History & Heritage Event

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  • History & Heritage Event

         On Wednesday,  May 18, 2016, the Milwaukee Section held a “History & Heritage” Event at the Grohmann Museum on the MSOE campus.  The Director of the Grohmann Museum, James Kieselburg, provided us with the appropriate setting for the meeting and ensured excellent accommodations.  Prior to the activities, we dined on a delicious buffet meal.

             First up, elections—as required by the ASME Group Operation Guide.  The following were unanimously elected to hold office for the next fiscal year—July 1, 2015 thru June 30, 2017:

    Chair – Al Perkins

    Vice Chair – Scott Kramer

    Treasurer – Douglas Kiesling

    Secretary – Liam Cohen

    GLT Members -- Bryan Eskra, Subha Kumpaty, Buck Tanner, Carissa Petzinger,                 

                               Chris Nelson and Gene Janikowski.

              After the election, we honored the ASME 50 year members.  With 70% of the Rock River Section now officially combined with our section, the total was 10 members eligible for the award.  They were:  (present)--Donald Byrnes, Joseph Derra and Fred Young; (not present)--Robert Christiansen, James Danielsen, George Fransson, Burzoe Gandhi, Richard Ohl, Robert Woythal and Richard Gaggioli.  Three of ten eligible members received a framed certificate as well as an ASME Milwaukee shirt.  The other seven received an award certificate in the mail.  Eugene Pramenko, an SAE member who helped found the SAE student chapter on the MSOE campus, was presented with a special award for achievement. 

              And last, but not least, our main presentation.  Tom Fehring provided our members with an hour long discussion of industries that began along the banks of the Milwaukee River.  In addition, key innovations during the period were detailed.  Later this year, Tom hopes to publish his new book, “The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee, and the engineers who created them".  For his efforts, Tom also received an ASME Milwaukee shirt.  Thanks to all for their support to make this event possible.


    (From left) Fred Young, Donald Byrnes, Eugene Pramenko and Joe Derra received awards during the "History & Heritage" event.


    Tom Fehring (left) teaches history at MSOE.


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