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The Mechanical Engineers of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties!
The 45th Annual National Engineers Week Awards Banquet celebrates the accomplishments of the engineering profession in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The annual event will be held CSI-Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA on Friday evening, February 23, 2018. Reserve your place at the ASME table by purchasing your banquet ticket ($75/person) via this Eventbrite Link.
Donate to the Engineering Week Scholarship Fund via this Eventbrite Link.
ASME will be recognizing Dennis Horwitz as its Engineer Of The Year selection for the annual event.
Section Meeting and Factory Tour of Institution Ale microbrewery and pub in Camarillo was held on Wednesday evening, January 17, 2018. The operations and and automation behind this local gem of a microbrewery is fascinating...and the varieties of ale and food are great too! The business side of the section meeting was to choose the ASME Engineer of the Year finalist for next month's National Engineers Week Award Banquet to be held at on Friday evening, February 23, 2018 at CSU-Channel Islands. Nominated by Section Chair Steve Harrington, Dennis Horwitz, VP-Sales & Marketing at Micronor and past ASME-CI Chair/Board Member was selected for the recognition.
Factory Tour of Western Gage Corporation was held on Thursday evening, November 16, 2017. Steve Harrington, WGC Engineering Manager and ASME Channel Islands Chair, hosted the event.
Western Gage is a manufacturer of dimensional air gages operating in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties for 50 years. Western Gage is well known in their niche market for producing high quality precision gages. Their operation employs all of the traditional metal processes including conventional and CNC turning and milling, ID/OD and flat surface grinding, EDM, honing, lapping, heat-treating, chrome plating, and blacking. Under the same roof, Western Gage manufactures their popular electronic readout and operates one of the finest dimensional metrology labs, which was recently accredited to ISO 17025. Western Gage's engineering department maintains their line of standard gages and designs custom air gages meeting specific customer requirements.
ASME and IEEE jointly sponsor SBIR And More: Government Resources-The Missed Opportunity For Funding Innovation was jointly sponsored by ASME and IEEE and held on Wednesday, 30 March 2017, 6pm, at HUB101 at the Cal Lutheran Westlake Village Center.
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Government sources intended to subsidize innovation remain unleveraged by many companies. Available resources include: National Network for Manufacturing (Manufacturing USA) institutes, US Small Business Administration (SBIR) and its University counterpart, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) programs. Researchers are in need of the most basic requirements. Government representatives can be overwhelmed with the variation in technology and manufacturing readiness levels (TRLs and MRLs) where size of company doesn’t always scale with technology maturity. At the same time, companies are looking beyond organic growth alone for innovations and can be reluctant to deviates from their legacy manufacturing processes. The solution is to partner and pursue government resources promoting requirement exchange, evaluation of technologies against customer needs, while leveraging of government subsidized manufacturing for scale-up. Dr. Duenas will discuss her NextGen Aeronautics SBIR research with DARPA and the Air Force that resulted in a patent and the transition of the technology onto aircraft platforms as an example of leveraging government resources for innovation and other successes. Small companies will want to consider an SBIR partnership. Every company, large or small, can consider partnering with local universities to pursue STTRs. Every manufacturing company will benefit from engaging an NNMI. These collaborative efforts will result in technologies that were pulled into product rather than pushed into the “valley of death.” Another valuable outcome of these partnerships is the training of our local STEM pipeline within the innovative ecosystem itself.
Terrisa Duenas, PhD (UCLA 2000), PPL (2008), has worked with smart material systems and electronic devices for 25 years. Her technical experiences include work on electromagnetics, MEMS, nanodevices, and infrared detectors. Prior to being ITW Opto Diode's Chief Scientist, she held positions at NextGen Aeronautics where she managed the SBIR and BAA research and development of materials, devices, antennas, and prototypes for aerospace and space applications for the Army, Air Force, DARPA, DOE, MDA, NASA, and the Navy. Dr. Duenas also served as NanoInk’s PI for a joint Moletronics DARPA program and led a German BMBF collaboration with Max Planck CAESAR, Infineon and Jülich to develop nanosensors for automobiles. Dr. Duenas is presently Principal Investigator for two recently awarded Army SBIRs.
The 44th Annual Engineering Week Dinner & Awards Banquet was held Thursday evening, 2/23/2017 at CSU-Channel Islands. It was another sold out event celebrating the engineering profession in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, including scholarship, Teacher of the Year, Engineering of the Year, Project of the Year, and other awards sponsored by the various local Engineering Societies.
For Engineer of the Year, ASME recognized long time member Bruce Farber, recognizing his technical and professional achievements over the arc of his 37+ year career spanning many areas of Mechanical Engineering. Bruce is a local product, having earned both his BS and MS Mechanical Engineering degrees from UCSB in 1979 and 1980, respectively. As an undergrad, he earned Highest Honors, Magna Cum Laude, and also resurrected the dormant ASME Student Chapter at UCSB. Over the 36 years of his professional career, Bruce has served as a member and officer of both ASME Channel Islands and California Society of Professional Engineers. Over 36 years, Bruce has demonstrated his technical skills and leadership, from Lab Assistant to Engineering Director, from the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory in Port Hueneme to Oceaneering Technologies to the present day at Wiggins Lift Company in Oxnard. Along the way, he has earned 9 patents –for the US Navy for seawater hydraulic diver tools, tennis racquet improvements to prevent tennis elbow, an exercise chair for paraplegics, and forklift safety technology. He analyzed and helped install the JAWS sharks in Florida and the first plastic wastewater outfall in California. Most recently, Bruce has been promoted from Technical Director at Wiggins Lift to the newly established positon of Director of Business Development and Special Projects, a position which allows him to combine his technical background with business and sales acumen.
