Tara Kivett named ‘Engineer of the Year’


Florida Construction News staff writer

City of Clearwater engineer Tara Kivett was recently recognized as Engineer of the Year by the Florida Engineering Society (FES).

A professional civil engineer serving local government for more than 26 years, Kivett worked for the city of Los Angeles for eight years, took a nine-year break in her career to raise a family, and has been with the city of Clearwater for 19 years, as their City Engineer for the last four years.

The Engineer of the Year Award is given to the one member of FES each year that best exemplifies the ideal image of the Professional Engineer. The award may be given in recognition of an individual who has established a record of consistent quality over a long period of time or to an individual who has established an outstanding record over a short period of time.

Nominees must have a well-rounded record of achievement in education, employment, and professional and public service activities.

Kivett is a leader in the Florida Engineering Society, and volunteers for MathCounts, the Great American Teach-In, Women in STEM, Future Cities, and other career events at local high schools and St. Petersburg College.

“Civil engineers build America’s infrastructure, and she reminds us…the road to success is always under construction,” the city said in a statement recognizing the award.



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