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  • Tour of SSI Technologies, LLC - Sept. 10, 2019

    This month, ASME members and guests are invited to attend a tour of SSI Technologies in Janesville.  Our host will be Kim Emerson who is the General Manager of SSI Technologies, LLC – Palmer Division.  

    Ms. Emerson will provide us with a brief overview of SSI initially.  Then we will divide into smaller groups with ushers to visit six different stations.  Those stations wil cover pressure sensors, fluid level sensors, vehicle speed and crank position sensors, wheel speed sensors, new ultrasonic washer fluid line for autonomous vehicles and the quality lab/validation/failure analysis labs.

    For more information and to register, follow the link:


  • East Troy Electric Railroad Tour and Trolly Ride - May 22, 2019

    Members and guests are shown relaxing on the 30 minute/10 mile trip to the Elegant Farmer and the maintenance facility.

    At the maintenance facility, our group was able to learn about the trolleys and how they work.

  • ASME Milwaukee - Tour of East Troy Railroad Maintenance Facility -

    This month, on May 22, 2019, the ASME Milwaukee Section is planning to step back in time when life was a little simpler by visiting the East Troy Railroad Museum in East Troy, WI.  

    We will board at the museum depot in East Troy PROMPTLY at 5:30 pm and take a trolley ride to the Maintenance facility for a tour. Once the tour is done, we will re-board the trolley and head back to the museum depot in East Troy. When there, meander through the depot museum where kids can be a trolley motorman, discover the joy of model layouts and learn about electricity. The gift shop features a unique selection of railroad souvenirs for all ages.

    Dinner will follow at Roma's Restaurant in East Troy.

    Registration is open through May 15, 2019.

    For more information, click on the following link:


  • ASME - Student Presentations & Elections

    ASME Milwaukee members and guests traveled to UW-Madison on April 17th, 2019.  The evening began with a tour of Maker Space--a 12,000 square foot shop and flex space with a wide range of rapid prototyping equipment.

    Equipment available for student use included 3D printers, laser cutting machines, waterjets, soldering and welding equipment, and vacuum forming equipment shown here.

    Following the tour, Elections--new officers and GLT members for next year--Chair, Douglas Kiesling; Vice Chair, Scott Kramer; Treasurer, Chris Nelson; Secretary, Larry Miley; Group Page Administrator, Allen Perkins; Advisors, Liam Coen, Mohammad Mahinfalah and Joe Pechstein; Seminar Coordinator, Subha Kumpaty; and Past Chair, Bryan Eskra.

    The presentation by UW-Madison for their performance at EFest received first place and $500.  Congratulations!

    Samantha Hoover from MSOE answers questions about their improvements to a corn de-husking machine.  For their efforts, MSOE received a check for $300.

    All the students at "Student Night" posed for this photo.  Congratulations to all for their efforts!  And, thanks to UW-Madison for Pizza and refreshments, and hosting this year's event.

  • Group Leadership Development Conference - 2019

    Click on the following link to view the slides from the GLDC held in San Antonio on March 1-3, 2019:

    2019 GLDC Slides

  • Election Information - April 17th, 2019, at UW Madison

    2019-2020 Group Leadership Team (GLT) Nominations

     The Group Leadership Team (GLT) of the Milwaukee Section of ASME will consist of eight (8) “voting” members:  chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer, group page administrator, and three (3) advisors.  As required by ASME, we must elect all positions each year.  We learned ~1 year ago that each ASME section’s GLT is recommended to consist of only 7 “voting” members.  With this goal, this past year we had 9 and will be electing 8 this year, to reach our 7 next year.  We are also electing two non-voting positions on the GLT:  seminar chair and past-chair.

    The Nominating Committee, consisting of Ken Derra, Joe Derra, and Bob Stachowicz, propose the following ASME members be elected to the following Milwaukee Section Group Leadership Team positions.

    Chair (Voting):  Douglas Kiesling

    Douglas currently serves as Treasurer.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He currently works for Innio Waukesha Engines.  In 2009, he host-chaired the Spring Conference for the Internal Combustion Engine Division of ASME at Waukesha Engine.

    Vice-Chair (Voting):  Scott Kramer

    Scott currently serves as Vice-Chair.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 from Northwestern University and a Master of Science 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.

