Your request has been sent. You should be hearing from a site administrator shortly.
ASME Piedmont-Carolina Group
Follow us on LinkedIn
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Officers - Committee Chairs
Enter the date that this post should be published.
Are you sure you want to delete this file?
This action is irreversible.
Paul Anderson Auditorium in the 400 S. Tryon Building
from 11 am – 1 pm
“New Power Technology at Duke Energy”
Speaker - Thomas Golden
Technology Development Manager for Duke Energy Corporation.
Thomas Golden is a Technology Development Manager for Duke Energy Corporation. In this role, Thomas has the opportunity to focus on the technical capabilities as well as the business value proposition of emerging distributed energy resources. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. Thomas earned a Senior Reactor Operator Certification while working at Duke Energy’s Catawba Nuclear Station. Thomas served nearly 12 years in the US Navy operating submarine nuclear reactors and land-based prototype nuclear reactors and continues to serve as a Navy Reserve, Supply Corps Officer.
Catered sandwich, beverages lunch starts at 11:45 am, presentation starting at noon.
(The auditorium is on the ground floor and you do not need to go thru security for access)
Mint Street city parking deck next to the Panther stadium.
Click for Directions
ASME members free. Guests for $8/each.
ASME Members and Guest register at
Tours 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Beginning as a childhood dream of becoming a race car driver while selling peanuts and popcorn at Bowman Gray Stadium, Richard Childress bought his first race car for $20 and working out of his home garage has gone on to build what is widely considered one of the most legendary organizations in motorsports history. Over its 45-year history Richard Childress Racing has become synonymous with success and championships.
We have arranged for two tours at a Max 26 per tour – total 52. Requested that people plan to arrive 10 minutes before the tour.
The RCR race shop is next to the museum. The museum is open 10-2 on Saturdays, gift shop 10-3. We will meet in the parking lot at the museum. Tour is free.
Click for Directions:
The Charlotte PENC and Carolina Section ASME groups will join us for the tours.
Additional attraction nearby is The Childress Vineyards. By opening the doors to Childress Vineyards in 2004, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress fulfilled a longtime dream that grew from the days when he first began racing in California and visited wineries with friends. What began as camaraderie and good times soon became an engaging passion for world-class wines and then the vision to build a world-class winery. The Childress winery is about 5 miles away.
Click for Directions:
There is a small restaurant at the Winery called the Bistro but reservations are necessary due to size and popularity. Welcome is close to Lexington so BBQ lovers can find a BBQ joint that suits them.
EPIC enhances the available technical workforce, advances technology and facilitates the strategic industry-university collaboration for the global energy industry while supporting the Carolina’s economic and energy security development. Join Senior Members and the Student Group for a light dinner (sandwich trays, chips and soft drinks) followed by a presentation and tour of the facilities.
Sign in and meal served at 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 in room EPIC 1249
(presentation starts at 6:45)
(note parking instructions)
Senior Section ASME Members $16.00
ASME Student Section Members $8.00
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncc-epic-center-tour-presentation-tickets-18871071884
Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic, PhD.
Professor, Department of Software and Information Systems
You read about it daily on the web and in trade pubs “BIG Data”. UNC Charlotte has received a $2.1 million grant to support its research in data science and big analytics, or Big Data. Our speaker, Mirsad Hadzikadi is lead investigator for the project, called the "North Carolina Data Science and Analytics Initiative".
Events for 2015 Calendar Year
(Speakers, Topics, Plant Tours will be announced)
Senior Section Dinner Event
Thursday, January 15th
Speaker: John Laurence BuschTopic: STEAM COFFINCaptain Moses Rogers and the Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier Visit http://www.steamcoffin.com for more reviews and background…
Location will be Pfeiffer University-Charlotte CampusTime will be 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
National Engineers Week
Senior Section Plant Tour Event
Siemens - Charlotte
Thursday, February 19th
Senior Section Dinner EventThursday, March 19th
Senior Section Plant Tour EventThursday, April 16th
Senior Section Dinner EventThursday,May 21st
Awards NightSenior Section Dinner EventThursday, June 18th
On February 22nd this year in conjunction with National Engineers Week, our Section held a Professional Development Course on Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers Instructed by Don McConnell, PE. The course was well attended with 18 Engineers from the local area registering. This was the first of it’s type offered by our Section and the results were encouraging. We need to have more!
Some of the feed-back comments were “I am happy to report that I got a lot out of Don’s presentation on Saturday. . I felt that Don did a great job and I will be able to use a lot of the material presented in performing my current job function. Thanks for selecting an excellent topic and presenter”.
