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2014 Outstanding Service Award: Ruben D. David, PE

Ruben DavidThe Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee of the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia is proud to recognize Ruben D. David, PE for his Outstanding Service to the Community.

Humble Beginnings
Born in Marikina, Philippines, David was the seventh of eight children. He worked full-time to pay for college, attending evening and summer classes.  In 1976, his hard work paid off, and he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the East in Manila.

David has come a long way from his humble beginnings in the Philippines. With his degree in hand, he arrived in Philadelphia and began working for the City of Philadelphia, rising through the ranks from entry-level graduate engineer to 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 city service, from which he retired in August 2013.

In the Community
Along with his contributions to the city throughout his career, David has found time to actively volunteer in several civic, religious, and community groups, through which he aims to increase awareness of Asian and Asian-American affairs and to help further causes for the Filipino-American community. As an advocate of the engineering field, he has helped to mold the future of engineering in our region through his service as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University.  

David’s volunteer efforts in the civic and religious communities have benefitted many groups in the greater Philadelphia area.  As a member of his neighborhood’s Somerton Civic Association, he coordinates their annual Memorial Day Parade.  He also serves as an usher and lector in his local St. Christopher’s Parish Church.  For the City of Philadelphia at-large, David is a board member of the Police Athletic League, an organization that deters kids from committing crime by providing them with after-school activities. He has been a judge at the Special Olympics of Philadelphia, the 50th International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Delaware Valley Science Fairs.  He is a member of the Friends of Fairmount Park and Habitat for Humanity.

David’s volunteerism extends beyond this diverse group of organizations with his relentless dedication, philanthropy, and service to the Asian and Asian-American communities.  Formerly, he was member of Philadelphia’s Commission on Asian Affairs that advises the Mayor, Police Commissioner, and District Attorney and was the Public Relations Director for the Asian Federation of the United States.  Currently, David is a member of the Executive Committee of the Filipino-American Community Athletic Association.  In addition to participating in these groups, he has secured grants, proclamations, and citations for deserving Filipino organizations, coordinated the Filipino-American Heritage Celebration with the Philadelphia Sixers and the Philadelphia Phillies, and coordinated donation drives to collect books, canned food, and medical equipment for underprivileged citizens in his hometown city of Marikina, Philippines.

Professional Accomplishments
In his professional career, David’s engineering achievements include 36 years of experience in budgeting, programming, planning, design, construction management and project administration on various capital projects, both small and large, for city departments and agencies.

His dedication to the city of Philadelphia and making it what it is today is shown through the many projects that David undertook while working in the Department of Public Property. He was a project engineer for various city transit facilities operated by SEPTA and a project manager for the $325 million design and construction of the Center City Commuter Connection from 1978-1984.

He has managed the process for rehabilitation of major city office buildings including the One Parkway and Municipal Services Building office structures, various District Police Station buildings and firehouses throughout the city, and the restoration of historic City Hall, the largest free-standing masonry office structure in North America.

David has been recognized in Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders, the International Who’s Who of Professionals, and Who’s Who in Engineering in the Delaware Valley.  His professional society involvement has included service to the Philadelphia Section, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia.  His dedication has gained him recognition from the Philadelphia Section ASCE as its Government Engineer of the Year in 1993.

David and his wife live in Northeast Philadelphia.  They have three grown children, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.