For Project of the Year, ASME recognized Micronor's MR386 ZapFREE® Microswitch. The MR386 is the world’s first fiber optic micro switch, purposely designed to meet the challenging requirements of MRI, medical and industrial applications. The fiber optic sensor’s entirely non-metallic, passive optical design provides immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio frequency interference (RFI), microwaves, high voltage, extreme magnetic fields, and explosive atmospheres. In these environments, the MR386 Microswitch enables new and unprecedented solutions impossible for electronic sensors and electromechanical micro switches. Specifically designed for MRI applications requiring both electromagnetic immunity and invisibility, the design challenge was to invent and design a suitable non-metallic, toggle and spring mechanism that would emulate the same tactile toggle action as a conventional micro switch.
Mark February 18-24, 2018 on your calendar for next year's Engineering Week Events and Banquet!
Joint IEEE/ASME Mixer on July 20, 2016 celebrated 47th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with presentation by a panel of former Apollo engineers. Great food and great speakers sharing their personal experiences. Some revealing stories never reported in the media.
Wiggins Lift Co., ASME Project of the Year finalist, hosted an ASME tour of their facility on Saturday, March 12, 2016.The tour featured a look at the world's largest marina forklift in completion. The fascinating tour covered the entire facility including yard, sheet metal fabrication, welding, paint, assembly and engineering.
ABOUT WIGGINS LIFT: We design and produce some of the world’s most unusual material handling equipment for operation in some of the world’s most challenging conditions. Wiggins Lift is the world leader in boat-handling for dry-stack marina storage. We produce material handling machines for military applications, designed for full operation in heavy seas on board the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. Other machines provide unique solutions for mining, construction and material-handling applications, and agricultural enterprises. Some of our customers are government agencies, such as the Atomic Energy of Canada and the USA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We also manufacture and repair hydraulic cylinders for a wide variety of applications, such as for the massive lighting towers for outdoor entertainment..
The 43rd Annual Engineers Week Awards Banquet was held at the magnificent Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Thursday evening, February 25, 2016. The annual banquet, held in conjunction with National Engineers Week (aka Discover-E), honors the engineering profession in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. This ASME section honored its selection for 2015 Project of the Year and 2015 Engineer of the Year at the banquet. The finalists were selected at a Special Meeting held on January 20, 2016.
Project of the Year: Wiggins Marina FLX. The Wiggins Marina FLX is a revolutionary boat handling forklift which allows the marina owner to lift larger boats, maneuver them in tighter conditions and store more in a small footprint. With computer-controlled independent 4-wheel steering, traversing mast and a rotating operator console, the FLX is the most innovative and technologically advanced marina lift in its class. Engineering team: Bruce Farber (Technical Director, P.E.), Joe Beck (Senior Engineer, P.E.) and Chase Menen (Mechancial Engineer)
Engineer of the Year: Donald "Geoff" Carter, P.E.. For over 20 years, Geoff Carter has brought dynamic leaqdership and exceptional mechanical engineering design skills from inception to reality for large OEM corporations, entrepreneusrs and spacecraft structures; from consumer products to space flight hardware. Carter is President and Founder of Link Engineering & Design, certified Professional Engineer (P.E.), past ASME Channel Islands Section Chair, guest speaker for UCSB ME11, and Boy Scout merit badge counselor and and holds 4 patents with 2 more pending. He graduated with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal State University Fullerton in 1996. He is an accomplished specialist in the space structures industry designing Telescopic Booms, Articulated Booms, Solar Array Wings, military APU packaging, precision mechanisms and structural analysis.Carter has been Lead Design Engineer - from concept to deliverable - in several high profile space flight projects, including STP-SIV, NuStar Adjustment Mechanism, NPOESS Solar Array and JMAPS Solar Array. He also developed the mechanical structure and kinematic mechanisms for the Uncle Milton Star Wars Darth Vader Robotic Arm which received Educational Toy of the Year award at the 2009 International Toy & Hobby Show.
"Nanontechnolgy-The State of the Art, Evolution, and Future" was presented to a joint IEEE/ASME audience by Dr. Sameer Walavalkar, on September 17, 2015 at Cal Luthern University, Thousand Oaks-CA. Dr. Sameer Walavalker of the CalTech Nanotechnology Research Laboratory spoke on... The view from the “bottom”, the state of the art in nanotechnology research, its historical evolution, and possible future directions. Download flyer via this FLYER_Link
ASME Channel Islands Section Pizza Party and Elections were held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Rusty's Pizza Parlor in Carpinteria. New section officers for 2 year term, 2015-2017:
Chair: Dennis Horwitz, Micronor Inc., Dennis@Micronor.com
Vice Chair: Steve Harringon, Western Gage Corp., HarringtonS@yahoo.com
Board Member, Santa Barbara County (Northern Region) Activities Chair, Paul Donohoe, Raytheon Corp., Paul Donohoe
Board Member, Ventura County (Southern Region) Activities Chair, Link Engineering, Geoff@link-eng.com
The Robot Doctor Will See You Now: Status and Potential of Robotics in Healthcare was presented by Dr. George Bekey on April 9, 2015 at CLU. Dr. George A. Bekey is an authority on robot research and applications, and is known for his scientific achievements, broad technological perspective and humanistic approach. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Bekey was chosen by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to lead a 2005-2006 assessment of the state of robotics in the United States, Western Europe and the Pacific Rim. The team's findings culminated in a report to its federal sponsors on American competitive advantages and weaknesses on the international stage.
