Second Annual 2050 Engineering Competition

Hector Monroy, Senior Analyst at ETM, enjoys working in the engineering industry and he feels it is his duty to do whatever he can to bring that opportunity to students. To help in this effort, Hector devised the 2050 Jacksonville High School Engineering Competition obtaining sponsorship from the local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Student Chapter of the Society of Military Engineers (SAME), the American Public Works Association (APWA), the University of North Florida School of Engineering and England-Thims & Miller, Inc. (ETM).

His goal is to encourage high school students to pursue a civil engineering degree and to expose these potential new engineers to the dynamics of a real project - including its scope of work, budget constraints, time frames, use of consultants, teamwork, etc.

I designed the competition to focus on the way the industry process actually works,” said Hector. “The soft skills are just as important as the intellectual skills.” His plan calls for collaborative teams of professional engineers from local firms to mentor participating student high school teams in a competition. Teams have to come up with a new vision for downtown Jacksonville in the year 2050 centered on a new skyscraper that will be the tallest building in Florida. The building must also be protected from the rising levels of the St. Johns River.

This year’s competition, now in its second year, was met with eager enthusiasm. Each team was expected to find solutions to the engineering problem using a modern approach; initiate solutions using “unconventional tools” and then incorporate “classic tools” to finalize an engineering solution to the problem. Within the modern approach, unconventional tools refer to aesthetic, artistic, societal, and social media aspects of the design whereas conventional approaches refer to science, mathematics, and technology.

Schools that reached the 2018 final included Eagle’s View Academy, Creekside High School and Middleburg High School. Bartram High School emerged as the Winner of the 2018 competition. ETM volunteers were Nicole Bolatete and AJ Booth.

ETM strongly encourages and supports the efforts of exposing young people to the field of civil engineering. The biggest challenge is helping young students gain insight and a better understanding of what it really means to become a civil engineer. “Our goal is to open the door,” said Hector . “Whether the student chooses to go through the door, is their choice.”


Eagle's View Academy


Creekside High School

Middleburg High School

Bartram High School

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