TSPE Dallas Chapter Newsletter
July 2014

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July TSPE Dallas Chapter Meeting



Thursday, July 10th, 2014  



Maggiano's Little Italy  

205 Northpark Center Dallas, TX 75225 

11:30 - 11:55 am - Registration   

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch/Speaker 


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(Online registrations will close on Tuesday, July 8th at 5 p.m.)
**We will have a special raffle for those who PRE-PAY online!!**



Human-Caused Earthquakes in Texas and Elsewhere: "Everything You Know Is Wrong"




Cliff Frohlich

Senior Research Scientist; Associate Director

Institute for Geophysics
University of Texas at Austin



Seismologists no longer question whether human activity can sometimes trigger earthquakes; observations indicate that human-caused earthquakes occur in several different situations. I discuss three examples from Texas where this probably has occurred: earthquakes in east Texas near Timpson that occur near injection disposal wells; earthquakes south of San Antonio associated with fluid extraction/petroleum production; and earthquakes near Snyder apparently triggered by CO2 injection in the Cogdell field. Yet, there appear to be almost no triggered earthquakes in the Bakken of North Dakota. What is puzzling (and the subject of ongoing research) is why human activities cause earthquakes in some locations/environments and not in other, apparently similar situations.


About the Speaker:

Cliff Frohlich received a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University and has been employed for the last 36 years as a research scientist at the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored about 100 research papers and two books: Texas Earthquakes (coauthored with Scott Davis) and Deep Earthquakes. Since 2009 his research has focused mostly on possibly-induced earthquakes in Texas.

Cost for the Lunch: 

The cost for this lunch is $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and $20 for public agency officials. For reservations made after the preceding Monday (July 7th), the cost for lunch will be $30 for members, $35 for non-members, and $25 for public agency officials. Please make any cancellations at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. If you RSVP and you do not cancel in time, you will be charged for the meal, because TSPE has to pay for all the meals we RSVP for.

President's Message


Greetings fellow members.  As I embark as your new president, I have feelings of excitement, nervousness, and change.  I'm very excited about my presidency and our new board.  Our board is a great mixture of youth, experience and passion about TSPE.  It is our goal as a board to serve you the members as professionally and passionately as possible.  However, I am nervous as I embark on a new role with TSPE and professionally.  Professionally I step into a new and challenging role.  There will be some butterflies as I walk into a new office that first day.  Just as there will be nerves to preside over my first board and chapter meeting.  


And, lastly, CHANGE!  The Dallas Chapter continues to have a unique and strong core of members but we, like many other chapters, continue to decline in membership.  Statewide, membership has steadily dropped almost 3% for the last 6-8 years.  Did you know that in the early 1990's, the Dallas TSPE Chapter had almost 1000 members?  We currently sit at just over 330.  Someone once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  I'm tasking our board and membership to create excitement in our chapter this year.  I'm going to challenge all of us to get involved and help us continue to be to support professional engineers.  You may see changes in presentation, new events and other creative ideas, but we will not sacrifice our mission to promote the ethical, competent and licensed practice of engineering... We have a lot of great members, but we'll need your help to continue to grow our chapter.  Let's all strive to make this branch stronger by our continued support for TSPE.


If you are interested in becoming involved this year we have tons of opportunities.  E-week, MATHCOUNTS, awards, membership, special events and several other committees are always looking for enthusiastic, young/experienced, energetic new engineers to help support our chapter.  Committees are a great way to not only get involved, but also get to know fellow members, network and learn.  We are a very fortunate chapter to have so many experienced members that come to our meetings.  If you are interested, please email me at clthornhill@sbcglobal.net.  I hope to hear from you soon.



Thank you for your support as President and can't wait for the year ahead! 


Caleb Thornhill

Branch President, 2014-2015




Event Photos & Info


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July 10, 2014




Caleb Thornhill, PE



Terry Preuninger, PE


Vice President

Monica Kent, PE


Past President

Joe Garcia, PE 



Ignacio Herrera, PE



Jenny LaFoy, PE 


State Director

Jack Young, PE


Alt. State Director

Marc Sandhu, PE


Chapter Director
Miles Bullion, EIT


Chapter Director

Adriana Vandercook, PE


Chapter Director

Brad Bernhard, PE  


Chapter Director

Ardita Dushi, PE


Chapter Director

Jake Lesue, PE



















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