Official ASME Group

Philadelphia Section

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Past Events 2015-2016

The next Philadelphia section meeting on May 12 is described below.


College Graduate Expectation Speaker Event & Panel Discussion
May 12 - Drexel University

ASME Philadelphia section and Drexel University Pi Tau Sigma mechanical
engineering honor society invite mechanical engineering students and
professionals from the ASME Philadelphia section to attend a College
Graduate Expectation Speaker Event & Panel Discussion.

This event will be held on May 12th, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM EDT located at the
A.J. Picture Gallery of Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

The evening will begin with networking and a light buffet dinner and refreshments
at 5:00 PM EDT followed by speaker presentations and a panel discussion. The
panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Antonios Kontsos, associate professor
of mechanical engineering at Drexel University and current ASME Philadelphia
section chair. Following the moderated panel discussion, panelists will field
questions from attendees. Discussion topics will be relevant to entry- and
junior-level mechanical engineer job seekers.

Our panel is composed of esteemed professionals who hold mechanical
engineering degrees and either currently practice mechanical engineering or
have influence over hiring mechanical engineers. We are pleased to introduce to
you our speakers and panelists for this event:

  1.         .  Ryan Siskey, Principal and Office Director, Exponent
  2.        .  Stephen Luckowski, Program Manager, Revolutionary Fibers and
              Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute
  3.         .  Ryan Meers, Director of Mechanical Engineering, Boston Device
  4.       .    Evan Malone, Ph.D., President, NextFab Studio
  5.        .   Helen Silvis, Account and Business Development Manager, Veolia
               Energy Philadelphia

A more detailed professional biography can be found here.

If you would like to attend this event, please submit an RSVP Form by May 6th.
Space is limited, so registration will be closed once capacity is reached.

Travel & Parking

The AJ Picture Gallery is a few short blocks from AMTRAK's 30th street station
and SEPTA's Market Frankford Line 30th street station. 
If you will be driving to the event, there are several parking options in the
surrounding area listed below.
Option 1
Park America, Inc.
Outdoor parking lot located at 3101 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Option 2
Chestnut 34 Parking Garage
Parking garage located at 3335 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Option 3
Drexel Parking Garage
Parking garage located at 3399 Ludlow St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Option 4
Street Parking
Most surrounding streets have either 2 or 12 hour parking limits

We look forward to seeing you at the College Graduate Expectation
Speaker & Panel Discussion.

Title: Operation of diesel and diesel-electric locomotives
Plymouth Meeting Doubletree Suite,
640 Fountain Road, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

The presentation is about diesel and diesel-electric locomotives which propel the
railroads, from heavy haul locomotives pulling hundreds of thousands of cargo
tons to fast passenger locomotives running through and between cities. How
do these locomotives actually work and operate on a railroad?  David Diaz and
Eloy Muñoz, of LTK Engineering Services, will explain the design, operation,
regulations and current technology of the diesel-electric locomotive and in
particular the passenger locomotive. How locomotive design has evolved,
how they operate individually and on the railroad, the impact of EPA regulations
on locomotive design and the current design of diesel locomotives will be
presented and explained.

Our speakers are David Diaz and Eloy Muñoz. Mr. Diaz is a Vice President at
LTK Engineering Services.  He has over 30 years of experience in railroad design
issues and operation and has been involved with the operation of Amtrak and
the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.  He is currently involved with Positive
Train Control, Rolling Stock and Railroad operations.

Mr. Muñoz is a staff consultant at LTK. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical
engineering from Virginia Tech studying LIDAR technology in the railroad
environment with the Railroad Technologies Laboratory. He has experience
with Norfolk Southern’s Research & Test group as well as Amsted Rail’s
heavy-duty roller bearing manufacturer for railroad vehicles before joining LTK.

The evening events begin at 6 PM with dinner at 7 and our speaker at 8. Dinner
is a choice of pan seared chicken, medallions of beef tenderloin Diane, or
vegetarian selection.

Dinner cost: $25 ASME members, $30 non ASME members,
$10 for students.

To make reservations send an email to by April 13.
 Include your choices for dinner. 

