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September  2019
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Younger Member Forum
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Student Chapter
This month ECB held its annual Officer Installation Luncheon (on September 6th) where the official changing of Branch Officers took place. Below is a listing of your new Board of Director's.

Newly Installed 2019-2020 ECB Board Officers

President - Craig Ballock
President Elect - Jignesh Vyas
Vice President - Melissa Burns
Treasurer - Tonya Mellen
Secretary - Corey Bloxam
Past President - Steve Sommerfeldt

 ECB 2019-2020 Boad of Director's
From the left: Corey Bloxam, Jignesh Vyas, Craig Ballock, Melissa Burns, Tonya Mellen, and Steve Sommerfeldt

Some of the other highlights from the luncheon included:

  • Celebrating our Institute, Young Members Forum, and other standing committee members for their efforts over the past year in making ECB the best Branch in Florida.
  • Florida Section President Chris Sharek conducting our Officer Installation ceremony.
  • Hosting guest speaker, Nicola Liquori - newly appointed Executive Director of the Florida Turnpike and previous Executive Director and CEO of the Florida SunRail. and;
  • Awarding five $1,000 Branch Scholarships to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and University of Central Florida (UCF) civil engineering students.
Thank you to everyone that was able to join us for this special occasion and our event sponsors. Without this support, we would not be able to offer the scholarships and education outreach to the East Central Branch and the Central Florida community.
This luncheon also marks my last official month as the ECB President. It was a pleasure and honor representing the ECB and all the great things we do for the Central Florida engineering community. I look forward to continuing my journey with ASCE ECB and supporting the new Board of Director's. President Ballock already has great things planned to make ECB even better so stay tuned...

Past President Steve Sommerfeldt and President Craig Ballock

Guest speaker Nicola Liquori (middle)

Institute, Young Members Forum, and other standing committee members

Scholarship recipients



Steve Sommerfeldt, PE, CFM, ECB President

Golf Tournament 
The ASCE East Central Branch Annual Golf Tournament will be hosted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Shingle Creek Golf Club with an 8:00 am shotgun start. Please join in helping us make this another successful year!
Craig Ballock 
Tournament Chair

Environmental & Water Resources Institute
September Technical Luncheon
SJRWMD Field Emergency Authorizations and Compliance Update
Please join EWRI for a technical presentation with speaker Cammie Dewey, PE for a discussion on  Emergency Authorizations addressed under the Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting (SWERP) Program.

The Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting (SWERP) Program addresses Emergency Authorizations under section 62-330.360, F.A.C. Cammie will discuss what constitutes emergency conditions and the three different options for gaining authorization from the permitting agency. She will also discuss the process of requesting an authorization from the SJRWMD and the information needed to accompany that request. The presentation includes information related to compliance with exemption verification/permit conditions, specifically during construction erosion, sediment, and turbidity control measures, as-built certifications, and deviations. The process of notifying the District during construction of any challenging conditions, submitting an as-built certification, annual inspections, and how to address deviations in the stormwater management system's construction and/or function. Each of these processes reference forms, so Cammie will include a reminder of where these forms can be found on the SJRWMD permitting website.

Cammie Dewey, PE, SJRWMD
Cammie Dewey is the Environmental Resource Program Manager for St. Johns River Water Management District.
Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Central Florida Expressway Authority  
4974 ORL Tower Road
Board Room
Orlando, FL 32807

Patty Therrien, PE, CFM  
EWRI ECB Luncheon Chair 
ASCE East Central Branch EWRI

This event  has been approved for 1.0 PDH credit from the Florida Section ASCE PDH Committee.

Geo-Institute Chapter 
September Technical Luncheon 
Les Bromwell, ScD, PE, Life Member ASCE
In 1968 the author was asked by Dr. Laurits Bjerrum if he would like to spend the summer at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) in Oslo, helping Bjerrum establish the Terzaghi Library, to compile and sort through the papers of the recently deceased founder of Geotechnical Engineering, Karl Terzaghi. He said that I would be the first of many Terzaghi Scholars, who would receive grants to work in the Library.
Thus began a never-ending intellectual journey to learn, understand, and become a virtual acolyte of a true genius.
This presentation describes several case histories that I reviewed and cataloged while working in the Library. It focuses on several unpublished projects that span the professional career of Terzaghi from 1906 in Vienna through 1963 when he died in Winchester, Mass. Out of a truly incredible number of projects, those Included in the presentation are the Necaxa Dam in Mexico, Dam failures in Austria and Russia, Bureau of Reclamation's massive dam construction program in the western US, studies of the behavior of soft clays in Canada and Africa, and a foundation failure at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
I first met Dr. Terzaghi when I was an undergraduate at MIT, where he would come from Harvard to visit annually, and offer words of wisdom and encouragement to staff and students. My thesis advisor, Prof. T. William Lambe, had met him years before under similar circumstances, and was as much in awe as I was - and as I'm sure you all would have been.
My talk will take you along the path that I followed subsequent to those early days, the times that I relied on Terzaghi to teach me - from his books and writings, his case studies, and his former students, things that I needed to know to become the engineer that I wanted to be. It was a life-shaping experience, which I remember as vividly as though it was yesterday, and I would like to share those times with you.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX)  
4974 Orl Tower Rd
Orlando, FL 32807
ASCE-GI East Central Branch 
Transportation & Development Institute 
September Technical Luncheon
I-4 Ultimate Special Challenges