“Thank you for the effort in presenting the course. I thought it was well done and very worthwhile. The price was right and Saturdays are probably my best time for such a course considering I have a ways to travel. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and I enjoyed his presentation”.
“The course was very thorough and packed with a lot of information. Don is very knowledgeable on thermal design of exchangers. I would say the second half of the seminar got very detailed and much of what he said went over the heads of most people there, to be honest. But that’s ok, I think everyone there learned a lot. This kind of detailed thermal design training was a bargain at this price. I think more courses like this on a variety of topics would be a good idea for the Section”.
Senior Members were joined by several Guest and High School Seniors at the January 16th Dinner Event. The Speaker was Michael Collins, Jr., Director of Marketing and Product Development for CEM Corporation. Mike took the group through a background of his company, product lines and then into the industries which they serve which are varied, not just pharmaceutical. He talked about the process they use in product development, working in Teams who have team ownership of a product and how they interface with the end-users globally. After bring that journey to a close he then went into a discussion on how Engineers can apply their current and future knowledge to today’s market place.
25 people attended our December 5th Event to kick off the Holiday Season. Members of the Senior Section, Student Section from CPCC and Guest brought a donation to “Toys for Tots” to the Event. Conversations flowed from table to table, some tables even expanded as all were entertained by the “The TrebleAlto Trio” with Holiday music. One table was filled to overflowing with donations to the Toys for Tots project, the dinner was excellent and the Guest enjoyed an opportunity to meet all.
Corey Dillard - Energy Services Engineer for Piedmont Natural Gas spoke at our Senior Section November Event. The topic was Natural Gas Vehicles offer many benefits and could play a vital role in our attempts to reduce our dependency on oil. Some of the benefits are fewer emissions, safe fuel source, and economical alternative to gasoline, domestically available and abundant source. The Student Section at UNCC was the "opening Act" with their HPV Project.
After the Presentation, Chris Myers the Section Programs Committee Co-Chair presented Corey with a Speaker's Gift of a NASCAR print by a local artist.
Hickory Springs (HSM) Tour of Corporate Innovation & Technology Center and Plant Tour
We began our visit at the Corporate Innovation & Technology Center where we were shown the various industry applications of their end products (transportation, furniture, bedding, government, institutional, packaging, health care, and consumer). This is pretty much a vertically integrated corporation in that they make most of the components which go into the finished systems (integrated assemblies) they supply. From foam to metal components. HSM has multiple manufacturing facilities (44) throughout the US. Four of their leadership team presented the various steps they use in taking a product, tearing it down, looking at all of the areas involved in order to improve. They have made the move from components to supplying systems which not only brings them up to new manufacturing processes but improves customer relations.
After this insightful presentation, we then toured the Wire Technology Plant with the Plant Manager as our tour guide. Extensive operation, large facility and some of the newest technology involved. We saw product from the raw material stage processed through the shipping dock. Interesting aspect of this part of the visit was that the Plant Manager started as an Operator in his tenure with Hickory Springs. This employer has a history from start up in 1944 to advancing into the current age. This was an Event worth attending.
National Gypsum Company Plant Mt Holly, NC
Guest Speaker and Plant Tour with John E. Yakowenko Director of Engineering
This plant sets on 168 acres, is 500,00 sq. ft. under one roof and produces 1 billion sq. ft. of product annually. The production line is 1/2 mile with a capable speed of 500 ft. pr. Minute. The EOS is 99% green. We visited the paper area, wet-dry end area, mill area, wet transfer, knife, board dryer just to name a few. John Yakowenko covered the history of wall board, the corporation and then the technical processes of manufacturing the product. This plant is LEED certified and with the raw materials, mixing, coating involved was a safe, clean environment. Great job performed by the Host. Good turn-out with about 25 people made up of Senior Section Members, Students and Guest.
Senior Section September 19th Event and Newsletter posted to asme.org Piedmont-Carolina Section site.
Recently I spent 1.5 hrs. talking with the new Student Section Chair at one of our chartered Student Sections. During our conversation about the challenges in the Senior Section and the Student Section it became apparent that our two Sections could learn from each other. That sometimes happens in mentoring. I have challenged the Officers, Committee Chairs of the Senior Section to reach out to their like type counter parts in the Student Section from a mentoring stand point. Listen to the younger generation and talk about their challenges in operating the Student Section. Offer suggestions and if wanted, assistance. This seems to me the reason for Mentoring. Take this one step further. Do you know a younger Engineer in your organization? Have you approached then from a Mentoring stand point or have you assumed that they know it all or that they may not want your wisdom. Perhaps you may learn something from them. Times change, people change, generations change and we can all learn from one another.