Title: The Restoration of the Norfolk and Western 611 Railroad Steam

Presenter: Scott Lindsay, President, Steam Operations Corporation; Chief
Mechanical Officer, Norfolk and Western 611 Restoration Project

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Time: 6:30-8:00pm (6:30pm: dinner, 7pm: presentation)

Location: Tolentine Hall Room 215 Villanova University, Villanova, PA
A light dinner will be provided.

Cost: ASME Members $10, Non members $15, no charge for students

Abstract: The 4-8-4 Northern Steam locomotives are considered to be the
ultimate in steam locomotive design. These high speed, heavy haul
locomotives were used in both passenger and freight service, and the
Norfolk and Western Railroad J class 611 locomotive was one of the largest
built. After being retired twice, the No. 611 is again being restored to
conduct main line steam excursions. Restoration work on the J Class No 611
was performed by Steam Operations Corporation. Scott Lindsay, president
of Steam Operations, will present and explain the work performed to
restore No. 611 to operating conditions. The event is co-sponsored by the
Philadelphia Section of ASME and the Villanova Student Section of ASME.

If you are planning on attending and would like dinner, then please
register by adding your name to the registration list at the link below by
March 13, 2016:

Directions to Villanova and parking are here

December 2 Presentation by LocoRobo

ASME Philadelphia Section invites all of its members to a presentation
by Pramod Abichandani, founder of LocoRobo. Pramod will discuss his
company, LocoRobo, which introduces kids to the exciting world of
coding through robotics.

When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Food: Light dinner will be provided at 6:30pm
Where: Drexel University, Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
(PISB), Room 120 Auditorium at 33rd and Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
Parking: Street parking or at the Drexel parking garage for $8 at 34th
and Ludlow St.
Public Transport: Septa Market-Frankford Line, 30th or 34th St Stations

RSVP by 11/30 to Nathan Taylor at

LocoRobo is a high-quality robot that helps children learn coding. It
comes with a host of cutting-edge technologies and sensors. Children
can start with basic coding of the robot with graphical apps and with
time can advance to modern methods of coding using Python, C,
JavaScript, and Matlab -- all this, while having fun!

Pramod, holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a
focus on Robotics. He is a passionate engineering educator who serves
as an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Colleges of Engineering and
Business at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Further information at

Facebook event:

November 23 - Tour of Piasecki Aircraft Corporation

PIAC is an R&D company founded by the Philadelphia pioneer Frank Piasecki
in the 1940’s. PIAC has a long history of advancements of vertical air
lift technology including the world’s first tandem rotor helicopter, the
world’s first automatic control “hands-off” helicopter and the world’s
largest helicopter all before 1953. Since then the company has continued
its tradition for aviation innovation with the first non-stop
transcontinental helicopter flight in 1956, as well as some of the fastest
helicopters in the world including several records throughout the decades.
Today the company is dedicated to continuing the work of its founder by
innovative and unique solutions that satisfy the demanding requirements of
its customers.

1 PDH credit is available for this event.

When: Monday 11/23/2015
Where: 519 West Second Street, Essington, PA 19029
Parking: Available at PiAC
Visitor requirement: Must be US Citizen
Time: 6PM (The tour will start promptly after visitor registration)
Duration: ~40 min for the tour and ~20 min for Q&A
Food: Light dinner will be provided immediately after the tour

Contact info and RSVP: Antonios Kontsos ( by COB

Friday November 13

Department of Mechanical Engineering Seminar
Integration of the Coupled Orbit-Attitude Dynamics Using Modified
Chebyshev-Picard Iteration Methods

Professor Xiaoli Bai
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Rutgers University

Friday, November 13, 2015
Tolentine 305

PDH credits are available for this presentation.

ASME members and guests are invited. If you would like to
attend, please contact Aaron Wemhoff at Villanova by email
(aaron.wemhoff@villanova) for directions and a parking pass.

