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The purpose of our chapter's scholarship program is to promote engineering as a rewarding career choice and to attract qualified persons to practice engineering. By awarding scholarships, our chapter hopes to raise public awareness of engineering and provide a public service to our Community.

The Dallas Chapter offers three (3) individual, one-time scholarships of $2,000 each awarded each year to local high school seniors who will be attending a college or university with an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering program in the fall. Two (2) of the three (3) high school scholarships are open to all high school applicants, while the third is reserved for public school applicants only. High School students must plan on attending a college or university in the state of Texas and must enroll in an engineering program in order to qualify for the scholarship.

The Dallas Chapter also offers a one (1) individual, one-time scholarship of $2,000 to currently enrolled SMU college students who are in the SMU ABET-accredited engineering program and plan to return in the fall for their BS (Engineering) Undergraduate program.


The Haston Scholarship is named for Jack S. Haston, P.E. (10/11/1946 to 02/26/2000). Mr. Haston was a sixth generation Texan, born and raised in Ft. Worth, and an accomplished Geotechnical Engineer with nearly 30 years experience primarily in Texas. In recognition of his service to both the engineering profession and to the community at large, he received the Texas Section "Service to People Award" in 1993 and the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers' "Engineer of the Year" award in 1997.


James (Jim) Rankin, P.E. (1941-1980). After graduation from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Jim began work with Forrest & Cotton, a consulting engineering firm in Dallas, Texas. Through tireless work, Jim climbed to the position of project manager and managed the design and construction of a number of major wastewater projects for the Trinity River Authority. Jim enjoyed his family, which included his wife Beverly and three children.


The Shimek Scholarship is named for Carl L Shimek, P.E. (06/08/1923 to 6/30/1996). In addition to Carl Shimek's pursuit of successful consulting engineering career for 48 years, he found the time to be actively involved in many professional, technical and civic organizations. Carl was recognized as the "Engineer of the Year" by the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers in 1975. He served as President of the Dallas Chapter of TSPE in 1968 and as a National Director for the state organization in 1975.


Professor Charles Edward Balleisen, P.E., 97, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2008. Survived by his daughter Janet Dray and son-in-law Richard Dray of Rochester, NY and nieces Martha Meyer and Sally Godfrey. Born October 2, 1911 in Philadelphia, PA. Married Martha King Wiley in Oxford, MS, 9/14/40.

Graduated second in class with BS Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 1933. He received MSME from MIT in 1934. In 1936 he was appointed Junior Ordnance Engineer in US Army Ordnance Graduate School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. In 1942 entered Active Duty as an officer of the Ordnance Department. In 1945 wrote "Principles of Firearms", noted in the Encyclopedia Britannica as a basic source and used as an Army training manual. Became Associate Professor, Purdue University in 1946. In 1948 went to Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX as Manager, Mechanical Laboratory. In 1957 joined Mechanical Engineering Department at Southern Methodist University and was instrumental in the formation of a Society of Women Engineers chapter at SMU. He was elected by the Engineering students as "Favorite Professor" in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and was once recognized as an "Outstanding Professor" by the University.

He traveled extensively to Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia and in the summer of 1977 he went around the world in 40 day. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi. Sigma Xi, Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Tau, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Technical Club of Dallas, ASME, Society of the Promotion of Engineering Education, and the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia and was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Texas Academy of Science. In his retirement he developed talks about historical persons and made frequent presentations to social groups, including several series to the Greater Lakewood Shepherd's Center.

In 2005 the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers presented and honored him its "Lifetime Achievement" award.


Scholarships Awarded by TSPE Dallas

2013-14 Scholarship Recipients


Andrew Gatherer

Haston Scholarship – ($2,000)

Andrew Gatherer, a captain of his school’s Robotics team and Rocketry Club, graduated from St. Mark’s School of Texas in May, 2014. Andrew is a National Merit Commended Student, and his work as Head Photographer for his school’s newspaper, the ReMarker, has earned him many awards, including his recognition as one of the National Young Arts Foundation’s 2013-2014 Honorable Mention recipients, an honor that goes to less than 760 artists nationally. He is also the Founder and Co-Chair of the St. Mark’s School of Texas STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Conference, an annual event that invites inspiring scientific professionals to come to St. Mark’s and form relationships with students while informing them about the wonders of scientific education. Recently, he has been honored with his school’s Literature Cup, signifying his dedication to education and academics, as well as the Stephen M. Seay Science Award, an honor given to a student who inspires other budding scientists to pursue and discover a passion for the sciences. Andrew is also a proud brother of two younger siblings, ages 15 and 3.

Andrew plans to attend Rice University to study Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Aerospace.

Andrew Gatherer

Randall Peterman

Rankin Scholarship – ($2,000)

Randall Peterman, a National Merit Finalist, will graduate from Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas in May of 2014.  He is President of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Student Council, a National English Honor Society member, and served as BL Ambassador to HOBY Youth Leadership.  Active in Mu Alpha Theta, Randall won or placed in 16 local and regional math contests.  He also won an Honorable Mention Award for his soils stability project at the Dallas Regional Science & Engineering Fair.  Randall served as Band Drum Major this year and was first chair clarinet for 3 years.  He has earned four 1st Division ratings in State Solo & Ensemble contest and was chosen for the TPSMEA All-State Band.  He received two Faculty Awards this year for Excellence in Band and Computer.  A varsity swimmer, Randall competed 4 years at the TAPPS State Swim & Dive Championship and was a 2014 Texas Christian Athlete of the Year Semifinalist.  Randall volunteered over 300 service hours to community organizations during high school, culminating in a national President's Volunteer Service Award and the Verso L’Alto Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the St. Patrick Church Refugee Outreach Program.  As a senior, Randall was elected to be Student Speaker for Graduation, was selected as Senior of the Year, and was voted Most Likely to Succeed.