Please join us for the I-4 Ultimate Special Challenges. 
After an enjoyable lunch by 4 Rivers, hear this presentation which will review challenges on the I-4 Ultimate project, with special focus on the I-4/SR 408 interchange construction.
John Tyler, District Five Construction Engineer and Jeremy Grady, Construction Field Manager

$20 per person
Please make checks payable to: ASCE Transportation
(bring checks day of event)

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

CFX Headquarters
4974 ORL Tower Road
Orlando, FL 32807

Michelle Guard
ASCE East Central Branch

Structural Engineering Institute 

Education Committee
Education Committee would like to congratulate the following teachers for their contributions to the central Florida community.
  • Steve Bowan teaches Mechatronics and Robotics at Orange Technical Florida Campus where Steve as an inspiring high school teacher mentors students and other teachers in the robotics teams. Steve coaches 5 robotics teams. He also can be found helping out other teams who request assistance as well as thought any individual willing to listen how to perform 3-D printing.
  • Lana Pereira teaches at Milwee Middle school where she has mentored a number of students in Robotics has decided to run and mentor 8 teams as well has assisted in hosting multiple tournaments on the weekends. She has shown to be willing to go above and beyond to make sure her students are successful. 
  • Kyle Gonzalez teaches at Boone High School for reading specialist, She has worked with struggling students in grades 9-12 which include students with disabilities, ESOL and students who face testing anxiety. She has worked with all her students to help accomplish their goal of graduating. She works hands on with each student that face individual difficulties such as poverty, an absent parent, living in foster care, incarcerated loved ones and the loss of family. She has pioneered a program to assist with each student by having books on hand to help them see that others have faced similar difficulties.  

Education Committee has the following events if you wish for further information feel free to contact a member of the education board or Juan Gonzalez at

  • Go Baby Go event at UCF where 5 fisher price cars will be rewired by high schools students in order for the cars to be used by children below the age of 5 with limited mobility. This is a free event that will take place at UCF on Tuesday, September 17th from 4 PM to 7PM.  Please RSVP at, with names and number of adults and students attending.  The more attendees the more supervision to assist in ensuring the wiring and cars will be functional for the children.  
  • AWWA will be hosting a water tower competition at UCF for middle school and high school students on November 2nd. Teams will be of up to 4 students, registration for students will be needed by October 4th. Questions for registration please email Juan Gonzalez for further details.
  • More competitions and volunteering events to come and next Education Committee meeting will be held at DRMP on October 3rd at 12 pm, please reach out to Juan Gonzalez if interested.
Juan Gonzalez
Education Committee Chair

Academies of Engineering and Information Technology 
Career Awareness Student Expo
October 25th, 2019 | 8AM - 1PM
Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus
Opportunities in engineering and information technology are projected to grow exponentially faster than the average for all occupations from 2019 to 2026. Because of this exponential growth, there is an urgent need to address the skills gap, as not enough college graduates are filling open jobs and traditional education isn't able to keep up with these fast-paced STEM industries. NAF academies in Central Florida high schools seek to address the skills gap and increase the talent pipeline.

We invite you to help us shape your future workforce. We hope you'll consider joining us for our 2nd NAF Academies of Engineering and Information Technology Career Expo to be held October 25th, 2019. This will be a valuable student experience allowing professionals to interact with students in industry-focused academies. We have several ways that you can impact 400 students from Orange and Seminole counties: classroom experience, tradeshow presenter, panelist and sponsor.

For the classroom experience, we are asking that you do a 20-minute presentation or hands-on experience to be repeated at least three times. Two companies will be paired in each classroom to expose students to as many companies as possible.

We ask tradeshow presenters to provide an activity, a device demonstration or a challenge that will engage students.

The panel will consist of 4-6 speakers from higher education and business. Last year this session was a fan favorite.

As a sponsor, you play a major role of ensuring that this event is available for 400 eager, bright-eyed learners. We are in need of 400 lanyards, giveaways, shirts, lunches, 25 posters, 30 signs and 15 buses. Please see the sponsorship form to explore how you can help.

Please email Mike Olka ( and let him know how you would like to participate.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee 

Younger Member 
YMF PE Review Course - Sign up for Single Classes!

