ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM
University of Florida
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interview, I, Byron D. Spangler
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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUITY/AFFIMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
NAME and DATE OF BIRTH
SPANGLER, Byron D. May 10, 1914
Professor Emeritus Civil Engineering University of Florida
MSE (Science in Engineering) University of Florida 1950
BSCE (Civil Engineering) University of Florida 1947
BSME (Mechanical Engineering) Virginia Polytechnic Institute 1935
YEARS SERVICE ON THIS FACULTY
Forty (40) Employed September 15, 1949 Interim Instructor
July, 1950 Assistant Professor
July, 1956 Associate Professor
September, 1971 Professor and Associate Chairman
July 1984 Professor Emeritus
1972-1972 Directed and taught Multi-Disaster Design course in Tampa, Florida. Course
consisted of 10 three-hour lectures. Taught 2-day review course in Fallout Shelter
Design at Georgia Tech.
1971-1971 Taught 2-day review course in Fallout Shelter Design in Jacksonville, Florida.
1969-1969 Conducted 15-week Fallout Shelter Analysis and Design courses in Tallahassee,
1968-1968 Conducted 14-week Fallout Shelter Analysis and Design courses in Cocoa and
1967-1967 Conducted 13-week Fallout Shelter Analysis and Design courses in Gainesville and
Orlando, Florida and 13-week course in Protective Course in Jacksonville, Florida.
1965-1965 Conducted 2-day Civil Defense updating workshop in Tampa, Florida. Directed
3-week Protective Construction (design for dynamic loads) course in Cocoa, Florida
and 13-week Fallout Shelter Analysis and Design course in Tallahassee, Florida.
1964-1964 Directed 13-week Fallout Shelter Analysis and Design course in Tampa, Melbourne
and Miami, Florida.
1963-1963 Directed 2-week Fallout Shelter Analysis and Design course in Puerto Rico and
13-week course in Tallahassee, Florida.
1962-1962 Two workshops on Hasty Shelter Construction.
Summer 1962 Naval Civil Engineering lab, Port Heuneme, California, Research on Layered Systems.
1961-1962 Eight 2-week Fallout Shelter Analysis courses for Architects and Engineers.
Summer 1957 Boeing Airplane Co., Summer Faculty Program.
Summer 1955 Structural Engineer, Architect to the Board of Control, University of Florida.
1948-1949 Structural Engineer, Bail Horton, and Assoc., Bradenton, Florida.
1941-1946 Commissioned Service in Anti-Aircraft Artillery (2 yrs.) and Infantry (2 yrs. 2 mo.).
Retired U.S. Army Reserve, Lt. Col.
1936-1941 Farm Management, Irrigation and Drainage, Residential Construction, Self-employed.
1935-1936 Tracer, Materials Checker, New Jersey Zinc Co., Palmerton, Pennsylvania.
Investigations of timber roof truss failures, blast damage to structures, ladder and scaffold failures and
damage to structures as a result of settlement; assisted in design of Fuller Warren Bridge,
Jacksonville; subsoil investigation, Florida Turnpike. Structural evaluation of coastal structures.
Member, Florida Board of Professional Engineers, 1986-present; Vice Chairman 1988, Chairman 1989
SCIENTIFIC and PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
American Society of Civil Engineers
Secretary, Florida Section, 3 years
Member, Executive Committee, 1970, 1971
Chairman, District 10 Council, 1966
Secretary, District 10 Council, 1975-1989
Director, District 10 Council, 1990-
Member, Professional Activities Committee, 1990-
Member, National Education and Research Policy Committee, 1990-
Member of National Committee on Standards of Practice, 1983-present
Member of various committees, averaging two per year since 1970
American Concrete Institute
American Society for Engineering Education
Florida Engineering Society
Vice-President, North Central Chapter, 1963
President, North Central Chapter, 1964
Secretary-Treasurer, Engineers in Education Functional Group, 1971
Member of various other committees averaging one per year since 1971
Reserve Officers Association
National Society of Professional Engineers
Association for Protection from Nuclear Attack
Qualified Fallout Shelter Analyst and Instructor
Phi Kappa Phi, Past Vice-President and President, University of Florida Chapter
Tau Beta Pi
Vice-President, Gainesville Alumnus Chapter, 1975-1977
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
Member, Examinations for Professional Engineers, Vice Chairman, 1989-1991
Special Structure Examination Committee, Vice Chairman, 1988-89
Fundamentals Examination Committee, 1987-88
International Relations Committee, 1988
Committee on Uniform Practices and Legislative Guidelines, Vice Chairman, 1988-89
HONORS and AWARDS
Named by largest number of students in survey conducted by the Office of Student Affairs, University
of Florida, as the faculty member having the greatest influence on their lives.
Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 1965-1976
American Men of Science, 1967-1976
Engineer of the Year, Florida Section, ASCE, 1968
Engineer of the Year, Gainesville Branch, ASCE, 1975
Engineer of the Year, North Central Branch, FES, 1977
Eminent Career Award, 1980, College of Engineering
Nominated for consideration by the Florida National Alumni Association for the Alumni Professorship
Florida Section ASCE established the Byron D. Spangler Distinguished Service Award, 1980
The Special Citation Award, American Institute of Steel Construction, 1983
Spangler, B. D. and M. W. Self, "Design and Construction in Coastal Zones," Proceedings of the Third
N. S. International Conference, Wind Engineering Research, National Science Foundation, 1978.
Spangler, B. D., "Housing Design for Hurricane Forces in Coastal Zones," Housing Problems in
Developing Countries, John Wiley, 1978.
Jones, C. P. and B. D. Spangler, "Evaluation of Existing and Potential Hurricane Shelters and
Buildings for Emergency Use," with recommended changes to the Monroe County Building Code,
prepared under a contract with Monroe County, April 1984.
Spangler, B. D. and C. P. Jones, 'valuation of Existing and Potential Hurricane Shelters," Florida Sea
Grant Report #68, November, 1984.