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Evert Garcia: Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year finalist

Evert Garcia arrived in Rochester as an infant, part of a family fleeing Nicaragua to seek political asylum and a better life in the United States. Garcia grew up in northeast and southwest city neighborhoods and, along the way, found his calling while going to high school at Edison Tech.

“I was just kind of going through the motions in public school,” Garcia says. “I was in the electrical field and got involved in a lot of youth construction programs at Edison. I liked the whole construction industry and ended up applying for civil engineering at (Rochester Institute of Technology).”

Garcia gained real-world engineering experience in college at the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services and Seeler Engineering PC in Bushnell’s Basin. After he graduated from RIT in 2010 with a B.S. degree in civil engineering technology, Garcia launched his career with the town of Brighton as engineering assistant.

Garcia has brought a techie’s fresh vision to the job. His responsibilities include maintaining the town’s extensive Geographic Information System and developing GIS applications that monitor Department of Public Works services, such as leaf collection and snow plowing. Garcia also is responsible for the DPW, highway, and building and planning portions of the town of Brighton website and provides assistance to other departments as needed. 

Garcia, who is working on becoming a licensed professional engineer, encourages aspiring engineers to work on being well rounded by exploring areas outside of their immediate fields of study.

“I’m in the field of civil engineering; I get it and I’m interested in it,” Garcia says. “But I’m also really into technology and have been able to apply a lot of the tech field into engineering, just kind of bring a different perspective to projects.”

Garcia considers his leading engineering achievement thus far to be designing a cured-in-place pipe liner system that was

used to rehabilitate a deteriorated corrugated metal culvert on Buckland Creek.

He also uses his technology skills as website administrator and social media coordinator for the New York State chapter of the American Public Works

Association. Garcia has been secretary of the Genesee Valley branch of the APWA since 2013 and received the chapter’s Young Leader Award in 2014.

With his wife, Nayeli, all other nonwork time is devoted to his 10-month-old son, Noah. “Everything kind of revolves around keeping him happy most of the time,” Garcia says. 

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