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Each year SEAoT presents two prestigious awards to members in recognition of outstanding contributions to SEAoT and to the structural engineering profession. Awards are presented at the Annual State Conference in the Fall. The SEAoT Awards Committee is soliciting nominees for the SEAoT Service Award and Wilbur C. Schoeller Award. Nominations should be submitted in letter format and must outline the nominee’s accomplishments and traits that would make him or her a worthy recipient of the award. Include a resume of nominee if available. Nominees must be current members of SEAoT in good standing with both the chapter and state organizations. Nominees should be emailed to Dave Dunkman at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 1st. of the year in which the awards will be presented.
In line with its goal of promoting excellence in Structural Engineering, SEAoT presents two awards each year to companies or individuals who are members of the Association.
WILBUR C. SCHOELLER AWARD
The Wilbur C. Schoeller Award is presented to an individual, or individuals, who are members of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas and whose personal character, professional ethics and service to the community are commensurate with such recognition.
It is awarded to Individual(s) in private sector practice of structural engineering or structural engineering education, in recognition of specific achievement or attainment of noteworthy prominence in the structural engineering profession.
For more information click below or contact an awards committee member to apply: Nomination form
WILBUR C. SCHOELLER
Wilbur C. Schoeller was born in Fox River Grove, Illinois, on July 19,1923, the son of Edythe Black and Charles Schoeller. After graduating from high school in San Diego, California, in 1941 he studied engineering for one year at San Diego State College. In January 1943 he enlisted with the U.S. Navy, and later that year the Navy sent him to the University of Texas to study under the V- 12 training program. He graduated from the University of Texas on October 1945 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he married Betty J. Horne, of Dallas.
After finishing a tour of active duty in the U.S. Navy in June of 1946, he worked as a structural steel detailer for a short period. He then decided to return to the University of Texas, where he studied towards the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering, which was awarded to him in August 1948. During this period, Dr. Schoeller worked at the University of Texas as an Instructor in Civil Engineering.
In 1949, Dr. Schoeller worked for a year as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Southern Methodist University. The following year he joined the Lamar State College of Technology as a full professor, and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, where he served until, June of 1955.
He left Lamar State College to work for Convair in Ft. Worth as a structural engineer doing stress analyses for about six months, and was later on transferred to the Structures Research Group where he was promoted to Project Structures Engineer.
In February 1958, Dr. Schoeller returned to Southern Methodist University, where he was appointed as a Professor in the Civil Engineering Department. While at SMU he conducted graduate research under the Sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. During his tenure at SMU, Dr. Schoeller authored a number of papers, handbooks and other publications. He was one of the first structural engineers in the country to apply the Stiffness Matrix Method of Structural Analyses and is credited with the development and implementation of several computer programs for structural analyses which are still being utilized by structural engineering onsultants.
In 1961 Dr. Schoeller took a leave of absence from SMU to work in his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Texas, obtaining his Doctor in Philosophy degree in 1963. His academic activities included serving as a Professor at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin, and at Arizona State University. Dr. Schoeller practiced extensively as a consulting engineer and was associated for a long period of time with the Dallas office of Ellisor and Tanner. He was also Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Houston office of E&T. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Texas and Arizona.
In his personal life, he was a devoted husband and father, very proud of his four daughters, Susan Jeanne, Janet Elaine, Margaret Ellen, and Nancy. He was well liked by all his colleagues who respected him for his academic achievements and engineering abilities. Dr. Schoeller was recognized as one of the best structural engineers in he State of Texas, and a credit to the Engineering profession.
Dr. Schoeller was one of the founding members of SEAoT (Structural Engineers Association of Texas). Because his name is associated with dedication to teaching, and the practice and advancement of the structural engineering profession, the Wilbur C. Schoeller Award was created in his honor to be presented to a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas for specific achievement or attainment of noteworthy prominence in the structural engineering profession.
WILBUR C. SCHOELLER AWARD – Program Guidelines
1. Recipients shall be individual members of SEAoT.
2. Recipients shall be engaged in the private sector practice of structural engineering or structural engineering education.
