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  • Student Night/Professional Engineer's Panel

    This ASME Milwaukee event, held virtually on Wednesday evening, April 14th, 2021, was targeted to our five student sections.  With COVID affecting most school activities this past year, participation was limited.  Two schools, however, MSOE and UWM, shared their progress by providing updates.  UWM showed videos of the "Panther Trike.  MSOE's Samantha Hoover shared MSOE's progress this past year. 

    Joe Pechstein acted as moderator providing commentary and continuity to the event.  In addition, he recruited our panel of PE's.  The panel, consisting of Bryan Eskra, Anthony Chmielewski, Chad Faber and Brian Winterle, described their experiences and the process for obtaining a PE license.

    Thanks to our panel, students and all involved in the event.  See you next month.

  • ASME Milwaukee Student Night - April 14, 2021

    Registration is now open for student night.  Support our student chapters with your attendance as they summarize their activities--MSOE, UWM, Marquette, UW-Madison and Michigan Tech. will participate.  In addition, our panel of professional engineers will be available to answer student questions for obtaining a professional engineering license.


  • ASME Milwaukee Webinar - Session 2

    The conclusion of our March technical seminar was held on Saturday, March 27,2021, with fourteen members participating.  As usual, Subha Kumpaty brought fresh topics to the agenda with a presentation on harmonic excitation applications.  Next up, from California, was Marco Scanu, who covered IBC certification of equipment.  Thank you to our speakers--and, to Subha Kumpaty for planning this seminar.  For further information on the presentations:

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  • ASME Milwaukee Webinar - March 20th, 2021

    Reflecting back to one year ago--our March 2020 seminar was held in person.  Since then, life has changed.  Instead of sharing our passion for learning in person, the first session was held virtually this past Saturday from 9 - 11 AM.  First we learned about pneumatic equipment--application, maintenance, problems and basic technology.  Special thanks to our presenter Douglas Lauer from SMC Corporation.  Please view the presentation here:

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    Next we traveled to Qatar to learn about a successful K-12 STEM outreach program.  This was really an impressive program--thanks to Dr. Mohamed Gharib from Texas A&M University at Qatar.  Members can view the presentation here.

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    See you this Saturday for session 2 of the seminar.

  • ASME Milwaukee Section March 2021 Educational Program

    ASME Milwaukee will host two live webinars via Zoom.  The first session will cover "Pneumatic Equipment, Best Practices" and "Successful K-12 STEM Outreach".  It will be held on Saturday morning, March 20, 2021, from 9-11 am.

    Register For Session 1 Here →

    The second session will cover "Harmonic Excitation Applications of Vibratory Systems" and "IBC Seismic Certification of Equipment".  It will be held on Saturday morning, March 27, 2021, from 9-11 am.  

    Register for Session 2 Here →

  • Webinar - "Heat Exchanger Design" - February 17th, 2021

    Our second virtual presentation this year!  This time, our thanks to Phil Vincent who provided an excellent look on how to design heat exchangers.  Phil, using excellent graphics, explained how heat exchangers work, what materials to use and how to calculate temperature drops, tube size, fouling, etc.  Twenty participants logged in via ZOOM.  One pdh was awarded for attendance.

  • Webinar - "Heat Exchanger Design & Practical Considerations" - February 17, 2021

    ASME Milwaukee will host a live webinar via ZOOM from 5:30 to 7:30 on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021.  The presentation covers application engineering of shell and tube heat exchangers.  There is no charge to attend but one PDH will be available for $25.  For more information and to register:

  • Webinar - "When Milwaukee Went to War" - January 13th, 2021

    Our thanks to Thomas Fehring for presenting this live Webinar to our ASME Milwaukee members and guests (26 participated).  Also, thanks to Scott Kramer for being our organizer/moderator.  In case you missed all or part of this very interesting presentation, click on the following link.  Tom presented this webinar last year in conjunction with the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

  • Ron Perez - Obituary

    ASME Milwaukee observed a moment of silence for Ron Perez at the GLT meeting on Dec. 30th, 2020.  Ron was heavily involved as UWM Student Section Advisor in the late 1990's and early 2000's serving as chair from 1999 - 2001.  We sincerely appreciate his guidance and input to our organization.