Celebrating the Enginnering Profession in Ventura and Santa Barbara counities, the National Engineers Week Annual Banquet was held on Thursday evening, February 19, 2015 at the The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. This was a SOLD OUT event with 250 engineers and guests in attendence. One purpose of the banquet is to raise funds and award scholarships to engineering students attending local colleges. The winners of seven $1000 scholarships were:
Olujimi Ajayi, Santa Barbara City College, Civil Engineering Major
Marina Fennell, UCSB, Mechanical Engineering Major
Stephen Gutierrez, Santa Barbara City College, Computer Engineering Major
Katarina Hamrin, Santa Barbara City College, Computer Science/Electrical Eng Major
Robert Huff, Westmont College, Aerospace Engineering Major
Scott Lynn, UCSB, Chemical Engineering Major
Magdiel Zuniga, Ventura College, Mechanical Engineering Major
Local chapters of the various engineering societies sponsored Engineer of the Year and Project of the Year awards within their profession. ASME Channel Islands had selected Micronor's MR380 Fiber Optic ESTOP System for Project of the Year recognition.
The Guest Spearker was Dr. Claudia Alexander, U.S. Project Scientist for the multinational Rosetta Project. The program had recently placed the Philae lander on the comet 67P/C-G. In the world of space science, Claudia Alexander is a household name. In addition to her position with the U.S. Rosetta Project, she was the last project manager of NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter and, early on, was a member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. As a researcher, Dr, Alexander’s studies have included the evolution and interior physics of comets, Jupiter and its moons, magnetospheres, plate tectonics, space plasma, the solar wind, and the planet Venus.
MICRONOR MR380 Fiber Optic Emergency Stop (E-Stop) has been selected as the 2014 Project Of The Year (POY) by the ASME-Channel Islands Section at our meeting on January 22, 2015. The MR380 Fiber Optic Emergency Stop is an innovative solution for Machine Safety and similar applications where a conventional electromechanical E-Stop cannot be used. The sensor offers EMI immunity, inherent safety, operates up to 2500 meters and is also MRI safe capable. The Fiber Optic E-Stop switch employs a photo interrupt scheme operating over a duplex multimode optical link that allows for reliable signal detection and implements a known default failure state. For more information about the project, you can download the MICRONOR MR380 POY Nomination Form here. Micronor will receive the ASME Project Of The Year plaque at the upcoming National Engineers Week Awards Banquet on February 19, 2015.
ASME Channel Islands held a General Meeting, Holiday Social and Gift Exchange on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Round Table Pizza in Ventura.
Looking for a good book for your company's holiday gift exchange, your engineering friend or even for yourself? Check out The Martian by Andy Weir, a NASA software engineer. Andy's debut novel was originally released as a self-published work in 2011 after which Crown Publishing acquired the rights and re-released it in 2014. The movie rights were purchased in 2013 by 20th Century Fox and is scheduled to be released in November 2015, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. Check this book out for a read that you can't put down. It has been described as an Apollo 13 meets Cast Away.
Book Synopsis: NASA astronaut Mark Watney, a botanist and mechanical engineer, is stranded on Mars after a thoroughly credible misunderstanding (don't trust remote spacesuit readings), and his problem is a stark one: Survive 1,412 days till the next Mars expedition gets there, relying only on what's been left behind. He has a Habitat, rations for six for 50 days, 300 liters of water, an oxygenator that produces oxygen from carbon dioxide and two vehicles. Not enough, as anyone who can do simple arithmetic can tell—and there's a lot of fascinating arithmetic and ingenuity in The Martian. A tale of incredible sci-fi engineering ingenuity - and like the real world, some work and some don't. Watney is an interesting character with a sarcastic comedic streak. You will not be able to put this book down...
NACE and ASME special presentation "STEAM COFFIN: Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier" by historian and Author John Laurence Busch took place on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard. Historian and author John Laurence Busch first re-calibrated our minds to man's perceptions in that era before showing why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a "steamship" was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear. Busch described the particular corrosion problems that 1st-generation steam vessel operators and engineers faced, and how they addressed them. He then described how Captain Rogers addressed this and other issues leading up to the construction of the Savannah and the first ocean crossing.
BACKGROUND: In 1807, a brilliant, creative, and controversial American by the name of Robert Fulton declared his intent to build an experimental “steamboat,” which would be used to initiate a continuous passenger service between New York City and Albany, New York. With the success of his North River Steam Boat, Fulton showed that it was possible to alter artificially both a person’s location and the amount of time it took to change it. In so doing, he also broke through the enormous psychological barrier that had existed in people’s minds; it was, in fact, possible to overcome Nature to practical effect. It took time for many people to accept Robert Fulton’s triumph as the truth.
One man who did not need to be convinced was a sloop captain named Moses Rogers. He had witnessed the first successful runs of the North River Steam Boat to Albany, and the experience gave him the fever—steamboat fever. Moses soon became one of the first steamboat captains in history, taking command of one of Fulton’s first rivals, the Phoenix. In his new profession, Moses learned not only the technicalities of this revolutionary invention, but the peculiarities of a traveling public just getting used to this new mode of transport.
In the years immediately following Fulton's success, running these steamboats on rivers, lakes and bays became a normal and accepted part of American life. But taking such a vessel on a voyage across the ocean was a different proposition altogether. Experienced mariners didn’t think it could be done. These early steamboats, they declared, were just too flimsy and unwieldy to withstand the dangers of the deep.
Furthermore, corrosion had become an increasingly prominent problem, as steamers ventured into saltier and saltier waters. But Moses Rogers believed it could be done. Combining his knowledge of the old mode of transport (sail) with the new mode of transport (steam), he set out to design a vessel that was capable of overcoming the many dangers of the sea. This craft would be not a steamboat, but a "steamship," the first of its kind. This presentation showed how Captain Rogers specifically addressed the challenge of corrosion in the design and construction of this revolutionary vessel...nearly two centuries ago!
