Monthly Archives: August 2013

Working With Mustangs

When ProfJanishTxDOTessor Fritz Beck of SMU asked Alpha Testing, Inc. to provide one of our senior engineers as a mentor for his senior design class, Tony Janish, P.E. signed up for the job. For two consecutive years now, Tony has volunteered to share his obvious enthusiasm (see photo!) while mentoring civil and environmental engineering students. Beck’s senior design class consists of about 30 students who are given 7  to 8 projects, designed by each mentor, from which to choose. Although we’re sure every student flocked to Tony, only 4 to 5 students can be in each group. Way to go Tony! (And get off of my desk!)

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Eagles in Dallas

Crystal Martin has just joined the Alpha team at the Dallas office in the position of Marketing Coordinator. She is also a student at the crystal at deskUniversity of North Texas
in Denton and will be graduating in December. Born and raised here in the great state of Texas, Crystal enjoys finding trails locally to hike with her husband and her Yorkshire terrier. Their favorite spot to hike is the Dove Loop Trail at Dove Park near Grapevine Lake. If you want to visit this trail or others around Grapevine Lake, visit the Texas Trails Network.

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Executive Photographer?

Any excuse will do.  And what better excuse than the need for project photographs, to justify taking the Yamaha out on the road?  Executive Principal Jeff Wilt makes a habit of taking Alpha project photos on the weekends, and if truth be told, he favors Alpha’s more distant project locations.  While on location at the new High School in Anna ISD, his riding companion and wife of 28 years Beth, took this photo.  A “reformed” road racer, Jeff now attacks the tarmac on two wheels, usually with his wife or daughter on the back, and occasionally with his son in riding formation behind.  Guess who is the primary source of suggested routes for the WIAB83 Sunday drives?

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Texas 16

Texas 16 - Bridge Over the BrazosFrom just north of Jacksboro, take Texas 16 all the way down to Bandera, Tx. Plan to stay overnight somewhere and backtrack the next day. You will never drive I-35 again the next time you head south from DFW. For more information visit Texas Escapes.




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Bears in Fort Worth

Robert - Business Development AssociateRobert Boone is our new business development associate for Fort Worth,  currently making the hike to our Dallas Office for training.  Once the Fort Worth expansion (which includes his new office!) is complete, he will have a much shorter drive!

A Texan to the core, he grew up in Dallas, graduated from Baylor University (Go Bears!), and decided to make Fort Worth home. His family owns a cattle ranch in East Texas that they have been managing for 25 years. Now that’s a Texan at heart!

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Our Dallas Cowboy

Our staff have some pretty Dane - In the Shuteincredible hobbies. Meet Dane Phariss, a Lab Technician in Dallas, who spends his free time willingly strapped to a bull – well, at least for 8 seconds – (or most of 8 seconds?). Yes, that is Dane in the photo.

Since his freshman year in high school, Dane has been participating in rodeos and is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA).

DaneHe trains 4 times a week in Ponder, Texas and competes in the bull riding events every Friday and Saturday across the southwest, including a recent rodeo in New Mexico! Come support him this summer at the Mesquite Rodeo. My guess is that this training makes riding that motorcycle to work seem pretty tame in comparison!

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He’ll Be Here All Week!

Josh Mueller - Safety OfficerTechnician. Safety Officer. Stand-up Comedian! Josh Mueller joined the Houston Alpha Testing team in January 2013. Since then, he has become an integral part of our construction testing department. In his role of acting safety coordinator, he spends much of his time making sure we are safe in the office and on job sites. If laughter is the best medicine, Josh also keeps the Houston office VERY healthy with his constant jokes and good humor. One of his goals is to become a stand-up comedian. We, as his practice audience, are sure he will make The Improv in short order!

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Running with a Purpose

Over 30 Alpha Testing employees, family, and friends huddled around Klyde Warren Park in Dallas on a freezing Saturday morning in February 2013, for the 2nd annual Form Follow Fitness 5k run. Alpha was one of the sponsors for the event, which benefited the Dallas Center for Architecture. And appropriately, the route was planned to highlight architectural icons throughout downtown. Hot coffee, energy drinks, and a bright blue t-shirt helped ease the pain of the 3 mile loop.5k run

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Ironman in San Antonio

Phil Johnson - CMT Manager RunningWe have never had a new employee delay a start date for an Ironman Competition – until we asked Phil Johnson to be a part of the Alpha Testing team as CMT Manager in San Antonio. If someone has trained for, and actually entered, the Ironman France, who are we to put the brakes on a nice trip to Nice, France? Heck, some of us offered to carry his bags for him!

What is included in an Ironman? 2.4 miles of swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, 112 miles on a bicycle, and 26 miles on foot (Running!) – all a part of the same event. Look out San Antonio!

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Common Grounds – Waco, TX

Located on 8th Street near BU campus, Common Grounds is great if you can take being among ALL University students (Go Bears!). However, staff tends to move the businessman up to the front of the line. Sure makes me glad I’m no longer taking finals! Common Grounds Coffee Shop in Waco, Tx

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