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August 2020
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My August message would usually be full of pictures of our Annual Icebreaker Event, which was unfortunately one more casualty of the on-going pandemic. I do want to thank our local Engineering Community for your past support of this exciting event and hope you can all join me at the 2021 Icebreaker, which will be bigger and better than ever!
On a brighter note, the East Central Branch does have two of our larger events, the Annual Officer Installation Luncheon (September 18th) and the Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament (September 25th) coming up! The Officer Installation Luncheon will be presented as a virtual meeting this year but we hope you can still join us to thank this year's volunteers and wish next year's Board Members best of luck in the 2020-2021 year.
Luckily golf is one of the few sports that lends itself to physical distancing! We had a fantastic tournament last year and we plan on still having some fun this year but with all the necessary precautions so it can still be a safe event. So start getting your teams together to join us out at Eagle Creek this year for some golf, drinks, prizes and awards!

Stay safe everyone and see you soon!



Craig Ballock, P.E., M. ASCE
ACSE East Central Branch President
Virtual Officer Installation Luncheon
For the Virtual Officer Installation Luncheon
September 18 at noon
Invitation to follow

Environmental & Water Resources Institute  
EWRI awarded our 2020 scholarships to four engineering students. This year $5,000 of scholarships were awarded, including a first place prize scholarship award of $2,000, and three $1,000 scholarship awards. Funds for EWRI scholarships come from events held throughout the year, most notably from our annual EWRI Water Resources Seminar.
Ms. Kelsey Perez - 1st Place Winner
Below are this year's awardees:
1st Place - $2000 Winner 
Kelsey Perez - Civil Engineering Undergrad at UCF

$1000 Winners
Amaya Bajorek - Environmental Engineering Undergrad at UCF
Saba Ghotbi - Civil Engineering PhD Candidate in Water Resources Engineering at UCF
Christoper Hagglund - Environmental Engineering Undergrad at UCF

Your EWRI committee is looking forward to bringing future webinars to our membership with the following events already scheduled:
  • August 20th - Green Infrastructure Site Assessment with New ICPR Water Quality Tools, presented by Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE, ENV SP and Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E., CFM (Geosyntec Consultants), and Pete Singhofen, P.E., (Streamline Technologies)
  • September 17th - Do you sea grass? Inferring estuarine health from 30 Years of aerial seagrass mapping along Florida's west coast, presented by Chris J. Anastasiou, Ph.D., (Southwest Florida Water Management District).
Geotechnical Engineering Institute  
2020 ASCE East Central Branch
Geo-Institute Scholarship 
The Geo-Institute Chapter of ASCE's Florida Section - East Central Branch (ASCE ECB) is proud to announce two scholarship opportunities. These scholarships are part of the Geo-Institute's commitment to supporting Central Florida's brightest minds for future careers in geotechnical engineering.
Scholarships are open to graduate students majoring in geotechnical engineering and to undergraduate students with career interests in geotechnical engineering.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Currently registered full-time student majoring in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering at a university within the East Central Branch region
  • Is an active member of his/her local ASCE student chapter
  • Is currently in good academic standing (3.0 overall G.P.A. or higher)
The following items will need to be submitted along with the Scholarship Application Form no later than November 1, 2020 for eligibility:
  • Career goals essay demonstrating an interest in geotechnical engineering (500 words or less)
  • Unofficial school transcripts
  • Three (3) references with names and phone numbers or email (Example - Faculty, Employers, Coworkers, ASCE Student-Chapter Officer)
Applications will be scored using the following criteria:
  • Essay (originality, grammar, spelling, punctuation, professional appearance)
  • G.P.A.
  • Community Involvement
  • Involvement with the ASCE Student Chapter (to be verified by ASCE Student-Chapter Officer)
Application Process
Applicants should submit a complete application package (PDF format only) to Gene Williford, P.E., ASCE ECB Geo-Institute, at  no later than November 1, 2020.  No other methods for submittal of application will be accepted.
Amounts of Scholarships & Announcement of Selection
The ASCE's ECB Geo-Institute will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to an eligible graduate student and one scholarship in the amount of $500 to an eligible undergraduate student.  This year's recipients will be recognized at a future ASCE Geo-Institute Chapter event.  Please note that the Geo-Institute Chapter reserves the right to change the award amounts or designee upon review of the applications received. For more information, please contact Gene Williford at
Structural Engineering Institute 
SEI Scholarships 
The Structural Engineering Institute of the ASCE East Central Branch is proud to announce the ASCE ECB SEI Scholarship. This scholarship is part of the SEI commitment to support Central Florida's brightest minds for future careers in structural engineering.  
Please check the link below for the requirements, point of contact, and deadlines for the scholarships.  
Younger Members 
PE Review Course
The Fall seating of the PE is October 23rd-24th, 2020. Begin studying now with the YMF PE review course! 13 classes over 6 weeks, you will be fully refreshed on all topics covered by the 2020 Professional Engineer Examination.
ASCE YMF Luncheon
As the school year is upon us, YMF would like to encourage you to support this year's school supply drive in any way you can!
As the primary provider of free school supplies to students, A Gift For Teaching (AGFT) coordinates the LARGEST supply drive in Central Florida; and we need your help more than ever this year. From August 1st - September 16th, AGFT will host our official Back-to-School Drive campaign.
The deep impact of COVID-19 in our community has forced thousands of families to make difficult decisions each day between food, utilities, and now, essential supplies for their children to be prepared to learn in the new school year. In order to help keep our supporters safe and out of stores, as well as limit the amount of physical contact supplies have before they reach children, we will be moving to a "virtual" supply drive. AGFT is joining forces with Backpack Gear, a long-time supporter and an Orlando-based supplier of school essentials, in order to safely provide these supplies to students. 
Younger Member Forum 2020-2021 Officer Elections and 2019-2020 Officer Sendoff
ASCE ECB YMF 2019-2020

