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News & Updates

  • January 12, 2022 -- Live Webinar

    Thanks to Marco Lo Ricco from the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI, for his detailed presentation on mass timber construction.  With seventeen (17) ASME members and guests participating, Mr. Lo Ricco covered all aspects of construction including his patents enabling wall panels to serve as wood based seismic isolation.

    Next month, on February 16th, 2022, ASME Milwaukee will host a live webinar titled "Does your SLR work on Mars".

  • ASME Milwaukee Live Webinar - January 12, 2022 - "R & D of Mass Timber Structures for U.S. Building Construction"

    Marco Lo Ricco, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., a Research General Engineer with the Engineering Properties and Advanced Wood Structures unit of the USDA, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), in Madison, Wisconsin, will discuss the design considerations of mass timber building construction. This will be a live webinar on Zoom.  

    A question and answer period will follow the presentation. There is no charge for attendance, but a fee of $25 will be charged for the PDH.

    Click on the link below to register:

  • December 8, 2021 - Video Webinar

    Thanks to those ASME members who joined in to our webinar.  This video presentation by Dr. Jill Seubert from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides excellent advice to beginning engineers on how to navigate through their education and career.  It is a lesson in adaptability, authenticity and transparency.  

  • ASME Milwaukee Video Webinar - December 8, 2021 - "A Personal Trajectory to Becoming an Interplanetary Navigator"

    On Wednesday, December 8th, from 5:30-7:00 pm, ASME Milwaukee will present a video webinar presentation by Dr. Jill Seubert from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  This presentation originated at the ASME 2021 IMECE.

    For more information and to register:

    Register Here → 

  • Nov. 9th, 2021 - Webinar - "Getting Lake Michigan Water to Waukesha, WI"

    Our thanks to Dan Duchniak, general manager of the Waukesha Water Facility, for his update on the construction project for procuring water from Lake Michigan to Waukesha.  This is the second time that Dan Duchniak provided details on the construction which includes water supply, booster stations, reservoirs and return flow pumping stations and discharge techniques.  The current goal is for construction to be 50% completed by the end of the year.  Thank you again, Dan, for a very interesting presentation.

  • ASME Milwaukee Webinar - November 9, 2021 - "Getting Lake Michigan Water to Waukesha, WI"

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section will be hosting a webinar presented by Dan Duchniak, P.E., the General Manager of the Waukesha Water Utility.  Dan will discuss a brief background of why the City of Waukesha is pursuing Great Lakes water and then will provide an update on construction of the project. The construction overview will cover the water supply and return flow main construction techniques.  The is no charge for this event but a $10/$20 donation to our student chapters is suggested.

    For more information and to register:

  • ASME Milwaukee - Student Night - Oct. 13, 2021

    Thanks to all who joined in for our virtual ZOOM meeting.  By the numbers, Ken Derra reports we had 16 participants--6 from the adult section, 8 from our student sections (UW-Madison, MSOE and UWM) and 2 other member participants.  Joe Pechstein, Milwaukee Tool, led the group through an excellent presentation on how to prepare a resume.  With a sample document, he explained what to concentrate on and what mistakes you should avoid.  Thank you, Joe.

  • October 13, 2021 - "Student Night - Building a Strong Resume"

    On Wednesday evening, Oct. 13th, 2021, ASME Milwaukee will host a webinar via ZOOM at 5:30 pm CDT (waiting room opens at 5:15 pm).  The topic will be "Tips for Building a Strong Resume, and, Securing Internships and Full-time Positions".  Students from UWM, UW Madison and MSOE sections will meet with professional members to discuss best practices.

    For more information:

    Register here →

  • Technical Webinar - Sept. 22, 2021

    Our thanks to Thomas Muldoon for his presentation on "The Power Recovery Condensing System".  This event, held on Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, 2021, kicked off ASME Milwaukee's virtual program for the 2021-22 fiscal year--eleven members participated.  With in-person programs and tours still on hold, we need only to turn on our computer to enjoy these technical programs.  Our volunteers and speakers still expend the same effort in planning for these events, and , we encourage our members to support these programs.  Hope to see you all at our student event currently planned for October 13th.

  • The Power Recovery Condensing System (PRCS)

    On Wednesday, September 22, at 5:15 pm CT, ASME Milwaukee will be hosting a live webinar.  Members and non-members are invited to take a look at conventional power plants and review a strategy that could rescue many plants from becoming stranded assets. By introducing a secondary cycle into plant operation, efficiency gains will allow more rapid investment recovery and reduced emissions. Our speaker will present the Power Recovery Condensing System (PRCS) to implement this strategy when there are significant seasonal temperature changes in the environment.

    There is no cost to attend but we are suggesting a donation to our Student Support Initiative.

    About The Presenter:

    Thomas Muldoon, P.E., started in the heat transfer industry in 1978. Along the way, He has authored several technical papers, presented multiple times at EPRI symposiums, and has been elected a Fellow of ASME. In 1983 he established American Exchanger Services, a firm to service power plant heat exchangers, feed-water heaters, and surface condensers as well as offering services like high energy fabrication and custom design. AM-EX has grown, is now an international firm, and is manufacturing new design power plant equipment of all types. It is now in the enviable position of outlasting most competitors that made feed-water heaters, becoming one of the two US large makers still around.

