University of Florida, 2010, Master of Science, Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering
Dalhousie University, 2008, Bachelor of Engineering, Civil and Structural
Employment: COO, Caribbean Coastal Services
If there’s one thing that excites Carlos Palacious, it’s testing the waters. In fact, this Lyford Cay Scholar doesn’t just test them — he studies them, restores them, and designs projects around them.
Graduating from St. Anne’s School in 2004 as Head Boy, Salutatorian, Gentleman of the Year, and recipient of the National Pacesetters Award in Education, it was no surprise that Carlos caught the eye of The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation, which awarded him an annual scholarship of $7,500 toward his four-year degree. In 2008, he graduated from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural); by that time, he had discovered the niche that made him tick.
An internship with Miami-based firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc. quickly confirmed the young man’s blooming interest. Working under the supervision of renowned engineers, Carlos got his feet wet in planning and designing the 300 manmade islands featured in Dubai’s ‘The World’ project.
An avid swimmer, fisherman and diver, pursuing a career in the maritime field felt like a natural progression to Carlos, who went on to earn a Master of Science in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering at the University of Florida in 2010.
Despite The Bahamas having an abundance of coastline, he is the first professionally licensed Bahamian to specialise in Coastal Engineering.
“I was one of the first persons from The Bahamas to study it. Worldwide, it’s a pretty small profession simply because there is a limited amount of coastline,” said Carlos. “The Bahamas has some of the most unique and pristine marine and wetland ecosystems in the world. Coastal engineering is a discipline that tries to ensure that these resources remain available in the future.”
Licenced to practise in the USA, Canada and The Bahamas, Carlos has been making waves in the industry at home. Beginning a career with Caribbean Costal Services (CCS) in 2010, he has had the opportunity to use his expertise in some of the nation’s biggest and most exclusive developments, including Ocean Club, Albany, Old Fort Bay and Lyford Cay.
Keen to bring his fondness of nautical life to the office, his work is hardly limited to overseeing prominent construction schemes. Since beginning his career, he has sought to establish a place for environmental preservation at the forefront of his innovative productions.
“In The Bahamas, there is a constant pressure to remain at the head of the tourism and financial industries in the Caribbean, which has sometimes resulted in a lack of restrictive measures to protect our natural environment,” said Carlos. “There has to be a healthy balance between economic development and environmental preservation. As we continue to develop our infrastructure, we need to put in place long-term plans and resources to protect our natural ecosystems.”
Carlos has extended his thanks to LCF and CLCF for supporting him and so many other scholars throughout their post-secondary studies.
“The contributions the Foundations have made to the development of The Bahamas are immeasurable,” he said. “It is with the greatest appreciation that I thank them for the financial assistance that allowed me to complete my studies abroad and gain the training I needed to assist in establishing a strong framework of coastal and marine scientists and engineers in The Bahamas.”