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Governor A.W. Gilchrist Award
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The Governor A.W. Gilchrist Award is presented annually to a member of the engineering profession who exemplifies the spirit, described below, of public service that betters humankind, therefore, bringing honor to the engineering profession.

Albert Walter Gilchrist, for whom this award was named, was by profession an engineer and by further service to his fellowmen a State Legislator, a Speaker of the House, and ultimately, the 20th Governor of the State of Florida from 1909 to 1913. Gilchrist's own life symbolizes the intent of this award.

As Governor, he was noted for promoting the state of Florida nationally and internationally, for improvement of penitentiaries, and for sponsoring legislation to safeguard the health of people and livestock. Gilchrist County was named for him.

Governor Gilchrist was a humanitarian as exemplified by donating much of his estate to founding a Masonic home in St. Petersburg and for other charitable causes. His love for people was in evidence when he initiated Mother's Day in Florida five years before this day became one of national recognition and used part of his estate for ice cream and cake to be given to the children of Punta Gorda each Halloween--a tradition still continuing today.

Basic Criteria

  • Candidate must be a professional engineer registered in the state of Florida who has achieved distinction resulting in substantial beneficial publicity and/or recognition of the profession through public office and/or civic leadership.
  • Candidate must have achieved distinction in his own technical field and mode of practice.
  • Candidate shall be a Florida resident and preferably a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) / Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) in good standing.
  • Candidate shall have worked for the professional, civic and technical interests of the engineering profession.

Procedure/Evaluation Criteria

  • The nomination shall be no more than a two page summary describing the nominee's involvement in the following:
    • Public office and/or civic leadership. (40%)
    • Participation in ACEC-FL/FICE/FES. (20%)
    • Participation in other professional and technical activities and societies (40%)
    • Be sure to include in your transmittal letter the nominees name, title, company name, phone, fax and email address.
  • The ACEC-FL/FICE Public Relations Committee shall review each nomination and make its recommendation to the Board of Directors two months prior to the Annual Summer Conference & Exposition. If no qualified nominations are received, a nominating sub-committee will identify worthy candidates of the A.W. Gilchrist Award and recommend them to the Board of Directors. The sub-committee shall consist of the immediate past president of ACEC-FL/FICE, a member of the ACEC-FL/FICE Public Relations Committee, and a third member, who will be appointed by the ACEC-FL/FICE president.
  • A plaque shall be presented to the winner at the Annual Summer Conference & Exposition. In addition, recognition will be provided in the ACEC-FL/FICE Update, FES Journal, and press releases to state-wide media.

Submit To:

Chad Faison
ACEC-FL/FICE Governor A.W. Gilchrist Award
P.O. Box 750
Tallahassee, FL 32302

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Past Winners

1976
 James A. Ruth, P.E.
1977
 Arthur Belefant, P.E.
1980
 John Walker Vogt, P.E.
1981
 Suheil E. Jammal, P.E.
1982
 C. Eugene Lent, P.E.
1983
 William L. Barton, P.E.
1984
 L. Daniel Fulford, P.E.
1985
 Ben C. Scales, P.E.
1986
 James E. Sawyer, P.E.
1987
 Charles Carlan, P.E., P.L.S.
1988
 Herbert S. Saffir, P.E.
1989
 Richard B. Gassett, P.E.
1990
 Richard M. Miller, P.E.
1991
 Charles L. Meister, P.E.
1992
 John A. Grant, Jr., P.E., P.L.S.
1994
 Raymond W. Miller, P.E.
1997
 Benjamin G. Watts, P.E.
1998
 Fermin A. Diaz, P.E.
2002
 David E. Flinchbaugh, P.E., Ph.D.
2003
 Senator Winston W. "Bud" Gardner, Jr.,  P.E.
2004
 John B. Zumwalt, III, P.E.
2005
 Representative Trudi K. Williams, P.E.
2007
 Peter J. Sheridan, III, PE
2008
 Lennart E. Lindahl, Jr., PE
2009
 Kimberlee B. DeBosier, PE
2012  Ernest A. “Ernie” Cox III, PE.
2014  Representative Lake G. Ray III, PE
2016  R. Bruce Taylor, PhD, PE, F.NSPE,Taylor  Engineering, Inc.