Structural Engineers Association of Texas
SEAoT regularly identifies individuals for several prestigious awards including the Anders Award, the SEAoT Service Award and the Wilbur C. Schoeller Award (Click here for information about these awards). The recipients of recent awards are listed here.
SEAoT Distinguished Service Awards
Justice Edge, P.E.– SEAoT Distinguished Service Award – 2017
Justice Edge is a Professional Engineer licensed in Texas, California, and Oklahoma. He is also a Qualified Inspector for the Texas Department of Insurance. His extensive experience includes structural design, cost estimating, building evaluation reports, feasibility studies, specification writing, construction management, and project observation.
Justice joined Intelligent Engineering Services, LLP (IES) in 1991 and has been a partner since 2008. Some of the most significant structures that he designed, managed, or worked on include:
- AT&T Center – San Antonio
- The Biotechnology Science and Engineering Building – UT at San Antonio
- The Science and Engineering Building – University of Texas at San Antonio
- The Medical Arts and Research Center – UT Health San Antonio
- The Center for Oral Health Care – UT Health San Antonio
- Barshop Center for Aging Studies – UT Health San Antonio
- Isola Bella condominiums – South Padre Island
- Terminal B and elevated roadway – San Antonio International Airport
- Grand Hyatt Hotel – San Antonio
- The San Antonio Convention Center expansion – San Antonio
- The Alamodome expansion – San Antonio
Justice is actively involved in several professional and technical associations where he has or currently holds board positions. He joined the Structural Engineers Association of Texas in 2000 and has contributed at both the local and State level. From 2007-2009 he was President Elect, President and Past President of SEAoT’s San Antonio Chapter and has subsequently chaired the scholarship committee since 2014, At the State level he served on the Structural Engineering Licensing Committee from 2010 to 2016. He has spent several terms as a State Director and was State President in 2012. He assisted with the organization and running of the SEAoT State Conference in San Antonio in 2012 where he was the moderator.
Justice’s other professional association involvement includes director of the ACI San Antonio Chapter from 2002-2003 and Treasurer from 2004-2006. He has been a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Bexar County Chapter since 2011 and a member of the Society’s Bexar County Chapter’s scholarship committee from 2014. He is also a member of Professional Engineers in Private Practice since 2011 and a Director from 2014 to 2016.
His civil and humanitarian activities include participating in builds for Habitat for Humanity, donating to the concrete canoe competition and donating to the steel bridge competition.
Justice supports the UTSA College of Engineering in several roles including:
- Sitting on a panel of engineers who addresses freshmen on what inspired them to become structural engineers and answers questions from the students.
- Mentoring senior design classes on what they can expect once they start practicing as structural engineers.
- Acting as a guest critic for the senior class project presentations.
Justice received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1994 and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University Las Cruces in 1998. He has passed the SE1, SE2, and CE NCEES exams.
William F. (Bill) Kelm, P.E., is President and co-founder of Pickett, Kelm & Associates, Inc. in Austin, Texas. He has over 35 years of professional experience in all phases of structural engineering. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1978 and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1991.
Bill has made significant contributions to SEAoT since joining the Austin Chapter in 1993. Recognizing the need for quality continuing education on timely and relevant engineering topics, he chaired the continuing education committee for the Austin Chapter from 1997 to 2005. He organized and scheduled two to three half-day continuing education seminars each year on Saturday mornings, which were open to all structural engineers in Texas. Through close collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin, these seminars provided a means of keeping practicing structural engineers abreast of current research and its impact on design practices and future code changes. Topics included prestressed concrete design (Dr. Burns), LRFD steel design (Dr. Engelhardt), fatigue and brittle fracture (Dr. Frank), masonry design (Dr. Klingner), wind design (Dr. Mehta – Texas Tech), floor vibrations (Dr. Murray – Virginia Tech), timber design (Dr. Wheat), and beam bracing (Dr. Yura). Each seminars typically attracted between 60 to 80 engineers. Bill also served the Austin Chapter in various other capacities, including serving on the planning committee for the 2004 State Conference. It was the first state conference to offer a dual track for technical presentations and proved to be very popular.
At the state level, Bill served as president of the SEAoT State Board in 2006, where he focused on increasing membership, and improving the newsletter content. He chaired the SEAoT Awards and Recognition Committee from 2007 to 2015 and has served on the Professional Activities and Legislature Liaison Committee since 2007.
As a partner with Pickett, Kelm & Associates, Inc., Consulting Structural Engineers, Bill has lead the firm for over 23 years in the project management and structural design of facilities that have included industrial and manufacturing facilities, office and retail buildings, parking structures, bridges, and public works facilities. Projects on which he has served as the structural engineer of record include the Whole Foods Headquarters Complex in downtown Austin and several buildings at the Applied Materials Harris Branch Campus in Austin. He currently leads the firm’s bridge inspection services in connection with TxDOT’s bridge inspection program.
In his spare time, Bill enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family, which includes his wife Sandy, son Brian and daughter Amy. He is also a longtime supporter of the Carson Cummings Foundation, the First Tee of Austin and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin.
Ismael Legarreta, P.E. is the General Manager for Kasco Structures (formerly El Paso Machine and Steel Co., Inc.) a position he has held for the past 14 years. Previously, he was the Chief Engineer and co-owner of Ramsey Steel Company in El Paso.
Ismael was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1986, and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.
Mr. Legarreta’s involvement in SEAoT includes serving as the local Chapter President of the El Paso Chapter in 2009 and the State President in 2010. During his term as President, he championed SEAoT’s Structural Engineers Licensure Initiative. He remained active after his presidency, chairing the Financial Health Committee for two years. He currently serves as the alternate State Director for the El Paso Chapter.
Ismael has been instrumental in the planning and execution of two highly successful SEAoT state conferences in El Paso. He has also organized numerous technical presentations for the El Paso Chapter involving national and local organizations.
Ismael’s community involvement is focused on encouraging young people to enter the engineering and science fields. As President of AACE (Academy of Civil Engineers) at UTEP, Ismael has helped provide resources for the SEAoT student chapter and the Civil Engineering students.
As a representative of SEAoT and AACE, Ismael served on the UTEP advisory board assisting in the selection of new UTEP professors and he has served on the Ysleta School Board for nine years.
In addition to serving as President of SEAoT at the local and state level, he has served as President for the Jaycees, AACE and the Ysleta School Board, and the Alumni Association at UTEP. He also services on a number of civic boards, including the Salvation Army, United Way, and El Paso Jaycees.
Ismael continues to encourages engineers to get involved in public service and to provide leadership and expertise in promoting positive changes in today’s society.
Mr. Legarreta has three children, Michael, David and Alexis.
Paul L. Gugenheim is the Founder and Chairman of Delta Structural Technology LLC, a company he founded in 1991. Delta Structural was split off from Alpha Pavement Technology, Inc., a paving and bridge repair company in North Texas, which he founded in 1983. He is also founder of Delta Structural Industrial, LLC, a petrochemical and industrial blast retrofit and structural repair company he founded in 2014. Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1973. He earned an Executive MBA Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. His firm has received the Aggie 100 Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for top entrepreneurial growth companies owned by Aggies. He is past president of the National Pavement Maintenance Association (1992-1993) and a member of the FEMA National Committee that recently released the national guidelines for flood proofing of residential and nonresidential buildings in the United States (2010-2013). Mr. Gugenheim has served for several years as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M and the University of Houston on the subject of FRP composites and entrepreneurship.
Mr. Gugenheim has carried out extensive testing of composite FRP structures at the Ferguson Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. This testing was performed over seven year for the Texas Department of Transportation for corrosion protection of bridges using FRP. He also worked with UT and TxDOT in testing the strengthening of bridge beams with FRP carbon fiber and fiber anchors. He has also performed extensive blast testing with FRP at Sandia Labs and the Energetic Materials and Testing Center (EMRTC) in Socorro, New Mexico, which is affiliated with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Mr. Gugenheim has performed testing at BakerRisk using FRP for blast protection on CMU walls for many years and the process is now widely accepted for petrochemical and for anti-terrorist strengthening of buildings for the military.