    Secretary (Voting):  Larry Miley

    Larry currently serves as Advisor.  He has been an active member of ASME since 1986 beginning at Clemson University, where he holds a BSME.  He also has earned a MBA from Marquette University.  He has worked at several diverse companies over the years, currently at Harley-Davidson Motor Co.  His career has included involvement in testing, manufacturing, supplier management, and information systems.  He is an avid motorsports enthusiast.

    Treasurer (Voting):  Chris Nelson

    Chris currently serves as Advisor.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University in 1996.  Upon graduation, he worked at Ricardo, eventually becoming the Analysis Department Manager.  In 2008, Chris joined GE Waukesha Gas Engines, now Innio,  where he currently is employed.  He has been an active member of our section. 

    Group Page Administrator (Voting):  Allen Perkins

    Allen currently serves as the GPA.  After leaving the Navy in 1972, he joined his father’s business, Perkins Engineering Co.  He has held a PE since 1977, is still running the company, and considers himself semi-retired.

    Advisor (Voting):  Liam Coen

    Liam currently serves as Secretary.  He is a Lead Engineer at Innio Waukesha Gas Engines, and presently a member of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) Materials and Metallurgy Committee.

    Advisor (Voting):  Mohammad Mahinfalah

    Mohammad is currently an advisor.  Since receiving his PhD in Engineering Mechanics in 1988 from Iowa State University, he has been involved in ASME and has a long list of accomplishment, including student section advisor, being named Fellow in 2011, and is a member of the Group Engagement Committee.  Mohammad currently is professor of mechanical engineering at MSOE.

    Advisor (Voting):  Joe Pechstein

    Joe is new to the GLT.  He recently graduated from MSOE in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He is currently employed at Milwaukee Electric Tool in the new product development group.  His hobbies include working on his motorcycle, hunting, and spending time outdoors.

    Past Chair (Non-Voting):  Bryan Eskra

    Bryan currently serves as Chair.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, emphasizing Energy Conversion, from UWM in 1970.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.  Bryan is also a Life Member of ASME.  He is retired from Power Engineers Collaborative, LLC, of which he is a founding partner.  He currently works part-time for Juhl Energy, Inc. in CHP project development.

    Seminar Chair (Non-Voting):  Subha Kumpaty

    Subha currently serves as Seminar 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.

    Please attend on April 17th and show your support for both the ASME Milwaukee and our Student Sections.  Thank you.

  • Student Section Presentations & Elections - April 17th, 2019

    UW-Madison hosts our ASME Milwaukee meeting this month.  Support our student sections by attending and learning about "Makerspace" and the equipment available to students for rapid prototyping.  For more information and to register, click on the following link:

  • Professional Development Seminar - March 16, 2019

    The group attending ASME Milwaukee's seminar gather under the MSOE mural on the 14th floor of the Grohmann Tower.

    Dr. Harvey Bootsma from the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences explains how invasive species have affected Lake Michigan.

    Bryan Eskra (right) and Subha Kumpaty (seminar coordinator) present a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Harvey Bootsma.

    Dr. Wujie Zhang, our second presenter, receives his certificate.  His presentation described how bio-printing is used for engineering organs and tissues using a patient's own cells.

    Hassan Khalid from Pentair explained how the Internet of Things (IOT) is used to command and control actions for water well and other applications.

    Daniel Tibbetts from Rockwell Automation focused on ways of organizing PLC codes during modular programming.

    Subha Kumpaty receives his certificate for "masterminding" the seminar--including his catering of food/snacks/beverages for a most delicious meal!

    Thank you to Subha and all who participated.

  • Tour of Husco Automotive - Summary - 2/13/19

    On Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 2019, ASME Milwaukee members and guests were treated to an excellent tour of Husco Automotive in Waukesha.  Our first presenter, Jeff Hein (VP Quality), detailed the global structure of Husco which comprises a total of 1400 employees.  Of these, approximately 390 are based at the Waukesha facility.  Next, Matt Schmitz, described not only the many electro-hydraulic products, but showed detailed videos clearly illustrating how their products work.

    Following the two presentations, members toured the highly automated production area.  Since the company operates two shifts, watching the many robots complete complex assembly and coil winding operations was a real treat.  Last stop was the AMG Lab with Ken Brandt describing how they build the complex assembly machines.

    Bryan Eskra presents a "Certificate of Appreciation to Mike Weimer (right) advanced manufacturing senior buyer at Husco.

