2022 40 Under 40: Orlando Cruz, PE, 34

Electrical Engineer, CDM Smith; BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

By Amara Rozgus, Chris Vavra, and Christina Miller May 16, 2022

While growing up in New Jersey, Cruz worked with his uncle overseeing the construction of residential housing projects, which sparked a passion for the design and construction of buildings. He then went to college and, around this time, Cruz started his engineering career as an intern for Jacobs, focusing on the design of electrical systems for several types of facilities. After obtaining his engineering license, Cruz relocated to Florida, where he now lives. He ran his own engineering company for two years and has worked on some of the largest projects in Florida. Cruz specializes in the design of electrical systems for water/wastewater treatment plants and tunnels. He has designed electrical upgrades and new installations for the lighting and fire and life safety systems for multiple tunnels across the nation. Cruz now has more than 10 years of engineering and engineering resource management experience with project work involving designs, reviews, studies and inspections of electrical systems serving critical infrastructure facilities throughout the world. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society and an advisory member of RP-1 (recommended practice for office lighting) and RP-7 (recommended practice for industrial lighting). As an advisory member he contributes to the development of recommended lighting design practice standards with a focus on lighting controls. As a stress reliever, he enjoys cycling and typically rides his bike 50 to 100 miles every week. He also enjoys renovating his house to incorporate additional smart home features and spending time with his two daughters.