Abstract: This talk presents Modified Chebyshev-Picard Iteration (MCPI)
methods for long-term integration of the coupled orbit and attitude
dynamics. Although most orbit predictions for operational satellites have
assumed that the attitude dynamics is decoupled from the orbit dynamics,
the fully coupled dynamics are required for the solutions of uncontrolled
space debris and space objects with high area-to-mass ratio, for which
cross sectional area is constantly changing leading to significant change
on the solar radiation pressure and atmospheric drag. MCPI are a set of
methods for solution of initial value problems and boundary value
problems. The methods refine an orthogonal function approximation of
long-time-interval segments of state trajectories iteratively by fusing
Chebyshev polynomials with the classical Picard iteration and have been
applied to multiple challenging aerospace problems. Through the studies on
integrating a torque-free rigid body rotation and a long-term integration
of the coupled orbit-attitude dynamics through the effect from solar
radiation pressure, MCPI methods are shown to achieve several times
speedup over the Runge-Kutta 7(8) methods with several orders of
magnitudes of better accuracy. The approach of decoupling and then
coupling during iterations provides a unique and promising perspective on
the way to warm start the solution process for the long-term integration
of the coupled orbit-attitude dynamics. Furthermore, an attractive feature
of MCPI in maintaining the unity constraint for the integration of
quaternions within machine accuracy is illustrated to be very appealing.

Bio: Xiaoli Bai has been an Assistant Professor in the department of
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers since July 2014. She
obtained her PhD degree of Aerospace Engineering in 2010 from Texas A&M
University. Her research interests include space situation awareness and
next generation space catalog problems; modeling, control, and analysis of
Next Generation Air Transportation System; dynamics, control, and
optimization for space systems, and aerospace systems. Prior to joining
Rutgers, she was a research scientist at Optimal Synthesis Inc. in Los
Altos, California, working with NASA Langley and NASA Ames on advanced
research and development projects in the area of air traffic management
systems. One consequence of her dissertation is a set of methods which
significantly enhances and accelerates the fundamental processes
underlying the creation and maintenance of space debris catalogs. She was
the recipient for the AIAA Foundation John Leland Atwood Graduate Award
and Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - Tour of the Lincoln Financial Field. See below for details

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015 Time: Arrive by 10:45 Tour starts at 11:00 am and will
 last approximately 1 hour. Cost: $6 per person due the day of the tour. Free for
students. Limited space available.

Sign up by Wednesday, June 10th using this link:

Tour the home of Philadelphia Eagles with the ASME Philadelphia Section! Get
a behind-the-scenes tour of the 69,176 person stadium including the Xfinity Press
Box, Club and Suite Levels, Eagles Home Interview Room, Locker Room, and Field.

Lincoln Financial Field became the "greenest" NFL stadium in 2013 with the addition
of 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines outside and on top of the stadium,
account for 30% of the electricity used to run the facility.

Questions? Email Nathan Taylor at
FREE parking to all tour guests
For more information about Lincoln Financial Field Tours:

Behind-the-scenes Tour of the Adventure Aquarium
Sponsored by the ASME Philadelphia Section

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: Arrive by 11:00 am. Tour starts at 11:15 am and will last approximately 1 hour
Cost: $10 per person due the day of the tour. Limited space available.
The price includes the tour and admission to the aquarium after. Friends and family
are welcome to join.

Sign up by Wednesday, May 13th using this link:

Find out how it is possible to manage 2 million gallons of water and more than 8,500
aquatic species. This behind-the-scenes tour will give you the chance to see learn
from the chief engineer of the Adventure Aquarium and see first-hand the systems
that make it all possible. In addition to interesting engineering, the aquarium houses
the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, stingrays, penguins, sea turtles
and seven touch experiences. It has the distinction of being the only aquarium in
the country to exhibit great hammerhead sharks and the only aquarium in the
world with hippos.

Note: The tour is not handicap-accessible and is not suited for children under the
age of 6.
Free parking is being donated by DRPA at 500 Federal St (2 blocks from the
aquarium). Otherwise parking is $10 per vehicle at the aquarium.

Questions? Email Nathan Taylor at

For more information about Adventure Aquarium: Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

ASME Philadelphia section awards dinner
April 21, 2015

Our 2015 Awards dinner will be held on April 21, 2015 at 6pm in the Carriage Room
of the Media Town House, 117 Veterans Square, Media, PA. The restaurant is
easily accessible from Interstate I495. Directions are on the restaurant's web page

The cost is $25 for members, non-members and guests. No charge for students.

Our speaker is Nicholas O’Dell, a former RAF navigator with a life-long interest in
military aviation history. He has written extensively and has numerous articles
published on the subject. His most recent articles were in Aviation History magazine.

