Eric J. Primavera ASCE Student Chapter Endowment


Type

General Endowment

Value

$271,144 (2021)

Year Established

2000

Purpose

Provide student competition expenses at Regional and National levels, and sending Florida Tech ASCE students to national ASCE and other pertinent Civil Engineering Society meetings. (GF000170)

Description

Funds are distributed at the discretion of the Program Chairman in Civil Engineering and/or the ASCE faculty member.


History

Eric Primavera was a gifted engineering alumnus and builder of Florida Tech’s first concrete canoe. He was not only an outstanding student during his time at Florida Tech, he was also a leader among undergraduate and graduate students.

After he received his master’s degree from Florida Tech, he moved to New York for a few years and then came back to Florida to work at Port Canaveral Company, Gee & Jensen. There, he “oversaw complex coastal engineering projects, including the design of piers for new cruise ships.”

Eric’s professional achievements include developing a 17,000-psi high-strength mix and advancing the ACI code for high strength anchor pullout through his Master’s Thesis. Additionally, in 1991, Eric and other Florida Tech students attended the ASCE Southeast Regional Competition at Mississippi State where they placed 4th in a field of more than 30 schools after Eric introduced Florida Tech’s first canoe effort.

He was married to Tina Ortiz and enjoyed teaching structural engineering courses during his free time. On April 20th, 2000, Florida Tech lost an outstanding alumnus who is remembered as “an inspiration to everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.”