ASME UCSB Student and ASME Channel Islands Sections welcomed a special presentation by famed ballonist Julian Nott on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6pm at UCSB. Julian Nott is one of the most accomplished ballonists to have ever lived. Julian has received numerous awards for his ground breaking feats inlcuding the Royal Aero Club gold medal for design and builiding the world's first pressurized cablin for a a hot air ballanon that he piloted to a record altitude. He works with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with their plans to use balloons in planetary exploration. He has been involved with Google’s Project Loon a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural areas. Julian also consulted for Google executive Alan Eustance who recently broke the parchuting world record on October 24, 2014 - free falling 135,889 ft or 25.7 miles.
"Shape Memory Effect Metal Foams for High Power Density Actuators" was presented by Dr. Peter Jardine, Shape Change Technologies, on Thursday, 10/30/2014, at Skyworks in Newbury Park-CA. Abstract: The Shape Memory Effect (SME) in certain metals are due to phase transformations that occur when the material is heated or cooled
through a set of transformation temperatures. One SME alloy in particular, Nitinol, has seen as great deal of interest as these transformation
temperatures can be modified easily by small changes to the Ti:Ni ratio and by the introduction of dopants, making them suitable for both industrial
and biomedical applications. With recovery forces of approximately 64 KSi, the forces that small diameter SME Nitinol wires can generate can be large,
for example a 0.020” diameter Nitinol wire can lift a 20 lb weight. However, as force requirements increase, the thickness of the SME wire must increase,
increasing the cycle time of the actuator. For very large torque or force requirements, cycle times are several minutes, making them unsuitable
for a large number of applications.
Shape Change Technologies has pioneered the manufacture of open-celled Nitinol foams, where large force and torque actuators are built as large, net-shape articles. The strut size of the foams is small, so that the thermal cycling time is on the order of several seconds, dramatically increasing the power exerted by the actuator over conventional solid Nitinol actuators. The materials science of foam generation will be discussed as well as the typical properties of the foam for both actuation and shock mitigation. Several examples of how the foam is now being used for converting waste heat into mechanical power will be discussed.
ASME Guided Tour of the extraordinary The Art of Bugattis exhibition at the Mullin Automotive Museum was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Peter W. Mullin has had a lifelong romance with the automobile and particularly French automobiles from the prewar art deco period. He established MAM as a tribute to French automotive styling and the decorative arts that influenced the genre. The current exhibition has the entire museum dedicated to the cars and artistry of the Bugattis only. These are some of the most beautiful and most valuable cars in the world!
Joint meeting with Santa Barbara/Ventura professional chapter of Engineers Without Border was held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 in Ventura. Chapter President Adam Kanold provided an overview of the history and goals of EWB USA,its affect on the world (projects to date have benefited 2.5 million people in 3rd world countries) and all about the EWB Professional Chapter of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Project Leader Terrisa Duenas provided an overview and status of the current Chapter project to install a clean water system for the Olmoti Clinic in Tanzania.
About EWB: Engineers With Borders is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects. Over 12,000 EWB-USA members, comprised of professional and student engineers or other disciplines, work with local communities and NGOs in over 45 developing countries around the world on projects such as water, renewable energy, sanitation and more.
ASME Channel Islands reprised its popular What's The Next Big Thing? as a webinar on Thursday, June 26, 23014. The event was moderated by Dennis Horwitz and was preceeded by a State of the Section report. Most importantly we are looking for volunteers to fill-in vacancies on the board (Secretary, Webmaster, Program Chairs (SB and Ventura), and Event Volunteers (to plan and execute one Section event during the year - tour or presentation). Becoming part of Section Leadership is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills that would help with job advancement. Any ideas for a summer section activity?
What's The Next Big Thing? Everyone has a different opinion. Is there a product that everyone should know about? What technologies are driving major changes in industry? What trends will most affect our world - local and/or global? What are your ideas and observations that you would like to share? Topics discussed: 3D Printing, USB Wall Outlets, Live!y and New Technologies for the Marine Corps.
A special ASME tour of Solid Terrain Modeling (Fillmore, CA) by President Mark Fisher was held on May 31, 2014. BACKGROUND: Solid Terrain Modeling, Inc. designs and manufactures large-format 3D terrain models with unprecedented accuracy, realism and beauty. These geospatially accurate models can be held and touched, bringing the terrain to life for planners, educators, government officials, and others who make critical land-use decisions. These GIS-based custom models can highlight any geographic area on earth by integrating a combination of aerial or satellite imagery, maps, photos, graphics and text. They are utilized worldwide by a broad scope of industries including mining, museums, parks, law firms, emergency response, land management offices, developers, transportation agencies, utilities, architects, military, and federal, state and municipal agencies. Event Flyer.