In 1987, Mr. Gugenheim and four others introduced the now widely used asphalt plug bridge joint to the United States using, at that time, state-of-the-art, materials that had never been used before.
Since joining the SEAoT Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter in 1997, he has been actively involved with the chapter’s activities. He currently serves as Chairman of the Houston Chapter’s Scholarship Committee, a position he has held since 2008. He served as Chairman for the past two highly successful state conferences held in Houston in 2003 at the Woodlands and in 2008 at Minute Maid Park. He has made presentations on composite FRP structures for the Austin, Dallas, Corpus Christi, Houston and El Paso chapters of SEAiT. His firm sponsors meetings at various chapters each year and has participated as an exhibitor at the annual state conference every year since 1997.
Paul lives on a golf course on Lake Conroe in Montgomery, Texas with Sherrye, his wife of 39 years. Paul and Sherrye have four children and fifteen grandchildren.
Joseph. (Joe) Kallaby is President and Principal Engineer of Offshore Structures, Inc., which he founded in 1980. Mr. Kallaby majored in structural engineering, earning a Master of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and the University of California in Berkeley. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and New York; and a Structural and Civil Engineer in California. He was elected D.OE (Diplomate Ocean Engineer) by ACOPNE (Academy of Costal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineers) of ASCE.
Joe Kallaby has extensive structural engineering experience in the design and certification of offshore platforms and marine structures. He served as international consultant on platform structures and has written extensively on their design. He wrote the earthquake design code for offshore platforms and developed the “Pushover” procedure for ultimate strength and reserve strength analyses of structures, now standard structural analysis procedure used worldwide. It won the coveted ASCE OTC Hall of Fame Award. His project experience includes structures located in all major areas worldwide, with emphasis on earthquake regions and deeper waters, as well as minimum structures.
Mr. Kallaby joined the SEAoT Houston/Gulf Coast chapter in 1992 and served as its president in 1998. During his tenure as President, he was instrumental in redesigning the Journal into a more attractive high-gloss publication which generated the major portion of the chapter’s revenue.
He has served as the Houston Chapter’s state director for more than a decade.
He also served as President of the SEAoT State Board in 2003. During his tenure as President, he spearheaded the effort to hire an Executive Director to help manage the tremendous growth of the organization that year. He led efforts to revamp the website to serve as the association’s hub; to combine chapter membership applications into a single state application in order to speed up review and approval times; and to revamp the State Journal into a glossy, high revenue source.
In 2010, Joe agreed to chair the newly formed State Conference Committee and proposed the Executive Director to support conference activities. He developed guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of the conferences and to reduce the burden on the host chapters. The first conference under this new direction, held in Dallas, was well-received and generated substantial revenue.
Mr. Kallaby is also chairman of the Technical and Code Committee, and has served as chairman of several state and chapter committees, including advertising, advisory, procedures manual and program. Mr. Kallaby continues to serve SEAoT tirelessly and contribute significantly to the long-term success of the organization.
Joe lives in Houston with Halina, his wife of 35 years. They have five children and seven grandchildren living in California and Houston.
Danny Anderson, P. E. – SEAoT Service Award – 2012
Danny R. Anderson, P.E., is a Senior Engineer with Professional Service Industries, Inc., and a licensed professional engineer in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Mr. Anderson obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1967 and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1969, also from the University of Texas at El Paso. On graduating, he joined the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as an Engineer-in-Training for the El Paso District.
Mr. Anderson subsequently joined Anderson, Bradley, Dyess & Woods, Inc. where he spent several years as Vice-President and General Manager in charge of all materials, civil, and geotechnical engineering studies. In 1978 he formed Danny R. Anderson (DRA) Consultants in El Paso. During his tenure as owner and President of DRA Consultants, he worked on several signature municipal, transportation, government/military, and private sector projects in West Texas and the surrounding areas and states, including work for General Motors in Mexico.
He sold his firm to Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), in 2000. He continues to work for PSI as a Senior Engineer, where his relationships, expertise and knowledge in the El Paso and surrounding areas are an invaluable part of PSI’s local success. He has also been an integral part of PSI’s presence through the BRAC contracts at Fort Bliss from 2005 to the present.
Since joining the SEAoT El Paso Chapter in 2000, Danny has been actively involved with the chapter’s activities and policies. He currently serves as one of the State Directors for SEAoT for the El Paso Chapter, a position he has held for nine years. In 2002, Danny served as the Co-Chairman for the highly successful SEAoT State Conference held in El Paso. In 2003 he became a Chapter Director and in 2007, he again assisted with the El Paso Chapter hosted State Conference, serving as the Golf Committee Chairman, and as a conference exhibitor representing PSI.
He is a former member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM), and the International Society of Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineers.
He served as President of the ASCE El Paso Chapter and as a Director of the ASCE Texas Section. He also served as President of the El Paso Chapters of the ACI and the TSPE.
He was named Outstanding Young Engineer in 1975 and Engineer of the Year in 1985 by the El Paso Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
Danny has been married to his wife Carole since 1962 and celebrates his 50th anniversary this year. He has two children, Clay, a psychologist with Texas MHMR in San Antonio and Cathleen, Dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, in Wise, Virginia. They have four grandchildren ranging in age from five to 15 years.
Gary P. Ten Eyck, P.E., is Vice President of Unified Building Sciences & Engineering, Inc. in Richardson, Texas. He has over 50 years of professional experience in all phases of structural engineering with special emphasis on the development of innovative concepts, diagnostic evaluation of building deficiencies and project peer review. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University in 1958. Gary has worked in the Dallas–Ft. Worth area since 1979 where he is recognized in the areas of educational facilities, office complexes, and retail centers.
Gary is past president of the Structural Engineers Risk Management Council (SERMC). He is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of loss prevention and risk management for structural engineers and has written numerous articles in this specialty. He is currently serving on the Contracts Committee of the Council of American Structural Engineers.
Gary has made significant contributions to SEAoT by representing the interest of practicing structural engineers at the local and national level for over 25 years. During the 1980s, he regularly served in numerous leadership roles within SEAoT. He was a tireless advocate for the profession and through SEAoT he found the ideal organization though which to channel his energy. Gary served SEAoT as the State President in 1989; Chapter President in 1989; Chapter Director from 1991-1993; Professional Practice Committee Chair from 1992-2000; and State Delegate to the National Council of Structural Engineers Association from 1995-2003. He was inducted as an Honorary Member of SEAoT in 2004.
Among his numerous articles and publications, the following landmark publications stand out as examples of his service to SEAoT:
- Guidelines for Practice (1987)
- Services of the Structural Engineer Relative to Division 2 Design and Construction Administration (1994)
At the time of his initial involvement in SEAoT, the organization was essentially comprised of Dallas-area engineers. Gary had the foresight to recognize that the involvement of engineers in other parts of the state was vital to creating a strong unified voice for the profession. This wisdom led him to take a significant role in forming the San Antonio and Austin chapters. He remained active in SEAoT committees for many years after his terms as chapter and state president.
Ruben Ponce, JR., P.E., SECB is President of Ponce Engineering, Inc. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (w/ a Structural Option) from the University of Texas at El Paso, December 1979. He was encouraged by his engineering supervisor, while working at Hunt Building Corporation, to attend college and obtain his engineering degree. He enrolled at UTEP, ten years after graduating from high school and while still working full time completed his BSCE degree in 6½ years. He is licensed under the structural designation and has been practicing structural engineering in both Texas and New Mexico since 1984.
The consulting structural engineering company was started in 1973 and his involvement in the Company began in November 1978 and in October 1980, he became a partner in the firm. In July 1993, the name of the company was changed to PONCE ENGINEERING, INC.
Ruben is a member of the American Concrete Institute, the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of Texas where he has served as an officer for both the local and state organizations. He is currently a State Director for SEAoT for the El Paso Chapter.
