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April 2020
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Greetings East Central Branch!

To say April isn't going as planned is a bit of an understatement. As we all do our part to limit the spread of the ongoing pandemic, many of the excellent events hosted by the Branch, Institutes and YMF that we look forward to in the coming months have been cancelled or postponed. This includes the IOA Corporate 5k Race (rescheduled to October), Central Florida Field Trip, East Central Branch Icebreaker (rescheduled to August), EWRI Seminar and ECB Beach Cleanup. We hope to reschedule all events for later in the year and we hope you get the chance to join us when things return to normal. In the meantime our Branch is changing gears and hopes to roll out several technical luncheons and social events via web conference in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and look out for the emails!

Please don't forget we are currently accepting nominations for the Florida Section Annual Awards (details below). In addition, the Branch and EWRI are also accepting applicants for our annual scholarship awards! These are great opportunities for both professional and student members and unfortunately a lot of us have some free time on our hands, so make sure to apply!

Stay healthy and wash those hands!



Craig Ballock, P.E., M. ASCE
ACSE East Central Branch President
Awards and Scholarship 
Annual Branch Award Nominations

Know a fellow ECB'er that is consistently going above and beyond, or an impressive project everyone needs to know about? Great! Because ECB is currently accepting nominations for the annual branch awards as listed below.

  • Engineer of the Year Award
  • Young Engineer of the Year Award
  • Government Engineer of the Year Award
  • Project of the Year Award
All nominations need to be received by April 17th, 2020.

Please submit your nominations via the Constant Contact survey linked below. After April 17th, ECB's official nominations will be selected, and the formal application process will be initiated with the selected nominees. 

Steve Sommerfeldt, P.E.
Awards & Scholarship Committee Chair
Environmental & Water Resources Institute
2020 ASCE - EWRI Scholarship Information

The ASCE Florida Section East Central Branch Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) is proud to announce the ASCE - EWRI Scholarship. ASCE - EWRI is committed to support Central Florida's brightest minds for their future careers in water resources and environmental engineering.

Amount of Scholarship

EWRI will award one (1) $2,000 and up to three (3) $1,000 scholarships.


This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are currently registered as a full-time student majoring in Civil or Environmental Engineering at the University of Central Florida, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (Orlando Campus), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Submittal Deadline

Complete application package must be submitted by May 1st, 2020.

Application Requirements
The following items must be submitted with the Scholarship Application Form for eligibility:

* Complete Application Form
* Short essay discussing interest and importance of water resources engineering (up to 300 words)
* Unofficial school transcripts
* One (1) letter of recommendation from a faculty member of the school you are currently attending.
* Full Curriculum Vitae (CV)
* List any involvement with ASCE Student Chapter, other engineering student groups, and other community involvement / service activities on separate page(s)

Please contact Tom Amstadt, EWRI Scholarship Chair, at 321-249-9361 or with any questions.

Note: Free registration to the seminar (date TBD) is provided for scholarship winners that wish to attend.
Younger Member 

YMF Online Brown Bag Luncheon - Starting Up Your Own Engineering Firm


Have you ever wonder how entrepreneurs, CEO's, Innovators, or Idealists begin their journey?

Is it true that they were born with a divine nature talent or so called "one in a million talent" that is beyond spirit and hard work? Are they born with a never-ending resource of energy, passion, and ideas to create something disruptive in the industry?

Join us for our first Brown-bag luncheon series as we dive into the stories of some of the most successful engineers/entrepreneurs in our Engineering industry. 


Larry Madrid, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, President of Madrid CPWG Engineering Group, Past President Bartow Chamber of Commerce, Principal of Greeninovative Design, and Past GMEC 2013 Award, and many more....

In the school year that began fall of 1968 and ended in early June 1969, Larry was in his third grade of elementary school. That school year was highlighted by two Apollo missions which led up to Apollo 11 during his summer vacation, in July 1969. 20 years fast forward, Larry decided to apply to NASA for an astronaut position to fulfill his childhood dreams. Unfortunately, he didn't make the cut...

According to Larry, "Being rejected by NASA was my "greatest failure" But I let them know that it was 'great' because  I tried for greatness. I tried to make it into one of the most elite programs in the world. I tried to be part of a team of engineers and scientists who would and could literally change the course of humanity.  I tried greatly, and I've never once regretted it."
His life-story continues as he follows yet another passion of his life in the world of civil engineering. Today, Larry is the CEO of Madrid CPWG Engineering, an engineering group with more than 100+ professionals providing full engineering consulting services throughout Florida.


William F. Soehaili

Register now

In lieu of our April and May service events, we want to encourage our members to consider donating needed supplies to a charity or organization of their choice. YMF will send a list of recommended organizations who are collecting supplies for various needs including animal shelters, healthcare workers, and families who are facing unemployment.

During our April virtual happy hour, you will have the opportunity to donate to an organization of your choice, much like you would bring a toy or food item to our regular community service happy hours, or you can donate at another time that is convenient for you.

