ASME Environmental Systems Division News - March 2019

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  • ASME Environmental Systems Division News - March 2019

    ESD Vice Chair & Other Officers

    July 1 starts the 2020 fiscal new-year for the Environmental Systems Division (ESD) and all other Divisions, Sections, etc. With the new-year approaching, the ESD Executive Committee will be looking for some new officers and Committee members.

    The 2019 Chair, Arnie Feldman, will complete his term of office on June 30, 2019 and will be replaced by the current Vice Chair Ryan Neil. This will result in an opening for a new Vice Chair.

    In addition, several ESD Committees have openings including Chair and Vice Chair.

    If you are interested in the ViceChair or a Committee position please contact Ryan Neil at and include either your bio or resume.

    Dixie Lee Ray Award (DLR)

    The ESD Honors & Awards Committee decided not to make an award in 2019. The Committee (and Chair) felt that (1) there was not enough time for applicants to submit their info and (2) the number of applicants was too few to reasonably consider. Hopefully 2020 will bring additional nominees.

    Environmental Education Support Program

    As of the writing of this article, the Environmental Education Support Committee has not decided on whom to give grants to in 2019. Similar to the DLR, the announcement of applications was held up several months due to internal ASME IT issues. Therefore, the due date for applications was extended and the award date also extended. It is anticipated there will be a decision by late April/early May.

    ASME Power Conference: Environmental Panel

    ESD will hold an Environmental Panel discussion at the ASME Power Conference in the Snowbird Resort, Salt Lake City, Utah during the week of July 15th. Like before, the Panel will take questions from the moderator and the audience on current environmental issues impacting the power industry and the general public. All Power Conference attendees are welcome to attend.

    Regulatory Engineering Forum

    ESD will hold a first of its kind Regulatory Engineering Forum in Washington DC on Oct 3 and 4. This is by invitation only. The Forum will bring together individuals representing the various groups (regulated community, regulatory agencies, professional Society’s, and others) to discuss a variety of topics including the application of sound engineering in promulgating regulations.

    ICEM 2020

    Plans are underway for the next International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management (ICEM). The Conference, a continuation of the original ICEM, is planned for Oct 2021 in Germany; the final date and place should be known shortly. If you are interested in participating (Technical Committee member, Track Chair, Session Chair, panelist, speaker or presenter) please let either Arnie Feldman,, or Bob Stakenboroghs,, know. For more information please contact either Arnie or Bob.

    ESD Operating Plan

    The ESD Executive Committee has been working on a new Operating Plan for the Division. The new Plan will incorporate much of the old EED By-Laws and new material required by ASME under the current operating system. The revision gave the Executive Committee time to reevaluate who ESD is and what we should be doing.

     As part of preparing the revision, the Exec Committee met in Washington DC for a planning session with ASME staff to develop a Strategic Plan and work on finalizing the Operating Plan. Among the major outcomes is a new (draft) Vision and Mission Statement for ESD. These are:

    “Vision" - To be ASME’s resource for Environmental knowledge.

    "Mission" - To educate, convene and collaborate with society and the Engineering Profession to advance Environmental safety and health.”

    We would like your input on these. Please send your comments and opinions to Arnie Feldman,, and/or Ryan Neil, The Exec Committee will keep you up-to-date on both the Operating Plan and Strategic Plan.

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