Past Meetings

December 10, 2015

Program: "The Challenge of Urban Flooding"
Speaker: Steve Eubanks, P.E., CFM, Senior Professional Engineer, TPW Stormwater Management, City of Fort Worth

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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Fort Worth Petroleum Club
777 Main St. #4000 (top floor)
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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Reduced rate valet parking is available in the adjacent parking garage ($2.50).  Carpooling encouraged!

Bio: 
Mr. Eubanks is Chief Stormwater Engineer for the City of Fort Worth and has worked in the City’s Stormwater program since 1999.  He has overseen new development review, capital project management, flooding and drainage complaint investigations, and engineering assistance for maintenance projects.  He assisted in the development of the City’s Stormwater Utility and the 2006 Fort Worth Storm Water Management Design Manual and most recently oversaw development of the City’s Stormwater Master Plan.  Mr. Eubanks currently serves as Co-chairman of the Texas Floodplain Management Association’s Stormwater Committee and as Education Director for the Fort Worth Chapter of TSPE.  He previously worked in consulting engineering and has earned degrees from Texas A & M University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

November 12, 2015

Program: "Sustainability: Keeping it Green"
Speaker: David Smat, General Director of Environmental Operations, BNSF Railway Company

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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Fort Worth Petroleum Club
777 Main St. #4000 (top floor)
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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Reduced rate valet parking is available in the adjacent parking garage ($2.50).  Carpooling encouraged!

Bio:

David Smat is the General Director of Environmental Operations for the BNSF Railway Company, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.  He is a registered Professional Environmental Engineer in Georgia and Louisiana, with over 30 years of engineering experience in the transportation, pharmaceutical, pulp/paper and aerospace industries.  He is a graduate of the University of Delaware (BSEE) and Louisiana Tech University (MSCE).

In David’s current role at BNSF, he is responsible for leading BNSF’s environmental operations including multi-media compliance programs, environmental sustainability, environmental infrastructure engineering, and construction and wastewater treatment operations across BNSF’s 32,500 route miles in 28 states and three Canadian provinces.

David’s former role includes the Global Head of Health, Safety and Environment, for Alcon, Inc. (a Novartis Company), also headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was responsible for Alcon’s Global Health, Safety and Environmental strategy and compliance program implementation, encompassing 24 manufacturing facilities, 5 primary distribution centers, and affiliate operations spanning 75 countries; protecting the health and safety of Alcon’s 24,000 employees.  

Originally a Chicago native, David currently resides in Fort Worth, with his wife and four sons.

 

October 8, 2015

Program: "Net Zero Energy Buildings: The Current State of the Art"
Speaker: Mr. Scott P. West, Mechanical Engineer, HKS

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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Fort Worth Petroleum Club
777 Main St. #4000 (top floor)
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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Reduced rate valet parking is available in the adjacent parking garage ($2.50).  Carpooling encouraged!

Bio:

Scott is a mechanical engineer with HKS in Dallas, TX. Scott focuses on energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. He is a registered professional engineer, an ASHRAE Building Energy Assessment Professional and Building Energy Modeling Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional. Scott holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. Scott has nine years of experience in the consulting engineering industry and he spent two of those years working abroad in the UK. Scott participates in officer positions with local chapters of ASHRAE and IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association) and sits on committees for ASHRAE standards 189.1, 205 and 209.

 

September 10, 2015

Program: "New Perspectives on Fort Worth Water"
Speaker: Mr. John Carman, Director - Fort Worth Water Department

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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Fort Worth Petroleum Club
777 Main St. #4000 (top floor)
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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Reduced rate valet parking is available in the adjacent parking garage ($2.50).  Carpooling encouraged!

Carman

Bio:

John Robert Carman, who prefers to be called Carman, started on April 6, 2015 as Director of the Fort Worth Water Department. He previously served as public Utilities Director for the City of Raleigh, N.C. He brings more than 30 years of experience in water and wastewater to the department's top job, as well as several accolades for management excellence and performance.