His community involvement has included the City Planning Commission; El Paso, TX (Oct. 2000-Oct. 2005), El Paso Vista Hills Lions Club (June 1988-2002), Member – Zoning Board of Adjustment; El Paso, Texas (Nov. 1997-Oct. 2000), Member – Building Board of Appeals; El Paso, Texas (Nov. 1989-Nov. 1997) and a member of the School Improvement Team Committee for Slider Middle School (1993-2002).
Ruben has been awarded the Partnership Volunteer of the Year Nominee – Socorro ISD – 1993-1994, the Engineer of the Year – Texas Society of Professional Engineers – El Paso Chapter, February 1995 and the Service to People Award – Texas Section, American Society of Civil Engineers in October 1995.
Ruben has been married to Emma since May 1971 (working on 40 years & more) and have two children, Edenia Yvette, a second grade teacher, and R. Daniel, a foundation repair & general contractor, and also five grand children, three girls and two boys.
Sam Sidney White, member of the San Antonio Chapter, is the 2009 recipient of the SEAoT Service Award. Sam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering in 1962, and, after four years of service as an Aircraft Navigator in the U. S. Navy and employment with CRS and Ellisor Engineers in Houston, his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1975, both from the University of Texas at Austin. After earning his graduate degree, Sam returned to Houston and rejoined Ellisor and Tanner Engineers. In 1981, he joined Haynes & Whaley and spent 18 years with the firm, advancing to the position of Vice-President. Sam’s notable projects include the University of Houston Moores Theater, the Shepard School of Music at Rice University and the Hobby Center in Houston.
Sam is a professional engineer in the states of Texas, California, Florida and Louisiana and has been active in ACI, AISC, CRSI, PTI, and ASCE and served as a member of ASCE-ACI Joint Committee 442 – Response of Concrete Buildings to Lateral Forces. He also played a significant role in the development of modifications to the Wind Design chapter of the 1995 Uniform Building Code that were proposed by the Houston Chapter of SEAoT.
Sam was instrumental in the establishment of the Houston Chapter of SEAoT, where he helped develop the chapter Constitution and By-Laws and served as the first president of the chapter. At that time, he also served as the secretary and, subsequently, vice-president of the State Corporation Board.
In 2004, Sam presented a plan to the SEAoT Board of Directors to recognize the accomplishments of the pioneers of structural engineering in Texas. With Board approval, Sam formed a Hall of Honor Committee, which he tirelessly led, to identify outstanding Texas structural engineers and their accomplishments. He developed the prestigious Hall of Honor plaques, the Hall of Honor presentation booklets and the presentation boards displayed at the State Conferences to recognize the Honorees. His dedication to the Hall of Honor received acclaim from the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations as a “model for other states to emulate.” After having served as chairman for 4 years, Sam retired from his leadership role on the committee in 2009, but he remains active in SEAoT as a member of the Austin and San Antonio chapters.
The 2009 SEAoT Service Award is given to Sam White in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding service and lasting contributions to SEAoT.
Lee Walden is manager of engineering for GSPE Engineering, Inc. in Houston, Texas. Mr. Walden received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1973 and obtained a Master of Architectural Engineering Degree from Oklahoma State University in 1975. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. With GSPE, Mr. Walden is involved in the analysis, design, development of 3D solid models, and preparation of construction documents for subsea steel structures to be constructed and placed in water depths from 3,000 to 9,700 feet in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to offshore and marine structures, Mr. Walden has expertise with the design of composite repair and strengthening systems serving as a committee member of ACI-440 on Composites Used on Concrete Structures. He also has been involved with the design of commercial buildings, industrial facilities, churches and residential projects.
Mr. Walden received the Consulting Engineers Council of Texas Engineering Excellence Award in 1979 for the structural design of the Brown & Root Southwest Houston Facility in Houston, Texas. He was the co-author of “Automation of Concrete Design” which was published in Concrete International in December of 1996.
Mr. Walden has served SEAoT in numerous capacities over the years. At the local level for the Houston Chapter he has served as president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and web master. He chaired or co-chaired four state conferences. He started the first student chapter in the state with the founding of the Texas A&M student chapter. He developed and presented a series of seminars on computer software and using computers in an engineering environment which generated proceeds used to fund scholarships. At the state level he has served on the state board of directors from 1997 to 2007 and has actively participated on numerous committees. in 2008 he served as the state president for SEAoT. Mr. Walden’s support of and contributions to SEAoT has been exemplary.
Wilbur C. Schoeller Award Recipients
Mr. Guerra earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1957, and has subsequently had an exemplary career spanning more than 50 years. After founding a successful engineering firm in 1973, he has gained the respect and admiration of fellow engineers. Today Jose I. Guerra, Inc., is a full-service, multi-discipline consulting engineering firm, with offices in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The company provides a comprehensive range of high quality civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services to both private and public sector clients throughout the state.
In 2009, Jose stepped down as President and CEO of Jose I. Guerra, Inc. and is now serving as Chair Emeritus.
Long active in professional engineering associations, Mr. Guerra has served as President of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and is presently serving as Member and Past Chairman of the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) International Activities Committee for the Pan American Union of Engineering Associations of Latin America( UPADI ). He served as a member and Chairman of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and continues to serve as a consultant.
Recognized as a community leader, he has served many civic and volunteer organizations, rising to positions of leadership in almost every instance. His community service includes: President, Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; St. David’s Health Care System Board of Trustees, and President of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
His honors and awards are many, and include Distinguished Graduate Award, 2001, the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and Service to People Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Jose served as one of six members of the U.S. Council for International Engineering Practice representing United States engineers responsible for implementing the NAFTA Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. He is also a member of the Pan Academy of Engineers.
In 2012, Mr. Guerra was recognized with the NSPE Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
John Breen graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in 1953. He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Missouri in 1957 and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1962. A former construction engineering officer in the U.S. Navy and faculty member at Missouri, he holds the Nasser I. Al-Rashid Chair at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Breen has made many significant contributions in structural concrete research, winning ten medals for published papers. He has been a leader in the development of design and construction standards and a consultant for both structural concrete buildings and bridges.
An Honorary Member of ACI (American Concrete Institute), he has chaired the ACI Building Code Committee. He has been elected to both the USA National Academy of Engineering and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. He has been widely recognized internationally, receiving the FIP Medal in 1990, the IABSE International Award of Merit in 2000, and the fib Freyssinet Medal in 2002. He was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate by the College of Engineering in 1991.
Professor Breen has demonstrated an innate ability to lead other engineers. Serving for 18 years as Director of the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory at the University of Texas, Professor Breen built a renowned staff and developed a worldwide reputation of excellence for this institution. Here, his testing work served as the basis for developing design standards for the segmental industry in the United States. In particular, it served as a basis for the development of many chapters of the AAHSTO Guide Specifications for Design and Construction of Segmental Concrete Bridges, for which he was a principal author.
John Breen has served as a distinguished professor at the University of Texas at Austin (1959-2010) where he has been awarded no less than six outstanding teaching awards, including the JW Kelly Award from the American Concrete Institute in 1981. He has been a teacher and mentor to hundreds of students many of whom are now serving in leadership positions all over the world. He has been an advisor to a total of 95 Masters and 33 Ph.D. candidates.
John Schwab, P.E. is the owner of Spannbeton, Inc. in Austin. He received his BSc. in Civil Engineering in 1997 and an MSc. in Civil Engineering in 2000, both from the University of Maryland. In 2014, he received an MBA degree from the University of Texas. He is a licensed professional engineer and structural engineer in several states.
Mr. Schwab is founder and chief engineer of the precast concrete specialty engineering firm Spannbeton, Inc. Prior to starting Spannbeton in 2014, John worked for several consulting firms and had his own company for ten years before joining precast concrete manufacturer Coreslab (Texas) Structures, Inc. As founder and president of Schwab Structural Engineering, Inc.(SSE) starting in 2003, he developed a fast growing structural engineering firm that designed residential, commercial and precast concrete structures with a staff up to 22. Prior to founding SSE, Mr. Schwab worked as an associate engineer for Beicker Engineering, Inc. in San Antonio, designing low-rise commercial buildings in central Texas, becoming proficient in the design of tilt-up concrete, steel, wood and masonry structures. Prior to that, he worked as a graduate engineer for Consulting Engineers Group in San Antonio, designing precast concrete parking garages and stadiums. He began his career with Dewberry in Fairfax, Virginia designing continuous steel plate highway girders.
