Premio “Ingeniero del Año”

En 1977, el Comité Ejecutivo de la Asociación, acordó establecer el Premio Ingeniero del Año para distinguir a un ingeniero que se hubiese destacado en el ejercicio de su profesión, como ingeniero o como ejecutivo de una empresa teniendo a su cargo la supervisión de ingenieros profesionales. Los premios han sido otorgados desde entonces a los siguientes ingenieros:

Jose Carlos Cabana

The 2017 Engineer of the Year – Jose Carlos Cabana


Jose Carlos Cabana is being recognized as Engineer of the Year for his extraordinary professional achievements since arriving from Cuba in October 2013. Jose graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Matanzas “Camilo Cienfuegos” which he earned in 2012.

Upon arriving in the United States, Jose began working as an auto mechanic and within two short months he became the shop’s manager. Later in 2014, he worked for K&B Engineering designing and installing alarm systems, CCTV as well as central telephone systems.

Towards the end of 2014, Jose Carlos started working for Capillus, LLC, a firm now based in Doral, FL. Capillus manufactures low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices designed to reduce hair loss and promote hair regrowth in men and women who suffer from pattern baldness.  At Capillus, Jose Carlos first started working as a repair technician troubleshooting and repairing the laser therapy devices. Due to his dedication, work ethic, and ingenuity, Jose Carlos was eventually promoted to the position of Director of Product Engineering and Manufacturing.  In this capacity, Jose Carlos’ responsibilities have ranged from the initial design of the manufacturing plant to recruiting and hiring its personnel.

Throughout the company’s growth and its move from Coral Gables to Doral, Jose Carlos has played an integral role. He has been responsible for the buildout of Capillus’ 20,000 plus sq. ft. manufacturing facility where he has created and designed the assembly line process as well as assisted in developing a quality control system for new devices manufactured in the United States. Jose often travels around the globe to work with vendors and to ensure they meet Capillus’ exacting quality control standards for parts and materials.

Jose Carlos is involved in every step of the manufacturing process. He has helped develop five new laser devices and design a new portable battery. He has also helped create and implement a new silicone surface for the interior of the cap that significantly increases the cap’s comfort level. In addition, he has re-engineered the company’s “in-office” laser device, the CapillusOfficePro, thereby improving the device’s reliability by a factor of four. He played a vital part in the team that helped Capillus obtain its clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its ISO 13485:2003 accreditation from Intertek (one of the world’s largest auditing firm) where he was formally complimented by the Intertek auditors.

Jose manages Capillus’ entire manufacturing process. This year 2018 plans call to expand the plant to include more than 100 technicians who will be under his supervision.

Jose Carlos resides in Miami with his wife Marleen and their one-year old son Lucas.

Previous Years

2016 – Rafael R. Palacios, P.E
2015 – Erick Gonzalez, P.E
2014 – Ing. Manuel B. (Manny) Miranda
2013 – Ing. Miguel Arechabala
2012 – Dr. Adalio T. Sanchez
2010 – Dr. Irma Becerra-Fernandez, P.E.
2009 – Ing. Peter Montadas
2008 – Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele, P.E.
2007 – Ing. William Pino, P.E.
2006 – Ing. Charlie Danger, P.E.
2005 – Ing. Geisha J. Williams
2004 – Prof. Ing. Ysrael A. Seinuk, P.E.
2003 – Armando J. Olivera
2002 – Ing. Leopoldo L. Suarez
2001 – Ing. Pedro L. Martinez
2000 – Ing. Robert E. Sanchez
1999 – Ing. Michael B. Acosta, P.E.
1998 – Ing. Carlos A. Penin, P.E.
1997 – Ing. Julio Alvarez, P.E.
1996 – Ing. Adalberto Alfonso, Jr.
1995 – Dr. Gustavo Roig
1994 – Ing. Jose Basulto,
1993 – Ing. Antonio Navarro, P.E.
1992 – Dr. Nils J. Diaz-Rojas, P.E.
1991 – Ing. Alfredo Sotolongo, P.E.
1990 – Ing. Gerardo B. Fernandez
1989 – Ing. Jorge G. Valdes, P.E.
1988 – Dr. Manuel J. Cereijo
1987 – Dr. Modesto A. Maidique,
1986 – Ing. Gonzalo J. Sanchez, P.E.
1985 – Ing. Antonio Rodriguez,P.E.
1984 – Ing. Amado J. Acosta, P.E.
1983 – Ing. Pedro O. Martinez, P.E.
1982 – Ing. Manuel J. Rodriguez, P.E.
1981 – Ing. Francisco J. Labarta
1980 – Dr. Agustin A. Recio, P.E.
1979 – Ing. Serafin G. Menocal
1978 – Dr. Augusto R. Condom
1977 – Ing. Jose M. Bestard, P.E.