The majority of Carman's career in water was spent in Utah, where he began as a wastewater plant operator. From 1979 to 1994, Carman worked in both water and wastewater treatment plant operator roles, maintaining equipment and facilities for Salt Lake City Public Utilities. During that time, he earned a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Utah.

With degree in hand, Carman took a role managing operations, water resources and laboratory functions for the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy (MWDSLS), where he ultimately became general manager.

Carman then retired from his role as general manager for MWDSLS and made the jump to the private sector, joining an international engineering firm in 2005 where he worked in the states Utah, California and Illinois. He also completed his master's degree in civil and environmental engineering during his time with the firm before returning to the public sector in the city of Raleigh and leading the second largest regional water and sewer system in the state of North Carolina.

 

August 13, 2015

Program: "Oncor Microgrid Design and Operation"
Speaker: Mr. Lance Spross, P.E., Director - Engineering Standards and Maintenance Strategy

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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Fort Worth Petroleum Club
777 Main St. #4000 (top floor)
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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Reduced rate valet parking is available in the adjacent parking garage ($2.50).  Carpooling encouraged!

Lance Spross Bio:

Lance oversees Transmission and Distribution standards development, standards maintenance, and maintenance strategy activities.  In his most recent role, Lance supported the Technology and Strategy organization with analysis and strategy development related to existing and emerging technologies where he oversaw the development of Oncor’s microgrid project.   Lance holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M and is a registered Professional Engineer.

 

July 9, 2015

Program: "Legislative & Governmental Affairs (L&GA) Update"
Speaker: Mrs. Trish Smith, CAE, Executive Director - Texas Society of Professional Engineers,
Executive Director - Texas Engineering Foundation

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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Fort Worth Petroleum Club
777 Main St. #4000 (top floor)
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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Reduced rate valet parking is available in the adjacent parking garage ($2.50).  Carpooling encouraged!

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Trish Smith Bio:

Trish has been associated with TSPE for over 17 years overseeing the programs and staff of the organization.  Her responsibilities include oversight of the legislative, education, membership, finance and human resource areas.  She is also the Executive Director and a Trustee of the Texas Engineering Foundation and manages the TSPE Political Action Committee for Engineers (PACE) Board.

Prior to joining TSPE she served as the Coordinator and Program Manager at the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism at Texas Tech Unviersity where she assisted in the delivery of engineering ethics seminars to engineering faculty, private firms, TxDOT and engineering students.  She was also Program Manager for the team that developed the NAFTA Code of Conduct which is part of the NAFTA Mutual Recognition Document that was adopted by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the US. 

In her earlier career she spent over fifteen years involved in the legal field working in positions from secretary, assistant to the Dean of the Texas Tech School of Law and administrator of a 55-person law firm.

She is married to Thorne Smith and they are proud of his son Tyler who recently graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in Physics and Computer Science and is employed at National Instruments where he was recently selected as the Rookie of the Year.

 

June 11, 2015

Program: "The Engineer as a Leader in Society"
Speaker: Mr. Steve Eubanks, P.E., CFM, Senior Professional Engineer, TPW Stormwater Management, City of Fort Worth

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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Fort Worth Petroleum Club
777 Main St. #4000 (top floor)
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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Reduced rate valet parking is available in the adjacent parking garage ($2.50).  Carpooling encouraged!

Steve Eubanks Bio:

Mr. Eubanks has worked for the City of Fort Worth Stormwater program since 1999 and has been involved in new development review, capital project design, flooding and drainage complaint investigations, and engineering assistance for maintenance projects.  He assisted in the development of the City’s Stormwater Utility and the 2006 Fort Worth Storm Water Management Design Manual and currently is managing development of the City’s Stormwater Master Plan.  Mr. Eubanks currently serves as Co-chairman of the Texas Floodplain Management Association’s Stormwater Committee.  He previously worked in consulting engineering and has earned degrees from Texas A & M University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

May 14, 2015

Harold J. Leeman Bio:

Mr. Leeman has had the fortune to lead two careers.  He first enjoyed 23 ½ years in the United States Army serving throughout the US, Far East and Europe as an engineer officer.  He taught structural analysis and soil mechanics for three years at USMA during his Army career.  Mr. Leeman arrived in Fort Worth in June of 1996 as Deputy Commander of the Fort Worth District, Corps of Engineers, his last assignment in the Army.