    For more information, view the attached file.

  • ECLIPSE Internship

    This is an excellent program for those early career engineers who have been in industry from three to ten years.  Application deadline is Jan. 6, 2021, so, you'll have to act quickly.

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  • ASME Scholarships

    Student section members are advised that the scholarship program is now open.  Apply now for this important member benefit.

    For more information:

  • ASME Milwaukee - January 13, 2021 - Webinar

    On Wednesday, January 13th-(6:00-7:30 PM CST), 2021, ASME Milwaukee offers a free, live webinar.  Tom Fehring, ASME member and author, will discuss some of the innovative engineering accomplishments made in Milwaukee during World War II.

    Click to Register & for More Info → 

  • November 11, 2020 - Webinar - Renewable Energy Development

    The Milwaukee Chapter of ASME wishes to thank Clay Norrbom from Juhl Energy for taking his time to discuss renewable energy.  Using Microsoft Teams with Scott Kramer as moderator, Clay joined us from Maine where he is currently on business.  With 19 participants, Clay covered wind, solar, small hydro and heat and power projects.  The session included a question and answer period.  One PDH was issued for attendance.  

  • ASME Milwaukee - November 11, 2020 - Webinar

    On Wednesday, Nov. 11th, at 6 pm,  ASME Milwaukee offers a free, live webinar presented by Clay Norrbom on Renewable Energy Development.  For more information and to register, click on the following link:



  • Video: “When Milwaukee Went to War: On the Homefront During WWII”

    Tom Fehring, ASME Milwaukee's History and Heritage chairman, has done it again.  With a premier on Facebook Live on October 8th, Tom put together an outstanding video on the importance of Milwaukee manufacturer's during WWII.  This is history you don't want to forget and it's all part of his new book--"When Milwaukee Went to War".  If you missed this presentation you may view it here--you won't be disappointed.

  • ASME Milwaukee - September 23, 2020 - Virtual Event - Webinar "Prototyping on a Budget"

    With the Metalcraft tour postponed, ASME Milwaukee hosted a webinar using Microsoft Teams.  Twelve members participated by viewing the video "Prototyping on a Budget" which was produced in collaboration with the ASME Innovation Showcase.  The video discussed the various methods for producing cost efficient prototypes.  Scott Kramer led the event which included some discussion among the members.  To view the video click on the following link:

  • ASME Milwaukee - May 13th, 2020 - Student Night (Virtual Meeting)

    On 5/13/20 the ASME Milwaukee section hosted a virtual meeting to review student section progress and achievements. Each student section in attendance prepared a presentation detailing the projects they have worked on, and the progress they were able to make in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Two student design teams participated in ASME’s Building to the Sky competition. The MSOE teams placed 1st and 2nd in the competition at ASME East. They both used designs that featured omni wheels that coiled the paper to make a strong paper tower to support the weight.

     UW Milwaukee

    Continued design and manufacturing work on their HPVC vehicle. They are investigating improvements to their roll over protection system as well as an aerodynamic faring to lower drag. They presented their analysis for both improvements they plan to execute next school year.

     UW Madison

    Participated in the IM3D challenge through ASME. They made a drone that could participate in the challenge. The drone used as many 3D printed parts as possible and a series of magnets to pick up objects on the flying course and deposit them in the dropzone by scraping the object along the ground. They built a successful prototype and tested its runtime for feasibility.

     The presentations were accompanied by a Q&A with each presenter through which the professional members were able to ask detailed design questions, and engage the students. Following the presentations contact information for upcoming student section leaders was shared with the GLT so we know who to contact when school starts up next year.

