On 3rd June 2016 the Professional Association of Civil Engineers gave out their annual awards to recognise those of their members who have performed outstandingly throughout the year, carried out professional actions of unquestionable merit, or made an outstanding contribution to the profession
Present at the awards ceremony were José Polimón, Vice-President of the Association, Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Jaime Haddad, Subsecretary at the Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and Manuel Niño, Secretary General for Infrastructures. Alejandro de la Joya, CEO of Ferrovial Agroman, and Ignacio Clopés, Ferrovial Agroman Director Area 2 (Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia) were awarded the 2016 Medal for Professional Merit. Other award winners were José Pedro Alba, Mercedes Aviñó, Belén Benito, Germán Burbano, Enrique Cabellos, Francisco Javier Carmona, Luis Castilla, Josep Dolz, Jesús Martínez, Francisco Millanes, Jesús Montaner, José María Orihuela, Fernando Pajarón, Antonio Pérez, José Luis Suárez and Miguel Zueco. In his speech during the ceremony, José Polimón, Vice-president of the Association, praised the work of all engineers “in a profession”, he said, “where dedication to the task in hand is paramount”. For the Professional Association of Civil Engineers, he added, “infrastructures are an essential tool for cohesion and balance, providing vital support for a territory and improving communications, competitiveness, and the quality of life of a country’s citizens. The social and economic development of Spain over the last decades is evidence of this”.