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From the President’s desk….

As is usually the case, we find ourselves on the cusp of yet another year quickly coming to an end. I truly

hope this year has been profitable for you and yours, both financially and physically…

First, a quick apology for the cancellation of December’s meeting. We did not see the viability of

proceed-ing with the meetproceed-ing with little planned participation. We are rethinkproceed-ing a change to next year’s staple

De-cember social meeting, as we hope to bring more value to you, our members.

Also, with no meeting held earlier this month to summarize, I would like to instead take a few moments to

list some ongoing and planned activities. Please take them to heart and consider how you might be able to

contribute to


chapter’s effectiveness.

TSPE Scholarship Fund – By now, you should have received your donation request letter. If every

member gave even a small amount, think how much our scholarship recipients would benefit from

your donation!

MATHCOUNTS – Remember February 7


’s local competition. I especially

encourage our members that have not participated yet in this event to do

so. Your time contribution would be appreciated, but there’s a special payback in seeing these

‘mathletes’ in action. Refer to our website for more registration information.

Engineer’s Week – The committee

has been meeting and planning all the

asso-ciated events. Sponsorship

forms will be issued very soon. We will

touch on this bit more during

January’s monthly meeting.

PE Day at the Capital – This is a TSPE ‘members only’ event that provides you with a platform to

ad-dress issues and concerns with the current legislators of the 84th Texas

Legisla-tive Session. Your involvement is critical to insure the passage of bills that

fur-ther the profession of engineering and promote the health, safety, and welfare of

all fellow Texans. I plan to be there on February 4


. I hope you will meet me

there as well. See the st

) for more event details.

Lastly, please plan on joining us at our next monthly meeting on January 5



2015. We plan to have an update on the draft SARA Low Impact Development Ordinance. Please be vocal;

the presenters will be interested in any comments we may have for them. The balance of the meeting will

be spent addressing the various ongoing chapter committee activities. There really is a lot that our

commit-tee members and voluncommit-teers do “behind the scenes.” We may even make a passing reference to February’s

planned joint meeting with some of our fellow PE members in SEAoT (Structural Engineers Association of

Texas). Be safe and God bless!


Jesse R. Guerra, Jr., P.E.




SARA LID Ordinance & Updates




Karen Bishop, Dr. Troy Dorman

P.E., Stephen Horvath P.E.


Monday January 5, 2015


Registration 11:15-12:00 pm

General Meeting 12:00-1:00 pm


Old San Francisco Steakhouse

10223 Sahara Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78216






$40.00 non-member w/ Reservation

No Charge for Students


Deadline: January 2nd at









RSVP required online at







President Jesse Guerra, P.E. 210-233-3843 Past President Lori Dullnig-Warlen, P.E. 210-494-7223 President Elect Ian Perez, P.E. 830-214-0544 Vice President Becky Carroll, P.E. 210-375-9000 Secretary Brooke Lindholm, P.E. 210-375-9000 Treasurer Becky Carroll, P.E. 210-375-9000 State Director Davy Beicker, P.E. 210-824-2908 UTSA Student President Gerardo Gonzales 956-560-5384 Director 1 Blake Wright, P.E. 210-243-3703 Newsletter/Advertising Matt Robbins, E.I.T. 210-699-9090 Legislative and Government


Trey Dawson, P.E. 210-375-9000 Webmaster Abel Guzman, P.E. 210-826-4611 Social Media Vacant

Director 2 Bryan Heiner, P.E. 210-375-9000 Scholarships Chris Schultz, P.E. 210-699-9090 Science Fair Carmen Groth, E.I.T. 210-233-3619 ETC Christine Klein, E.I.T. 210-798-1895 Mathcounts Jordan Byrd, E.I.T. 210-375-9000

Director 3 Lorena Carter, P.E. 210-494-7223 Membership Lorena Carter, P.E. 210-494-7223 Engineer’s Week Vacant

Young Engineer of the Year Brooke Lindholm, P.E. 210-375-9000 Engineer of the Year Chester Drash, P.E., CAPM 210-340-5004

Affiliate Liaison Carmen Groth, E.I.T. 210-233-3619 Director 4 (PEG) Vacant

Director 5 (PEPP) Laura Campa, P.E. 210-714-2097 Executive Director Diane Hoskins, C.I.C., C.R.M. 210-862-8300 Scholarships Carlos Sanchez, P.E. 210-314-5458






January 2015








The TSPE Bexar Chapter webpage is online. Our web

address is


The webpage has

important chapter information including an officer list

and calendar of upcoming events! Now providing Job



September 2– City of San Antonio Chapter 34 Code

Modifications to Regulations for Construction and


Speaker– Andrew Wiatrek, PE & Phil Handley (SAWS)

October 6– Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities for PEs

and EITs

Speaker– Bobby Balli, P.E.

November 3– Legislative Update on Transportation

and Water

Speaker– Texas Representative Doug Miller

December 1 (Evening Meeting)-


January 5– SARA LID Ordinance

Speaker– Karen Bishop, Dr. Troy Dorman, P.E., Steven

Horvath, P.E.

February 2– Speaker TBD

March 2– Speaker TBD

April 6– Awards/Scholarship/Science Fair



January 2015







Speaker Biography


January 2015

Biosketch: Ms. Karen Bishop

Karen has thirteen years’ experience with the San Antonio River Authority (SARA). She helped create and now leads SARA’s Sustainable Watersheds Implementation Program, and she has been instrumental in developing tools to introduce triple bottom line analysis to SARA projects. She has project managed numerous education and outreach projects designed to improve the health of the San Antonio River Basin, including the 2013 San Antonio Low Impact Development Design Competition project. Karen serves on the US Green Building Council – Balcones Chapter Board of Directors and is the 2013 recipient of the American Public Works Association—Texas Chapter—Sustainability Practices Award.

