Florida State University will recognize 10 distinguished alumni during the annual Alumni Awards event on Friday, Oct. 20, and three Grads Made Good Award recipients at the Homecoming Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 21.
The Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon young alumni by the FSU Alumni Association. The 2023 Askew Award honorees are Garit Poire, Amanda Schell and Max Spanier.
Garit Poire (B.S. ’16, M.S. ’18)
Garit Poire is a business development engineer for Turner Construction. Poire co-founded the INSPIRE program, a joint venture between the American Society of Civil Engineers (ACSE) Tallahassee branch and 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 participate in hands-on STEM activities. During ASCE’s 2018 push to get educational toolkits into every U.S. public school, Poire established the Great Give. This crowdfunding campaign raised over $12,000 in just two weeks to secure toolkits for every remaining school in Florida. A decorated engineer, Poire was awarded the Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Private Sector Award by the ASCE Eastern Region Younger Member Council and the 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering. He served FSU as a teaching assistant for the engineering mechanics and senior design course, an Engineering Design Day coordinating committee member and as the graduate adviser to the FAMU-FSU Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Florida Engineering Society and American Concrete Institute.