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  • November 2021 Meeting


    Historical Perspective – overview

         Elevator installations in North America are estimated to be 1,000,000; escalators add another 44,000.  That translates to something in excess of 120 billion passenger rides per year!

        2021 marks the centennial anniversary of ASME’s A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, first published in 1921.  In the century which followed, technology has changed; commitment to design and operational integrity has not.    Safety for installers, service personnel, and the riding public continues to be the primary focus of ASMEs A17 family of standards.

         Current ASME A17 membership (Standards Committee and working committees) includes approximately 300 volunteers who represent an array of interests – design, manufacture, installation, jurisdictional authorities, inspectors, consultants, etc.  Code development is based on a consensus approach.  Decisions don’t have to be unanimous, but any dissenting votes have the option of a formal appeal.  Balance of interest requirements in accordance with ANSI requirements assures a level playing field.

         As technology has advanced, historical developments in the elevator and escalator design present a colorful mosaic of progress, including some disappointments among many successes.  Developments in software monitoring, control technology, and AI promise a diversified and stimulating future.

         For our November 10, 2021 meeting, we are fortunate to have Past Codes and Standards Senior Vice President Jim Coaker tell us about the ASME Elevator Safety Code. Jim Coaker will chronologically step through highlights of a century of development, focus on selected milestones, and share behind-the-scenes insights.  There will be time for questions and open discussion.

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    • Life Fellow ASME, PE, ME by education
    • Managed U. S. Postal Service national boiler & elevator inspection program (1987 – 2001)
    • Education Director for National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities (2002 – 2009)
    • USNR (3 ½  years active duty; 26 reserve): Retired Captain (ED)
    • Private practice – accident investigation/litigation (2001 – present)
    • A17 Committee affiliation since 1987 … 3 terms as chair, 2 as vice-chair

      Virtual Meeting Instructions:

      The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM ET. Join the Zoom meeting using this link:

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  • March 2021 Meeting

    Networking Meeting


    Autonomous Vehicle Podcasts

    Wednesday, March 24 – Virtual Meeting

    The ASME Piedmont Carolina Section is pleased to invite all Southeast Region and national ASME section members, students, and guests to join this networking event.  


    In years gone by, we would meet monthly for networking, and on occasion, listen to speakers who would captivate our imagination on our rapidly changing world.  With the advent of the Internet, we now find ourselves living in a virtual world where we meet one another via a computer screen and speakers enchant us via podcasts. The ASME Piedmont Carolina Section would like to dedicate our March 2021 meeting to virtual networking, which will also serve as an experiment on how we conduct our meetings going forward.

    The Program

    Our meeting will allow us to mingle with old friends while making new friends along the way.  Attendees will be encouraged to catch everyone up on interesting projects and research in their lives, while fostering networking in general among our membership (i.e., We can help each other down the road find answers to questions that baffle us as well as find leads on future job prospects).  In addition, we will watch an Autonomous Vehicle Podcast by Marc Hoag, who hosts the world's only weekly podcast dedicated entirely to driverless cars ( Marc Hoag Weekly Autonomous Vehicle Podcasts). After the podcast, we can discuss what we have learned and explore other concepts and opportunities associated with autonomous vehicles in the days ahead.


    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

    The meeting agenda will be as follows:

    Networking & Announcements             6:00 – 6:15 PM EST

    Autonomous Vehicle Podcast                 6:15 – 6:35 PM

    Networking & Discussions                       6:35 – 6:55 PM

    Closing Remarks / Future Meetings      6:55 – 7:00 PM

    Virtual Meeting Instructions

    Time: March 24, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join the Zoom Meeting at the link below:

    ASME Piedmont Carolina Section March 2021 Zoom Meeting Link

    Meeting ID: 886 0681 3330

    Passcode: 635739


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  • Mecklenburg Area Joint STEM Society Kickoff Meeting November 11

    November 2020 Meeting Notice

    Meeting Summary: In November, we will be joining many of our fellow professional societies at the Mecklenburg Area Joint STEM Society Kick-off Meeting

    November 11, 2020 (7:00 PM) – Virtual Meeting (please see Zoom information below)

    Since our February 2020 meeting, we have been working together with area professional societies and schools to create what we believe is a unique and promising program to help all area students discover promising Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) careers. Please join us to learn more about exciting changes in education and the role we can play in helping shape it.