Mr. Schwab’s professional experience includes the structural design and engineering management of projects in many states including Texas, New York, Colorado and Illinois. Notable projects include the total precast concrete addition to St. Cabrini Nursing Home overlooking the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, New York; McLennan Community College parking garages and a pedestrian bridge in Waco; and the Johns Hopkins Road bridge over US 29 near Columbia, Maryland. Other project experience throughout the country includes precast stadium risers; clarifier tanks; steel, concrete, wood, masonry and tilt-up building design; and precast concrete parking garages.
Mr. Schwab has served the Structural Engineers Association of Texas for many years at both the state and chapter levels. This included Secretary of the San Antonio Chapter from 2004 through 2005 and President of the State Corporation in 2007, where he was instrumental in forming the Fort Worth Chapter and developing a five-year strategic plan. Mr. Schwab served as committee chair for the 2006 State Conference in San Antonio and the 2010 State Conference in Corpus Christi. He served on the Structural Engineers Emergency Response Committee and the Political Action and Legislative Liaison Committee, and founded and chaired the Business and Practice Committee from 2010 to 2014.
Mr. Schwab has made technical presentations to the SEAoT San Antonio Chapter on concrete masonry design, concrete mix design requirements and precast concrete design and construction. He conducted a Lateral Analysis seminar for AIA A.R.E. Review, slab-on-grade seminar for Rotary International and was the keynote speaker at John Jay High School Science and Engineering Academy 2005 Graduation. He served as committee chair in the development of a Concrete Mix Design manual.
John has served on Legislation and Government Affairs Committees at the state and, national level with the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) and the National Society of Professional Engineers. In 2005 he advocated at the Capitol in Austin and Washington DC. for laws limiting the liability of professional engineers, and received the Young Engineer of the Year award from the San Antonio Chapter of TSPE. As a member of Texas Council of Engineering Companies, Mr. Schwab’s firm, SSE, received the 2008 Engineering Excellence award for the San Antonio College parking garage. Mr. Schwab was also a Total Precast Systems (TPS) Committee member with the Precast Concrete Institute where he help author the TPS manual.
Mr. Schwab has two sons, competes in triathalons, is an avid snow skier, serves as an ordained deacon at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church and has been a Freemason for over 20 years.
Dr. Engelhardt earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbanna. After earning his M.S. degree, he worked for three years at Exxon Research and Engineering Company before earning his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering at the University of California in Berkeley. He is currently serving as the DeWitt C. Greer Centennial Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to conducting laboratory research and serving on numerous industry committees, Dr. Engelhardt maintains an active teaching load. His excellence in research and education has been acknowledged by the following awards:
- National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award
- University of Texas Outstanding Faculty Award
- University of Texas Civil Engineering Departmental Teaching Award
- University of Texas Engineering Faculty Excellence Award
- T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award – American Institute of Steel Construction
- Engineering News Record – Top 25 Construction Industry Newsmaker
His field of specialization is structural engineering, with emphasis on the analytical and experimental investigation of the seismic response of structures, response of structures to fire and abnormal loading and strengthening of existing bridge structures.
He takes a leading role in the activities of many professional and technical societies, including membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction, Structural Engineers Association of Texas, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, and Consortium of Universities for Earthquake Engineering. He serves on the following professional society committees:
|American Institute of Steel Construction|
|Committee on Specifications|
|Committee on Seismic Specification for Structural Steel Buildings|
|Connection Prequalification Review Panel|
|Consortium of Universities for Earthquake Engineering|
|Member of the Board of Directors (2003 – 2006)|
|International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering|
|Member of Working Commission 2 – Steel and Composite Structures|
|Building Seismic Safety Council – Texas Alternate Representative|
Davy Beicker has been a member of SEAoT since 1989. He has served as a Director and has held all chapter officer positions along with various committee positions.
Davy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University as a nationally honored member of the Chi Epsilon Fraternity in 1977. He has served on the Civil Engineering Advisory Council at Texas A&M and on the Civil Engineering Advisory Council at the University of Texas San Antonio.
Davy has served in a leadership capacity throughout his career. He is a founding member of the San Antonio Chapter of SEAoT and has served as State President and as a Director of SEAoT, as well as holding officer and board member positions in the San Antonio Chapter. He has also held officer and board member positions with the ASCE, served as President of the San Antonio Chapter of CSI and the San Antonio Chapter of ACI. He helped found the San Antonio Chapter SEAoT Scholarship Fund, which annually offers scholarships to structural engineering students from the San Antonio area. He has served nationally as board member and treasurer for NCSEA, as liaison to the ASCE SEI BPAD Committee, and as President of the WSCSEA. He was honored in 2002 when he received the SEAoT James A. Anders Award. He was inducted as an honorary member of SEAoT in 2009.
He serves on the BC PEPP/AIA/SEAoT/CoSA DSD Committee and was the committee chair in forming the CoSA Special Inspections enforcement program. He continues to be involved in the building code requirements for special inspections by serving on the NCSEA National Code Advisory Committee, Quality Assurance Subcommittee.
He serves as the SEAoT Annual Conference Committee Financial Chairman. He also serves as past president for Bexar Chapter TSPE.
Davy founded Beicker Engineering, Inc in 1982. Beicker Engineering, now Beicker Martinez Engineering, is a leading consulting structural engineering firm for commercial building construction. The majority of building projects handled by the company are within the San Antonio and surrounding areas. The firm was honored in 1998 with the BC TSPE Engineer Firm of the Year Award and the San Antonio Chapter AGC Engineer of the Year Award.
As a second career, Davy is a practicing registered massage therapist using osseous release by use of vibration, Reiki Level II certified and holistic healer.
Davy and Lynn, his wife of 38 years, have a son Bryan, a daughter Lacey and a puppy dog Zoe.
Peter Larson, P.E., SECB – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award 2012
Peter is Senior Vice President with Raymond L. Goodson, Jr. Inc. (RLG) in Dallas. Peter spent his early childhood in the small rural communities of Lake Park and Holstein in western Iowa. When he was 13, the family moved to Cedar Rapids where he attended Jefferson High School. Peter is one of five children, four of whom became engineers. Peter received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 1977. He is a licensed professional engineer in nine states and is certified in the practice of structural engineering with the Structural Engineering Certification Board.
He began his career as a project engineer with HNTB in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1981, he joined the structural engineering department of HKS in Dallas. He joined Hixson, Harris & Winters as a Vice President in 1984, and in 1987, he joined RLG, bringing with him a design and service philosophy that fitted well with the company. His strong background in, and understanding of, construction technology and techniques complement his emphasis on rigorous analysis, practical solutions, clear communications, excellence in design, and easy-to-read construction documents. He places great emphasis on teamwork, which has led to long-standing relationships with architects, contractors, and owners.
Peter enjoys tough engineering challenges and has built a reputation for innovative and collaborative work. He has considerable expertise in healthcare facilities design and in the field of strengthening and renovation. Among his notable projects are Southfield, Michigan Public Library which received the National Grand Project Team Award presented by Building Design and Construction at the National AIA Convention in 2004, and Sammons Collins Renovation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, which was awarded the 2011 National ICRI Award of Excellence in the Low Rise category for innovative concrete strengthening techniques. The “Bridge of Hope” that connects the project to the new cancer center was awarded the AISC Certificate of Recognition for structural steel design in 2012.
Throughout his career, Peter has been active in professional organizations. He joined SEAoT in 1987 and subsequently serviced as Chapter President, State Board Director, State President in 1999, Technical Committee Chair for the Dallas Chapter, and a member of the Structural Engineering Licensure Committee. In 2009, he was inducted into SEAoT list of Honorary Members. His other professional memberships include NCSEA, ACI, AISC, ACEC, ASCE, ICRI, and voting membership in ACI 440-F Technical Committee on FRP Repair/Strengthening.
