President's Message - March 2014

This year is flying by, isn’t it? The beginning of the year has always been very busy for the Dallas Branch, and this year has been no exception as we strive to offer more value to our members. In addition to several volunteer opportunities associated with Engineer’s week including Future Cities, MathCounts, and the Perot Museum, and the Younger Member membership drive, we have been working hard to provide a strong technical program this year. Last month, we heard a very interesting and informative presentation on the President George Bush Library. This month, we are excited to hear from Burt Weathersbee with Jacobs on the Dallas Pump Stations. More information on this month’s technical seminars can be found in this month’s newsletter.

I hope that you were able to attend the Engineer’s Week Luncheon. At the luncheon, we were happy to present Sean Merrell, PE, PTOE with the ASCE Dallas Branch Engineer of the Year award. Sean was the committe chair for all of the Texas Section Centennial Events throughout the state, and he concurrently served as the Dallas Branch President last year. Sean has also been a driving force behind our website and many other Branch events and activities. He has dedicated countless hours to the betterment of our Branch, and we therefore believe that he is very deserving of this award. We were also very happy to present Brad Hernandez, PE with the ASCE Dallas Branch Young Engineer of the Year. This past year, Brad took on the enormous task of hotel coordination for the Texas Section Centennial Celebration Fall Conference hosted by the Dallas Branch. Between having several partnering organizations hosting events within our conference and an expanded technical program, this was by far the most complex conference that we have ever hosted. While coordinating all of this, Brad was also negotiating with the Addison Marriott to secure a contract for our monthly luncheons through the end of 2014, was the Dallas Branch Secretary, and also began to serve as a Director at Large for the Texas Section. Despite the amount of things on Brad’s plate, he has done an extremely thorough job with everything he has taken on, and we feel he is a very deserving recipient of this award. Sean and Brad, thank you for your service to the Branch!

Before closing, I would like to remind everyone that the Dallas Branch will have someone coming to our May meeting to perform the background checks and fingerprinting required by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers before you can renew your license. In March, we will be putting a registration sheet on our website so that you can sign up for the time slot that works best for you. Please watch your email for notification on when registration opens.

See you March 10, 2014 at the Addison Marriott!

Kristin Green, PE, ISI ENV-SP
ASCE Dallas Branch, 2013-2014