Mr. Leeman retired from the Army in February 2000, and joined Rone Engineers as a soils engineer.  He spent 4 years at Rone Engineers before he began his career at Texas Christian University.   Mr. Leeman has enjoyed 12 years at TCU as Director of Facility Planning and Construction, where he’s worked on several major university projects, including the redevelopment of the football stadium.

Mr. Leeman is an active member in SAME, TSPE, SCUP, USGBC and ASCE member since 86 - held most of the officer positions in both SAME and TSPE to include president of both chapters. Also, was a three year board member on the National Board of SAME.

 

TCU Senior Design Project Info:

The TCU Senior Design Program annually presents their design project and findings to the Fort Worth Chapter of TSPE.  Their projects are typically provided and funded by independent clients who are looking for academic insight and results.  The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) provides DNA testing to law enforcement agencies in Texas, throughout the United States and for international cases.  The objective of this Senior Design Project is to develop a computer-controlled bone processing machine which would allow a single operator to accomplish the following within a fixed time interval:
 
1.    Mount the bone in the machine,
2.    Automatically remove exterior contaminants from the bone surface,
3.    Automatically extract a core bone sample of specified dimensions, and 
4.    Clean and sterilize the chamber to prevent cross contamination with the next bone sample.
 
Successful accomplishment of this project would not only increase efficiency and reduce costs, but also mitigate personal injury and exposure of caustic agents (for example, inhalation of bone dust) to the operator.

 

 

April 10, 2015

 

Program: Lessons Learned from PE Leadership Institute
Speakers: Kelly Dillard and Josh Logan from PELI Class #3

Friday, April 10, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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TxDOT Regional Training Center (RTC) in Fort Worth
2501 SW Loop 820
Fort Worth, Texas 76133
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Speaker Bios:

Kelly Dillard, P.E., CFM
Storm Water Engineer / Associate
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
PELI Class 3  - 2013-2014

Mrs. Dillard is an FNI Associate and Manager of the firm’s 20-person Stormwater Management Group. Ms. Dillard serves in the roles of Project Manager and technical oversight for comprehensive stormwater management programs. Her primary focus is on stormwater and water resources planning and design projects and providing hydrology, hydraulics, and stormwater management for numerous municipalities across Texas. She has extensive experience with assisting communities in defining, implementing, and regulating comprehensive stormwater management programs.  Ms. Dillard has been involved in over 35 drainage studies in past 8 years.  

Kelly was President of the Fort Worth Chapter of TSPE in 2012 and is currently on the State TSPE Board as Regional Vice President for the North Texas Chapters.  She has participated actively in MATHCOUNTS and the Scholarship committee over the last 10 years. 

 

Josh Logan, P.E.
Project Manager
Halff Associates, Inc.
PELI Class 3  - 2013-2014

Mr. Logan joined Halff Associates in January of 2002.  He has worked on wide variety of projects including large-scale hydrologic and hydraulic studies, land development, utility rehabilitation and relocation, erosion control design, and a selection of transportation projects, though his primary focus has been in flood mitigation analysis and drainage infrastructure design. He has been intimately involved with the planning, detailed design and PS&E preparation, and successful construction management phases of several projects.

Josh was President of the Fort Worth Chapter of TSPE in 2013 and served in many other TSPE roles throughout his time in Fort Worth.  He is a former Chapter MATHCOUNTS coordinator and has participated actively in MATHCOUNTS and many other educational outreach activities for the past 9 years.



