TEXAS BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
February 28, 2008 Board Meeting Disciplinary Actions

Mr. Robert L. Harrington, P.E. , Midland, Texas – File D-28872 - It was alleged that Mr. Harrington signed and sealed structural, electrical and plumbing plan sheets for a building renovation project that contained apparent errors, design deficiencies and code violations which suggested that he was not competent to perform the engineering depicted on the plans. It was also alleged that those plan sheets did not show his firm title block which created a misleading impression as to what business entity was responsible for the plans. The Board accepted an Agreed Board Order signed by Mr. Harrington and his attorney for a four year probated suspension of Mr. Harrington’s Texas engineer license contingent upon his payment of a $5,720.00 administrative penalty and successful completion of junior and/or senior level college courses in concrete design and foundation design that total nine credit hours with a grade of “C” or better. Mr. Harrington was also ordered to cease and desist from future practice of electrical and plumbing engineering until such time as he demonstrates to the Board that he has gained competence in those engineering areas.

Mr. Joseph A. Tamayo, P.E. , Brownsville, Texas – File D-29579 - It was alleged that Mr. Tamayo failed to submit his continuing education records to the Board for audit, falsely certified his completion of continuing education hours and failed to promptly respond to several Board inquiries regarding these issues. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Tamayo for a two year probated suspension contingent upon his payment of a $3,120.00 administrative penalty.

Mr. Raouf B. Mansour, P.E. , Dallas, Texas – File D-29801 - It was alleged that Mr. Mansour signed and affixed his Texas engineer seal to an engineering design plan for a retaining wall that he intended to be a preliminary design without placing a caveat on the plan stating that it was preliminary, why it was being issued and the limitation on its use. Thus, it appeared that Mr. Mansour’s actions were not careful and diligent and may have endangered the public which suggested a level of negligence. The Board accepted an Agreed Board Order signed by Mr. Mansour and his attorney for a Formal Reprimand and the assessment of a $1,800.00 administrative penalty.

 Mr. Billy W. Hudson, P.E. , Grand Prairie, Texas – File D-29852 - It was alleged that an employee of Mr. Hudson’s had transferred a rendition of the engineer seal and signature of a professional engineer on electrical design plans without the knowledge or approval of the professional engineer. This action suggested that Mr. Hudson failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent his employee from committing such an action and also indicated that he did not provide adequate and responsible supervision. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Hudson for a Formal Reprimand and the assessment of a $900.00 administrative penalty.

 * Mr. Sergio Nicholas Lozano-Sanchez, P.E. , Austin, Texas – File D-29886 - It was alleged that Mr. Lozano-Sanchez accepted monies from a client to file a building permit for a project when he knew or should have known that a building permit was not required, that he may have signed his name and cashed a check from his client made out to a city to permit the client’s project and misused those funds. Such apparent unlawful actions suggested that Mr. Lozano-Sanchez did not conduct his professional and business practices in a manner respectful to his client nor that he was a faithful agent to his client. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Lozano-Sanchez for a one year probated suspension of his Texas engineer license contingent upon his payment of a $2,720.00 administrative penalty.

 Mr. Michael B. Couch, P.E. , San Antonio, Texas – File D-30001 - It was alleged that Mr. Couch signed and affixed his seal to a report certifying that work on a project was complete when the work was not complete, an action that was misleading and created a misleading impression. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Couch for a Formal Reprimand and the assessment of a $940.00 administrative penalty.

 Mr. Lawrence Henry Flak, P.E. , Conroe, Texas – File D-30204 - It was alleged that Mr. Flak signed and affixed his seal to engineering documents during a period when his Texas engineer license was in an expired status and that he did not notify the Board of changes to his mailing address and employer. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Flak for a Formal Reprimand and the assessment of a $516.00 administrative penalty.

 Mr. Scott Theodore Freeman, P.E. , Frisco, Texas – File D-30221 - It was alleged that Mr. Freeman failed to submit continuing education records to the Board for audit, suggesting that he falsely certified his completion of continuing education hours and failed to promptly respond to the initial Board inquiry regarding this issue. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Freeman for a Formal Reprimand and the assessment of a $500.00 administrative penalty.