ASCE ECB YMF 2019-2020

Interested in becoming a bigger part of the Central Florida Engineering Community? Nominate yourself or another young engineer in Central Florida for positions within the ASCE East Central Branch Younger Member Forum!
All Positions can be found HERE for the 2020-2021 year.
New to ASCE ECB? Committees are also available for most positions to help chair positions with all of their officer duties!
The ASCE East Central Branch Younger Member Forum plans community service events, socials, STEM outreach events, professional development classes, University Outreach events, and many other things around the year! This wouldn't be possible without the help of many young engineers in the Central Florida Area. The following lists the positions that make up the YMF Officer Board:
Past President
Marketing Chair (Committee)
Service Chair (Committee)
Social Chair (Committee)
Engineer for a Day/Education Chair (Committee)
Technical Seminar/Professional Development Chair
University Liaison
Central Florida Field Trip Chair
Sports Chair (Committee)
PE Review Chair (Not voted on)
All officers are required to attend (or call into) monthly meetings at the president's discretion and follow through their roles as discussed in the Officer Descriptions in the link in the "What" Section.  
Elections are Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:30am
Via Zoom Meeting
Contact William Soehaili at to RSVP and/or get more information to join! We'll send you a calendar invite with all of the information you need!
A Special "Thank you" to all of the officers from the 2019-2020 year 


Student Activities 

Due to having to be socially distanced during these times and many things being remote ASCE has still been able to hold our bi-weekly officer meetings, along with concrete canoe and steel bridge meetings using zoom. Here is a picture during one of these meetings! 
Furthermore, our marketing committee came up with ideas of how we can still interact with our members online and one of those ideas being a Netflix Party Movie Night. We were able to gather members to all watch The Spiderman Movie from their own laptops. ASCE has also been utilizing Instagram to interact with our members. Those ways being, posts about each of our officers and what they like about ASCE, and on 8/10/20 having a "Day in the life as an Intern" which will allow for different interns to post videos of what they do as a Civil Engineer Intern on the UCF-ASCE Instagram stories.
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