  • ASME Milwaukee - Election Results


    Official Results from Online Election Held April 14 thru 28, 2020

    Constant Contact was used this year to conduct a survey of the ASME Milwaukee Section membership. Membership was asked to vote for a unanimous ballot for the nominees to the 10 positions on the GLT (Group Leadership Team) for the section program year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The Nominating Committee of the Milwaukee Section conducted candidate considerations to fill the 10 GLT positions (both voting and non-voting) to arrive at this slate of nominees. In lieu of the recent COVID-19 pandemic along with state (and ASME) imposed gathering restrictions to conduct this business in-person, the GLT moved, seconded, and approved this slate to be taken to the section membership for a direct vote.

    Voting Results:

     Respondents: 39

    “Yes” votes: 39

    “No” votes: 0

    Again, congratulations to the following who were elected to the GLT!

    Chair (Voting): Scott Kramer

    Vice-Chair (Voting): Phil Vincent

    Secretary (Voting): Larry Miley

    Treasurer (Voting): Chris Nelson

    Group Page Administrator (Voting): Allen Perkins

    Advisor (Voting): Mohammad Mahinfalah

    Advisor (Voting): Joe Pechstein

    Past Chair (Non-Voting): Bryan Eskra

    Seminar Chair (Non-Voting): Subha Kumpaty

    Advisor (Non-Voting): Bruce Weiss

    Respectfully submitted by...

    Ken Derra

    Chair – Nominating Committee

    April 29, 2020

  • Technical Seminar - March 14th, 2020

    Around 18 ASME Milwaukee members, one from the Chicago Section, attended the seminar held in a spacious conference room at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  The event was organized by Dr. Subha Kumpaty.

    In this photo, Nick Paulick, ASME B&PV code chair, provides information to participants on the history, organization and requirements of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

    Other presentations included "Heat Exchangers", by Phil Vincent, and, a thought provoking "Ethics" course taught by Dr. Andrew McAninch from the MSOE faculty staff.  An excellent lunch was served after the seminar.

  • Tour of Phoenix Products

    A group of 22 members and guests of ASME Milwaukee toured Phoenix Products on February 12th, 2020.

    In this photo, Jason Pechloff (center) and tour guide (left) explain the operation of an LED lighting fixture.

    Members toured the manufacturing facilities used in production.

    Following the tour, Nate Klieve explains fixture design, the history of Phoenix Products and the applications of LED lighting.

  • Professional Development Seminar - March 14th, 2020

    The ASME Milwaukee Section will be holding an educational program on Saturday March 14, 2020 at MSOE in the Grohmann Tower 4th Floor Conference Room.  Attendees will have the opportunity to leave with a certificate for 5 continuing education PDH's for the four topics offered that can be used for their Professional Engineer license renewal. Registration will begin at 7:30 am and the program will conclude around 1:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch are included.


  • Tour of Phoenix Products - Feb. 12, 2020

    ASME members and guests are invited to a tour of Phoenix Products, a manufacturer of LED lighting systems.  Included in the tour will be a full demonstration of the test lab.  Following the tour and presentation, members will travel to Point Burger Bar for dinner.

    Register Now!

  • Midwest Engineered Systems Tour - Jan. 15th, 2020

    Scott Woida, president of MWES, discusses the history of the company and the specialty equipment it designs and manufactures.

    In this photo, Scott demonstrates the operation of a machine currently being built to automate the assembly and welding of a large pressure vessel.  A big thank you to MWES and Scott Woida, and, engineers Mike Gengler and Andrew Gray who assisted during the tour.

  • Tour of Midwest Engineered Systems - Jan. 15th, 2020

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section will travel to Waukesha for a tour of Midwest Engineered Systems Inc.

    Midwest Engineered Systems Inc. is an innovator and leader in manufacturing automation, assembly line, materials handling and test systems integration.  They specialize in designing and building automation systems for a variety of complex processes using the latest manufacturing technology.

    For more information and to register, click on the following link:

    Register Now!

  • Spouse's Night - December 11, 2019

    ASME Milwaukee History and Heritage chair Tom Fehring describes "The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee".  Forty-six members and guests attended the event which included a tour of the MSOE Grohmann Museum's special exhibit.