A special ASME tour and overview of Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy in Goleta-CA ws presented on May 29, 2014. The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) is a four-year high school-level academic program that gives students a project-based approach to learning. The DPEA strives to create a balance between educational theory and application. BACKGROUND: In the beginning, Dos Pueblos High School (DPHS), in a collaboration with UCSB, Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), and local industry partners who determined that the community would benefit from the presence of an engineering program designed for students at a secondary level. The staff at DPHS decided that the most effective way to implement this program would be with the support of a Specialized Secondary Program Grant offered through the California Department of Education (CDE). DPHS
applied for and received a four-year grant from the CDE, consisting of one planning year and three implementation years. The DPEA offered its initial course during the 2002-2003 academic school year with the introduction of Engineering 1 and Computer Science 1. Additional courses and engineering emphases were added throughout the life of the grant, and the fully implemented the program in its current form during the 2005-2006 school year when the Capstone senior-level Regional Occupation Program (ROP) Robotics course was added. Event Flyer
The Newbury Park High School Robotics Club presented to a joint IEEE/ASME group on May 14, 2014. The presentation provided an overview of their robgotic program and their recent participation in the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Follwoing the presenation, there was a demonstration of their robots - past and present. Abstract: FIRST is the largest national robotics competitions of its kind at the high school level. Students have only six weeks to design, build, program, and test a robot to perform against a field of competitors. The game, the rules and the robot specifications are different every year. This year, the game was Aerial Assist. Aerial Assist is played by two competing alliances of three robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a 2.5 minute match. Event Flyer
Dr. Adrian Stoica-NASA JPL presented TransFormers For Extreme Environments. This meeting was hosted by the IEEE Buenaventura Robotics and Automation/Industry Applications Societies joint chapter and co-promoted by ASME Channel Islands. Abstract: Imagine a revolutionary way to remotely control the environment surrounding one or more roving vehicles exploring remote and unexplored areas of the Solar System, such as the dark interiors of craters or the depths of caves on Mars, the Moon, or Mercury. We call our solution “TransFormers” - multifunctional platforms that can change their shape and function and can enable new classes of in-situ planetary missions at massively reduced cost. Unfolding to large areas, they can reflect solar energy, warming and illuminating targets, powering solar panels, tracking movement and acting as a telecommunications relay. Download link for presentation overview.
State of the Art in Light Electric Vehicle and E-Bike Technology was presented on April 21, 2014 by Paul Donohoe for the UCSB ASME Student Section. Abstract: Electric propulsion is not just about electric and hybrid cars. Electric bike technology has also been evolving from electric assisted bikes to e-bikes to larger neighborhood electric vehicles. Driving these developments are innovations in batteries, controllers, diagnostics/telematics and motors & drives. Download Link for presentation PDF
Future Technology Evolution - Robotics and Beyond was presented on March 19,2014 by Nathalie Gosset. Abstract: Technology keeps evolving at warp speed changing the way we work and think. In this continuously shifting landscape, professional relevance requires keeping an eye on what the future is bringing and understanding how to best align ourselves with the potential of new technologies. Download Link for presentation PDF
Celebrating the Enginnering Profession in Ventura and Santa Barbara counities, the National Engineers Week Annual Banquet was held on Thursday evening, February 20, 2014 at the Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge in Oxnard. $1000 Scholarships were awarded to six engineering students attending local colleges:
Brandan Boyle, Santa Barbara City College, Mechanical Engineering Major
Diba Zia Amirhosseini, Moorpark College, Electrical Engineering Major
Emma Stavropoulus, Moorpark College, Biochemical Engineering Major
John Ploense, Moorpark College, Chemical Engineering Major
John Trinh, Ventura College, Electrical Engineering Major
Rachel Parkhurst, Westmont College, Engineering Physics Major
Local chapters of the various engineering societies sponsored Engineer of the Year and Project of the Year awards within their profession. The Guest Spearker was engineer Robert Haw of NASA/JPL who spoke on "Are You Ready For Extreme Weather?". Earth’s climate is changing rapidly posing grave concerns for sustaining life on the planet. He emphasized that we must first drop the denial of scientific evidence and mounting climate disasters. He proposed a controversial Carbon Fee and Dividend to spur a transition to clean, renewable energy. You don't have to agree with his proposal but the presentation was intellectually stimulating!
OLD BRIDGES OPERATE SUCCESSFULLY, YOUNG ONES ARE CHALLENGED - HISTORICAL MATERIAL, DESIGN, FABRICATION AND SERVICE was presented pn February 10, 2014 by visiting Professor Hugh McQueen, Mrchanical Engineering Department of Concordia University, Montreal-Canada. This was a joint presenation of ASME UCSB Student Chapter and ASME Channel Islands Professional Section hled at UCSB. Three bridges (Victoria Bridge-1898, Jacques Cartier Bridge-1930 and Champlain Briged-1958) are prime examples which showcase the differences of past and modern bridge manufacturing techniques. Bridge sustainability will be discussed in terms of design, material selection, fabrication, erection, and deficiencies. Special topics include the Champlain approach in bridge building, which includes spans of pre-stressed reinforced concrete. The critical engineering features and science behind the development of weather resistances over the decades are explained for engineers, with clarification for non-engineers. Event flyer
How To Start An ASME Student Section and How Did The Incas Work Stone? were the main topics of the Tuesday, November 12, 2013 joint meeting with the Moorpark College Engineering Club. Chair Paul Donohoe and Vice-Chair Dennis Horwitz presented the benefits of ASME Membership and the process of starting an ASME Student Section. meeting. Then Dennis Horwitz presented pictures from his recent trip to Peru while highlighting the mystery of the stone work of the Incas.How did they shape these massive stones without metal tools? The Incas were great engineers!
Download Member Benefits and Student Sections presentation
ASME Student Section Links: Application Form, Handbook
Link To National Engineers Week Scholarship Application
Download Link for PDF of How Did The Incas Work Stone? presentation
What's The Next Big Thing? was the topic of the Section meeting O on Wedmesday, October 2, 2013 at Control Point Corp. in Goleta. Contributions were provided by Paul Donohoe (Electric Cargo Bikes), Dennis Horwitz (AC-USB Wall Outlets and 3D Printing), Spencer Waas & Ahditya Mekote(UCSB Baja Racing), John Reed (CHANNELWIND.ORG) and Tim Petro (US NAVY). A PDF compilation of the presentations can be downloaded here
"The Future of 3D Printing - An Insider's View of the Myths and Truths of the 3D Printing Phenomenon" was presented by Dennis Horwitz/Micronor based on ASME SmartBrief/WIRED article by Carl Bass/President and CEO of Autodesk. On Wednesday, June 5 2013 at Marie Callender's restaurant in Ventura, 12 attendees provided engaging discussion and shared experiences. 3D printing seems to be always in the news. Is it overhyped? Who but the President of Autodesk, one of the leading suppliers of CAD software, could offer an insider's insight into what this technology is really all about. 3-D printing will not replace other manufacturing technologies let alone industrial-scale ones for a variety of reasons - but it will complement them. There is also a type of Moorse's Law that applies. Everything from cost and time to amount of material increases exponentially: specifically, to the third power. So if we want something twice as big, it will cost 8 times as much and take 8 times as long to print. If we want something three times as big, it will cost about 27 times more and takes 27 times longer to print. And so on. To learn more, download the ASME presentation and read the WIRED article.
