Ronald M. Colas, PE, SI, FES Fellow
President, Florida Engineering Society

Ron Colas, PE, SI, is the Jacobs Vice President and Transportation Market Director for the Southeast US, which includes Latin America and the Caribbean. Ron brings three decades of experience at the forefront of transportation infrastructure, focusing on markets from aviation, highways & bridges, ports & marine, and rail & transit.

Ron will continue to work and support Transportation Clients and Owners throughout Florida and the Southeast US to advance their transportation solutions to become more innovative, connected, equitable, cost-effective, and safe.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida, California, other US states, and the Caribbean. In 2021, he was inducted into the Academy of Civil Engineers of the Missouri Science & Technology University.

President’s Message: June 2024

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Dear fellow FES members, I hope you are enjoying the start of summer. As we wind down our fiscal year, I am taking a break from my monthly message. In life, like in engineering, resting and recharging are key to maintaining and improving systems. Rest assured, FES is…

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President’s Message: May 2024

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Dear fellow FES members, As I reflect on the past month and the celebration of Earth Day, I wanted to discuss with you all the importance of taking the time to evaluate our current practices and how we can improve upon them. Earth Day is a reminder that…

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President’s Message: April 2024

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Dear fellow FES members, The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore has prompted significant discussions among engineers. In the wake of this tragedy, many have speculated on the cause and whether this could have been prevented. While reflecting on the loss of life and such…

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President’s Message: March 2024

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Dear fellow FES members, In my last message, I invited you to honor our fellow engineers and celebrate their valuable contributions to our communities as we celebrated Engineers Week. Thank you for joining me in this celebration. In keeping with this spirit, I congratulate our Chapters Award Winners…

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President’s Message: February 2024

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Greetings fellow FES members, For my message this month, I would like to talk about our recent activities at PE Legislative Days, a new policy FES adopted recently, celebrating engineers in February, and my recent recognition by the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF). Professional Engineers…

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President’s Message: January 2024

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Welcome back from the holidays! I hope you were able to take some time with your loved ones to recharge and enjoy the season. January 2024 is legislative month, and FES, in collaboration with ACEC Florida, will be engaged with Professional Engineers Legislative Days on January 9-10, 2024. …

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President’s Message: December 2023

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Greetings to all! As I reflect on the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to the incredible staff and members of the Florida Engineering Society. Your dedication, expertise, and passion for our profession continue to make significant contributions towards engaging younger…

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President’s Message: November 2023

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Greetings to all! In this month’s President’s message, I would like to touch on one of the challenges engineers, contractors, and owners/clients face that I mentioned in my acceptance speech at our Annual Conference in Marco Island: Workforce Development. In addition, I wanted to share an update on…

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President’s Message: October 2023

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Dear FES members, Thank you again for your contributions and efforts to help Meridith Glass and her family. As I mentioned in my previous President’s message, I am very proud that our FES members and ACEC Florida colleagues have collectively exceeded the $100,000 goal to provide stability and…

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President’s Message: September 2023

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Dear FES members, At the beginning of my tenure, I had planned to discuss the goals for the upcoming year in my monthly communications. We will begin that series in October. This month, I would like to pause to reflect on the overwhelming support of our community to…

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President’s Message: August 2023

A Message From FES President Ronald Colas Thank you to my predecessor, Kelly Cranford, for her service for the past 12 months! Under her leadership, we re-aligned the FES committees and practice interest to ACEC Florida’s practice committees, we expanded our social media reach to include a Podcast, we have the newly branded FES Journal…

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