    Husco Presenters and tour guides--from left--ASME Milwaukee chair Bryan Eskra--Jeff Hein, Mike Weimer, Matt Schmitz, Mark Dreikosen, Parker Uphoff and Mason Lockhard.  Not shown Ken Brandt--Advanced Manufacturing Group's machine build lab.

    A big THANK YOU to Husco International in Waukesha for taking the time from their schedule to make this tour a unique experience.

  • Technical Seminar - March 16th, 2019

    The ASME Milwaukee Section will be holding an educational program on Saturday March 16, 2019 at MSOE in the Grohmann Tower 4th Floor Conference Room.

    This is a half-day program put on by the ASME-Milwaukee Section for the benefit of ASME Members and their guests as well as any Professional Engineer. 

    The day will begin with registration at 7:30 am, continue with four 50 minute long presentations and lunch. Attendees will have the opportunity to leave with a certificate for 4 continuing education PDH's for the four topics offered that can be used for their Professional Engineer license renewal. If you are only able to attend one, two or three presentations, you can register for that and get PDH's for those presentations attended. 

     Please register online by March 11, 2019.

    March Info & To Register→

  • Tour of Husco Automotive - February 13th, 2019

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section will tour Husco Automotive in Waukesha, WI. We will also learn about their products and how they are designed and manufactured.

    Husco’s Automotive team specializes in customized electro-hydraulic and electro-mechanical components that maximize fuel efficiency, driving performance and vehicle safety in on-highway applications.

    The evening at Husco will conclude with a factory tour where we will see their highly automated automotive product assembly lines and test equipment. Also, we will tour their advanced manufacturing group's machine build lab.

    Registration open through February 10, 2019.

    February Info & To Register→


  • Tour of Milwaukee Tool - Jan. 9th, 2019

    Tom Fehring discusses his book at the event.

    The Milwaukee Section of ASME co-hosted, along with the Society of Plastics Engineers, an event at Milwaukee Tool attended by nearly 100 members. After  a warm welcome by Scott Anderson, Sr VP of Engineering, the night included a presentation by Tom Fehring from his new book “The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee,” focused on the early history of Milwaukee Tool. This was followed by a presentation from Justin Ferrante, Group Manager of E-Commerce, about the innovation and strategy Milwaukee has followed over the past 50 years to achieve the growth we have seen recently.


    Bryan Eskra, ASME Chair, presents a "certificate of appreciation" to Scott Anderson (left), Senior VP of engineering at Milwaukee Tool.

    After the presentations, the audience broke into four groups for a tour of the facilities. Included in the tour were short presentations on Battery and Motor technology, Rapid Prototyping (RPD), Milwaukee’s Culture of innovation and obsession and Rapid Innovation Center (RIC). The RPD capabilities include SLS/SLA, EDM, rapid injection molding, as well as advanced machining centers. Over 32,000 unique parts were made by this team in 2018 to help speed design to market. In the RIC, attendees were able to see all the various machining centers and capabilities used to prototype Sawzall®  blades and cutting accessories. Semi-automated test fixtures were also on display to demonstrate testing capabilities.

     This well attended event was a great way to start 2019. We hope to see everyone at future events this winter and spring.

  • ASME/SPE Joint Tour of Milwaukee Tool Rapid Innovation Center

    On January 9th, 2019, the ASME Milwaukee Section, along with SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers), is co-hosting a tour of Milwaukee Tool and their Rapid Innovation Center in Brookfield WI. Several short presentations will be made about how Milwaukee Tool is disrupting the power tool industry.  

    Registration Open Through Monday January 7, 2019.

    Click on the following link for more information and to register:

    Register Here →

  • Continuing Education Seminar - Nov. 3rd, 2018

    John Reisel from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee explains the accreditation process to participants at the ASME Milwaukee seminar held in the Grohmann Tower on the MSOE campus.

    Subha Kumpaty (seminar coordinator) and Scott Kramer present a "certificate of appreciation" and mug to Paul Michael (center) for his presentation on lubrication.

    Thanks to all who contributed to this seminar.  Our next seminar will be on March 16th, 2019--at MSOE

  • Student Night - October 24, 2018

    Thirty-five students participated at this year’s ASME-Milwaukee Student Night.  Four student sections participated in the event.  They were: Marquette, MSOE, UWM and Madison.  Each section updated the professional members on their past year’s activities. 

