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Calendar of Events


October 17th, 2014:  AACEi Federal Agency Roundtable, Washington, D.C.  To register, see

November 11-13, 2014AACEi 2nd Annual International Total Cost Management Conference, Millennium Hilton Bangkok.  For details, see

June 28th-July 1st, 2015
AACEi Annual Meeting, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.  For details, see


Continuing:  2nd Wednesdays: Canaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS).  Umbrella organization comprised of 31 Space Coast area technical societies, including North Florida AACEi.  Organizing agency of the Space Congress(R).













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Section Member William Sheerin Receives 2009 CCTS Technical Achievement Award


Congratulations to North Florida AACEi Section member and treasurer William C. Sheerin, CCE, for receiving the 2009 Canaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS) Technical Achievement Award.  This is the 2nd year in a row that a North Florida AACE Section member has won this important honor.


Presented at the recent CCTS Engineers Week Banquet at the Brevard Community College Planetarium in Cocoa, FL, this prestigious award recognizes outstanding technical accomplishments among CCTS’s 31 Space Coast area technical societies.


The award was given for Bill’s exceptional support and contributions to the field of cost engineering, especially his use and demonstration of advanced four-dimensional planning which combines three-dimensional CAD drawings with a schedule to view proposed construction on screen set against a timeline calendar.  Bill is also the recent winner of North Florida AACE’s “You’re a Star” Award.


“I appreciate being nominated by North Florida AACE, and am very grateful to CCTS for this honor,” said Bill.  After the banquet, attendees were treated to a view of the night’s sky through the Planetarium’s telescope.

North Florida AACE member Susan B. Zimmerman CCE (middle) receives the AACEi Outstanding Woman in Project Controls Award from Val Venters CCC (left), Chair of Women in Project Controls Task Force, and Stephen B. Warhoe PE CCE CFCC (right), AACEi Past President, at the June 2009 AACE Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.  (Photo courtesy of AACE International.)

North Florida AACEi member William Sheerin (right) holds his CCTS Technical Achievement Award with Section CCTS Representative Joseph Brown at CCTS Engineers Week Banquet February 19, 2009.

North Florida AACE Section Member Susan B. Zimmerman, CCE Wins International Engineering Award (June 2009 AACEi Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA) 


Susan B. Zimmerman, CCE, North Florida AACEi member and Cocoa, FL resident, has recently been awarded the 2009 Outstanding Woman in Project Controls Award by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, International (AACE).


The AACEi Outstanding Woman in Project Controls Award is presented annually for substantial contributions to the field of engineering and to the community, and for success in facing the challenges of being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field.


Currently Lead Cost Analyst of the Cost Analysis Department for EG&G Kennedy Space Center’s Construction Services Division, Susan has worked at Kennedy Space Center since the launch of the first Space Shuttle in 1981, supporting NASA in cost estimating and analysis. 


Susan is Vice President-Administrative of the North Florida Section of the AACEi and was nominated by that Section for the award.  She is also co-chair of the North Florida AACE Scholarship Committee, which has benefited many students majoring in related engineering fields in local colleges and universities.


Our congratulations to Susan for this well-deserved honor.

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New!  Del L. Younker, CCP receives North Florida AACEi 2013 “You’re a Star” Award!  See article with photo here.


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Member Spotlight


Dallas R. Lee, CCP, has worked as a cost engineer, controls engineer, estimator and scheduler for the past 30 years on various projects in the private and government sectors.  He has been an AACE member for over 25 years, serving as treasurer and director in the Las Vegas Section, and currently as a director for North Florida AACE. 


Dallas is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.  He also has special training in Primavera Project Planner, and is a Certified Cost Engineer through the AACEi International.  He has contributed to the AACE’s Total Cost Management (TCM) document, an internationally recognized set of professional cost engineering guidelines.


Currently employed by NASA at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, Dallas’ long career includes experience as an estimator, project engineer, cost engineer, scheduler, project controls engineer, construction cost analysis, and chief cost engineer.  He has worked on a variety of projects for large and small companies ranging from petro-chemical to shopping centers, hospitals, light commercial and government work.