    PRCS is a product of his new venture, Heat Transfer Engineering, LLC, a technology firm focused on elevating the performance of existing power plants.

    Register Here →

  • "The Chronicles of Mechanical Engineering"

    Milwaukee Chapter's Tom Fehring, author of "The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee", and, "When Milwaukee went to War", has added a third book to his list of accomplishments.  This book is entitled "Chronicles of Mechanical Engineering". 

    Tom curated and co-edited this book for ASME.  It came out in early June, but has taken until now to get things set up properly on Amazon. It is also available for sale on

    The direct link to purchase the book on Amazon is:

     And on is:

    It is available to members via at $32, and a Kindle version is available on Amazon for $9.99.

    View attached file for more info


  • Milwaukee Section receives Section of the Year Award - 2020-2021

    From: Ty Booker <>

    Sent: Monday, July 19, 2021 8:15 AM
    Subject: ASME Section of the Year Award 20-21

     Hi Everyone,

     I hope you are well. It is my great pleasure to inform you, the Milwaukee section has received the Section of the Year Award 20-21. Congratulations to you and every member of your leadership team, additional volunteers, and the members of your section for their support. This award is a testament to the great things your accomplished as a team during a very challenging year for everyone. We are so excited to see what you will accomplish during this new program year.

    As part of your award, the section will receive an additional $1000 from the Section Activity Funding Program along with a mention in ASME News and the Section newsletter. 

    Congratulations again on your well-deserved award! If you have any questions, please let me know.  


    Ty and the Section Operations Team

     (Thanks to all of our members who made this award possible)

  • Official Results from Online Election Held May 9 thru May 21, 2020

    Constant Contact was used again 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 SLT (Section Leadership Team) for the section program year July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The Nominating Committee of the Milwaukee Section conducted candidate considerations to fill the 10 SLT 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: 30

    “Yes” votes: 30

    “No” votes: 0

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

    Chair (Voting): Scott Kramer

    Vice-Chair (Voting): Larry Miley

    Secretary (Voting): Phil Vincent

    Treasurer (Voting): Chris Nelson

    Group Page Administrator (Voting): Allen Perkins

    Advisor (Voting): Bruce Weiss

    Advisor (Voting): Joe Pechstein

    Past Chair (Non-Voting): Bryan Eskra

    Seminar Chair (Non-Voting): Subha Kumpaty

    Advisor (Non-Voting): Frank Mueller

    Respectfully submitted by...

    Ken Derra

    Chair – Nominating Committee

  • Joseph Derra receives Dedicated Service Award

    On May 26, 2021, at the start of our annual planning meeting, Mohammad Mahinfalah announced that Joseph Derra had received the ASME Service Award for 2021.  As Joe has served our chapter for over 51 years, all of us at the Milwaukee Chapter congratulate him on this well-earned achievement.  Although the meeting was virtual, the sound of applause could be heard as all the microphones were unmuted.

    For background, the ASME Board of Governors approved the establishment of the ASME Service Award (DSA) in 1983. It honors unusual dedicated voluntary service to the Society marked by outstanding performance, demonstrated effective leadership, prolonged and committed service, devotion, enthusiasm and faithfulness. The award may be presented to selected individuals who have served the Society for at least ten years in one or more of the following areas: Standards and Certification; Public Affairs & Outreach; Technical Events and Content; Student & Early Career Development; Board of Governors; ASME Foundation; and The ASME Auxiliary, Inc.

    Joe, you certainly embody all the above.  Congratulations on this honor.

    ASME Milwaukee

  • Charles T. Main Award - 2021

    Samantha Hoover has been front and center at ASME Milwaukee’s “Student Night” functions for a number of years.  As a student at MSOE, she has kept our members well informed regarding student chapter activities.  It is with great pleasure that we salute Samantha on her winning the 2021 Charles T Main Award.

    The Charles T. Main Student Leadership Award recognizes current undergraduate ASME Student Members whose leadership and service qualities have contributed for a period of at least one year: to the programs and operations of a Student Section of the Society; to enhancing student activities within his/her department; to other related activities and services related to mechanical engineering students at his/her institution; the engineering profession and ASME.

    Congratulations Samantha!

  • 2021-2022 - PLANNING SESSION - May 26,2021

    The ASME Milwaukee Section will be holding a topic planning session for the 2021-22 season on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 5:30PM to 8PM. The session will be held via Teams.  

    Currently, we are not certain if we will be able to get together in-person as our next season begins in September 2021. Also, some companies may not allow visitors to come through for tours for a while. Nonetheless, it is vital that we get the opinions of our members.


    You will be asked to choose if you can or cannot attend. BUT, you will also be asked to submit a few ideas online if possible to help get the mental juices flowing.

    We look forward to planning the 2021-22 season with you!

    Click HERE to Register & Submit Topics

  • 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:

    Download pdf file

    Download pdf file

  • 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:

    Download pdf file

    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.

    Download pdf file

    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.