    Meeting Description: According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, high schools in America are considered to be obsolete in today’s world. Schools are misaligned with employers in our constantly changing world as evidenced by millennials graduating from college in record numbers, while many remain unemployed/underemployed. At the same time, 7.5 million jobs remain unfilled before the pandemic, which leaves US businesses at a disadvantage globally. According to a recent Harvard / Berkley study, Charlotte ranks at the bottom of the 50 largest cities in the America on students experiencing economic and social mobility. The need to support our area schools has never been greater as our children’s future, as well as that of the country, is at stake.
    As the schools’ “customer,” many businesses are taking an active role in working with the schools to provide learning experiences for the students to both excite them about their future and help guide them towards the best job opportunities. At the joint engineering society dinner in February 2020, we recognized that professional societies could play a key role in facilitating STEM programs in support of our employers on the one hand and our children on the other. We have been meeting monthly since then to form the Mecklenburg Area Joint STEM Society (please see attached flier) and are pleased to formally introduce the collaborative program to our membership at large. In addition to serving as a ready source of highly motivated and talented volunteers, we can also serve as ambassadors for our national societies who have a wealth of STEM related programs we can offer.

    Meeting Keynote Speaker: Mike Realon, Career and Community Development Coordinator for Olympic High School, has kindly agreed to provide an overview of their nationally recognized STEM program. In 2010 Mike was recognized by the Microsoft Corporation as one of America’s top 10 most innovative high school educators for his work at Olympic. Olympic is immersed in employing National Academy Foundation (NAF) career academies, as well as project-based and experiential learning, to address the expanding American skills gap. Olympic’s five career academies have ALL received the rare and lofty national ranking from the National Academy Foundation as being “Distinguished”, and Olympic is only the 3rd High School in America to ever achieve this truly rare feat. (please see attached bio).

    Meeting Agenda:
    1. Meeting Overview
    2. Joint STEM Society Steering Committee Introductions
    3. Keynote Speaker: Mike Realon (Olympic High School)
    4. Volunteer Opportunity: Career Snapshots Project
    5. Questions & Answers / General Discussion
    6. Path Forward

    Meeting Information:

    Time: Nov 11, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM 2016 Kick-Off Event / Thursday, January 21ST.

    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.

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    ASME members free. Guests for $8/each.

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  • Joint ASME Sections and PENC November Family Event Saturday, November 14th, 2015

    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.

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    Campus Map

    The Charlotte PENC and Carolina Section ASME groups will join us for the tours.

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    Childress Vineyards

    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. 

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     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.




    UNCC EPIC Center Tour – Presentation Event

    Wednesday October 14th

    6:00 p.m. – 8:00
    EPIC is the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

    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)

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    Senior Section ASME Members $16.00

    ASME Student Section Members $8.00

    Guest $16.00

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    Events Calendar for 2015 - 2016 Calendar Year

    • November Event – RCR racing shop tour set for 10 am and 11:15 am on Saturday 11/14. This will be a family outing and include a winery tour. We will partner with Charlotte PENC.

    • January Event – Duke Energy is a lunch meeting at their auditorium.

    • February Event UNCC Engineers Event with NASA speaker, Tim Ezell. Tim is a former Charlotte resident. 

  • Joint Senior Group – UNCC Student Group Dinner Event Thursday, April 16th

    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".

  • Thursday February 19th, 2015 Siemens Plant Tour Event

  • Events for 2015 Calendar Year

    Events for 2015 Calendar Year

    (Speakers, Topics, Plant Tours will be announced)

    Senior Section Dinner Event

    Thursday, January 15th

    Speaker: John Laurence Busch
    Captain Moses Rogers and the Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier
    Visit for more reviews and background…

    Location will be Pfeiffer University-Charlotte Campus
    Time will be 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    National Engineers Week

    Senior Section Plant Tour Event

    Siemens - Charlotte

    Thursday, February 19th

    Senior Section Dinner Event
    Thursday, March 19th

    Senior Section Plant Tour Event
    Thursday, April 16th

    Senior Section Dinner Event
    Thursday,May 21st

    Awards Night
    Senior Section Dinner Event
    Thursday, June 18th

  • Professional Development Course

    Recent Professional Development Course

    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”.

  • January Event - Advanced Biotech Equipment Development and Applications

    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.

  • December 5th “Spouse Night and Toys for Tots” Event

    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.


  • November 21st Event with UNCC Student Section and PNG on CNV's

    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.

    The Event was well attended with 28 registered attendees. This was our first at Pfeiffer University Campus
  • October 17, 2013 (3rd Thursday)


    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.



  • Success is? - September 19th Event!

    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.

  • September 19th Kick Off Event

    Senior Section September 19th Event and Newsletter posted to Piedmont-Carolina Section site.

  • Mentoring the Younger Generation


    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.