3. Recipients shall be selected based on the criteria indicated in the description of the award.
4. Although the award need not be given annually, the interval between award shall not exceed three years.
5. The program shall not be a “Design Contest”, nor based on submittals by potential recipients, but rather shall be determined based on the excellence of the achievement.
6. An Award Committee shall consist of a Chairman with members representing each chapter. The Chairman shall be appointed by the State Board and the Chairman shall appoint each committee member. The Chairman shall administer the program and report committee activity to the Board.
7. The Award Committee shall nominate potential recipients, solicit and receive nominations from the SEAoT membership, and elect the Award recipients.
8. The program shall be financed by voluntary contributions by individual members of SEAoT to the Wilbur C. Schoeller Memorial Fund, and by general contributions by SEAoT, as approved by the Board of Directors
9. SEAoT funds identified to support the program shall be maintained in an account separate from the general account.
10. Funds identified to support the program shall be used to finance publicity for the program, awards ceremony / dinner, award plaque, etc.
11. At the discretion of the Board of Directors, excess funds in the program account may be used to publicize SEAoT.
12. The general theme and intent of the program shall be maintained. However, with the approval of the Board of SEAoT, operational / functional procedures may be modified in order to improve / enhance the program.
SEAoT Distinguished Service Award
The SEAoT Service Award is presented to an individual or individuals in recognition of outstanding service to the organization. Recipients of the Award shall be members of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas whose personal character, professional ethics and service to the organization are commensurate with such recognition. The award was originally established in 2000 as the James A. Anders Award in memory of James A. Anders and to recognize his outstanding contributions to the Structural Engineers Association of Texas. The James A. Anders award was retired in 2007 after being presented to five very deserving individuals in recognition of their outstanding service to SEAoT
James A. Anders
“For those of us who worked with Jim, he will be remembered for his extensive technical knowledge, helpful insights, good cheer and positive outlook on life,” said Andy Johnson, Vice President of Marketing at AISC Marketing, Inc. “In the way he overcame many of life’s adversities, Jim was a good model for all of us.”
Born in Philadelphia, PA, on September 30, 1929, Anders was the second of two sons. He majored in Civil Engineering at George Washington University’s night school until enlisting in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in August 1951. Following graduation from Basic Training, the Engineer Officer Candidate School and duty at Fort Belvoir as a Tactical Officer, he reported to the 36th Engineer Combat Group in the Republic of Korea. Separating from the Army in December 1953, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, graduating first in his class with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in June 1956. His passion for learning led to an M.S. in Engineering and Applied Sciences in June 1957. Through the late 1950s and 1960s, Anders served in several structural engineering and operations research assignments and served as a part-time instructor of mathematics at the College of William and Mary.
Named to the American Men of Science in 1965, he advanced through analyst and management positions to become first Deputy Director and then Director of Planning and Marketing for the Combat Operations Research Group, Technical Operations, Inc. in 1966. He managed the Systems Science Center, Melpar, Inc., from 1966-1968.
Over the next several years, Anders formed his own marketing and technical consulting firm, Anders Associates, Inc., which was dissolved in 1974 due to health problems. His career path during recovery led him through several executive positions in engineering and construction-related marketing, including his first stint with AISC from 1979 to 1984. As Vice president of Texas Testing Laboratories, Inc., he co-founded the Dallas Committee on High-Rise Development before rejoining AISC in 1988.
Anders was a member of the Dallas Rotary Club, American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers Association of Texas, Tau Beta Chi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Chi Epsilon, Who’s Who in South and Southeast, and the American Arbitration Association.
SEAoT SERVICE AWARD – Program Guidelines
1. Recipients shall be individual members of SEAoT.
2. Recipients shall be selected based on the criteria indicated in the description of the award.
3. The award shall be given annually.
4. An Award Committee shall consist of a Chairman with members representing each chapter. The Chairman shall be appointed by the State Board and the Chairman shall appoint each committee member. The Chairman shall administer the program and report committee activity to the Board.
5. The program shall be financed by general contributions by SEAoT, as approved by the Board of Directors.