Biosketch: Dr. Troy Dorman, P.E., ENV SP, CFM

Dr. Troy Dorman, P.E., ENV SP, CFM is a Director for Tetra Tech in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University (Water Resources and Environmental Engineering) and Tarleton State University (Hydrology). Dr. Dorman has over 16 years of professional experience with a focus on sustainability, hydrology, and water resources for public and private clients. His past projects include bioretention design, erosion control applications, stream restoration design, watershed masterplanning, and preparation of municipal drainage manuals. His was one of two lead authors on the San Antonio River Basin LID Manual. Biosketch: Mr. Stephen Horvath, P.E., R.P.L.S.

Stephen Horvath, P.E., R.P.L.S. has over 38 years of experience with V&A on a variety of civil engineering and surveying projects in Bexar County and South Texas. As a Principal of the Firm since 1986, he is responsible for the management of project planning, design and construction administration for both civil engineering projects and surveying projects.

Steve provides expertise in land planning, site development, site grading, streets and drainage, water and sewer systems for commercial and industrial developments, residential communities and multi-family developments. He also provides expertise in municipal/capital improvement projects, large and small diameter sanitary sewer main and water main extensions and replacements, and potable water main projects. In addition, Mr. Horvath has extensive experience in rail design, transportation, and airport improvements.

With over 40 years of experience as a Consulting Engineer in San Antonio, Steve provides extensive knowledge and expertise in local, state and federal regulations and knowledge of various regulatory agencies’ policies. As a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Texas for over 32 years, he has experience on a range of projects requiring boundary, topographic, project control and construction surveying. Steve was named 2006 Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers – Bexar Chapter.




January 2015

Three lawyers and three engineers are traveling on a train...

Three lawyers and three engineers are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three lawyers each buy tickets and watch as the three engineers buy only a single ticket.

"How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asks a lawyer. "Watch and you'll see," answers an engineer.

They all board the train. The lawyers take their respective seats but all three engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, "Ticket, please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on. The lawyers see this and agree that it is quite a clever idea so, after the conference, they decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money (recognizing the engineers' superior intellect).

When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers don't buy a ticket at all. "How are you going to travel without a ticket?" says one perplexed lawyer. "Watch and you'll see," answers an engineer.

When they board the train the three lawyers cram into a restroom and the three engineers cram into another one nearby. The train departs.

Shortly afterward, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the lawyers are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "Ticket, please."




January 2015

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January 2015

Name: Lorena Carter, P.E.

Company: Bain Medina Bain

Job Title: Project Engineer

Hometown: Laredo, Texas

School: UTSA

Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering

Why did you choose to become an engineer?

Engineering has always been a part of my life as far back as I can remem-ber. My father chose to go into the petroleum field and although he wanted me to pursue that same path, I knew that I wanted to do something differ-ent. I went into college not 100% sure which type of engineering I would major in but I knew that engineering was the way I would go.

What do you like most about your job?

The thing I love most about my job is that each project is a new adventure. Nothing is ever the same or cookie cutter when it comes to engineering. I never have a chance to get bored but rather I am always learning some-thing new with my job!

Any advice or tips you can give young engineers?

Even when things get difficult, don’t quit. It’s very important to keep working toward your goals whatever they may be.

What is your favorite pastime outside of work?

I love to spend time with my husband and 7 year old daughter. Trying new restaurants in town is also one of my favorite pastimes!

San Antonio Major Events & Festivals - January

January 2: 22nd Annual Valero Alamo Bowl

Major college football comes to the Alamodome during this post-season collegiate bowl game featuring Kansas State and UCLA.

January 3: U.S. Army All-American Bowl

The game showcases the nation's top high school football players. A week of festivities leads up to the big game day.

January 15-18: San Antonio Cocktail Conference

San Antonio's own Cocktail Conference is the first of its kind in Texas, bringing together top bartenders for four days of educational seminars, guided tastings and cocktail parties.

January 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Rally

Honoring the civil rights leader, this is one of the largest people's marches in the country. Other events throughout the city include a rally, art exhibits, workshops and candlelight vigils.

January 31: SeaWorld San Antonio Opens for 2015 Season

SeaWorld San Antonio’s combination of unique animal attractions, entertaining shows and thrilling state-of-the-art coasters make this park an exciting place to be!




January 2015

History of NSPE - January

In May 1934, renowned bridge engineer David Steinman called together four engineering

organizations to discuss the formation of a new national engineering society. Representatives

of those organizations—the New Jersey Association of Professional Engineers and Land

Surveyors, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, the Pennsylvania Society

of Professional Engineers and the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers—met at the

Columbia University Club in New York City on May 25 and decided to form a new,

nontechnical organization that would be dedicated to the interests of licensed professional


A little over three months later, on September 3, the National Society of Professional

Engineers was officially formed. In a keynote address, Steinman, who had been elected

president, spoke of protecting engineers from unqualified practitioners, building recognition

for engineers, and standing against unethical practices and inadequate compensation.

"Through membership and active participation in NSPE," Steinman said, "the individual

engineer renders his contribution toward making engineering a better and more satisfying

profession than he found it."



January 2015




January 5 (Monday), at Old San Francisco Steakhouse


Sign in sheets for chapter meetings are posted on the website at are audited by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers as part of the Continuing Education Program, simply print the sign in sheets for meetings you attended as documentation of your Professional Development Hour (PDH).

Don’t forget you will need 15 PDHs each year including at least 1 hour of ethics in order to renew your license.



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