Mr. O'Dell will present a two-part history on the development of aircraft and engines,
from the Wright Brothers to the end of World War II. We will learn how they progressed
from fabric-covered wood or steel tube frames to metal stressed-skin construction.
We will see how the power to propel them progressed from piston engines of around
15 horsepower to over 3,500, and from three cylinders to as many as 36, along two
distinct lines, radials, with up to four rows of cylinders, and liquid-cooled inline ones.
Finally, the revolutionary turbojet's development will complete the presentation.

The choice of meals is: Filet mignon, Baked flounder stuffed with crab meat or
 Vegetarian ravioli

To make a reservation send John Wolf an email ( by April 19
with the names of those attending and the choice of dinner.

2015 ASME Spring Golf Outing
Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club
Oreland, PA.
Rescheduled for August 2015 watch for new date

Check-in for golf is 9:30am, shotgun start at 10:30am.
Social hour starts at 5:00pm, buffet dinner at 6:30pm.

Non-golfers are welcome.

Golf payment includes range, lunch box, cart and gratuities for the day. No
caddies available.
Deadline for golf and dinner reservations is 20 April 2015. No refunds after

No reservations accepted without payment.
Limited to the first 160 golfers.
Golf format: four-player scramble. Locker room facilities available after golf.
All dinner attendees are eligible for door prizes: must be present to win.
Directions to the Club will be sent with confirmation.

Check-in for golf is 9:30am, shotgun start at 10:30am.
Social hour starts at 5:00pm, buffet dinner at 6:30pm.
Non-golfers are welcome.

golf and dinner tickets @ $210.00 ($216.00 credit) each

                            ___ golf (only) tickets @ $165.00 ($170.00 credit) each

                            ___ dinner (only) tickets @ $75.00 ( $77.00 credit) each

                            ___ hole sponsorship @ $350.00 each, or

                            ___ hole sponsorship @ $100.00 each in addition to foursome

                            ___ morning coffee & bagels sponsorship @ $200.00 each

The flyer with application is here. Download and send to:           

ASME Entertainment Committee
C/o Jeff Gray
210 Bruce Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Cell : (215) 801-6261

Temple University - Student Professional Development Conference
 April 17 - 19

Date of the event: 

April 17th-19th, however competition day is on April 19th and is the only day judges
are required to attend, but they are free to participate in any other day as well.

The competition will last from 10am to 6pm, and once we receive a finalized list of
participants for each competition, we will set up slots for a more organized time

Registration for the event is at the link below.

Robots for Relief Design Competition: 
General Rules, Problem Statement, and Prize Information

Old Guard Oral Presentation: 
General Rules and Prize Information
Sample Scoring Sheet

Old Guard Technical Poster Competition:
General Rules and Prize Information
Sample Scoring Sheet

Temple SPDC Website (includes all information about the event):

Prism Engineering Tour - February 17

Prism Engineering, a value-added reseller of SOLIDWORKS, Mastercam, and
Stratasys 3D printers, will host our February ASME event. They will hold an
open house at their location in Horsham, PA on February 17, 2015 and present
"Best in Class Design, 3D Printing, and Manufacturing" and give a tour of their
3D Printing Lab. The event lasts from 6-8pm. Dinner will be served. To register
or find more information go to


Brandywine Valley Chapter of ASM International 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

University of Delaware

TIME: 6:00-8:30 pm with optional tour of ISE-Lab at 4:00 pm
(see below for tour details)
LOCATION: 201 DuPont Hall, University of Delaware,
with posters on 2nd & 3rd floors


RESERVATIONS: The University of Delaware Materials Science and Engineering
(MSEG) Department, in collaboration with the local Brandywine Valley Chapter
of ASM International
, is sponsoring an Open House and Poster Presentation on
Tuesday, February 10, 2015. MSEG Students and Faculty will be available from
6:00-8:30 pm to discuss ongoing research projects and to give personalized tours
of laboratory facilities. Are you interested in learning more about MSEG activities
at Delaware?

This event is free and refreshments will be served.

Please register by email (preferred) ( ) or by phone
(302-831-4121) with your full name, affiliation, email address, and contact
phone number. Also indicate that you are an invite of ASM and if you would
 like a parking pass via Email – see “free parking” below.

