andrePaul Levelt André, P.E., CEHP., M.ASCE, was recently honored as the 2013 Environmental Health Award recipient at the annual Path Awards ceremony at FIU. Mr. André, the Drinking Water Program Manager at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Miami-Dade County, is an FIU CEE graduate who earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1990.

The Path Awards is the premier event of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at FIU. Since 2006, the Path Awards has recognized community partners and exemplary professionals in dietetics, public health, and social work. The annual event includes a luncheon and awards ceremony designed to bring together community partners, leaders, faculty, staff, and students to celebrate the College’s work to promote health, safety, and wellbeing in South Florida.

A licensed professional engineer, Mr. André has held his current position with the Florida Department of Health since 2008 and is the first Haitian American to serve as the FDOH’s Drinking Water Program Manager. In the role, Mr. André oversees the Well Surveillance Program and ensures that all public suppliers provide safe water to customers. He has been working in various capacities for the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County for thirty-one years, becoming a trusted leader among his peers and in the community.

“I was thrilled and honored to receive the Path Award for Environmental Health,” says Mr. André. “It is a reflection of my passion for public health. Also, I am proud to be a member of a big family, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade, who work each day to promote, protect, and improve the health of this community.”

Mr. André has received many other honors for his work, including a 2007 Award for Excellence and a 2004 Stellar Performance Award for his outstanding professionalism, quality improvement efforts, and management in the Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System Program. With limited resources during fiscally challenged times, Mr. André has led and managed diverse projects that have maximized coverage of services and made a positive impact on environmental health.