After graduation, Randall will enter the Engineering Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he will pursue a degree in Civil Engineering.

Randall Peterman

Majid Abdel-Raziq

Shimek Scholarship ($2,000)

Majid Abdel-Raziq, valedictorian of his class, graduated from Richland Collegiate High School in June of 2014. During the last two years of his high school career, he switched to a collegiate program at Richland College enabling him to graduate high school with an Associate’s in Science. Majid was treasurer for Mu Alpha Theta, a staff writer for the Richland Chronicle newspaper at Richland College, and an active member of the Richland Engineering Club. In the summer of 2013, Majid was admitted into the Dallas Mayor’s Intern Fellowship Program. Through the program, he became an engineering intern at HDR Engineering. During the last two years of high school, Majid volunteered over 80 hours of community service at non-profit organizations such as the North Texas Food Bank, The Plaza Nursing Home, Helping Hand for Relief and Development, and several others. He was employed as a soccer referee with the Richardson Soccer Association and Dallas Classic League for 5 years and as a math tutor at Richland College for 2 years.

After graduation, Majid will enter the Engineering Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he will pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. 

Majid Abdel-Raziq

Ryan Bissmeyer

Balleisen Scholarship – ($2,000)

Ryan Bissmeyer, an involved member in his school’s medical society, graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in May, 2014. His involvement in this club allowed him to be one of 8 selected students to go on the annual medical mission trip to Guatemala. Ryan played on his school’s freshman and Junior Varsity basketball teams, helping them win the district title his freshman year. Ryan also found success in the classroom, and was placed on the president’s honor roll each semester of his high school career. He distinguished himself as a leader by taking on a big role in his schools retreat program. He led various small groups at his schools freshman and sophomore retreats, and took on the role of head director of one of his classes senior retreats. The award he is most proud of is the Haggerty Math and Science Award, an award given to a student who distinguishes himself in his math and science courses, as well as proving himself as a capable leaders, while staying involved in community service. He received this award in his freshman, sophomore, and junior years of high school. Ryan’s favorite thing to do is to go play soccer with his family. He is a loving brother to his older brother, who is 18, as well as his younger brother and sister who are 16.

Ryan plans to attend Texas A&M University to study Biomedical Engineering.

Justin Wolfe

TSPE Dallas Chapter Scholarship ($1,000)

Justin Wolfe is a Sophomore at Southern Methodist University graduating May 2017 with dual degrees in Management Science and Business. At SMU, Justin has become involved in numerous campus organizations. He volunteers at the Hegi Family Career Development Center, serves on the Student Senate Endowment Committee, and works at SMU sporting events as a Mustang Host. Elected Vice President of the Career Center's Career Development Ambassador program, Justin hopes to connect students with future employers with innovative career programing. Also involved in the SMU Wesley Foundation, Justin will serve on the Methodist outreach's Worship and Missions teams next year. His involvement also extends to the residence halls, where Justin will serve as a Residential Assistant for the 2014-2015 school year. He enjoys following SMU Basketball and Football, working with the athletics department to welcome sports patrons to games. Earning a 4.0 his freshman year, Justin is proud to be on SMU's honor roll with high distinction, and looks forward to future academic excellence with the help of the Dallas TSPE scholarship!

2012-13 Scholarship Recipients

High School

Chandler Burke – Haston Scholarship – Rice University

Trey Curran – Rankin Scholarship – University of Texas at Austin

Walker Shirley – Shimek Scholarship - University of Texas at Austin

Zachary Matous – Balleisen Scholarship – Texas A&M University

Kamryn Long – TSPE Dallas Chapter Scholarship – University of Texas at Austin

2011-12 Scholarship Recipients

High School

Brendan Celii – Haston Scholarship – SMU

Illili Tegene – Rankin Scholarship – MIT

Jonathan McCalla – Shimek Scholarship

Craig Young – Balleisen Scholarship – University of North Texas

2009-10 Scholarship Recipients

High School

Victoria Ehlinger – Haston Scholarship – Texas A&M University ($2,000)

Kathrina Macalanda – Rankin Scholarship – Southern Methodist University ($2,000) Jonathan Walters – Shimek Scholarship – Texas A&M University ($2,000)

Haron Raziq – Balleisen Scholarship – Texas A&M University ($2,000)

SMU College

Allison Reinert – Balleisen Scholarship - Southern Methodist University ($2,000)

2008-09 Scholarship Recipients

Matthew Taraba - University of Texas at Austin ($2000)

Marianna See - Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($2000)

Lyndsay West - undetermined school ($2000)

2007-08 Scholarship Recipients

Brett Ensor - University of Notre Dame ($2000)

Blesson Abraham John - Texas A&M University ($2000)

Travis Cole Cappel - University of Texas at Austin ($2000)

2006-07 Scholarship Recipients

Christopher Brantley Smith - Texas A&M University ($2000)

Spencer Rhodes - Rice University ($2000)

Trevor A. Rice - Rice University ($2000)

Micah Drew Hawkins - Texas A&M University ($1000)

Kendall Marie Smith - Texas A&M University ($1000)

Timothy M. Douglas - Colorado School of the Mines ($1000)

Ryan Bissmeyer
Justin Wolfe


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