ISE LAB TOUR: We are also organizing a special tour of the Interdisciplinary
Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE-Lab)
. If you are interested in
attending this tour, you must separately register in advance with Robin Buccos
( or (302-831-4121) as space is limited. We ask you to
arrive at Room 201 DuPont Hall on the 2nd floor at 4:00 PM. We will be walking
over to the ISE-Lab from DuPont Hall at 4:15 PM sharp.

PAY PARKING: There are two convenient pay-to-park visitor parking garages
at UD - near the Trabant University Center on Main Street and near the Perkins
Student Center on Academy Street. These lots are numbered 17C and 4C on
the map:

Free Parking: There will be a limited number of free parking passes for the Pearson
Parking Lot
, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will be notified and sent
a parking pass by e-mail if one is available. Otherwise, you will have to pay for
parking in one of the garages. An additional map showing the Pearson Lot is
available below at the link..

Your host for the evening is
Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware

More information and parking directions are available in the meeting flyer.
Click  here to download.

November 11 - 6PM
3D Printing
Villanova University - Tolentine Hall Room 215
Speakers: Eric Magenheimer and  Eric Mutchler, Solid Concepts Corporation

On November 11, 2014 the Philadelphia Sections of ASME and ASM will be hosting Eric Magenheimer and Eric Mutchler of Solid Concepts (, an Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Service Provider offering a range of technologies and materials for Rapid Prototyping, Direct Digital Manufacturing, Tooling, and Injection Molding.

Eric Magenheimer is a Regional Account Manager for Solid Concepts covering the Northeastern United States. He will give a brief introduction to the company and the various additive manufacturing technologies available.

Eric Mutchler is a Project Manager for Solid Concepts and was responsible for the design, development, and production of the world’s first 3D printed metal firearm, a 1911 handgun ( He will give a presentation on Solid Concepts’ program to develop the printed 1911 and the Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) process used to produce it.

The presentation will be held in 215 Tollentine Hall on the campus of Villanova University. A light dinner will be served at 6pm followed by Eric’s presentation starting at 6:30. The cost is $10 for members with no charge for students. Directions will be sent to attendees.

Please contact Brian George at<> to RSVP by November 10.

October 15 - 6PM
Storing and Handling Spent Nuclear Fuel
Villanova Univerversity - CEER building room 001
Speaker - Dr. Stefan Anton, Holtec International 

Spent fuel is the term used to describe nuclear fuel which has been used in a reactor and built up fission products which prevent the efficient generation of heat for power production. In the 1970s the intent was to chemically separate the fission products from the remaining uranium and plutonium and manufacture new fuel. In the late 1970s the federal government made the decision that spent fuel would not be reprocessed but would be thrown away in a site in Nevada. The site was supposed to be ready to accept fuel in 1998. But the site preparations were continually delayed and recently decisions were made that put the entire procedure in doubt. Currently spent fuel is stored at each individual nuclear plant site with many sites reaching capacity. 

Our speaker for this presentation, Dr. Stefan Anton, will discuss the history and current situation with the Yucca Mountain disposal site. His company, Holtec International, has worked on the spent fuel problem for many years and builds storage and transportation casks for spent fuel. Dr. Stefan Anton has 30 years of experience in the design and licensing of structures, systems and components for the nuclear industry, with a focus on spent fuel storage and transport systems. His technical specialties are nuclear criticality, shielding and applied thermo-hydraulics. He has led design and licensing activities of nuclear components with a seminal contribution on burnup credit and criticality safety for spent fuel racks and spent fuel storage and transport casks.

The talk will be held at Villanova University and will start at 6PM. Light dinner will be available. The cost is $10 with no charge for students. To make a reservation, please send an email to John Wolf ( with the number of people attending.

2 PDHs are available for this presentation

The Delaware section is scheduling the upcoming activities:

-         September 24 – IEEE Dr. Ozcan Presentation

-         October 2 – ASME Delaware Section Executive Committee Meeting

-         October 24 – ASME Tour of Kent County Wastewater Treatment Facility

-         October 25 – YED World Championship Punkin Chunkin Bus Trip (cancelled)

-         November 6 – API Pumps & Refinery Training Course

-         November – Working on I 495 Bridge Presentation, if possible

-         December 11- Annual UD Senior Project Presentations

-         January 13 – Outside Speaker at Joint Meeting with ASM 

Additional details and ASME Delaware Section activities will be included on the Delaware Section Group Page at:

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