April/May Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    Our new website has launched! Information will be added and updated over the next couple of weeks but in the meantime please peruse the site and feel free to provide feedback on the structure and content. This month, we are featuring projects from Member Ralph Verrastro, PE of Bridging Solutions, LLC. To have your projects featured, email us to find out how!

    The snowbirds are heading home and we are quickly approaching the end of our FES season. We have a few great events lined up to finish up the year!

    We held our April lunch meeting at the FGCU ETI facility located off Alico Road. This lunch meeting featured a tour of the new facility and a presentation on the recently launched Masters in Engineering programs. Dr. Woolschlager was an excellent tour guide and provided a wealth of information about the Masters Program and other current events happening at the College of Engineering.

    Mark your calendars for May 26th! We will be hosting our annual Casino Night which is a fundraiser for our scholarships. It is always a great time so work on your game faces and get your checkbooks ready!  Sponsorship and RSVP information can be found by clicking here!

    Our end of the year chapter awards, scholarship, and office installation banquet is scheduled for June 28th at the Hilton Garden Inn. This year’s chapter awards winners will be honered at our annual awards dinner meeting. Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing you there! 

     -Wes Kayne

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    Community Service


     Student Chapter Participation at Annual Conference

    The Student Professional Development Committee is looking to increase student participation at Annual Conference at the Breakers Palm Beach.  In addition to the Summit being sponsored by the Florida Engineers in Education (FEE) on Thursday Aug 3rd, we are encouraging the students to attend as many of the Technical Sessions and social events as they can.  Unfortunately, the current budget only supports 28 students for 2 nights (two students from each student Chapter).  To get the most from the conference, the students would need to stay for a minimum of 3 nights (Wednesday thru Friday) or even Saturday.  Consequently, we are asking each of the professional Chapters to provide funding for their students to stay the extra night or two.  This cost is approximately $250 each night.  This funding can come from either the Chapter operating funds, sponsorships or thru some type of fund raising effort.  Please provide the requested additional funding by July 1st in order to secure the rooms.

    Thank you for your help with this and for your support of our college students.  If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Hudson (ahudson@fleng.org) at FES HQ or the SPDC Chair, JW Hunter (jwhunter@eismanrusso.com). 

    2017 Legislative Agenda

    The Florida Engineering Society and Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FES/FICE) is committed to the advancement of Florida's engineering profession. Therefore our Legislative principles are based on our FES and FICE Vision Statements:

    FES Vision - Promotes and defends the professional interests of all engineers in the state of Florida.
    FICE Vision - To be the recognized advocate for all consulting engineers in Florida.

    2017 House Member Projects Sponsor Report

    Please check the FES website for all legislative updates.


    Strength and Honor Membership Drive

    Part II

    With the success of the previous drive, we are 3,300+ members strong. With your help, we strive to increase FES members to over 3,600 in 2017!! How are we going to do that?  We're bringing back the popular Strength and Honor Membership Drive - Part 2. 

    Recruit 1 new member, receive a custom lapel pin.
    Recruit 5 new members, receive FREE FES/NSPE membership for 2017-2018 + recognition at the 2017 Annual conference.

    Recruit the most new members, and receive a weekend stay at the Florida Ritz-Carlton of your choice for 2 nights, including a rental car, $250 spending cash, and recognition at 2017 Annual Conference.

    FES Chapters will receive $15 for each new member recruited in addition to the membership dues normally received!

    2017 FES K-12 Awards Program/CHAPTERS it is time to nominate!

    The Florida Engineering Society K-12 Committee is pleased to present two awards designed to acknowledge individuals who endeavor to introduce engineering to K-12 students. 


    Each of these awards includes a monetary prize to be presented to the teacher, school, volunteer, and chapter.  Nomination forms are available on the FES K-12 website (http://www.fleng.org/k-12/announcements.html). Please review the nomination forms and make your nominations before May 15, 2017.  The nominations will be reviewed by the K-12 Committee, and the winning engineer and teacher will be presented with their awards at the 101th FES/FICE Annual Summer Conference, August 2-5, 2014 at The Breakers – Palm Beach.