If you are currently working with an organization that is providing COVID-19 relief and would like to have it included in the list, please reach out to Dayna at by April 17th.
Student Members
The students here at the UCF Student Chapter were very excited to have been granted the opportunity to host the Southeast Student Conference at our campus this year. While it was unfortunately cut short due to public health concerns, that does not diminish our gratitude for all of the very hard work our Younger Members Forum put towards organizing the event and all participating schools put towards their competitions.  
In the meantime, our chapter is currently focusing on selecting its new leaders and transitioning temporarily to effective remote operations so that our chapter doesn't miss a beat as we prepare for an outstanding 2020-2021 school year!


Employment Opportunities
Founded in 1995, KPM Franklin's corporate headquarters are located in Kissimmee, Florida, with a second office in Orlando near the International Airport.
We specialize in providing high-quality civil engineering and surveying services, throughout the State of Florida. As part of an aggressive growth focus, we have integrated Transportation, Planning, Program Management, Government Relations and Landscape Architecture services.
Our client base is diversified, consisting of residential, commercial, hospitality, tourism, entertainment, and institutional owners and developers in the private sector; and in the municipal sector, local-state-federal governments, school boards, regulatory agencies and special districts.
Like our client base, we have a diverse staff of over 60 employees that includes engineers, planners, surveyors, technicians, managers, public relations personnel, business specialists and other specialists of various kinds.
Our vision is to maintain a broad based professional civil services firm, offering challenging opportunities to create value through innovative design for our clients.
We are focused on providing our employees a rewarding and stable work environment, allowing balance between professional and personal life. We believe in a culture that encourages education and the professional growth of our employees. KPM Franklin's bottom-up management approach allows all team members to participate in every step of a project from conception to completion.
KPM Franklin is committed to providing career advancement opportunities, and employee ownership opportunities. Hence, we are continuously in pursuit of a culture comprised of highly motivated, self-driven and innovative individuals.
What Do We Offer Our Full-Time Employees:
  • Meaningful, challenging work with a focus on learning and career growth
  • Opportunity to grow with us
  • Excellent competitive salary
  • Health benefits (100% paid by the company)
  • Long and short-term disability & Life insurance policy (100% paid by the company)
  • Excellent PTO package with paid holidays
  • SIMPLE IRA with a company match
  • Excellent continuing education benefits 
Please send resume and cover letter to Attn. Lisa Precourt
KPM Franklin is an equal opportunity employer.
Project Engineer
We are seeking a full-time Project Engineer to join our Kissimmee, Florida office. The candidate's initial role is to perform and be responsible for the project cycle including design, development and project completion.
Qualifications and Education:
  • Bachelor's in Civil Engineering 
  • Should have minimum 2-5 years of experience in land development, utilities and storm water design and permitting
  • Proficient in AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Florida professional engineer license a plus
  • Self-motivated
  • Positive attitude
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Desire to improve professional skills
Senior Project Manager
We are seeking a full-time Senior Engineer/Project Manager to join one of our Orlando and Kissimmee Florida area offices. The candidate should have technical and management experience dealing with teams on a variety of projects including production coordination, planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and financial management.
Qualifications and Education:
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering
  • Florida professional engineer license
  • Minimum of 6+ years of experience (Land Development with site civil and/or Drainage Design experience, Utilities, Transportation)
  • Proficient in AutoCAD Civil 3D and/or MicroStation
  • Management of project team & client relationships including contract administration, production, and project coordination.
  • Hard working, detail oriented, and technically sound with engineering principles & practices.
  • Permitting experience with local, state and federal agencies and governmental entities
  • Proficient in both verbal and written communications
Senior Engineering Practice Builder
We are seeking a full-time Senior Engineer/Practice Builder to join our Central Florida practice. The candidate should have technical and management experience dealing with teams on a variety of projects including production coordination, planning, directing, business and staff development, and financial management. This person will actively participate in the growth of our firm in the Central Florida area as well as provide leadership & management to our team of engineers and designers.  We offer a strongly competitive compensation and equity participation package.
Qualifications and Education:
  • Bachelor's in Civil Engineering.
  • Florida professional engineer license required.
  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience (General Civil Engineering, Municipal and/or Land Development, Construction Services (CEI)). 
  • Experience in management of project team & client relationships including contract procurement, administration, and production coordination.
  • Florida Permitting experience a plus with local, state and federal agencies and governmental entities
  • Proficient in both verbal and written communications
  • Must assist in mentoring and training staff
CAD Technician/Designer
We are seeking a full-time Project Engineer to join our Kissimmee, Florida office.
Qualifications and Education:
  • High School or Equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years of Civil Engineering drafting
  • Design and Drafting Commercial and Residential Plans using AutoCAD CIVIL 3D
  • Work with Project Managers and Project Engineers to understand scope of work and Project Responsibilities.
  • Complete Drawing/Project Responsibilities within scope, budget and schedule; Review Drawings for accuracy.
  • Organize/Maintain all revisions of project drawings, files and related information in a well-organized manner.
  • High Proficiency in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2017 required 



  Khanh Olka, E.I.  

  Communications Chair 

  East Central Branch

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