During much of the time from 1986 through 2011, Dallas worked for various NASA-related companies at the Kennedy Space Center, including the United Space Alliance, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Space Gateway Support, and E G & G Florida, Inc.  His responsibilities included Ground Support Equipment and Facilities, the NASA Constellation Program and NASA Facility Development.


Dallas’ contributions at NASA helped build the International Space Station with a fleet of space shuttles, as well as the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.  While at NASA, he helped develop forensic cost estimating and analysis to document facility cost, and contributed to the NASA Cost Engineering Desk Reference manual.


In addition, Dallas worked for Siemens Energy in Orlando, FL, and at Bechtel and IBEX Group in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1998 through 2002 on the Yucca Mountain Spent Nuclear Fuel Repository Project. 


A resident of Titusville, Florida, Dallas is married with three children.  He is active in his church and supports the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Dallas also operates his own business as an independent dealer for Amsoil synthetic motor oil.

Section Board Member Joseph A. Brown, CCE Wins 2010 AACE Total Cost Management (TCM) Excellence Award (June 2010, AACEi Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA)


North Florida AACE member Joseph A. Brown, CCE has recently been awarded the 2010 TCM Excellence Award by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, International (AACEi).


The AACE Total Cost Management (TCM) Excellence Award is presented annually as one of the Association’s top international awards.  It was created by the AACE Board of Directors in 1995 to recognize exemplary current service and contributions to the Association, and for substantial contributions to the field of engineering and to the community.


Currently President of Con$truction Co$t Con$ultant, Inc., Joe is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a B.B.C. degree.  He has over 30 years of successful constructing, bidding, proposals, building, planning, programming, scheduling and cost engineering experience.  He has prepared and reviewed construction cost estimates amounting to over $30 billion and has been a consultant to commercial, industrial and residential complex interests in several states, including work for the Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort Hotel. 


Joe has successfully prepared estimates for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NASA and Air Force facilities; and has received the prestigious Astronauts’ Silver Snoopy for professional excellence and his contributions to the success of the manned space efforts.  A true space pioneer, he has published numerous papers and books, including a new book to be published in July, and is an accomplished lecturer in 47 cost estimating seminars in 17 countries, on six continents.  Joe, who is an AACE Fellow, has been AACE internationally certified since 1976.  He has served on the board of the North Florida AACE Section for many years, and has mentored numerous engineering students through basic education and career guidance.


Joe’s newest book, Construction, Cost Escalation, Engineering and Management, is due to be published by Xlibris before the end of this year.


“I’m certainly honored to receive this important AACE award,” said Joe, “and the award ceremony was very special.  I’d like to thank all those from North Florida AACE and my other colleagues and friends who helped make this possible.”


Our sincerest congratulations to Joe for winning this prestigious and well-deserved international cost engineering award.

North Florida AACEi board member Joseph A. Brown, CCE (left) receives the 2010 AACEi TCM Excellence Award from AACEi President Mark G. Grotefend, CCC at the 54th AACEi Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.  In the background at the podium is Past President Stephen P. Warhoe, PE, CCE, CFCC.  (Photo courtesy of AACE International.)

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North Florida AACE Board member Fernando Villanueva  has received the 2014 CCTS Technical Achievement Award.  Congratulations to Fernando for this well-deserved honor. 

North Florida AACE Board member Del L Younker, CCP has been named the Section “You’re a Star” Award winner for 2013.  Our congratulations to Del!


Our Section has had eleven local scholarship winners in the past seven years.  Many received additional Section monies which qualified for a 50% AACE match.  The next application period begins January 1st.  See our Scholarship page for details.


North Florida AACE Board member Joseph A. Brown, CCE, has been named an AACE TCM Excellence Award winner for 2010.  Our congratulations to Joe on this much deserved recognition. 

North Florida AACEi member and VP-Administrative Susan B. Zimmerman, CCE has received the prestigious AACE Outstanding Woman in Project Controls Award for 2009.  Our congratulations to Susan. 

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