In a joint meeting promoted by IEEE-BV and ASME-CI, Dr. Geoffrey Speedding of the USC Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering presented "Bird Design and Aircraft Evolution" on April 25, 2013. Abstract: Alternative flying machines (in the sense that they differ from our usual designs) can be invented, or studied. In all cases, it is reasonable to wonder whether a particular design is optimal, or perhaps what it is optimal for. Definitions of optimality quickly become complex: "minimum drag:lift ratio for n passengers that allows our company to outcompete our rival(s)" or "something that can be grown fast, still works when 50% of the aft surfaces are missing, and that fits in a nest." We will consider two examples of flying devices, one evolved and one invented, and we will look for parallels that exist between them, or perhaps ought to.
What's Going On With ASME at UCSB? was the topic of joint meeting betweeen ASME Channel Islands and the UCSB ASME Student Section at UCSB on April 16, 2013. Student Section President Amanda Mathews prepared a presentation on all the various (fun and serious!) activities of the ASME Student Section. What a great time to be a student! Together, we discussed future joint meetings, tours, mentors and other student/professional development topics that would be of interest to alls. As a real world product develpoment example, Dennis Horwitz/MICRONOR also did presentation on Micronor's MR338 MRI Compatible Fiber Optic Absolute Encoder which had been recently selected 2013 ASME-CI Project of the Year. Link to UCSB ASME Student Section Website
Celebrating the accomplishments of the the engineers of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the annual National Engineers Week Awards Banquet was held on Thursday evening, February 21, 2013 at the Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge in Oxnard-CA. Engineering is a very broad discipline and every local engineering society was represented - civil, structural, electronic, mechanical, computers, aerospace, quality, naval, etc. One of the major purposes of the event is to raise money for engineering scholarships. 10 engineering students representing Ventura College, Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Santa Barbara City College, Cal Lutheran University, Westmont College and USCB were each presented a $1000 scholarship. Following the scholarship presentations, the various engineering societies presented awards for Projects Of The Year, Engineer Of The Year and further recognition for the area's Teacher Of Year. The guest speaker was Dr Richard Rush, President of Cal State University-Channel Islands, who provided a great overview of where CSUCI came from, where it is today and where it's going. Link to Event Website
MICRONOR MR338 MRI-Compatible Fiber Optic Absolute Position Sensor has been selected as the 2012 Project Of The Year by the ASME-Channel Islands Section. At our meeting on January 22, 2013, POY applications submitted the previous week were presented and evaluated by the attendees. The MR338 offers 13-bit resolution over 0-360°, 12-bit multiturn tracking and is considered the world's first commercially available MRI compatible Absolute Encoder. The product was 7 years in development and represented many development challenges. For more information about the project, you can download the MICRONOR MR338 POY Application and Prsentation here. Micronor will receive the ASME Project Of The Year plaque at the upcoming National Engineers Week Awards Banquet on February 21, 2012.
Engineering meets the Outdoors in the "An Engineering Evaluation of Camping Stove Technology By A Lightweight Backpacker" presentation by AMSE member Dennis Horwitz. The dual presentation on October 30,2012 in Goleta and December 11,2012 in Newbury Park brought this interesting and fun topic to our members spread throughout both counties. The presentation was inspired by the rash of new product release appearing in several engineering design magazines about the Biolite Campstove. A twig-burning stove (i.e. no need to carry fuel) incorporating a thermoelectric generator that could also charge an electronic device such as a smartphone or rechargeable GPS. As a lightweight backpacking gear-junkie, I was impressed with the multiple functionality but skeptical of its practicality. A few members of the local Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter thought this was pretty cool for use in 3rd world countries. But backpacking? And so spawned the idea for this ASME presentation.
Engineers appreciate good design plus tend to be logical. We got down and analyzed the specs to separate marketing hype from reality. Which stove is really better? What factors need to be considered to select a the right stove for a particular outing? Few things in this world are universal - stoves included. Download a copy of the presentation with this link
Special presentation "Mars Science Laboratory-Curiosity Rover: The Road to a Successful Landing on Mars" was held on Wednesday, 10/17/2012, at CLU. Organized by IEEE and presented by Mr. Fernando Abilleira/JPL who was Trajectory Lead of the MSL Mission Design and Navigation Team. Fascinating presentation! Did you know that only 2/3 of all Mars missions were successful?
