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  • Officer & Director Nominations for the 2014 - 2015 Term

    The Executive Committee of the Milwaukee Section of ASME consists of ten elected members, the executive positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and six Director positions. Executive positions are one year terms so all are open. Directors serve three year terms as so typically two are elected annually. However we have a vacancy for the Director term ending in 2015 which adds third elective office for consideration. Officers take their positions on August 1st.

    Elections will be held at the April meeting.

    The Nominating Committee, consisting of Ken Derra, Joe Derra, and Mohammad Mahinfalah, presents these candidates for the open positions. One of the open positions, Director 2017, has no proposed candidate.

    Subha Kumpaty for Chair

    Subha currently serves as Chair. Since 1997, he has taught at MSOE and currently is a professor of mechanical engineering and the program director of the Master of Science in Engineering program.

    Gene Janikowski for Vice-Chair

    Gene has been an ASME member since 1975 and is now a Life Member. He currently serves as Vice-Chair. He is a Registered PE in Wisconsin, an ISO 9000 Auditor, and a Six Sigma Blackbelt. He is employed as a Senior Engineer with C&D Technologies.

    Scott Kramer for Secretary

    Scott is seeking the Secretary Position. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 from Northwestern University and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from UWM. Scott has been employed by Milwaukee Electric Tool, since 1993, and currently leads and manages many of the lithium ion battery projects.

    Jason Pechloff for Treasurer

    Jason currently serves as Treasurer. He has been working at Phoenix Products for nearly ten years as a Product Development Engineer and has actively participated in ASME since 2004.

    Ed Ellingson for Director 2017  

    Douglas Kiesling for Director 2015,   

    Doug is returning to the US from a European assignment and is looking to return to the board. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University. He currently works for GE Waukesha Gas Engines. In 2009, he host-chaired the Spring Conference for the Internal Combustion Engine Division of ASME at Waukesha Engine.

    We are pleased that he has accepted the responsibility of this vacant position mid-term.

    Continuing in their three-year terms are:

    Nick Zepnick, Director 2015
    Liam Coen, Director 2016
    Allen Perkins, Director 2016

  • April Meeting - Engineering Ethics

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section is going to the Grohmann Museum at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) for a presentation on Engineering Ethics by Dr. Jon Borowicz, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

    Sociologist Eliot Freidson and philosopher Michael Bayles characterize engineering as a “scholarly” profession as opposed to a “consulting” profession.  Scholarly professions are employed and characteristically affect many clients simultaneously, if the concept of client has application to their practice at all.  Historian Edwin Layton refers to the “engineer’s dilemma” as the “conflict between professional autonomy and bureaucratic loyalty” that is structural to the practice of the great majority of engineers.  The work of scholarly professions is strongly influenced by organizational dynamics.

    We will consider two, or perhaps three, cases which display this effect.  Beginning with the classic case of the space shuttle Challenger, we will consider the controversial supposed shift in the burden of proof with respect to the acceptable temperature for the performance of the solid rocket booster O-rings.  In the Challenger case, the effect was a collective failure to notice the shift in burden of proof.  In two other cases, we will consider the stakes for the integrity of individual engineers for dissenting to a decision which does raise an ethical issue which they recognize.  What happened in the Challenger case will be argued to be the incentive for engaging in activities which cultivate what we might call “moral taste” which enables us to make judgments—to see the ethical matter—when the stakes are high.  Activities designed to cultivate this capacity constituting what might be called the “active” dimension of professional ethics are being incorporated in the ethics course at MSOE.  They will be briefly described.

    Jon Borowicz has been on the MSOE faculty since 1989.  For eight years prior to that he was a systems analyst with Catalyst USA.  Borowicz received the MA and PhD in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University, and the BA with a major in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He specializes in professional ethics and the emerging field of philosophical practice, which extends the tradition of philosophy in dialogue and as the cultivation of presence of mind and judgment.  His scholarship makes contributions to both areas.  His presentation/workshop will be concerned with their intersection.