YMF's PE review course is in full swing with sessions remaining in Water Resources, Environmental (Depth), Transportation (Depth), and Geotechnical. See dates below and sign up at the link provided! Classes as $45 each to attend In person or Online!

Monday, September 16th - Water Resources
Wednesday, September 18th - Water Resources
Tuesday, September 24th - Geotechnical
Thursday, September 26th - Geotechnical
Monday, September 30th - Environmental/Water Depth
Tuesday October 2nd -Transportation Depth
Wednesday, October 3rd - Environmental/Water Depth
Tuesday, October 8th - Transportation
Thursday, October 10th - Transportation

Join YMF's Fall Kickball League!

Join your fellow YMF members on the field for some 10 v 10 co-ed recreational kickball fun! The league is on Monday nights at Ward Park Field C starting October 7th. All skill levels are welcome!
The season is 7 weeks/games PLUS playoffs. Each game consists of 9-inning games with a mercy rule of 20 runs (holy cow!).

Registration is $25 per player. Feel free to pass on the registration invite to friends, family, co-workers, significant others, athletically-inclined golden retrievers, etc.

Welcome New YMF Officers

YMF held their 2019-2020 elections and the following members are to assume these roles starting in October of this year! Congrats to new officers!

Past President - Thomas Anzelone
President - William Soehaili
Vice President - Catherine Felter
Treasurer - Michelle Buitron
Secretary - Madeline Batey
Service Chair - Dayna Duffy
Social Chair - Emma Sutherland
E4ADay Chair/Education/Outreach Chair - Marline Daceus
PE Review Chair - Matt Lyons
Professional Development/Technical Seminar Chair - Luke Morgan
Student Liaison - Jenero Knowles
Central Florida Field Trip Chair - Kyle Ervin
Sports Chair - Daniel Vaca
Social Media Chairs - Dayna Duffy/Madeline Batey

Thank you to our 2018-2019 Officers for your outstanding service and contributions to make the East Central Branch Younger Member Forum one of the best in the country!

Thomas Anzelone
Student Members
Activity Update
This past summer, ASCE UCF was involved in soccer and dodgeball Intramural sports teams that pitted them against other clubs and organizations across campus. In August, the Dodgeball team went on to take the gold in their championship game against Phi Gamma Delta!

The student chapter has also been gearing up for the Fall semester through various tabling events such as the UCF First Year Experience "Opening Knight" event, in which incoming freshman had the opportunity to learn more about everything our chapter has to offer and how they can get involved.

    Report by Christopher Carrino
UCF Student Chapter President
Employment Opportunities

Established in 1980, AIM Engineering & Surveying, Inc. (AIM) is a leading full-service planning, engineering and surveying firm. AIM has a noted history of accomplishment having delivered to federal, state and local agency clients numerous innovative and cost-efficient projects. Our years of proven experience have resulted in thousands of successful projects ranging from the planning phase to construction services. We back our work with a corporate commitment of total quality management, focusing on providing economical, high-quality services and products on every project we have the opportunity to work on.
Office Location
20 N Orange Avenue
Suite 605
Orlando, FL 32801

Senior Roadway Engineer - Florida PE with 10+ years of Experience

AIM is seeking a Senior PE with a strong technical focus in Roadway Design to lead roadway design efforts in our Orlando Office. Position will include mentoring of staff, overseeing the roadway design component for the majority of our FDOT and municipal roadway projects, quality control and technical support for our project managers.

The duties of this position include preparing detailed engineering designs and overseeing the work of junior project engineers in preparing plans for roadway and drainage design work using FDOT and/or AASHTO standards. Must be able to promote an all-inclusive approach to working in the team environment. Along with design, this position will also be responsible for preparing and overseeing the preparation of Plans, Specifications and Estimates. This position may assist in the management of larger projects or manage smaller projects that involve preparing scopes, schedules and budgets and include the following management work elements: day to day communication (verbal and written) with client, support and advise junior engineers and technical staff, act in an advisory capacity to senior management on engineering related matters, write reports and technical memos and coordinate with sub-consultants.

  • B.S. degree in Civil Engineering
  • Florida P.E.
  • 10+ years of experience having performed geometric design of roadways, preparing plans and specifications and computing quantities and design construction estimates
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with AASHTO Green Book, FDOT Plans Preparation Manual, Florida Design Manual, FDOT CADD Manual and FDOT Design Standards
  • Successful candidate must be capable to act as a supervisory engineer or deputy to Project Manager and work independently with minimal guidance
  • Proficiency with Microstation and Geopak, including Corridor Modeling and FDOT Digital Deliveries
We offer very competitive salaries and fringe benefits. If you are interested in this opportunity please email your resume to



  Khanh Olka, E.I.  

  Communications Chair 

  East Central Branch

  Florida Section   

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