Meet An NCE Outstanding Alumnus

Joseph Branco, Co-founder and President of EIC Associates. was named an NCE Outstanding Alumnus.

Joseph Branco is the Co-founder and President of EIC Associates, a thriving company that does heavy construction and marine work. 

As president, he’s responsible for the supervision of project estimating and the general administration of the firm, with special emphasis on finance, bonding and insurance.

Branco’s education served him well: He has two degrees from NJIT: a bachelor's in civil engineering (1974) and a professional degree in architecture (1977). He co-founded EIC in April of 1988. He co-founded the firm with Andre Ameer, who graduated from NCE in 1978 with a degree in civil engineering.   

Before EIC, Branco worked for EE Cruz & Co. of Holmdel, N.J., where he was Vice-President in charge of tunneling and private sector activities.  He was responsible for estimating, marketing and the construction of more than $200 million in projects. During the late 1970s and 1980s he gained national experience by supervising projects along the East Coast, from New Hampshire to Florida as well as the Caribbean.  He was also ultimately responsible for company operations in Florida and Puerto Rico. Branco worked at EE Cruz along with Andre Ameer, a 1978 NCE graduate with whom he would later found EIC Associates.

Branco has taught continuing education courses at the University of Wisconsin and at the Colorado School of Mines in Boulder, Colorado, where he has lectured various topics related to micro tunneling, soil modification and dredge processing. 

In his 36-year career, he has worked on many important engineering projects. To cite just a few examples, he designed and built a chemical sewer system for Merck & Co., in Rahway.  For a New Jersey Department of Transportation Project, he directed the initial phases of the demolition and reconstruction of six bridge deck structures and also reconstructed a six-lane interstate highway.  For the OENJ Cherokee Corp., he remediated a 140-acre contaminated site in Bayonne.  He's also done major projects for the Bergen County Municipal Utilities Authority, the City of New York Department of Environmental Protection in Staten Island and PSE&G in Kearny.  For his accomplishments, NCE recently named Branco an Outstanding Alumnus.

(By Robert Florida)