Dagher Intern is ASHRAE Scholarship Winner

Dagher Engineering intern Sandra Ruttkayova was awarded a scholarship at an ASHRAE Long Island Chapter event on Wednesday night. Sandra is a third year Mechanical Engineering student pursuing her Bachelor of Engineering at Stony Brook University in Long Island where she is also secretary of the ASHRAE student chapter and a volunteer Firefighter. She is interning at DE this summer as she gets her feet wet with a team of Plumbing and Fire Protection engineers.

“The scholarship will go a long way in covering my travel expenses to the city for this internship,” says Sandra. “Even though I have only been here at DE for about 2 weeks I have already learned a great deal. Looking ahead, I’m excited to see just how far I can advance my skill set by the end of the summer. Everyone here is really patient in helping me learn.”

Dagher is proud to support ambitious engineers of the future, like Sandra, by providing opportunities to acquire education and experience. Scholarships from organizations such as ASHRAE are crucial in turning these opportunities into realities.


Dagher Engineering’s Josephine Zurica Named ACEC New York New Principal of the Year

New York, NY, June 9, 2016 –Dagher Engineering Principal Josephine Zurica, 36, has been named the 2016 American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) New Principal of the Year for her significant contributions in the form of ideas and service to the consulting engineering community. Zurica is the first building systems engineer—and only the second woman—to receive this honor, granted since 2001 to an ACEC New York member who has been a principal for less than five years. The award ceremony was held during the Council’s statewide annual meeting, June 8, at the Union League Club.

A registered Professional Engineer with degrees in Mechanical Engineering (B.S., Manhattan College) and Environmental Engineering (M.S., Michigan Technological University), a LEED accredited professional and a Certified Passive House Consultant, Zurica joined Dagher in 2007 straight from a tour of duty with the Peace Corps in Panama. She rose rapidly in the firm, achieving the position of Principal in 2013, at the age of 34, and is currently involved in all aspects of running the 30-person engineering firm.

Josephine Zurica - Portrait

“Josephine exemplifies the traits of an outstanding engineer, manager and active community leader. She is one of our firm’s most valuable and inspirational members, and we’re delighted that she has been recognized by ACEC New York with this honor,” says Elias Dagher, senior principal and founder of Dagher Engineering.

Consistent with Dagher’s commitment to sustainable design, Zurica’s achievements include steering the LEED certification and commissioning process for more than 15 buildings throughout New York City and the Northeast, acting as principal engineer on the design of a geothermal system that services 14 buildings on Princeton University’s campus, and providing critical leadership in the engineering design effort of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) study on the feasibility of implementing Passive House standards on tall residential buildings in New York.

Her building systems design work on national and international projects has received highest honors for Engineering Excellence from ACEC New York, including A Blueprint for Passive Design for Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, an educational facility in Nairobi, Kenya; and Beyond LEED to Net-Zero Buildings for the Housatonic River Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Demonstrating her dedication to improving the world through engineering and sustainable design, Zurica is a member of Engineers Without Borders and has served as a mentor for high school students in the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York.  She is very active on ACEC New York’s Metro Region Energy Code Committee, and is at the forefront in supporting the City of New York’s implementation for the new energy code and achieving the City’s goal of 80 percent carbon reduction by 2050.

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Founded in 2000, Dagher Engineering, PLLC (www.dagherengineering.com) provides mechanical, electrical, and plumbing-fire-protection design and consulting services to developers, building owners and managers, architects, and contractors both in the United States and internationally. The firm’s mission is to complement the architecture of buildings and enhance the wellbeing of their occupants by designing systems that are economical and maintainable while providing maximal comfort and minimizing the impact on the environment and natural resources.