Tour of Rubel Castle in Glendora was held on Friday, July 27. Organized by Dennis Horwitz. Rubel Castle (also known as Rubelia) was established in Glendora, California, by Michael Clarke Rubel (April 16, 1940-October 15, 2007). More than just a castle, this is a village! It has been called "a San Gabriel Valley version of Watts Towers.” Rubel purchased a 2 ½ acre citrus orchard on which the structure resides in 1959. He and his friends completed construction in 1986. Rubelia is considered the first major recycling project in the United States, according to David Traversi, who authored 'One Man's Dream: The Spirit of the Rubel Castle'. Rubel Castle was constructed partly out of concrete, but also out of scrap steel, rocks, bedsprings, coat hangers, bottles and other pieces of junk that Rubel found. You have to see to believe! Glendora History Society and Rubel Castle Website
All about Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA). Presentation by Mark Whelchel (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Ventura. EWB is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects. Over 12,000 EWB-USA members, comprised of professional and student engineers or other disciplines, work with local communities and NGOs in over 45 developing countries around the world on projects such as water, renewable energy, sanitation and more. ASME and EWB-USA have built a rewarding relationship since signing a memorandum of understanding in 2003. ASME’s organizational support for EWB-USA, both financial and in-kind, enables EWB-USA to continue to address the needs of the developing world while providing ASME with a new paradigm for training and educating mechanical engineers for the 21st century. The photo shows a water distribution point that the EWB-Santa Barbara group helped build in Opanga, Luanda, Kenya. www.ewb-usa.org
"New Innovations in product development using simulation. Examples will be in medical devices and heavy machinery." Presentation by Mayuran Muttulingam, ANSYS Applications Engineer was held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in Goleta-CA.
ANSYS develops, markets and supports engineering simulation software used to foresee how product designs will behave and how manufacturing processes will operate in real-world environments. We continually advance simulation solutions by, first, developing or acquiring the very best technology; then integrating it into a unified and customizable simulation platform that allows engineers to efficiently perform complex simulations involving the interaction of multiple physics; and, finally, providing system services to manage simulation processes and data; all so engineers and product developers can spend more time designing and improving products and less time using software and searching for data. www.ansys.com
Tour of TTE International (Santa Maria, CA) on Saturday, March 24, 2012 Hosted by entrepreneur David Baskett, Entrepreneur and President of TTE International and International Emergency Services (IES). TTE International, Inc. has grown into a diversified company with experience in project development in the Russian Federation and the Commonwelath of Independent States. TTE's experience ranges from development of sports arenas to providing heavy equipment to the Russian mining industry. TTE also formed, incubated, and then spun off as a daughter company, American Ethanol, Inc., which is in the process of finishing financing on a $300 million bio fuels plant to be constructed in Santa Barbara County. TTE is also seeking to develop a tire incineration energy conversion plant modeled after successful operations in the Ukraine. Sister company International Emergency Services is also the driving force bringing the BE-200, the most advanced firefighting aircraft in the world to the US. www.tteinternational.com
Ryan Olson-UCSB was awarded Mechancial Engineering Scholarship at National Engineers Week Awards Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Library on Thursday, Feb 23, 2012. Every year, the National Engineers Foundation sponsors Engineers Week® to celebrate the contributions engineers make to society. This year's theme was: 7 billion people. 7 billion dreams. 7 billion chances for engineers to turn dreams into reality. Here in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, we are lucky to be able to hold the annual NEW event at a signature venue like the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley. The dinner brings together the diverse range of engineering active in the area: ASME, ASQ, ASCE, ASHE, IEEE, SWE, ASHE, ASNE, ASME, etc. The dinner program offers the engineering societies a chance to recognize signature Projects and Engineers, support a superlative Teacher of the Year, present Engineering Scholarships recognizing both merit and need - plus an inspiring Keynote Speaker! Congratulations to Ryan Olson-UCSB and the eight other scholarship winners. Not pictured, ME majors Jenny Lei-UCSB and Michael Kierman-Ventura College also received scholarships. Keynote Speaker was was Dr. Tim Psomas, Chairman and Founder of Psomas Engineering, who who spoke on "Our Engineering Legacy". Nearly 250 engineers attended the dinner - don't be left out next year! www.newc-vsb.org
Tour of Aurora Casting & Engineering (Santa Paula, CA) was held on Thursday, October 20, 2011, hosted by John Penrose, President and General Manager. Aurora Casting & Engineering, Inc. is a small woman-owned business enterprise that has been producing aluminum and steel castings since 1980. It has grown steadily to become an industry leader as a result of careful attention to detail at each step of the manufacturing process. Specializing in small to medium investment castings with varying complexities, Aurora has a proven delivery record, can produce end-item machined parts, and also provide prototype castings through the sterolithography process. Aurora has built a reputation for quality in the production of aluminum and steel investment castings. The constant effort to improve service to customers has recently emphasized:
Rapid prototyping and manufacturing for both aluminum and steel
In-house heat treating and machining
Bar-coded tracking system linked with real-time production control system
EDI and Internet capabilities
Cooperation with certified 3rd party facilities for non-destructive testing, plating and painting
Fiber Optic Presentation and Tour of Coastal Connections (Ventura-CA) was held on September 14, 2011 - hosted by Andy Devine, President and Founder. Andy began with a presentation on the current and future state of fiber optics along with the technical and business challenges that face Coastal Connections, then a tour of the facility.
Coastal Connections was founded in 2002 to serve the specialty fiber optic termination market and is reported to be the 20th fastest growing company in the Tri-Counties according to the Pacific Coast Business Times. They specialize in solving technical challenges involving very precise (‹0.5um) alignment and surviving mechanical stresses from extreme environments. Their cables are used in: LASIK eye surgery, intravenous plaque analysis, blood analysis, explosive ignition, military sensors, electronic countermeasures, space communications, oil industry sensors and even in searching for aliens.
Tour of Calleguas Municipal Water District was held on May 19, 2011 - hosted by Tony Goff, Operations and Water Quality Supervisor.. The mission of the Calleguas Municipal Water District is to provide its service area with a reliable and adequate supply of quality supplemental water through the acquisition and distribution of both regional and locally-developed water in an environmentally and economically responsible manner. Roughly three quarters of Ventura County residents use water purchased by their retail purveyors from Calleguas’ distribution system. Some purveyors have wells and blend water from Calleguas with groundwater. Others rely exclusively on Calleguas. Calleguas does not deliver water directly to consumers. Most questions about water quality or service changes are best answered by the local retail purveyor. Calleguas’ primary job is importing and distributing water from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; water that arrives via the State Water Project from northern California. To increase reliability, Calleguas can also pump water from its Las Posas Well Field.
