Association of Cuban-American Engineers

The Association of Cuban-American Engineers (ACAE) was founded in January 1961 through a gathering of Cuban exiles in Miami who set out to help those in their profession. It was originally known as the Association of Cuban Engineers/Asociacion de Ingenieros Cubanos and recently underwent a name change to reflect the nationality of our membership and to pay respects to the country that took us in. One major roadblock to the success of many Cuban engineers was the certification of their engineering degrees upon arrival in the U.S. The founders of ACAE developed a plan for degree certification through curriculum descriptions and graduation records of the degrees awarded at the University of Havana. They standardized their certification process through the provision of affidavits of degree and these affidavits were accepted by many engineering licensure programs, thus allowing engineers who received their degrees in Cuba to take their licensing exams in many states throughout the U.S. and other countries. Moreover, these affidavits were also accepted by Universities on behalf of those engineers who were to pursue advanced degrees. As a result, the work towards the founding mission of the ACAE, to help those in their profession, made a huge impact on the lives of many engineers who left Cuba, giving them the opportunity to practice engineering and to continue their education in the U.S. and abroad. As the needs of the community and profession changed, so did the mission of the ACAE. Recognizing the fact that many engineers continue to emigrate from Spanish-speaking countries, the ACAE Engineers lobbied the Florida Board of Professional Regulation to allow examinations in Spanish. Exams in Spanish became a reality in 1980 and continue to be offered through the Florida Board, facilitating the licensure process for many Spanish-speaking engineers as they enter the U.S, giving them the opportunity to integrate into the engineering community in the U.S. as they learn English.




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