    After the student presentations, one of the professional members gave a presentation of his own. Douglas Kiesling, Chief Engineer at GE Power in Waukesha, gave a presentation on New Product Design Process and Review.  This overview presentation was to help soon-to-be graduates on employer’s expectations of new product development and its related review process.  It was an interactive presentation in which various members gave their perspective on the topic as well.

  • Continuing Education Seminar - November 3, 2018

    The ASME Milwaukee Section will be holding an educational program on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at MSOE in the Grohmann Tower 4th Floor Conference Room.

    This is a half-day program put on by the ASME-MIlwaukee Section for the benefit of ASME Members and their guests as well as any Professional Engineer.

    • Session 1 Insights from the History of Milwaukee’s Industrial Innovation by Tom Fehring, ASME History and Heritage Chair
    • Session 2 Removal of Methylmercury from Fish for Safer Consumption by Dr. John Ejnik, UW-Whitewater Dept of Chemistry
    • Session 3 The role of Accreditation in Engineering Education Programs and the Profession by Dr. John Riesel, UWM Dept of Mechanical Engineering
    • Session 4 Advances in Lubricant Technology for IC Engine and Hydraulic Fluid Power Applications by Paul Michael

    For Info & To Register>

  • Student Night - October 24th, 2018

    On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, we will hold our annual Student Night event at the Marquette Engineering Hall.

    We have invited our local student chapters (MSOE, UWM, Marquette, UW-Madison and Michigan Tech) to come in and present their current ASME projects. 

    In addition, Douglas Kiesling will give an Overview of the New Product Development Process for Industrial/Commercial Products. 


    For Info & To Register>

  • WEC Energy "RICE" Power Plant Presentation - 9/19/18

    Rick O’ Conor of We Energies discussed the development of two Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) natural gas fired power plants in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to permit the shutdown of the coal-fired Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette. His presentation identified the alternatives considered ranging from extensive Air Quality Control System (AQCS) upgrades at Presque Isle to two new transmission lines. The selected alternative had a 157 million NPV advantage over the transmission alternative and offered significant operating and flexibility advantages over the next best solution of simple or open cycle combustion turbines. The plants are under construction with the ten 400 ton 18.8 MW Wärtsila engines delivered to site. The new plants are expected to be ready for service in mid-April 2019 to permit Presque Isle to shut down in June.

    Rick also briefly discussed the recently announced solar plants being developed for WEC Energy by Invenergy and NextEra. These new facilities, totaling 300 MW, are targeted for service as soon as 2020.

    Rick O'Conor receives a certificate of appreciation from ASME Milwaukee chair Bryan Eskra.

  • WE Energies RICE Plant Presentation - Sept. 19th, 2018

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section will learn more about the 10 reciprocating internal combustion engines being installed by WEC Energy Group in the Michigan U.P. from Rick O'Conor, P.E. of We Energies.

    This event begins at 5pm and will be held at Alioto's in Wauwatosa. It includes dinner with your choice of entree. (Chosen at registration.)


    Click here to learn more-

  • May 9, 2018 - Tour of GE Healthcare's Advanced Manufacturing Lab

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section is planning a tour of GE Healthcare's Advanced Manufacturing Lab in Waukesha, WI.  We will also learn about their products and see how they are designed and manufactured.

    The first part of the evening will include a presentation by Jimmie Beacham, the Chief Engineer for Manufacturing Technology for GE Healthcare Global Supply Chain.  Mr. Beacham's presentation will be a product introduction and then we will tour the production lines where we will get an overview of how CT Scanners, PET Imagers, and X-Ray components are designed and manufactured.

    The second part of the evening will be a tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, where we will see a variety of new technologies including inspection, collaborative automation, augmented reality, digital manufacturing and additive manufacturing.

    We will be offering 2 PDH credits (for a nominal fee) as part of this event.  For more information and to register, click on the following link:

  • March 24th, 2018, Technical Seminar - Summary

    MSOE's Grohmann Tower proved to be an excellent venue for the 27 engineers who attended the technical seminar.

    From left:  Douglas Kiesling, treasurer; David Brinkman, presenter; Dr. Maruthi Devarakonda, presenter; Dr. Subha Kumpaty, seminar coordinator and presenter; Dr. Chung Hoon Lee, presenter; Tom Fehring and Allen Perkins.

