TSPE Dallas Chapter Newsletter
August 2014

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August TSPE Dallas Chapter Meeting



Thursday, August 14th, 2014  



Maggiano's Little Italy  

205 Northpark Center Dallas, TX 75225 

11:30 - 11:55 am - Registration   

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch/Speaker 


 Click Here to Make a Reservation


(Online registrations will close on Tuesday, July 12th at 5 p.m.)
**We will have a special raffle for those who PRE-PAY online!!**



Chisholm Trail Parkway: Solving the Engineering Challenges




Mark Bouma, P.E.

Senior Research Scientist; Associate Director

Technical Oversight Leader


About the Speaker:

Mark Bouma started with the NTTA in 1998 leading the design and construction of the President George Bush Turnpike and Addison Airport Toll Tunnel.  In 1999, he became Director of Engineering, leading the NTTA's rapid growth in planning, design and construction of toll road and capital improvement projects.  In late 2007, he became the NTTA's Technical Oversight Leader, providing technical direction and quality assurance over design and construction in the NTTA's newly formed Project Delivery Department.


Previously, Mark was employed for 12 years by HNTB Corporation.  His work included construction management of the Dallas North Tollway extensions from IH 635 to SH 121, TxDOT bridge inspections, rehabilitation design of the historic Waco Suspension Bridge, and design of bridges and interchanges.


Mark earned his B.S. and M.E. degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1983 and 1986, respectively.


Mark is the past Chairman of the Engineering and Design Committee for the International Bridge Tunnel & Turnpike Association.  He is also very active in the Boy Scouts in Frisco as Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Associate Advisor, Unit Commissioner and Chapter Advisor to the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow honor society.

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 (August 11th), 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


Dear Members,


Well, I'm four weeks into my role as President and new employment and I've learned there is a lot I still have to learn.  I've learned that changing the side of the desk you are on opens your eyes quite a bit.   I've learned what a Polar vortex is, and there is such a thing as a record "Low High".  I've also learned, never be too proud to raise your hand if you have a question or need help.  To the membership, I'm raising my hand.  I had a great response last month for volunteers.  Thank you very much.  I also wanted to let you know it's never too early to start working on E-Week.  Our committee has already begun meeting and thinking about speakers and the overall presentation of E-Week.  I'm reaching out to the members to expand our search for any other ideas on what YOU would like to see at this year's E-Week.  Speaker ideas, presentation layout, raffle, any feedback you might have.  It may seem like a ways off (February), but it's planning time now for our E-Week committee.


Along those same lines, if there are any interesting seminars you've been to recently and you think the membership would enjoy for our monthly meetings, please let us know.  We are always looking for new and interesting topics to bring to our members.  This month will our hosting Mr. Mark Bouma from NTTA discussing the Chisolm Trail Parkway. 


In addition to our monthly meeting - TSPE Dallas is hosting the 3rd Annual TSPE Dallas Chapter Sporting Clays Tournament.  If you weren't able to make it last time, I would highly recommend getting signed up.  Early bird specials end September 6th for discounted sponsorship and individual rates.  Spaces are limited.


Look forward to seeing everyone at a future event.

B. Caleb Thornhill, PE, ENV SP

TSPE Dallas Chapter President 2014-2015




2015 TSPE Dallas Awards Nominations Now Open!

Nominate a colleague or client today for the 2014 TSPE Dallas Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year Awards.   These awards recognize outstanding engineers in our profession and we will celebrate their accomplishments at our 2014 Engineers Week Luncheon. 


Deadline for nominations is Monday, November 24, 2014.


Nominations Forms can be downloaded using the links below: 


2015 TSPE Dallas Young Engineer of the Year Nomination Form 


2015 TSPE Dallas Engineer of the Year Nomination Form 


Nomination forms should be emailed to:

Noelle Gaspard, P.E. noelle.gaspard@gmail.com





Event Photos & Info


 Click the image above
 to see photos from past events and to find information about upcoming events on the TSPE Dallas Chapter Facebook page. 



August 14, 2014
August Chapter Meeting

October 30, 2014
3rd Annual Sporting Clays Tournament




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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