Civil Gator Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

                               November 6, 2009


         2009 and inaugural Civil Gators Hall of Fame inductee 

                    Professor Byron D. Spangler, P.E.


Professor Spangler impacted the lives of hundreds and thousands of Gator Civil Engineering students, and all of us have fond and not so fond memories of our days as a student during encounters with him during his time on faculty and as our academic advisor. 

He was far more than a UF graduate and professor, and in these non UF activities are where he perhaps stood out more as a role model for Gator Civil Engineers. 

We have numerous examples of service to his profession though activities in professional societies, including:

  • President of the Florida Section of ASCE
  • National Director, District 10, ASCE
  •  Member of the ASCE National Committee on Standards of Practice
  • FES North Central Chapter President
  • President of local alumni chapter of Tau Beta Pi Society

He was also very active in the National Council of Engineering Examiners and the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, serving as a member and later Chairman of the Board.


He was a noted lecturer and engineering consultant on numerous structural engineering topics.


He received the first Eminent Career Award presented by the College of Engineering.  His former students had the highest respect for him as both a teacher and more importantly, friend and advisor, both during and after our formal education. 


The Florida Section of ASCE established a Distinguished Service Award in his name to honor him.    He was named “Engineer of the Year” at various times by the Florida Section of ASCE, the North Central Branch of FES, and the Gainesville Branch of ASCE.


Perhaps the most descriptive words that can be written or said of Professor Spangler is that during his life, he was commonly referred to as “Mr. Civil Engineer” in Florida. 



Plaque that was presented of Byron D. Spangler that will be permanently displayed in the CCE department at Weil Hall


Civil Gator Board members Mike Bell, Loreen Bobo, Ernie Cox and Aage Schroder with the Plaque of Byron D. Spangler as the first inductee to the Civil Gators Hall of Fame during the 100 year CCE celebration

            More photos from the event located on the Photo Gallery page


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