Civil Engineering Student wins $12,500 Scholarship

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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Institute of Consulting Engineer/American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida is pleased to announce that Karl Kremser attending the University of Florida was recently awarded both a state $5,000 and national $7,500 scholarship.   

Since 2004, FICE/ACEC of Florida scholarship honors one Florida college student expressing interest and commitment to the business and management of the engineering profession. After being selected for the FICE/ACEC of Florida scholarship, his scholarship application was forwarded to national ACEC for consideration. Karl was awarded a $7,500 Kennedy/Jenks Consultants scholarship in honor of David D. Kennedy. To qualify, a student must be a U.S. citizen pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)-approved engineering program or in an accredited land-surveying program. Recipients of the awards are evaluated in work experience, extra-curricular and community activity, references, grade point average, and a written essay.

“Karl exemplifies the qualities of leadership, integrity and service to others that are the hallmarks of this high honor,” said Bob Behar, 2012 FICE President. “He is a future champion for the engineering profession, we expect Karl to be in the next generation of leaders in the field.”

Karl is a graduate from Martin County High School and is currently attending the University of Florida College of Civil and Coastal Engineering. He is aspiring to be a civil engineer and is involved in disaster resilience research. Resilient engineering is a modern practice that encompasses an engineer’s responsibility to a safe design, as well as the integration of resilient materials and technology designed for catastrophic conditions. Through resilient engineering and design, engineers are obligated to consider not only the safety aspects in a design, but also how the natural environment may affect structural integrity.

Karl has also interned at member firms CDM Smith and Black & Veatch. Other accomplishments include numerous engineering awards, teaching assistant; leadership roles in student organizations including American Society of Civil Engineers, Food Science and Human Nutrition Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars; and athletic endeavors including 2010 ASAU 100-meter Freestyle Swimming Champion and triathlete.

Karl will be recognized at the FES/FICE 96th Annual Summer Conference and Exposition on August 10, 2012 in Orlando during the FICE Banquet, as well as the Fellows Reception at the ACEC awards luncheon October 15, 2012 in Boca Raton.