Pioneer and Leader, Victoria Cerami Paves Path for Women Engineers
Top spots in acoustical engineering firms are primarily held by men. But Victoria Cerami takes a back seat to none of them, and she wants to ensure that other women have the chance to earn their way to the top of this competitive field.
Her firm, Cerami & Associates, Inc., is a nationally renowned consultancy focused on innovative building solutions, and one of just a few such firms that is women-owned.
To inspire more women to consider acoustical engineering as a career choice, Ms. Cerami recently endowed the Cerami Acoustical Engineering Scholarship Fund. Awarded to a female student studying acoustical engineering at her alma mater, the University of Hartford, the award recipient is selected by an independent committee of local business leaders. In addition, Cerami’s firm also established the Vito V. Cerami Scholarship Fund through the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, which has awarded $40,000 to young women pursuing studies in mechanical engineering.
Recognizing her professional achievements and support for the next generation of women in engineering, a string of new honors have put Cerami & Associates — and Cerami herself — into even more news headlines.
Recently, Ms. Cerami received the 2017 Brava Award, given to a woman in a CEO-level position “who is as passionate about giving back as about running a successful company.” Cerami was selected for the honor to reflect her entrepreneurship in leading a 100-person firm with three U.S. offices, as well as for her positive impact on communities she serves. Just prior to this, Cerami & Associates received the prestigious Audiovisual Providers of Excellence or APEx recognition, conferred by the group InfoComm to certify firms with outstanding capabilities in the field of audiovisual design, making it among the first women-owned companies to earn APEx.
Cerami is the first to acknowledge that she’s an exception in her field, but she sees the University of Hartford scholarship as a direct way to make a difference in the careers and lives of emerging professionals. “Our company’s core principles include excellence in design and service as well as lifelong learning, empathy, and passionate responsibility,” says Victoria J. Cerami, CEO. “We’re dedicated to promoting diversity within our industry, as well as excellence.”
About Victoria J. Cerami
Victoria Cerami has led Cerami & Associates for nearly 30 years. Under her leadership, the firm has grown from a small acoustical engineering practice headquartered in New York City to a multidisciplinary acoustics and technology consulting firm that delivers services all over the world. After earning a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the University of Hartford and a Master in Business Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Cerami expanded the firm significantly. Under her leadership, Cerami has earned a reputation as one of the premier acoustical and technology consulting firms in the world.
About Cerami & Associates
Cerami & Associates is comprised of acoustical, audiovisual, and technology design consultants working in a variety of areas. From corporate facilities to hospitals or museums to laboratories, the firm helps their clients improve the design of their workplace through services which include Acoustics and Vibrations, Audiovisual and Multimedia and Technology and Services. Some of recent projects include: the CNN Studios Time Warner Center, Brooklyn Arena, the New York Rangers Training Center, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center & Natatorium. Cerami offices are located in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.