Tour of BMW DesignWorksUSA was held on April 19, 2011 - hosted by Jackie Jones, Marketing Executive, BMW Group DesignWorksUSA. DesignWorksUSA is a creative consultancy that has been driving innovations for almost 40 years. Acquired by BMW Group in 1995, DesignworksUSA enables its parent company as well as internationally renowned clients outside the automotive industry to grow their businesses through a portfolio of creative consulting services. With clients including Coca Cola, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, HEAD, HP, Microsoft, Siemens, Intermarine, and Varian Medical Systems, DesignworksUSA is deeply immersed in a broad cross-section of industries. Combining cross-fertilized knowledge with strategic long-term perspectives and global context provided by studios in Los Angeles, Munich and Singapore, DesignworksUSA draws upon its unique and vibrant resources to create the future.
Tour A Test Lab - Experior Laboratories was held on January 20, 2011 - hosted by Lorenz Cartellieri, President, Experior Laboratores The meeting brought together 25 attendees from both ASME (organizer) and IEEE (invited). Lorenz provided an overview of the company, its products and services and entrepreneurial roots. capabilitand their entrepreneurial roots. Experior Laboratories is an independent, third party testing, design verification and qualification laboratory. Specializing in fiber optics, electrical connectors and environmental testing. ExperiorLaboratories provides services to component manufacturers, military contractors, integrators and system providers within the telecom, datacom, military, aerospace and industrial markets.
Launching a Start-Up - 3 Critical Lessons Learned" was presented on November 16, 2010 by Robb Moore, CEO, ioSafe. The meeting offered an insightful look into what it takes to bring a product to market. Robb Moore, founder and CEO of ioSafe, presented 3 Critical Lessons that he learned during the initial phases of incubating this fast growing high tech data storage startup. ioSafe manufactures fireproof waterproof hard drives like an aircraft black box but for consumer and business data protection. As featured on ABC, BBC, PC World and the Wall Street Journal, ioSafe is on track to grow 300% for 2010 and another 300% for 2011. ioSafe customers range from the Pentagon down to home consumers. Products are sold through Costco, Wal-Mart, Amazon, BestBuy and Dell.
What is Lego Robotics? Technology and hands-on fun converged at October 27, 2011 meeting in Ventura. Lego Robotics is an after-school program taught at private elementary schools throughout Los Angeles, teaching kids about engineering, programming and robotics by using Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0 technology. The class is part of the STEM curriculum strategy to motivate kids and foster their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Eric Horwitz is an after-school instructor, wirter and entrepreneur. His Lego Robtotics classes motivate young students using a unique mission-based storylines in which they build tanks, robotic alligators and even a walking humanoid bot. He is a graduate of UCLA with Bachelors in English and Italian. Eric teaches Lego Robotics at private schools in the L.A. area - and is also the founder and teacher of Cooking Italiano For Kids, another after-school program that teaches kids how to cook Italian food and learn about Italian culture. www.cookingitaliano4kids.com
Measurement By Touch: The Atomic Force Microscope was presented on July 1, 2010 by Dr. Jason Cleveland, CEO of Asylum Research. Mechanical devices that measure by touch such as profilometers have been around for over 100 years. However, in the last 25 years, a new type of tactile microscope, the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) has become ever more advanced and common. These instruments are beginning to rival scanning electron microscopes in popularity and are appearing in many research and manufacturing applications. Dr. Cleveland provided a basic introduction into how these microscopes work as well as provided several examples of AFM measurements ranging from biological research to manufacturing of hard disk drives. This was a fascinating and intellectual presentation and discussion! www.AsylumResearch.com
How To Unleash The Entrepreneur In You! Have an idea for a product? How do you develop that idea? Who do you go to for help? How can you get it on the market? Dr. Duane Bates provide an overview of the various elements of Entrepreneurship Support he has discovered in the Santa Barbara area and insights and how to put these elements to work for you. Presentations were presented April 21, 2010 in Ventura and May 27, 2010 in Goleta.
Member Presentations and Lessons Learned.. We held back-to-back meetings in Ventura on February 25, 2010 and Santa Barbara on March 24, 2010. There were 4 presentations by ASME chapter members on projects they have worked on and lessons learned:
Science,Technology,Engineering,Mathematics education (STEM) taught through the building of solid body electric guitars (Ventura Community College)
Using FEA to optimize design of a flexure (Geoff Carter-Kollabra)
Geographically Dispersed Hardware Integration (Paul donohoe-Control Point)
MRI-compatible fiber optic encoder designed for MRI research (Dennis Horwitz-Micronor)
Plant tour of Haas Automation in Oxnard. Industrial machinery manufacturing is alive and well in Ventura County! A group of ASME members toured Haas Automation on December 15, 2009.
Haas Automation is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of CNC machine tools, with an impressive line-up of more than 100 different products. All Haas products are manufactured at this company’s 1-million-square-foot facility and distributed through a worldwide network of more than 170 Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs). At present, there are more than 140,000 Haas CNC machines and 60,000 Haas rotary products in use around the world. In 2013, Haas Automation will build roughly 14,000 machines, with around 60 percent of them going to international markets.
Overview of Position Sensors: From Electromechanical to Electronic To Fiber Optics presented Dennis Horwitz, VP of Micronor Inc. The prsentation provided an overview on Position Feedback Sensors. All motion control applications require position or speed feedback back of some time. This presentation covered the broad range of technology: electromechanical limit switches, selsyns, resolvers, optical rotary encoders and fiber optic position sensors. Discussion included advantages and disadvantages of each type. Meeting was held at Marie Calendars in Ventura on November 19, 2009.
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