March 12, 2015

Program: Ethics Presentation at West 7th Street Movie Tavern
Moderator: Executive Director of TSPETrish Smith
Movie: "Henry's Daughters"

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

West 7th Street Movie Tavern
2872 Crockett St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
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February 17, 2015

 

Program: “E-Week Banquet”
Keynote Speaker: City of Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
(Registration begins at 11:30 AM)

Ridglea Country Club
3700 Bernie Anderson Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
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Each year our chapter celebrates E-Week by recognizing three individuals that have made significant contributions to our chapter, and to the engineering profession as a whole.  The Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year, and the Van Trump winners will be honored at our annual E-Week banquet (see attached invitation).  In addition, the Fort Worth Branch of ASCE will be honoring its Young Engineer of the Year.  The keynote speaker this year will be City of Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a reserved table of ten. Reservation is REQUIRED for the Banquet. Reservations for the Banquet must be made no later than close of business Wednesday, February 11, 2015. You may reserve by clicking the button above or by contacting Ken Randall, P.E. at (817) 338-1277 or krandall@bhbinc.com. When your reservation is made, please be sure to provide names (with spelling) and affiliations for all guests. Please provide contact information (email or phone number) in case we have questions.   

Also, sponsorships are still available. Last year’s sponsors enabled the Fort Worth Chapter to provide $14,500 in direct scholarships in 2014 and we hope to provide $20,000 this year. We want you to be a part of this wonderful opportunity to support the future of the engineering profession. The Engineers Week sponsorships are the PRIMARY source of funding for these scholarships and without your generous support we would not be able to protect to the future of the engineering profession by providing these scholarships to our high school seniors. Download this PDF for more information about sponsorships. 

 

January 8, 2015

Program: “AllianceTexas and 35W Coalition Update”
Russell Laughlin, Senior Vice President, Hillwood Properties

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Fort Worth Petroleum Club
777 Main St. #4000 (top floor)
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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Reduced-rate valet parking is available in the adjacent parking garage ($2.50). Carpooling encouraged!

Russell Laughlin has 33 years of land and real estate development experience and was the recipient of the prestigious TxDOT Road Hand Award. He has 27 years' tenure with Hillwood including initial position as Director of Hillwood's National Transportation Authority, where his primary responsibilities focused on privatized road development projects.

Serving as Senior Vice President of Hillwood Properties, Russell Laughlin oversees the management, operation, land and infrastructure planning, and entitlements of AllianceTexas, a 17,000-acre mixed-use, master-planned community. He has ben instrumental in the development of AllianceTexas and the north Fort Worth and Tarrant County areas in leading long-term regional planning initiatives.

The 17,000-acre AllianceTexas development is unparalleled in its vision of a dynamic and diversified community. The project's foundation is the Alliance Global Logistics Hub—an international trade and logistics complex offering inland port transportation options via one of the nation's largest intermodal yards, two Class I rail lines, the world's first industrial airport, and connecting state and interstate highways. Stemming from this strong commercial base are corporate campuses, office complexes, tech and data centers, destination retail and entertainment venues, residential housing, schools, churches, and community shopping. In total, the development encompasses nearly 32 million square feet, 265 corporate residents, 30,000 employees and more than 7,600 single-family homes.

The Hillwood Properties team is known for building successful public-private partnerships to accomplish major projects. Bringing relationships, core assets, and enhanced services together, the team executes and delivers developable sites to market expediently. Speed-to-market combined with state-of-the-art infrastructure and business service is the competitive advantage. Hillwood provides a full range of skills, including site selection, land development, property management and construction services. In addition, the company provides extensive experience in building all types of product, from industrial to office to retail and residential. Finally, Hillwood has secured business advantages for the AllianceTexas community to assist corporate residents in daily operations, such as Foreign Trade Zone #196, Triple Freeport Inventory Tax Exemption, aircraft and pilot services at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, third-party logistics, educational resources, and employee placement services.

Affiliations:

  • 35W Coalition, President
  • Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition (TRTC), Executive Committee
  • Region C Water Planning Board, Secretary
  • Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, President of Board
  • Fort Worth Country Day, Immediate Past President of Board
  • North American Super Corridor Coalition, Board Member
  • Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Texas Health Leadership Council

Education:

  • Texas Tech University—BS in Landscape Architecture
  • Southern Methodist University—MBA
  • Harvard University's Graduate School of Design—Advanced Management Development Program

 

 

Introductory Program: "Blue Zones Project"
Brandy O'Quinn, Public Affairs Manager, Healthways, Inc.