trib­ut­or to the City of Phil­adelphia through his work in the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Prop­erty on a num­ber of city build­ing pro­jects,” said Susan Best, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the En­gin­eers’ Club of Phil­adelphia. “But more im­port­antly, he has been an ex­em­plary mem­ber of the com­munity where he vo­lun­teers in sev­er­al civic, re­li­gious and com­munity groups. It is with great pleas­ure that we present this award to him.”

“It is truly an hon­or to re­ceive the Out­stand­ing Ser­vice Award this year,” Dav­id said. “Al­though my work in en­gin­eer­ing has been ex­tremely im­port­ant in my life, I think that it is equally im­port­ant for me to give back to a com­munity that has giv­en me so much. I am proud to rep­res­ent the Asi­an and Asi­an-Amer­ic­an groups in Phil­adelphia and plan to con­tin­ue my work with these groups well past my re­tire­ment.”

Dav­id began work­ing for the city as an entry-level gradu­ate en­gin­eer and climbed the ranks to be­come a pro­ject dir­ect­or in the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Prop­erty. He has had an ex­em­plary ca­reer and has been a crit­ic­al part of vari­ous city build­ing pro­jects in his 36 years of ser­vice. He re­tired in Au­gust 2013.

He was a pro­ject en­gin­eer for vari­ous SEPTA trans­it fa­cil­it­ies and a pro­ject man­ager for the $325 mil­lion design and con­struc­tion of the Cen­ter City Com­muter Con­nec­tion from 1978 to ’84. He also man­aged the pro­cess for re­hab­il­it­at­ing ma­jor city of­fice build­ings, in­clud­ing City Hall, the largest free-stand­ing ma­sonry of­fice build­ing in North Amer­ica.

He has served the Phil­adelphia Sec­tion of Amer­ic­an So­ci­ety of Civil En­gin­eers and the En­gin­eers’ Club of Phil­adelphia. He was named the Phil­adelphia Sec­tion ASCE’s Gov­ern­ment En­gin­eer of the Year in 1993.

Out­side of his pro­fes­sion­al ca­reer, Dav­id has vo­lun­teered in civic, re­li­gious and com­munity groups, through which he aims to in­crease aware­ness of Asi­an and Asi­an-Amer­ic­an af­fairs and to fur­ther causes for the Filipino-Amer­ic­an com­munity. He has helped to mold the fu­ture of en­gin­eer­ing in our re­gion through his ser­vice as an ad­junct fac­ulty mem­ber at Temple Uni­versity.

Fur­ther, Dav­id is a board mem­ber of the Po­lice Ath­let­ic League. He has been a judge at the Spe­cial Olympics of Phil­adelphia, the 50th In­ter­na­tion­al Sci­ence and En­gin­eer­ing Fair and the Delaware Val­ley Sci­ence Fair. He is a mem­ber of Friends of Fair­mount Park and Hab­it­at for Hu­man­ity.

Formerly, he was a mem­ber of Phil­adelphia’s Com­mis­sion on Asi­an Af­fairs, ad­vising the may­or, po­lice com­mis­sion­er and dis­trict at­tor­ney. He also was pub­lic re­la­tions dir­ect­or for the Asi­an Fed­er­a­tion of the United States. Cur­rently, he is an ex­ec­ut­ive com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Filipino-Amer­ic­an Com­munity Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation.

He has se­cured grants, pro­clam­a­tions and cita­tions for de­serving Filipino or­gan­iz­a­tions, co­ordin­ated the Filipino-Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Cel­eb­ra­tion with the 76ers and the Phil­lies and co­ordin­ated the col­lec­tion of books, canned food and med­ic­al equip­ment for un­der­priv­ileged cit­izens in his ho­met­own of Marikina, Phil­ip­pines.

Dav­id was born in Marikina as the sev­enth of eight chil­dren and worked full-time to pay for col­lege, at­tend­ing sum­mer and even­ing classes. In 1976, he earned a bach­el­or of sci­ence de­gree in civil en­gin­eer­ing from the Uni­versity of the East in Ma­nila. He is mar­ried and has three grown chil­dren, along with two grand­chil­dren. ••

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