Peter has made professional presentations to the Iowa Structures Congress, SMU School of Engineering, SEAoT, and ICRI on BIM, ethics, and structural strengthening.
Peter loves adventure and has long been an avid rock climber and mountaineer. In 1988 he was one of 13 founding members of the Texas Mountaineers, an organization that has since grown to over 120 climbers. Among his favorite climbs are Kiener’s Route on Long’s Peak and the Exum Ridge on The Grand Teton. Age and wisdom have reduced his activity, but his love for the outdoors and the mountains endures. He met his wife, Charlise, in 1983 while they were climbing in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. They are the proud parents of one daughter, Devon, who is currently studying at the University of Arkansas to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Peter is also active in the community. His most notable service is to Wesley Rankin Community Center in west Dallas, which serves a community of low income families. The Center’s services include educational opportunities for all ages, a senior center, and supplemental food help for families. Peter was on the Board of Directors for six years (2003-2009), serving as Board President the last two. During his tenure on the board, the Center experienced a turnaround from incurring large annual losses to financial health while simultaneously broadening its services.
Peter continues to make significant contributions to the advancement of the structural engineering profession through his continuous support of, and participation in, numerous professional organizations. He represents the level of technical excellence, effective leadership, and solid character to which all engineers should aspire.
Stan R. Caldwell, P.E., SECB, F.ASCE, F.SEI, F.AEI, – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award 2011l
Stan R. Caldwell is a Vice President with Halff Associates, Inc. at their headquarters in Richardson. Prior to joining Halff in 1988, Stan was the Founder and President of Intrex Associates, Inc. During a period of six years, he built Intrex into one of the premier structural engineering firms in Dallas, serving more than 100 diversified clients. He was also previously employed for four years as a Regional Manager with the structural engineering consulting firm of Keith, Feibusch Associates, Engineers, and for seven years as a Project Manager with Atlantic Richfield Company.
Stan decided upon a career in structural engineering as a high school senior in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1970 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1971, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Upon graduation, he immediately moved to Texas and started his career in Dallas. Still in the Dallas area more than forty years later, he is currently a licensed professional engineer in six states and is certified in the practice of structural engineering with the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB).
Stan’s professional experience includes the structural design and management of more than 800 projects, including: commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings throughout the United States; road and highway bridges throughout Texas; hydraulic structures throughout Dallas; and offshore and arctic oil and gas production facilities throughout North America. Some notable projects include: Sunland Park Mall in El Paso, a nine-building UPS Facility at DFW International Airport, the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, the Hope Center in Plano, additions to the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Worth, expansion of Southwest Airlines’ Corporate Headquarters in Dallas, renovation of the Cotton Bowl Stadium for the 1994 World Cup; the SH-121/IH-35E five-level Highway Interchange in Lewisville, the five-level Diamond Interchange in Irving, three steel-arch Vitruvian Park bridges in Addison, the winding Santa Fe Trestle Trail bridge over the Trinity River in Dallas; reconstruction of the White Rock Lake spillway and training walls, large underground stormwater detention vaults with labyrinth weirs for DART and the American Airlines Center; the SAM Project in the Gulf of Alaska, and the massive Kuparuk Development on the North Slope of Alaska.
Throughout his career, Stan has been active in professional organizations beyond the workplace. He joined SEAoT in 1987. His service to SEAoT subsequently included Chapter President, State Board Director, and Chair of the PALL Committee. In 2009, he was inducted as an Honorary Member of SEAoT. His other volunteer service has included numerous leadership positions in ASCE, SEI, AEI, BSC, SECB, NCSEA, Texas ACEC, TBPE, and Visiting Committees at UW-Madison and UT-Tyler. Recently, he completed more than seven years of service as a member of the TBPE/TBAE Joint Advisory Committee on the Practice of Engineering and Architecture. Currently, he is serving on the SEI Board of Governors, the SECB Board of Directors, and the ASCE Strategic Planning Committee.
Stan has authored several articles and publications and has made a number of invited presentations on such widely varying topics as: the properties of clays under cyclic loading, the measured and predicted vibrational behavior of offshore platforms, designing for ice forces, architectural engineering, building security, globalization, engineering practice in the future, and structural engineering compensation.
Stan continues to make significant contributions to the advancement of the structural engineering profession through his continuous support and participation in numerous professional organizations. He represents the level of technical excellence, effective leadership, and solid character to which all engineers should aspire.
Professor Klingner received his academic degrees (BS, MS and Ph.D.) from the University of California in Berkeley. His field of specialization is structural engineering, with emphasis on the analytical and experimental investigation of the dynamic response of structures, earthquake-resistant design of masonry and concrete structures, and anchorage to concrete.
Since 1977, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on structural analysis, dynamics, and the behavior and design of masonry and reinforced concrete structures. He conducts investigation in those areas, and has authored or co-authored more than 80 refereed journal articles, 25 books or book chapters, and 400 other technical publications. Currently, he conducts investigations of the seismic behavior of new masonry and masonry veneer, and of autoclaved aerated concrete masonry. Since 2004, he has been Associate Department Chair, in charge of the Architectural Engineering program.
He takes a leading role in the activities of many technical committees of the US and other countries, including the American Concrete Institute, The Masonry Society, and the American Society for Testing and Materials. For the period 2002-2008, he was Chair of the Masonry Standards Joint Committee, sponsored by the American Concrete Institute, The Masonry Society, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Paul J. Rielly, P.E., S.E., is a vice president with Halff Associates, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Rielly received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1978 and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering in 1980, both from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed professional engineer in 17 states and a licensed structural engineer in the states of Arizona, Illinois and Utah. He is also certified in the practice of structural engineering with the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB).
Mr. Rielly’s professional experience includes the structural design and engineering management of more than 500 commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, bridges, and hydraulic structures. These projects have been located throughout the United States and in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Korea. Many of these projects have involved complex design criteria, site conditions, and construction features. Notable projects include the DFW International Airport Automated People Mover Maintenance Facility; Rio Grand Valley Border Patrol Sector Headquarters – Edinburg, Texas; Cotton Bowl Football Stadium Renovations – Dallas, Texas; Sunland Park Mall – El Paso, Texas; San Antonio River Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration Project – San Antonio, Texas; and LNG Import Terminal – South Korea.
He has served the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT) for many years at both the state and chapter level. This included serving as president of the Dallas (previously North Central Texas) Chapter in 2000, and president of the State Corporation Board in 2004. In addition, Mr. Rielly served as chairman of the 2001 State Conference Committee. He also had leadership roles in the formation of the Corpus Christi and Fort Worth SEAoT chapters.In 2009 he served as president of the Fort Worth Chapter.
In 1998, Mr. Rielly served as chairman of the Technical Activities Committee of SEAoT Dallas Chapter. His leadership on this Committee was instrumental in publication of “Concrete Tilt-up Wall Panels Supported on Pier Foundations.” This publication filled a void that existed in the technical literature regarding analysis and design of concrete tilt-up wall panels bearing only on end supports. An innovative feature of the publication was inclusion of design aid software. The publication has been referenced by many practicing structural engineers in Texas.
In addition to service within SEAoT, Mr. Rielly served as the national president of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE’s) Architectural Engineering Institute, after previously serving as chair of AEI’s Industrial Buildings Committee and as a member of the AEI Board of Governors. He is also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Institute of Steel Construction, and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.
Mr. Rielly continues to serve SEAoT tirelessly and contribute significantly to the long-term success of the organization. In his daily practice, Paul represents the level of technical excellence, effective leadership, and solid character to which all engineers should aspire to attain.
Paul lives with his spouse, Shawn, in Southlake, Texas where they raised two sons. Ryan is currently studying at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Connor is currently studying at Texas A&M University.
Joseph Kallaby – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2008
Joseph (Joe) Kallaby is a principal engineer with Offshore Structures, Inc., a company he founded in 1980. Mr Kallaby majored in structural engineering earning a Master of Science degree from Oklahoma Sate University and the University of California in Berkeley. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and a Structural and Civil Engineer in California. Mr. Kallaby has extensive structural engineering experience in the design and certification of offshore platforms and marine structures. He has served as an international consultant on platform structures and written extensively on their design.