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    2017 Awards Recognition

    2017 AWARDS

    Engineer of the Year - Daniel W. Brundage. PE - Agnoli, Barber, & Brundage, Inc.

    Young Engineer of the Year - Trisha Goff, EI, City of Bonita Springs

    Outstanding Service - Kevin Higginson, PE, City of Cape Coral

    Outstanding Technical Award - Tim Gavin, PE, Barraco & Associates, Inc.

    Gov. Engineer of the Year -Emily Underhill, PE, City of Fort Myers

    Please join us June 28th at the Hilton Garden Inn as we recognize our Award Winners and Scholarship Recipients at our end of year banquet. 

    For more informationand to purchase tickets, please click here

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    Welcome New Members

    Welcome to our New Members!

    Christian Harvey - Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

    David Murphy

    Steven Schroll - Crawford Murphy and Tilly

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    Casino Night 2017

    It’s that time of year again!

    The FES Calusa Chapter is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport (across from the Gulf Coast Town Center) on Friday, May 26th, 2017.

    We had such a fantastic turnout last year, we hope to make this year’s event even better! The most important of the stated goals of our organization is to promote engineering education, and our Casino Night Fundraiser acts as the primary means for providing scholarship funding to achieve that goal.

    Checks can be made out to the Florida Engineering Foundation. Please write Calusa Chapter on the memo line. Donations made online will also be eligible for charitable donations. 

    Over the past 20 years, the kindness of our friends in the development, construction, engineering, and other professional communities has enabled numerous students from local high schools to pursue a degree in engineering. Casino night aims to raise money for our chapter to award scholarships to students from area high schools that intend to study engineering in college.

    We hope that you will choose to help in achieving this goal by participating in our Casino Night as a promotional sponsor. To become a sponsor, please fill out the online form to pay by credit card, or to pay by check, fill out the forms found here, and mail them to: 

    Kevin Dowty, P.E.
    Ways and Means Chair
    Agnoli, Barber & Brundage, Inc.
    7400 Trail Blvd., Suite 200
    Naples, FL 34108


    To purchase sponsorships, tickets, or for more information pleae follow this link!

    Spectator’s package includes entry to the event

    Card Shark Package includes entry to the event and 1,000 chips

    Sponsorship packages include company name and logo on the table and additional chips. Entry to the event not included. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at (239) 597-3111 or at waysandmeans@fes-calusa.org. 

    We look forward to seeing you at Casino Night!

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    FGCU MSE Program

    The college of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University of now accepting applications for the Masters of Science in Engineering Program! 

    Program Brochure


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    Calendar of Events

    FICE Transportation Conference
    May 10-11, 2017

    Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

    • Learn the latest news and trends in Florida Transportation
    • Network with over 350 of your peers
    • Interact with FDOT decision makers from all districts

    Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus Available

    FES/FICE 101st Annual Conference

    August 2-5, 2017

    The Breakers

    Palm Beach, FL

    Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus

     Registration coming soon!

    2017 Casino Night

    May 26, 2017

    Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Myers Airport 

    Sponsor Prospectus

    Event Information and to Buy Tickets

    June Award Presentation and Scholarship Banquet

    June 28, 2017

    Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Myers Airport

    Event Information and to Buy Tickets


    May Calendar


    FICE Board Meeting - Orlando - 1pm-5pm

    10 - 11

    FICE Transportation Conference


    FICE Board Orientation Meeting - Orlando 12:30-5pm


    FES Casino Night 6:30PM - 10:30PM

    July Calendar


    FICE Transportation Committee Meeting - Tampa Marriott Airport 10-2pm

    19 - 23

    NSPE’s Professional Engineer Conference


    Awards and Scholarship Dinner 


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