 Mr. Jeffrey D. Fisher , Houston, Texas – File B-29811 - It was alleged that Mr. Fisher unlawfully practiced engineering by preparing design plans for a residence and that he fraudulent transferred the seal of a professional engineer and forged the engineer’s signature to the plans because signed and sealed plans were required by the city to obtain a building permit. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Fisher to cease and desist from any and all representations that he can offer or perform engineering services and from the actual practice of engineering in Texas until such time as he becomes licensed in Texas as a professional engineer and his firm becomes registered with the Board. Mr. Fisher was also assessed a $1,520.00 administrative penalty.

 Dr. W. Gary Sokolich , Newport Beach, California – File B-29812 - It was alleged that Dr. Sokolich unlawfully offered or attempted to practice engineering in Texas in connection with an agreement he made to provide consulting services as an “Engineer” related to the design, measurement and evaluation of ultrasonic transducers and associated electronic drive circuitry regarding an electronic device a Texas businessman wanted to manufacture. Without admitting that he violated the Texas Engineering Practice Act, Dr. Sokolich chose to end the proceedings by signing a Consent Order that was accepted by the Board to cease and desist from representing himself as an “Engineer” in Texas, from any and all representations that he can offer or perform engineering services and from the actual practice of engineering in Texas until such time as he becomes licensed in Texas as a professional engineer and his firm becomes registered with the Board. Dr. Sokolich was also assessed a $1,360.00 administrative penalty.

 Mr. Bryan Horn - Architect , Sugar Land, Texas – File B-30032 - It was alleged that Mr. Horn unlawfully practiced engineering by preparing mechanical, electrical and plumbing design plans for an office that was to be located in a two story commercial building. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Horn to cease and desist any and all representations that he can offer or perform engineering services and from the actual practice of engineering in Texas until such time as he becomes licensed in Texas as a professional engineer and his firm becomes registered with the Board. Mr. Horn was also assessed a $1,280.00 administrative penalty.

 Fiberglass Structural Engineering, Inc. , Bellingham, Washington – File B-29994 - It was alleged that this firm unlawfully represented the ability to offer and provide engineering services and later unlawfully provided engineering services in connection with a power plant public works project. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Winston J. Renoud, President of the firm, to cease and desist from any and all representations that his firm can offer or perform engineering services and from the actual offer and practice of engineering in Texas and to delete the word “Engineering” from the firm’s name on any documents issued in Texas until such time as the firm hires a Texas licensed professional engineer as a full-time employee and the firm becomes registered with the Board. The firm was also assessed a $1,360.00 administrative penalty. Prior to the Board accepting the Consent Order an employee of this firm became licensed in Texas as a professional engineer and the firm became registered with the Board; therefore, the Cease and Desist Order was not binding.

 International Gas Consulting, Inc. , Houston, Texas – File B-29924 - It was alleged that this firm was notified by letter dated July 10, 2007, that it was not registered with the Board and it did not become registered with the Board. However, between July 2007 and December 31, 2007, when this firm was dissolved, it represented the ability to offer and perform engineering services on its webpage and had actually provided consulting engineering services for the public of Texas. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Kenneth L. Beckman which ordered the firm to cease and desist from any future offers to provide and/or from actually providing consulting engineering services for the public of Texas until such time as it becomes registered with the Board. The firm was also ordered pay a $250.00 administrative penalty.

Anderson Engineering Consultants, Inc. , Little Rock, Arkansas – File B-30052 - It was alleged that this firm’s registration expired on September 20, 2005, and was not renewed until October 3, 2007. However, this firm continued to provide consulting engineering services to the public of Texas during a period when it did not have a current firm registration. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Scott W. Anderson, P.E., which ordered the firm to pay a $500.00 administrative penalty.

Vickery Engineering, Inc. , Conroe, Texas – File B-30130 - It was alleged that this firm’s registration expired on January 31, 2006, and became non-renewable on January 31, 2007. Although the firm became re-registered, this firm continued to provide consulting engineering services after the original firm registration expired and also after it became non-renewable. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Richard Vickery, P.E., which ordered the firm to pay a $750.00 administrative penalty.

Adams Consulting Engineers, Inc. dba Adams Engineering , Tyler, Texas – File B-30201 - It was alleged that this firm’s registration expired on September 30, 2007, and was not renewed until November 30, 2007. However, this firm continued to provide consulting engineering services to the public of Texas during a period when it did not have a current firm registration. The Board accepted a Consent Order signed by Mr. Daniel J. Adams, P.E., which ordered the firm to pay a $500.00 administrative penalty.

* Indicates individuals who either agreed to complete a correspondence course in engineering ethics as part of closure of the case, or as a contingency requirement for probation.