José M. Izquierdo-Encarnación, principal of Porticus, an engineering services company in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was recently elected president of ACI International (the American Concrete Institute).
Izquierdo became the 80th president of ACI, a technical and educational society dedicated to improving the design, construction, maintenance and repair of concrete structures.
Izquierdo received a bachelors and masters degree in civil engineering, majoring in structures, from the University of Puerto Rico. He started work as a structural engineer for Capacete, Martin and Associates; founded Izquierdo, Rueda and Associates; and was the Secretary of Transportation and Public Works for Puerto Rico.
An internationally recognized leader in civil engineering and construction, Izquierdo has been actively involved with ACI since 1980. In addition to serving five years on the ACI Board of Direction, he has been a member of numerous committees and task groups. He has also been active in Puerto Rico, where he was president of the San Juan chapter of the Institute of Engineers and Surveyors, president of the Institute of Civil Engineers, chair of the governmental Infrastructure Task Force for Health Facilities, chair of the Corporation for the Development of San Juan, and a member of the Boards of the Technological Institute of San Juan and the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.