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  • Communicating with the Public about Math and Science

    ASME Washington DC Section Webinar

    Thursday, February 25th at 6pm EST

    Come celebrate Engineers Week with a talk by Bob Hershey, Ph.D., P.E. on how to discuss math and science with the general public.

    Those of us with backgrounds in engineering often have to explain things to the general public. The best way is to use examples they can identify with. Humor helps too. We can tell them about probability and mathematical expectation. We can show them the costs and calculate the interest.

    Bob Hershey has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America. He has worked at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Science Management Corporation. In recent years he has worked as an independent consultant in energy. Much of his work has involved analyzing the engineering and economics of new technologies and writing about them.

    Dr. Hershey is a Fellow of ASME and past Chair of the Washington DC Section. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and has served as President of the DC Society of Professional Engineers (DCSPE). He has also served as President of the DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies and received their Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Please join us! If you are interested in attending the webinar, RSVP to asmewdc@gmail.com. Log-in information will be provided as we get closer to the event date.

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  • Webinar: Introduction to Intellectual Property & Patents

    Thursday, December 10 at 6pm EST

    Our first virtual event of the Fall will be a presentation by Brian Kauffman, a shareholder at Nixon and Vanderhye PC, introducing intellectual property for engineers, focusing mostly on patents. The following topics will be covered:

    • The different types of intellectual property (what is a copyright, what is a trademark, what is a patent, what is a trade secret).
    • Considerations before pursuing a patent.
    • Suggested actions to take (or avoid) before pursuing a patent.
    • Brief introduction to the patent obtainment process.
    • Considerations after a patent has been granted.

    The presentation will last about 30 minutes, followed by time for Q&A.

    Brian Kauffman is a graduate of Georgia Tech and Catholic University. He is a former U.S. Patent and Trademark patent examiner and has over 20 years of combined engineering and legal experience. He is also a member of ASME and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

    Please join us!

    If you are interested in attending, RSVP to asmewdc@gmail.com. Log-in information will be provided as we get closer to the event date.

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