His contributions to the structural engineering profession have had, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on our profession. His 1975 paper on the “pushover” procedure for evaluating the reserve strength of structures past yield has garnered the inaugural ASCE Hall of fame Award, and is now considered to be a standard in the industry. He is the architect of the modern earthquake criteria, in both concept and detail, using dynamic and inelastic analysis procedures, adopted by API in the 1976 Edition of RP2A, which has remained essentially intact since then and has formed the basis for earthquake and existing platform guidelines worldwide. His ground-breaking article published in STRUCTURE Magazine proposes a new concept to address design of structures for severe hurricane, including surge. He is the author of over 20 papers and articles dealing with seismic, fatigues, liquefaction and high performance design. He was also responsible for preparing the API RP2A guidelines for structural assessment of existing platforms adopted as Section17 of RP2A in 1977.
While in San Francisco, Mr. Kallaby was an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAoC) and contributed significantly to its many committees. He was a charter board member and President of the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter in 1988. He was a member of the Board of Directors at the state and chapter levels for over a decade, and State President in 2003. He is currently chairman of the Technical and Code Committee and has served as chairman of several stage and chapter committees, including advertising, advisory, procedures manuals and programs.
Robert Navarro – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2007
Robert Navarro was selected as the recipient of the Wilbur C. Schoeller Award. His support of and service to our profession and to the community, which includes serving as a founding member of the El Paso Chapter of SEAoT, membership on the State Board of Professional Engineers and the state SEAoT board, participation in ASCE at the state and local levels, and active participation in many other professional, civic and business organizations, have been outstanding. Robert’s service to the engineering profession and to SEAoT has been exemplary.
Charles Beutnagel – Anders Award – 2007
Charles Beutnagel was selected as the recipient of the James A. Anders Award.
Charles served as the State Treasurer of SEAoT from 1994 to 1999 and was instrumental in organizing and maintaining the finances of the organization. His thorough and detailed financial reports served as a model for subsequent treasurers.
Stephen J. Campbell – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2006
Stephen J. Campbell was the 2006 SEAoT recipient of the prestigious Schoeller Award. He was presented with the award at the State Conference Awards Banquet in San Antonio in October.
Stephen Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1965, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1966, both from Southern Methodist University. After working about 10 years with the Dallas office of Ellisor & Tanner, he co-founded Gunnin-Campbell Consulting Engineers, now known as Campbell & Associates Consulting Engineers, where he is currently the President. During his over 35 years of structural engineering experience, Mr. Campbell has served as engineer-of-record for more than 45 million square feet of building construction throughout the United States. Some of the more notable projects with which he has been involved in the Dallas area include Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Terminal D and a new football stadium for the Dallas Cowboys. While working at Ellisor & Tanner, Mr. Campbell worked closely with and learned from Wilbur Schoeller, becoming intimately acquainted with many of the innovative structural engineering computer programs developed by Dr. Schoeller. Stephen Campbell has relied upon and built on the many contributions that Dr. Schoeller made to the structural engineering profession. His long-term commitment to the profession has been demonstrated by past service to SEAoT, where he is a SEAoT Founding and Charter Member, and was the Association’s first President. He also served on the faculty of Southern Methodist University, and currently serves on Southern Methodist University’s Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering Advisory Board. Projects designed by Mr. Campbell and his company represent technically sound engineering solutions. In his daily business relationships with architects, contractors, owners, and other members of the building industry, Stephen Campbell has consistently communicated the highest level of professionalism in the scope and type of services that he provides and in the execution of his structural engineering.
Joseph J. Luke – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2005
Joseph J. Luke’s long and active association with SEAoT began around 1990 in a rather inconspicuous way. While taking the Seismic Exam for registration in a western state, Joe was favorably struck by the fact that the seismic regulatory code had been developed by the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAoC). The existence of a building code developed by a group of structural engineers, rather than an assembly of non-engineer building officials and educators, impressed Joe so profoundly that he wondered, “Why isn’t there a similar organization in Texas?” In a subsequent conversation with his employer, Jose Guerra, he learned that such an organization existed, the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT). In fact, Jose was an at large member of SEAoT through his association with the founding North Central Texas Chapter, as were several other structural engineers in Austin. Armed with this knowledge, Joe was motivated into action.
Joe organized a meeting of these Austin engineers, and they agreed to form a local chapter of SEAoT. Seven engineers, the “Founding Fathers” of the Austin Chapter, were Jose I. Guerra, Dr. Jim Jirsa, Dr. Ned Burns, Dr. Joe Yura, Dr. John Breen, Michael Donoghue, and Joe. The group unanimously agreed that the Austin Chapter would be founded on the principle that all structural engineers working in the Austin area, whether they worked in the private sector, for government agencies, or as educators, would be encouraged to become a part of the organization and to actively promote the advancement of the profession. The first organizational meeting was held in October 1992, and it had an encouraging attendance of 35 engineers. The next meeting occurred a few months later, and by early 1994, a set of By Laws was adopted and Joe Luke had been elected as the first Chapter President. Will Berezovytch was elected Vice-President. Joe served the Chapter as President from 1991-1994, and the rest of the story is history. The Austin Chapter has blossomed into a very steady and active group of 50 or more members with a progressive record of outstanding seminars for continuing education. Chapter members have also provided outstanding leadership on the local and state levels, with many members serving prominently as officers on the State Board and in national committee positions. All of this resulted in a large part from Joe Luke’s persistent energy in forming the Chapter and leading it during the early years.
Joe also served SEAoT as State President in 1996, as Austin’s State Director in 1998-2003, and is currently serving as SEAoT’s delegate to the NCSEA and to the Texas Engineering Alliance. Outside of SEAoT, Joe has affiliated with the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Welding Society, the International Conference of Building Officials, and the Design-Build Institute of America. Also, in 1994-1996, Joe served on the City of Austin’s Building and Standards Commission.
Joe continues to work in the propagation of SEAoT. In particular, he has joined a like-minded group of members from the San Antonio and Dallas Chapters in trying to establish a SEAoT Chapter in the Corpus Christi area. He has participated in several meetings in Corpus, where the impetus for the creation of a new Chapter was generated. A Chapter has not been created as yet, but there are encouraging signs that it could soon occur. Joe is thoroughly convinced that SEAoT can be the great hope of our profession, and he continued to promote it at every opportunity.
The road Joe followed to arrive at his association with structural engineering was a rather indirect and interesting one. It was not one that most engineers choose or experience. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Joe obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1970. Upon graduation, he dedicated the next two years serving in VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America, in Nebraska and Missouri. For the following two years, Joe labored as a framing carpenter, which brought him to Austin. He soon decided that it would be better to trade his hammer and saw for a slide rule and a drafting table. So Joe entered the University of Texas at Austin and obtained an M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1979, all the while supporting himself by continuing to work as a carpenter.
Upon graduation, Joe moved to San Antonio and worked for the W. E. Simpson & Company as a design engineer during 1979-1984. In 1984, he moved back to Austin, and went to work with Jose I. Guerra, Inc., Consulting Engineers. In 1996, Joe was appointed as Vice-President and Director of the Structural Division, where he continues today. In this capacity, Joe directs the marketing of structural services, as well as the design and production of structural systems for a wide variety of building types, and large municipal facilities, such as water and wastewater plants. As a tribute to his dedication and professionalism, Joe enjoys the respect and admiration of his many clients and business associates.
Melvin Danysh – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2004
Melvin R. Danysh, P.E. is President of Danysh & Associates structural engineers in San Antonio. Mr. Danysh has extensive work on a variety of structural engineering assignments including new structures and evaluation of existing structures. Structures include single and multistory buildings, bridges and civil structures. Mr. Danysh has particular expertise in precast / pre-stressed concrete structures including parking garages and office buildings.
