Parsons announced that Dr. Edward Kent has been awarded the Howard L. Searcy 2017 Engineer of the Year Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Palm Beach Branch for his contributions to the society, engineering profession and ASCE. He joined ASCE in 1976 and has practiced water resources engineering in Florida for more than 20 of his 35‑year career. Kent developed one of the nation’s first private consulting teams specializing in three‑dimensional flow modeling, also known as computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He served as an Adjunct Professor for the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Maine and also served on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant committee to evaluate coastal engineering research projects with commercial applications. Kent currently serves on the Department Advisory Committee for the Florida Atlantic University Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering and was recently named incoming Committee Chairman.