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Just 34, Josephine Zurica named principal at Manhattan sustainability firm Dagher Engineering

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NEW YORK,, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After just six years as a professional engineer with Dagher Engineering, 34-year old Josephine Zurica has been named principal at the firm, marking another unconventional move by this Manhattan-based engineering and sustainability consulting company known for going in bold directions. Josephine came to Dagher fresh from a tour in Panama with the Peace Corps. Despite her youth and relatively short time at the company, founding principal Elias Dagher says she is the ideal person to join him and principal Richard Pearson in leading the 40-member firm.

Josephine Zurica,34, has been named principal at Dagher Engineering. She joined the firm in 2007, just after returning from Panama with the Peace Corps. She lives in Brooklyn with her son and husband.

"Josephine has instincts that can't be taught and skills some people never learn. She came with very broad life experience and she is a good listener. Listening is key in our firm's culture," said Dagher, who started the company in 2000, specializing in sustainable MEP design at a time when green building science was in its infancy in the U.S. "We very quickly put Josephine in front of clients, and even if they were unsure at first, they quickly came around and trusted her," Dagher said, noting Josephine tends to lead from behind. "She's humble. Like our firm, she shows her expertise through her work."

"I feel privileged to move into this new role at Dagher," said Josephine. "Our firm is unique in the way we view our role as not just MEP engineers but collaborators in the building design process. We believe that understanding the unique needs of each project is key. I look forward to continue promoting these ideals through my new position with Dagher."

A registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York and a LEED Accredited Professional, Josephine is in the process of obtaining a certification as a Passive House Consultant and has professional expertise in building modeling and simulation, energy conservation, historic renovation, and sustainable project management. Her portfolio with Dagher Engineering includes the award winning net-zero design for the Housatonic River Museum in Pittsfield, MA and the historic renovation of Wave Hill House, a cultural center and garden in Riverdale, NY, as well as the management of the design for the Brooklyn Bridge Pier 1 mixed-use development

Josephine studied mechanical engineering at Manhattan College and earned her MS in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University. In addition to Josephine's time in the Peace Corps she has also volunteered her professional service through involvement with Engineers without Borders and is currently working with a team to design compost latrines and promote health education in El Salvador.

Dagher Engineering (www.dagherengineering.com) is an award-winning building systems engineering and sustainability consulting firm based in New York City. Their portfolio includes work in the commercial office + retail, cultural, educational, healthcare, hospitality, and residential market sectors for both U.S-based and international clients.

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