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January 2020
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Happy New Year East Central Branch!
The East Central Branch is celebrating the New Year with a brand new look to our website! If you run into our Web Master and President-Elect, Jignesh Vyas, make sure to let him know how much you like it! And if you haven't been to the website lately, give it a click, and check out what's new. We're adding new features constantly so it's always worth a second visit.
We've got plenty of opportunities in January to keep to that "be more involved in my local ASCE chapter" New Year's resolution! On January 25th, EWRI and ECB will be volunteering with Orange County at the EPD Barnett Park helping clean up the park and remove invasive plant species. And on January 21st, ECB and YMF will be celebrating our recent graduates and new P.E.'s at the Firkin & Kegler Family Entertainment Center in Waterford Lakes with some bowling. Don't be shy, come out and join us!
For our Student Chapter Members, your first opportunity at a scholarship is quickly approaching. EWRI will be giving out $5,000 in scholarships this year at their Annual Conference in May! Look for the 2020 scholarship application on our fancy new website!
Don't forget! Your ASCE Membership expired at the end of the year. So if you haven't renewed yet, do it now!    


Craig Ballock, P.E., M. ASCE
ACSE East Central Branch President
The purpose of this section is to shine a "Spotlight" on volunteer members, within ECB, that are known to go out of their way, above and beyond expectations. This month's Spotlight is shining on Mr. Christopher Carrino. Read below on how his involvement with ECB is making a difference.
Christopher Carrino is a Junior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Civil  Engineering. Joining the chapter as a freshman with an eagerness to make a difference drove him to become the underclassmen representative and rower for the annual concrete canoe competition by sophomore year. He then went on to become the current Student Chapter President of ASCE-UCF.  
As president, Christopher has redesigned the student chapter's website, built new connections with company sponsors, and has focused on improving the efficiency of the chapter through new technology. Christopher anticipates this is going to be a great year for the club. He hopes to lead the charge for the UCF Chapter to make a difference in our community, bring professional development activities to all student members and of course, continue the free pizza tradition at their general body meetings! Most importantly, Christopher is excited for the upcoming Southeast Student Conference where him and over 50 student members participating in competition teams will go for the gold!

Next time you see Chris, please help us thank him for his outstanding service. Also, if you are aware of an ECB member deserving to be in the Spotlight, please let a branch officer know so they can be properly recognized in a future Spotlight. 
Younger Member 
ASCE-ECB & YMF January Social- Bowling Night

Join us for our January social with passing PE's and graduates from UCF and ERAU, Bowling Night! This is a great opportunity to meet other young engineering professionals and get information about becoming more involved with ASCE while knocking some pins down.

The registration fee covers 2 hours of bowling, shoes, and some appetizers. Drinks and additional food will be available for purchase at the venue.

Use discount code SOCIAL - if you're not going to bowl (just for the social)
Tickets are limited so register now to secure your spot! Please follow the link below.

See you there!

Register now

Environmental & Water Resources Institute
Invasive Species Blitz - Environmental Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer with the East Central Branch and Orange County Environmental Protection Division for an Invasive Species Blitz at Blanchard Park. Volunteers will assist EPD with invasive species cleanup and plant removals, tree plantings and educational sign installation.
Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the project runs from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Volunteers will assist with invasive plant removals, tree plantings and educational sign installations. Both sites have access to trails and amenities that will be open after completion of the volunteer project.

The event will be outside and involve manual labor, so bring water, hat, gloves and sunscreen.  EPD usually has a variety of tools to work with, but if you have a favorite shovel, bring it. Coffee and donuts will be provided at both sites

Register now
Education Committee
Current events
1. STREAMing Knight at Treadway Elementary, Leesburg, Floirda
Thursday, January 9th, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Contact: Juan Gonzalez (
2. FIRST - Tesla League
  •  January 26th - Tesla Judgement Day - Forest Lake Academy
  • February 2nd - Tesla League Championship "Panther Prowl" - Forest Lake Academy
3. Construction Career Day at Orlando Fairgrounds on Thursday, January 30-31, 2020
Contact: William Soehaili at 
Future Events
1. CFL County Science Fairs, Contact Juan Gonzalez P.E.
  • Seminole Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Seminole Towne Center Mall.
  • Orange County Science Fair, February 13, 2020 Trinity Preparatory School on February 13, 2020.  The address is 5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL  32792
2. Education Meeting at DRMP February 6th, 2020
3. Odyssey of the Mind Magic Center Region - Looking for volunteers, Contact Anna Long Esq.
  • Judges Training Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8 am - 4 pm
  • Toho High School, 3675 Boggy Creek Rd., Kissimmee
  • Regional Tournament- Saturday, February 22, 2020 Toho HS
  • State Tournament- Saturday, April 4, 2020 OCCC South Concourse
4. MATHCOUNTS. Contact Ben Pernezny, PE, FES Saturday, February 29, 2020
5. Engineers' Week February 16-22, 2020
6. ASCE Southeast Student Conference, March 12-14, 2020. Contact Catherine Felter, PE  
7. SECME Regional Competition, February 15, 2020

Student Members
December Update

Last month, our student chapter joined with local professional engineers to host the Order of the Engineer ceremony right here at UCF! Our students were able to assist with the production of this very prestigious function and observe as those participating accepted the Obligation of the Engineer and received their rings.

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.  

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