The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced Garit Poire, E.I., M.S., ENV SP as one of ten 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering in the Professional category! Poire is a graduate of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University – Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. Poire now serves as a Special Project Division Engineering Assistant for Turner Construction Company. Today, Poire calls Orlando, Florida home.
ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering program recognizes young civil engineers for their achievements and contributions to society. All New Faces honorees will be officially recognized during ASCE’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala on March 14, 2019 in Arlington, Va.
Following what could have been a life-threatening heart surgery, Poire was determined to spend his career giving back to the community. He started his journey of giving back by running for president of his ASCE Student Chapter and fundraising nearly $50,000 to support the chapter. After graduation, he became the K-12 outreach chair for ASCE’s Tallahassee Branch. Now, the manages the ASCE Florida Section’s marketing and communications.
Most notably, Poire co-founded the INSPIRE program, a joint venture between ASCE’s Tallahassee Branch, Florida universities, organizations, and companies to promote K-12 STEM outreach for at-risk youth in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. The program includes INSPIRE days at the Tallahassee Challenger Learning Center, where students can watch Dream Big and participate in hands-on STEM activities. During ASCE’s 2018 push to get Dream Big educational toolkits into every U.S. public school, Poire established the Great Give, a crowdfunding campaign that raised over $12,000 in just two weeks to secure Dream Big toolkits for every remaining school in Florida.
Most recently, Poire was awarded the Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Private Sector Award by the ASCE Eastern Region Younger Member Council (a 21-state region).