Mr. Danysh joined SEAoT in 1984 and is also being recognized as a Charter Member of SEAoT. Mel was one of only two SEAoT members in San Antonio before San Antonio started its own chapter in 1989. In the early 1990’s the offices of Danysh Lundy & Associates was the regular meeting place for both SEAoT Board meetings and Chapter Meetings. Mel served a San Antonio SEAoT Chapter President in 1991.
In addition to Mr. Danysh’s role in creating SEAoT in San Antonio Mel has been an active member in the San Antonio Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineering and the Bexar Chapter of the Profession Engineers in Private Practice. Mel’s community service activities include President of the St. Luke’s Elementary School board and President of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of San Antonio.
Charles Lundy, P.E. – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2004
Charles H. Lundy, P.E. is Vice President of Lundy & Franke Engineering, Inc. structural engineers in San Antonio. Mr. Lundy has extensive work on a variety of structural engineering assignments including new structures and evaluation of existing structures. Structures include single and multistory buildings. Mr. Lundy has particular expertise in evaluation and renovations of historic buildings. Such projects include the Majestic Theatre and Empire Theatre in San Antonio.
Mr. Lundy joined SEAoT in 1985. Before the San Antonio Chapter of SEAoT was formed Charles was instrumental in organizing breakfast meetings with the un-united and never before gathered group of structural engineers in San Antonio. With Charles’ leadership the structural engineers in San Antonio unanimously agreed that there was a need for a local structural engineering organization similar to the SEAoT organization in Dallas. In the early 1990’s the offices of Danysh Lundy & Associates was the regular meeting place for both SEAoT Board meetings and Chapter Meetings. Charles served a San Antonio’s first SEAoT Chapter President in 1989 and State President for SEAoT in 1990. Currently Mr. Lundy is an active member of the SEAoT Professional Practices Committee.
In addition to Mr. Lundy’s role in creating SEAoT in San Antonio Charles has been an active member in the San Antonio Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Bexar Chapter of Professional Engineers in Private Practice.
Larry Griffis, P.E. – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2003
Lawrence G. Griffis, PE, is President of the Structures Division at Walter P. Moore and Associates. Mr. Griffis has directed or made significant contributions to the structural design of over fifty major buildings throughout the United States and internationally. He has combined his 32 years of practical design and management experience with ongoing involvement in numerous technical committees, exploring and documenting specialized structural issues of design, construction, and delivery. Mr. Griffis has developed particular expertise in the design of long span roof structures, high-rise buildings, composite steel and concrete systems, and analysis of tall buildings under wind forces.
Projects completed under his direction have been honored with numerous structural awards, including the Eminent Conceptor Award, emblematic of the top engineering accomplishment in Texas, for four different projects in four consecutive years from 1989-1992. In 2002, Mr. Griffis was the recipient of the Civil and Architectural Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award at the University of Texas. A second honor bestowed on him during 2002 was the AISC Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors individuals who have made an impact in the success of the structural steel industry. Additional professional honors include finalist as ENR Magazine’s Construction Man of the Year in 1990. In 1994, Mr. Griffis’ career body of work in the development of composite steel systems was recognized by the American Institute of Steel Construction when he was named T.R. Higgins Lecturer. This prestigious award is the highest honor given by the steel industry in the United States. Mr. Griffis has directed numerous structural investigations of construction-related disputes and deficiencies.
Mr. Griffis was recently named to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest praise bestowed by peers in the industry.
- Provisions Update Committee (PUC) of the Building Seismic Safety Council
- Task Committee TS 11 of the Building Seismic Safety Council
- Planning Committee for Phase 5 Hybrid Structures of U.S./Japan Cooperative Research Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation
- ASCE 7 Wind Task Committee
- ASCE Committee on Steel Building Structures
- ASCE Committee on Composite Construction
- ASCE Wind Effects Committee
- ACI 318 Committee
Master of Science in Civil Engineering, 1971, University of Texas at Austin; Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 1970, University of Texas at Austin.
Bob Tieman, P.E. – Anders Award – 2003
In honoring Bob, long-time friend and Associate Will Berezovytch commented: “It is fitting that the award be to a man who has emphasized the development of practical and constructible engineering solutions for over four decades, while furthering the structural engineering profession by activity in a number of professional organizations.”
Bob is active in both the Austin Chapter and the State Board of SEAoT, serving as past State Treasurer and as a State Director. He served the Travis Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers as President, and was selected as TSPE Engineer of the Year in 1974. He served the local Construction Specifications Institute as Chairman, the American Concrete Institute as Central Texas Chapter President, and served as a member of the Deans Executive Committee at the University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering. He has also been a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
His formal education started with a BS in Architectural Engineering from UT Austin in 1953. He attended UT Austin for Graduate studies in Civil Engineering during 1957 to 1959, and went back for Computer Studies in 1967 after designing many buildings with paper, pencil, and a slide rule.
He began his career at Page Southerland Page about 1955 as a structural engineer, was Director of Structural Engineering until 1979, when he became a Principal and Partner in 1979. He subsequently served as Director of Special and High Tech Industrial Projects until he retired. Since then, he has served as a consultant to PSP and other firms. He continues to mentor both young structural engineers and young architects teaching the practical skills and details of building construction.
Bob is has been registered to practice engineering in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico.
Lawrence Calvetti, M.S., P.E. – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2002
Lawrence Calvetti is originally from the Black Hills Region of Western South Dakota and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, (Bachelor of Science – Architectural Engineering, 1970 and Master of Science – Architectural Engineering, 1972). Following graduation he worked with the Austin structural consulting firm of W. Clark Craig & Associates and designed several multi-story hotel structures in Galveston; Laredo; New Orleans; Mobile, Alabama; New York; Great Falls, Montana, San Diego, California, and numerous other locations throughout the United States. Moving to San Antonio in 1975, he started a successful Professional Consulting Practice and provided the Community with Quality Structural Engineering consulting and design services. He became a partner with Williams and Schneider, Inc. in 1983 and has since directed the organization as President of the new corporation, WSC, Inc.
Mr. Calvetti is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and has over 30 years experience in structural engineering including auditoriums, banks, churches, educational facilities, gymnasiums, libraries, medical facilities, office buildings, penal institutions, retail centers, warehouses, fire stations, business parks, industrial parks, condominiums, apartments, shopping centers, hotels, freezer/cooler facilities, and special structures. During the past twenty years he has been actively involved in the restoration and renovation of historical structures within the City of San Antonio including the five historical missions: Alamo, De La Purisima Concepcion, Mission San Jose National Historic Site, San Juan Capistrano, and San Francisco De La Espada; The San Fernando Cathedral, and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower. He has been involved with historical structures in the neighboring communities of Boerne, Comfort, Kerrville, Utopia, Carrizo Springs, Jourdanton, Karnes City, Sequin, and portions of South Texas.
Lawrence is a Charter Member of the San Antonio Chapter of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas Corporation (1988) and has since been actively involved serving as Secretary of the San Antonio Chapter (1989 & 1990), President of the San Antonio Chapter (1996), President of the State Corporation (1997), State Director (1993, 2000, 2001). He was instrumental in organizing a Mentor Program for the San Antonio Chapter and establishing the State Web Page. He presently serves a Chairman of SEAoT By-Laws Committee, the Web Page Committee, and is a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee.
Lawrence is a member of American Concrete Institute; Applied Technology Council; Post Tensioning Institute; The Masonry Society; Founding Member of The Structural Engineering Institute (AEI), and The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is also an active member of the Performance Standards and Professional Relation Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Architectural Engineering Division, and has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America as Troop Director and ScoutMaster.
Lawrence and Grace, his wife of 36 years, are blessed with a loving family of two sons, Brann and Shad; daughter-in-law, Lanette, and grandchildren, Kirk, Kirstin, and Emily.
Jon Jelinek, P.E. – Anders Award – 2002
Mr. Jelinek joined SEAoT in 1993 and served the organization as the Austin Chapter President in 1996. He currently enjoys the position as State Secretary, a role he accepted in 1996.
