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Thanks to all who attended our Continuing Educational Seminar on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. We started signup/registration at 7:30 am and completed the courses at 1:00 pm. The first topic-- "Systematic Innovation"-- (1 hour) was presented by Dr. Sandra Anderson from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Anderson described the product development process and how to innovate new designs for both products and business processes. The information was invaluable and included techniques such as trimming. Rules of trimming state that the function does not need to exist, e.g., the tube in a roll of toilet paper. Many, Many tools to assist in design were presented. I thought an interesting quote was, "You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away." Great designs are simple and elegant. Thank you Dr. Anderson for providing information that will make us better engineers.
31 participants earned 4 PDH's at our Nov. 7th seminar
Dr. Subha Kumpaty, from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, presented "Engineering Ethics" during the second hour. We first looked at the different codes of ethics and a description of what our responsibilities are as engineers. We learned that we need to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public. Additionally, we must only provide services in the area of our expertise. During the second hour we separated into groups, each of us discussing a particular case study. In our group we discussed the appropriate answers to questions such as--who was responsible for the damages caused by Hurricane Katrina? Could it have been prevented if standards had been adhered to? Were the engineers at fault? What went wrong? Tough questions--dificult answers. Dr. Kumpaty is past chair and a valuable contributor to the activities of the ASME Milwaukee Section. He has organized our first two seminars and is planning our third to be held in April of next year.
Dr. Mathew Thomas, our third presenter, provided an in depth discussion of hydraulic system and component field failures. Case studies and the problem solving of actual hydraulic systems were presented. We learned how to search for the root cause and how to verify the solution. Participants also learned how to analyze experimental data. In one study, modified systems were tested and retested 420 times to validate the results. Thank you, Dr. Thomas, for taking the time to share your expertise with our group.
Comment: A previous board member, Ed Ellingson, came up with the initial idea for sponsoring a seminar such as this to include multiple engineering topics. Typically, our monthly meetings, from September thru May, include a tour/and/or a presentation on a single topic. Speakers for this special seminar could be chosen from our membership base and include a topic of their specialization. Time frame of the talk could vary. You can scroll down under the activity feed of our Milwaukee web page and view his original blog. Our next seminar is scheduled for April 9 at WCTC (Waukesha). Earlier this year we held our first continuing education seminar at WCTC.