2018 Conference Recap


The ASCE Florida Section would like to take a moment to thank all those who participated in our Annual Conference. It is because of your support that our Section is the organization it is today. None of this would be possible without the countless individuals & organizations who attended, gave presentations, or sponsored this event.





Garit was Graduate Advisor of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Student Chapter, K-12 Outreach Chair for ASCE Tallahassee Branch, and is the Communications and Publications Co-Chair for the ASCE Florida Section. He is also the founder of the INSPIRE Program which aims to promote STEM outreach to at-risk youth through INSPIRE days. This year, INSPIRE has reached nearly 800 at-risk youth. Garit, as K-12 Outreach Chair, played a significant role in ASCE Tallahassee Branch winning the Most Outstanding Small Branch and Section for Regions 1,2, 4, and 5, and the National Diversity and Inclusion Award. As Graduate Advisor, he guided his student chapter to be named a Top 5 ASCE


Ridegway Finalist out of 347 student chapters, ASCE Distinguished Chapter for Region 5, and one of the 12 out of 347 student chapters given commendation for community service. Since his 2015-16 Presidency, he has overseen the funding of more than $65,000 in funds towards STEM programs. As Communicates and Publications Co-Chair, Garit worked on multiple marketing endeavors, including creating a Section Instagram page, increasing social media presence, redesigning layouts and graphics for the Section e-newsletters, and creating the print and digital marketing for the 2018 ASCE Florida Section Annual Conference. Garit also created a membership analysis program that analyzes Section and Branch membership profiles and demographics.

Garit will be graduated Summer 2018 with his Master of Science in Civil Engineer with a 4.0 GPA. As an undergraduate, he was the President of the FAMU-FSU Student Chapter and received the 2016 ASCE Florida Section Student of the Year Award and 2016 Florida Engineering Society Student of the Year Award. After continuing his education with his graduate degree, Garit received the Florida Engineering Society Outstanding Service to a Student Chapter Award. As a teaching assistant, he was nominated for the Florida State University Teaching Assistant Award, where the student stated “Garit is the first TA I have encountered that truly cares for his students, a trait that compliments not only his character but also the quality of leaning at Florida State University.” Garit was also one of four out of 40+ recipients to receive the 2018 Florida State University Graduate Leadership Award. He also received the 2017 ASCE Tallahassee Branch Student of the Year, 2018 FAMU-FSU Academic Leadership Award, and was awarded for his dedicated service by the FAMU-FSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Office of the Dean.


Past President's Scholarship Endowment

The ASCE Florida Section Past President’s Scholarship is an endowed scholarship fund.  The investment income from the endowment is ASCE Florida Section’s investment in the future of ASCE and civil engineering by recognizing students who have not only maintained excellent academic records but who have also taken on leadership roles in their university.

The scholarship committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Past President Scholars are as follows:

Ashley Norton ($1,500)

is expected to graduate Spring 2019 from the University of North Florida, where she is the ASCE Student Chapter President and has volunteered on numerous student chapter conference teams.  In addition to her service to ASCE, she is also working at Taylor Engineering, where she has worked on FEMA flood map models, Bridge Scour analysis and beach nourishment analysis.  She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and the Society of Women Engineers.

Mary Sullivan ($1,000)

is expected to graduate Spring 2019 from the University of Florida (UF), where she served as the ASCE SE Regional Student Conference Director, and has volunteered on numerous student chapter conference teams.  In addition to her service to ASCE, she has worked for RS&H as a Roadway Construction Inspector and at UF as a teaching assistant and editing lab safety documents. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and UF ASCE Foundation Families.

Melody Gonzalez ($1,000)

is expected to graduate December 2018 from Florida International University (FIU), where she is President of the Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter and has volunteered on numerous student chapter conference teams.  In addition to her ASCE service, she works at the Wall of Wind Experimental Facility as part of the International Hurricane Research Center Extreme Events Institute at FIU.  She is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Society of Women Engineers.

Ashley Norton ($1,500)

If you would like to make a donation to increase the Past Presidents Endowment to enable more scholarship awards, please contact Judy Nichols at 561.215.4311 or judy@fla-asce.org to get more information.


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DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World is more than a movie - it’s a movement. The film presents the charisma of the incredible feats that engineers have been able to accomplish, from the vast Great Wall of China to the sky-piercing Burg Khalifa. This year, the ASCE Florida Section launched its first-ever crowdfunding event, the GREAT GIVE in the weeks leading up to the conference. Through inspiring creativity and tireless efforts, the ASCE Florida Section raised more than $12,000 to make sure that one DVD of Dream Big is put in to every Florida public school - a total of more than 2,400 schools. What incredible outreach! Read the article below to read the story of how this event started and how it helped all students DREAM BIG.