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February 2020
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Happy February East Central Branch!

One of the great benefits of volunteering on the Branch and Younger Member Forum Boards is that you get access to attend the annual ASCE Multi-Region Leadership Conference. This multi-regional conference offers leadership training for our Branch, Younger Member and Student Member Leadership. This year's Conference was hosted in Philadelphia and I'm told everyone not only learned something new but also had a great time as well!

On another note, the ASCE Southeast Student Conference is being host by UCF this year on March 12th to 14th. After months of preparation, students from 29 universities across the southeast region will put their engineering skills to the test and compete in Regional and National Competitions. We are looking for volunteers for events that will take place Thursday afternoon, and throughout the day Friday and Saturday. To make the event a success we need your help!

Please visit the website to find out more about the competitions before selecting where you would like to volunteer



Craig Ballock, P.E., M. ASCE
ACSE East Central Branch President
History & Heritage 
NASA Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
On January 10, 2020 NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center became the third National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in the state of Florida. The dedication ceremony was the culmination of 3 years of work and coordination between the ASCE Florida Section and NASA. To learn more about the history of the VAB you can visit

Credits: NASA/Bill White

Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Credits: ASCE/Bruce Layfield Photography

Credits: ASEC/Bruce Layfield Photography
Civil Engineers through our very occupation are instrumental to civilization. We are the designers and builders that create and maintain the infrastructure which is the backbone of a civilization. Yet, often our occupation disappears into the background of everyday life. Thus, in order to being the spotlight back onto civil engineers, the E-Week committee has coordinated with the Orlando Science Center for ASCE ECB to have an exhibit table during their Engineer's Weekend Celebration on February 22nd, from 11AM to 4PM, and will be divided into 2 hour slots. Please contact Michael Olka at to volunteer at this event.

Also, this month the E-week committee is challenging all members to track their volunteer efforts for February. This will be used to show how Civil Engineers support our communities not just through our daily work but also through volunteering our time to support our youth, local communities, and the environment. The goal is to track at least 202.0 hours of volunteer service from ASCE ECB members. Please email your name, event, hours volunteered, and a brief (2-3 sentence) summary to Michael Olka,
The hours will be totaled at the end of the month and the top 5 volunteers will receive gift cards for their service.
Younger Member 
2020 Southeast Student Conference

On March 12-14, the University of Central Florida will host the 2020 Southeast Student Conference in Orlando. This event will draw about 1,000 students from 27 universities where they will compete in various engineering related competitions.

We're looking for professionals to volunteer their time and talents to judge and volunteer at these competitions. Judges are important to keep competitions fair as well as providing practical feedback to engineering students. No prior knowledge is needed to judge a competition. Visit the conference website for more information about the Southeast Conference and to find out how you can get involved!

Please Sponsor the 14th Annual Central Florida Field Trip!

The East Central Branch is hosting their 14th Annual Central Florida Field Trip on March 27th, 2020! Civil engineering students from five of Florida's Engineering Universities will visit exciting state-of-the-art engineering projects and existing facilities. The trip includes breakfast, lunch, transportation, and full safety gear. This is the event that many of the graduating members of our local universities will attend.
Group Photos from Past Events 

Education Committee
Past Events

1. Education meeting held on January 2nd, at 12 @ DRMP
2. STREAMing Knight at Treadway Elementary, Leesburg, Floirda
Thursday, January 9th, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Please let engineer Juan
3. FIRST - Tesla League
  • January 26th - Tesla Judgement Day - Forest Lake Academy
  • February 2nd - Tesla League Championship "Panther Prowl" - Forest Lake Academy
4. Construction Career Day at Orlando Fairgrounds on Thursday, January 30-31, 2020 Contact William Soehaili at

Current 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. FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship 2/8/2020 at Lake Brantley High, Altamonte Springs, · Email Joyce if interested and tell her you are part of ASCE.
4. 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
5. SECME Regional Competition, February 15, 2020
6. MATHCOUNTS Ben Pernezny, PE, FES Saturday, February 29, 2020
7. Engineers' Week February 16-22, 2020

Future Events

1. Education Meeting at TBD March 5th, 2020 2. Florida Engineering Education Conference (FEEC) UCF, Friday, March 6, 2020
2. ASCE Southeast Student Conference, March 12-14, 2020 Catherine Felter, PE.
3. State Competition Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
4. STEM Day Center for Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM) STEM Day Center for Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM) Friday, March 27, 2020 at the University of Central Florida
5. Odyssey of the Mind Magic Center Region - Looking for volunteers, Contact Anna Long Esq.
  • State Tournament- Saturday, April 4, 2020 OCCC South Concourse
Student Members
This past January, the ASCE-UCF Chapter held this year's annual Concrete Canoe Pour Day. Members came out to the workshop and got hands on experience in concrete mixing and pouring. This event is held to both help the team prepare their competing canoe as well as stimulate student's interests in civil engineering materials and ASCE involvement through first hand exposure to one of ASCE's largest projects. Concrete Canoe is just one of the many projects our chapter is working on as we prepare to host the Student Southeast Conference in March!

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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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