Mr. Jelinek has over 22 years of consulting engineering design, project management, and construction administration experience with eleven years in the advanced technology and microelectronics industry. Mr. Jelinek’s experience covers a broad range of sectors, including industrial, municipal, institutional, and commercial facilities. Mr. Jelinek’s construction administration experience includes sixteen months of on-site representation at one of the largest, semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities in the world and fourteen months of on-site representation at a joint-venture wafer fabrication facility in Virginia.
While seconded to M+W-Zander, Jon served as the Lead Structural Engineer on a US$250MM wafer fabrication “greenfield” campus in East Malaysia. Mr. Jelinek’s engagements have taken him across the globe, including South Korea, Malaysia, and Ireland. Mr. Jelinek is versatile in a broad range of structural systems and materials to accommodate both static and dynamic forces (gravity, wind and seismic lateral forces). Mr. Jelinek is uniquely qualified to accept the structural challenges presented by today’s need for expansion and renovation of new and existing advanced technology facilities.
Mr. Jelinek is an avid mountaineer having gained the summit of all sixty-eight, 14,000 foot peaks in the contiguous US. He has a lifelong ambition to trek through and among the Himalayas. Mr. Jelinek also enjoys golf and currently plays to a single-digit handicap.
Mr. Jelinek and wife, Deborah celebrate twenty-five years of marriage in January 2004.
Bill L. Gunnin, Ph.D., P.E. – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2001
Bill L. Gunnin is considered a leading authority in architecture and engineering design using precast prestressed concrete. Having numerous publications in this and other areas of engineering, he has been and continues to be a highly respected member of the SEAOT community.
In July of 1992, Bill founded Gunnin Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Dallas, Texas and is the President of his firm. He has served in the capacity of officer/principal for each firm he has been involved with since 1972, and is professionally registered in ten States. In recognition of his engineering expertise, Bill has received the Maurice Van Buren Structural Engineering Award from the American Concrete Institute for the paper “Market Tower, Indianapolis, Indiana” and a special jury award from the Prestressed Concrete Institute for the structural design of the Las Colinas Equestrian Center, Irving, Texas. Bill has also been inducted in the Civil Engineering Academy at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Gunnin’s impressive list of publications includes “Market Tower – Indianapolis, Indiana,” Bill L. Gunnin, Concrete International: Design and Construction, and “The First International Building in Dallas, Texas (USA),” Bill L. Gunnin, Acier Stahl Steel. He has made numerous presentations to such groups as The American Society of Civil Engineers, The American Concrete Institute, and of course, the Structural Engineers Association of Texas.
As a Charter Member of SEAOT, Bill has served in a leadership capacity with SEAOT on many different levels, most notably as a fifteen-year member, and chair from 1987-1989, of the Committee on Professional Practice. His contribution to this and numerous other professional organizations is well known. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, and the Consulting Engineers Council.
Bill is the proud father of two sons, Michael and Christopher, and adores his daughter-in-law Nancy. He is an active member of Royal Lane Baptist Church and has been involved with the Boys Scouts of America.
Richard W. Furlong, P.E., PhD. – Wilbur C. Schoeller Award – 2000
Richard W. Furlong brought composite column design into the last half of the 20th century. Composite columns today are important structural elements for seismic-resistant building and bridge frames. Dr. Furlong was the principal author of the current composite column design regulations both for the American Concrete Institute and for Load and Resistance Factor Design. His studies of columns in monolithic frames and response of frames to forces beyond elastic material limits, contributed to current force-displacement (P-delta) design standards for frames subject to lateral sway from horizontal loading. Dr. Furlong helped develop standards for the design of reinforced concrete inverted T beams, now a familiar component of bridge bents throughout the country. He received the American Concrete Institute Ray Reese Award for this research. Dr. Furlong developed numerous design aids for reinforced concrete structures, and he served on the ACI Design Aids Committee for 25 years, which he also chaired. His design aids for columns, beams with torsion and for footings have been included in the ACI Handbooks for at least 20 years. More recently, his computer-based design aids have been the most popular such software sold through the ACI Computer software program.
Dr. Furlong retired from the Faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 1998, but continues to teach, study and lecture as requested by various professional organizations and he continues to serve the ACI-ASCE Committees on Reinforced Concrete Columns and Composite Columns. Dr. Furlong has been the recipient of many awards, and has been frequently honored for his contribution to our profession A few of these include, the Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering; President of the Texas Section of ASCE; Distinguished Engineer of the Texas Engineering Foundation; and Engineer of the Year, Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
Dr. Furlong and his wife Helen are active members of the Burnet Presbyterian Church. Dr. Furlong and Helen have one son, Jack Furlong and two grandchildren, Carrie and Brian.
Davy L. Beicker, P.E. – Anders Award – 2001
Davy has made a significant number of contributions as a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas over the past several years. Since the San Antonio Chapter was formed, Davy has served as the Treasurer, Secretary, and twice as Director and President. He helped organize the State Annual Conference in San Antonio the two years that he served as President of that chapter, and was instrumental in the formation of the San Antonio Chapter SEAOT Scholarship Fund from proceeds from the 2000 SEAOT Annual Conference. He served as SEAOT State President in 1992, and continues to be the Alternate Delegate for NCSEA, and our liaison with the State Board of Insurance.
Davy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University as a nationally honored member of the Chi Epsilon Fraternity in 1977. In 1982, at the age of 27, Davy founded Beicker Engineering, Inc., in San Antonio, and is a structural engineer and managing principal of his firm. Under his leadership, Beicker Engineering, Inc., has grown into one of San Antonio’s largest structural engineering firms.
Davy has served in a leadership capacity as Officer and/or Board Member of such organizations as the San Antonio Chapter CSI, San Antonio Chapter ACI, Bexar Chapter PEPP, Bexar Chapter TSPE, San Antonio Chapter ASCE, NCSEA and the Western States Council of Structural Engineers.
Davy’s dedication to his profession and his reputation as one of Texas’ most outstanding engineers earned him the TSPE Young Engineer of the Year Award for the State of Texas in 1990. His leadership in his firm earned Beicker Engineering the TSPE Bexar Chapter Firm of the Year and AGC Engineer Firm of the Year in 1998.
Davy and Lynn, his wife of twenty-five years, have a son, Bryan, who is a Senior computer science major at UT Tyler, and daughter, Lacey, who is a Senior at MacArthur High School. They are longtime members of MacArthur Park Lutheran Church and very active on the community level as volunteers.
Stanley D. Agee – Anders Award – 2000
Stan Agee has made significant contributions as a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas for a number of years, through his involvement in SEAoT, especially through his valuable assistance during several annual conferences. As an Affiliate Member, he has continued to be a great resource, and a friend to SEAoT. His help in organizing our conference exhibitors at the annual conferences, and his successful efforts in soliciting, and signing-up sponsors for our directory and Journal have helped to keep SEAoT financially sound over the years. Stan continues to make a valuable contribution through his efforts to solicit sponsorships for our annual Member Directory and Quarterly Journal, and has now begun to solicit the conference exhibitors, a year in advance, an idea that he proposed to the SEAoT board. He has also began to solicit advertisement and sponsorship for the SEAoT web page.
Stan attended San Antonio College and the University of Texas at Arlington, where he majored in marketing and real estate.
He is the owner of the Stan Agee Company, the exclusive manufacturer’s representative for PIERESEARCH, manufacturers of “Centraligner” pier sleds and “Hijacker” pier bolsters. His company is also involved in commercial real estate services, which include property management, brokerage and leasing, as well as consulting in municipal and development matters. Mr. Agee served as Executive Vice President of the Ryan Management Company from 1973 to 1981, and was the Director of Marketing and Development for the Parkway North Subdivision, a 429 acre, mixed-use residential development in North Arlington. Mr. Agee is a member and has served as an officer of a number of professional and civic organizations including ACI, CRSI, SEAoT, SEAOC, Arlington Rotary Club, and the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Arlington.
Stan is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Arlington. He is married to Jan Hart Agee, they have one daughter, Jana Sewaiseh and are the proud grandparents of one granddaughter, Mira.
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