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Next Meeting is Tuesday, June 24, Fire Safety Implications for Power Engineers

We are planning a discussion on Fire Safety Implications for Power Engineers. The speaker is Carl D. Wren, P.E.. The meeting location is at El Gallo Mexican Restaurant from 6:00 PM to 9:00PM. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. To RSVP or for further information, please contact Stan Friend at stan.friend@us.schneider-electric.com.

Carl D. Wren, PE, Austin Fire Department, Emergency Prevention Division. Mr. Wren is the Lead Engineer to Chief Engineer, supervising 6 professional or degreed engineers in the application of the International Fire Code, International Building Code, Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, NFPA standards, and other related codes and standards.  Major projects reviewed include hospitals, large semiconductor fabrication facilities, retail malls, high-rise buildings, a convention center, hotels, apartments, condominiums, and numerous smaller structures and remodeling projects.  He assists with the coordination and acts as an instructor for state fire inspector certification courses for AFD’s newly promoted fire officers.  He responds to multiple alarm fires and other alarms as requested to provide assistance to the incident commander; incident duties are primarily related to water supply, systems in the structures, chemical and radiological safety, and incident/post incident structural concerns (firefighter safety and dangerous building determinations, etc.).

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July's Meeting is Tuesday, July 22, Roadway Illumination

We are planning a discussion on Roadway Illumination. The speaker is James Mercier, P.E.. The meeting location is at El Gallo Mexican Restaurant from 6:00 PM to 9:00PM. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. To RSVP or for further information, please contact Stan Friend at stan.friend@us.schneider-electric.com.

James Justin Mercier, P.E. (SM IEEE, M ASCE) is both a construction electrician and a Civil Engineer. He graduated from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Apprenticeship program in 1979 as a Journeyman Wireman (construction electrician), where his electrical work experience included power plants, steel mills, refineries, schools, traffic signals, and office buildings prior to his returning to college. He earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, in 1986, and worked as an Environmental Engineer in the private sector prior to joining TxDOT. Since joining TxDOT in 1994, he has been a Traffic Engineer in Roadway Illumination and in Traffic Signals, and a Hydraulics Engineer with the Design Division. Mr. Mercier is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin, and a licensed master electrician in both the State of Texas and the City of Austin. He is a past Chairman of the Austin, Texas Chapter of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.

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August's Meeting is Tuesday, August 26, Engineering Ethics

We are planning a discussion on Engineering Ethics. The speaker is David Howell, P.E.. The meeting location is at El Gallo Mexican Restaurant from 6:00 PM to 9:00PM. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. To RSVP or for further information, please contact Stan Friend at stan.friend@us.schneider-electric.com.

David Howell, PE, TBPE. David Howell became the Director of Licensing for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) in October 2005.  The Licensing Division processes all applications and renewals from engineers seeking to be licensed professional engineers in the State of Texas as well as processing all firm registrations and implementing the continuing education program. 
David began his engineering career in 1989 with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  During his tenure with TCEQ, David was involved with technical and managerial environmental engineering positions regarding regulation of air, water, waste, and site remediation.
David received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1989 from the University of Texas, El Paso.  He earned his license to practice as a professional engineer in the state of Texas in 1997.

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Our Thanks to George Martinez
A big thank you to George Martinez, Professional Engineer, for his presentation and discussion on US Department of Energy Transformer Efficiency Rules that will take effect on January 1, 2010. This presentation took place at el Gallo Mexican Restaurant. Thank you for taking time out of your schedule for this presentation.

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