    David Brinkman from Briggs and Stratton discusses dynamic testing and measurement of rotating machinery.

    Thanks again to Dr. Subha Kumpaty for continuing to organize our technical seminars.

  • Student Night & Elections - Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section will host it's annual Student Night event along with elections at Alioto's Restaurant in Wauwatosa.  Following dinner, student sections will present their designs for the regional design competition.  The presentations will be judged and a monetary award will be presented to the participating sections.  In addition, the election for our Group Leadership Team for 2018-2019 will be held.  Members are encouraged to attend and support our student sections.  For more information and to register, click on the following link:

  • ASME Milwaukee Technical Seminar - March 24th, 2018

    All members are welcome to the upcoming seminar for continuing education and professional development.  There is a provision to earn credits for those who will need professional development hours for their Professional Engineer license renewal.  The nominal rates have been determined to defray the costs of hosting the seminar.  Please feel free to invite others such as SAE and IEEE members who might also take advantage of the PDHs that can be earned at a very minimal expense.  We have excellent speakers lined up to address interesting topics.  The required 2 PDHs on ethics are included in this seminar.

    Full Seminar (Includes 5 PDHs):  $100

    Full Seminar (No PDHs):  $35

    Individual Session(s) (Up to 3) (Includes PDHs):  $25 each

    The seminar will take place at the MSOE Grohmann Tower, 4th floor conference room, Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, March 24, 2017, with the following schedule:

    7:30-8:20 AM Set-up, registration and breakfast

    8:20-8:30 AM Welcome by the Section Chair, Bryan Eskra and seminar coordinator Subha Kumpaty

    8:30-9:20 AM Session 1 - Dynamic Test and Measurement of Rotating Machinery in Industry by Nathan Brinkman, Briggs & Stratton

    9:25-10:15 AM Session 2 - Systems Engineering of Materials for On-board Hydrogen Storage for PEM Fuel Cells in Automotive Applications by Dr. Maruthi Devarakonda, GE Power

    10:15-10:35 AM Break

    10:35-11:25 Session 3 - Probing pH (potential of hydrogen) level of an Aqueous Solution using a Microwave Spectroscopy (MWS) S11 Reflection method at micro/nanoscale by Dr. Chung Hoon Lee, Marquette University

    11:30-12:20 Session 4 - Engineering Ethics by Dr. Subha Kumpaty, MSOE

    12:30-1:20 PM Luncheon Session on Ethics Case Studies  

    There is a provision to earn five PDH's for those who will be renewing their professional engineering license.  For more information and to register, click on the following link:

  • Tour of Charter Steel - February 7th, 2018

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section is hosting a tour of Charter Steel in Saukville.  Following the tour, members will learn about developing an Energy Management System.

    The presentation will be made by Tari Emerson, P.E., the Division Energy Manager of Charter Steel and Katie Dimmer, an Energy Engineer at Charter Steel.

     After the tour and program the group will have dinner at Newport Shores Restaurant in Port Washington.

    Click on the following link for more information and to register for this event:

  • "Cybersecurity" - January 10, 2018 - 1 PDH

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section will meet at Alioto's Restaurant in Wauwatosa for dinner.  Following dinner, a presentation entitled "Cybersecurity, the Psychology behind Social Engineering", will be offered.  The discussion will focus on staying safe from scams at home and at work, and, bolstering our readiness as part of a front-line defense against cyber-attacks.

    This topic will be presented by Richard J. Flahaven, the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) & Data Privacy Officer for Harley-Davidson Motor Company in Milwaukee, WI.  There he is responsible for establishing and maintaining Harley-Davidson’s enterprise security vision, strategy and program for managing and protecting all Harley-Davidson information assets.  He is responsible for maintaining a cybersecurity strategy and program to assess the effectiveness of cybersecurity capabilities and related programs in mitigating risk to the Company.  In addition, Flahaven is responsible for eliminating global data privacy risks and ensuring that all regulatory requirements are identified and managed such that appropriate safeguards are in place.

    Prior to Harley-Davidson, Flahaven held the positions of CISO and Chief Privacy Officer at Whirlpool Corporation where he established and managed global information security and data privacy programs across all product lines.

    For More information and to register, please click on the following link By/On January 5, 2018:

    One PDH will be issued if requested.  A $5.00 charge separate from the registration fee will be collected.  email: if you need a certificate.