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Ruben David Award Achievement

08/03/09
Ruben D. David, P.E. was named the 2009 Outstanding Individual Awardee by the Association of Philippine Physicians in America (APPA) for his longstanding contribution to the engineering profession and for community volunteer services. He was honored at a dinner on July 4 at the National Constitution Center, as part of APPA's 38th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar and Gala that was held in Philadelphia, July 3 - 5.

Ruben De Guzman David was born on August 13, 1954 in Marikina City, Philippines. He is the seventh child of eight born to Arcadio and Matilde David. In order to get a college education, he worked during the day and attended classes at night. In 1976, he graduated from the University of the East in Manila with a five-year program Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and then immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has worked for the City of Philadelphia for almost 32 years and is currently a Project Director in the Department of Public Property. In addition to his career as a civil engineer, he actively volunteers in professional, 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 community.

Ruben has held prominent positions in professional engineering organizations in Philadelphia. From 2002 to 2003, he was President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Philadelphia Section), the same organization that awarded him the Government Engineer of the Year Award in 1993. From 2006 to 2008, he was President of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia. Ruben is also an Adjunct Associate Professor and a member of the Industrial Advisory Council at Temple University's College of Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer and a notary public registered in Pennsylvania.

Civic and religious communities have also benefited from Ruben's volunteerism and efforts. As a member of his neighborhood's civic association, he coordinates their annual Memorial Day Parade. He also serves as an usher and lector in his local St. Christopher's Parish. For the City of Philadelphia at-large, Ruben is a board member of the Police Athletic League, an organization that deters kids from committing crime by providing them with after-school activities.

Ruben's volunteerism extends beyond this diverse group of organizations with his relentless dedication, philanthropy, and service to the Asian and Asian-American communities. He was a former member of Philadelphia's Council on Asian Affairs that advises the Mayor, Police Commissioner, and District Attorney. Ruben is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Filipino-American Community Athletic Association and was the Public Relations Director for the Asian Federation of the United States. In addition to participating in these groups, he secures grants and citations for deserving Filipino organizations, coordinates Filipino Night at the Philadelphia Sixers and the Philadelphia Phillies, and arranges donation drives to collect books, food, and medical equipment for his hometown of Marikina.