    When registering, you may choose to receive a certificate documenting two Professional Development Hours for attending this presentation, with an additional fee of $5.00.  To receive it, you must register by the April 1, 2014 registration deadline!

    Meeting details:

    • Date:  April 9, 2014
    • Topic:  Engineering Ethics
    • Where:  Grohmann Museum Auditorium at MSOE
    • Time:
      • 5:00 PM Gathering at Grohmann Museum Auditorium at MSOE
      • 5:30 PM Presentation by Dr. Jon Borowicz
      • 6:30 PM Dinner 
      • 7:30 PM Round table discussions and Summative Comments
    • Cost: 
      • Members  $25
      • Non-Members  $30
      • Students & Spouses $15
      • Certificate for 2 PDH's  $5 
    • MENU:  Buffet with
      • Roast Beef with a Cheron Sauce
      • Parmesan Crusted Orange Roughy
      • Parmesan Crusted Red Potatoes
      • Wild Rice
      • Asparagus Spears with Julienne Red Peppers
      • Fresh Summer Blend
      • Tossed Garden Salad
      • Homemade Tortellini Pasta Salad
      • Fresh Fruit Tray
      • Brownies & Assorted Cookies
      • Lemonade, Water and Coffee

    Please register here by the April 1, 2014 Deadline!

  • ASME March Meeting

    March 11 update:  Registration is now closed due to overwhelming interest is this program. We hope to see you in April!


    ASME Milwaukee invites you on our tour of Mercury Marine

    This year, 2014, is the 75th Anniversary of Mercury Marine! Since the company was founded in 1939, Mercury has consistently emphasized quality, performance, innovation and reliability. Today, that pledge remains as strong as ever. Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation of Lake Forest, Illinois, began as the Kiekhaefer Corporation of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, when Carl Kiekhaefer and a small but dedicated staff of employees sought to design and produce the best possible boat engine. For more than 70 years, Mercury Marine has been the most recognized name in the marine industry, and the memory of its founder lives on in the hearts and minds of engineers and boat enthusiasts alike. For more information visit:


    The evening will begin with a tour of Mercury Marine’s impressive Product Development & Engineering department highlighting their various test labs, indoor test facility, dyno cells, and our recent expansion project. After dinner, David Foulkes, the Vice President of Product Development, Engineering, and Racing, will present to the group. He will cover a company overview, related topics such as new product innovations and successes, and Mercury’s rigorous test and development as it relates to the facilities seen in the tour.

    Thursday March 27, 2014
    Mercury Marine
    W6250 Pioneer Road
    Fond du Lac, WI 54936
    Registration: 5:00-5:30 PM
    Tours: 5:30-6:30 PM
    Dinner/Presentations: 6:30-8:00 PM
    Buffet including baked chicken, lasagna, salad, mashed potatoes and dessert.
    Members/Spouses: $20
    Students: $10
    Guests: $25
    (Make checks payable to “SAE Milwaukee Section”)
    From MILWAUKEE: Take 41 North to Fond du Lac, Exit right on South Military Road, Turn right onto West Pioneer Road, Turn right at Plant 10 entrance (first entrance) and stop at guard house.

    From OSHKOSH: Take 41 South to Fond du Lac, Exit left on South Military Road, Turn right onto West Pioneer Road, Turn right at Plant 10 entrance (first entrance) and stop at guard house.


    Because this is a joint meeting with SAE and there is a limit of 90 registrants, all registration and payment will be going through one source. We ask that you do the following in order to register:

    Register through James Ryan
    PHONE: 262-424-4958 (Leave a message)
    If you do not get a response…you are registered. If you do get a response it is because you have missing information.
    Include the following information for EACH person being registered:
    Indicate affiliation with ASME.
    Indicate everyone’s status: ASME Member, Spouse, Student or Guest.
    Indicate what company everyone is employed with (if applicable).
    Indicate phone number to be reached at.

    Prior to the tour, be sure to register in the line for ASME members.