have many more activities planned for March and April.We are hoping that one will
spark your interest.Details can be found in the March issue of the newsletter
and on our Section website.
tours did not garner enough interest and had to be canceled.
However, we press on with
several activities coming up.Hopefully one or more (or all) of them will spark your desire to
join us:the Maglev tour,
the NEW Banquet, Mentoring Night at SDSU, Science and Engineering Fair
judging, FoxShox tour, or the Intro to FEA course.Details can be found in the February issue of the newsletter
and our Section website.
Happy New Year!
Did you get everything you wished
for?Have you ever wished
for a tour of the Descanso Fire Station and learn more about
firefighting vehicle design?Or a tour of GA’s Maglev Demonstration Project?Your wish is granted!Read all about them in the
January Newsletter or on our website.
We have two tours planned this
month:the EV (Electrical
Vehicle) West tour and the EagleBurgmann Expansion Joint production
facility tour.Read all
about it in the November newsletter or elsewhere on this
And Happy Thanksgiving To
This month is a social month! Come have a drink in Del
Mar at Bully's for Happy Hour on the 18th. Then, come down to USD on the
25th for mentor night. We would
also like to remind everyone about the ASME Y14 standards committee
meetings taking place Oct 8-12th, the Miramar Air Show Oct 12-14th, the one-day FEA course in November, and
the tour of the HP inkjet web press on Nov 5th. Details for all events can be found in
the newsletter and on our website.
Don't see an event that interests you? Please feel free to contact us
with any suggestions, comments, or concerns you may have.
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is
looking forward to an awesome ASME new year.We are looking to build on the
success and momentum from last year and are starting off with a
fantastic tour to do just that. (Details in newsletter or on
homepage!)If anyone has
any tours they'd like to go on or speakers they'd like to hear, please
let us know!We are always
looking for fun and interesting activities.Have some free time?Come by a meeting and check out
the volunteer possibilities.We would love your help in whatever capacity or project works for
you all around!
Because of your support, we have had a wonderful year of
tours and events. THANK YOU! We have one more event to close out the
fiscal year. On June 27 we will learn about the TitanFlex bicycles used
in triathlons. Please join us and you are welcome to invite friends.
Details can be found in the June issue of the newsletter and on our
If you have ideas about tours or speakers, please let us know.
We had some wonderful events last
month:we learned about
patent law reform, we toured the low speed wind tunnel, and we held the
annual awards banquet.We
have another tour scheduled on May 24—the Hobie Cat production
facility.Please join us
and you are welcome to invite friends.Details can
be found in the May issue of the
newsletter and on our Section website.
year is drawing to a close.Please let us know if you have any tour or speaker ideas for next
year.We would love to have
you help us in whatever capacity or project you like.
We have several great events
scheduled for the next month. First, on March 27 there will be
a presentation by Rose Thiessen of Knobbe Martens. She will be explaining how the
patent laws are changing and how that will affect inventors. Our April Executive Committee
Meeting will be held at the Serra Mesa Library on Tuesday, April 3, at
5:30. Then, there will be a tour of the Low Speed Wind Tunnel on April
our annual awards banquet will be held April 27 at the Best Western
Seven Seas on Hotel Circle.
All event details can be found either
on the website or in the April newsletter.
See you all there!
If you didn't get enough engineering (and let's face it, we could
all use a little more!), we have several events coming up. There will be
a tour of the North City
Water Reclamation Plant and Advanced Water Purification Facility
on Thursday, March
15th and Judging at the Greater San
Diego Science and Engineering Fair on March 21st. As always, all the
information can be found on the ASME San Diego
If you are
interested in becoming more involved or simply have ideas for activities
that you would like to see happen in your section of ASME, please feel
free to contact any of the board members or attend a board meeting! All
contact and meeting info can be found on the ASME San Diego website
above, or by Googling "ASME San Diego."
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is
settling nicely into the new year. We have several events planned for
February including a tour and happy hour, mentor night, and the NEW
banquet. I hope to see you all there!
As always, details for all events can be seen on
I hope everyone had a
We had several great
events last month including two tours, a Mentor Night at UCSD, and a Get
Connected event. Everyone who attend enjoyed themselves and learned
something new. If you were unable to attend one of our November events,
don't worry, there will be more opportunity in December! We will be
hosting a General Member Meeting December 7th, will be touring Luchner
Tool Engineering and VerTechs Enterprises on the 10th, and are trying to
squeeze in a Holiday Happy Hour. As always, make sure to keep checking
the website for updated event details:
Thanks, and see you all
Hello, San Diego Members:
The year is getting off to a great
start with a fun happy hour, very interesting tours, and several
mentoring opportunities last month. The fun continues with upcoming
events such as tour of ICE-II Facility and Get Connected for
underemployed members. Be sure to check the website often to keep in the
All and Happy (ASME) New Year! We are looking forward to a fun-filled
2011-2012. This year we will be continuing to provide interesting and
fun events that will not only expose you to new ideas and knowledge, but
also offer a unique networking experience within the huge field of
Mechanical Engineering. We would love for each and every one of you to
participate this year, whether it be as a speaker in one of the local
Mentor Nights, attending a board meeting, or simply having a beer at
Check the website for updates on activities and
information. Please feel free to contact me or anyone else on the board
if you have any suggestions or ideas about how we can make our local
ASME Section work for you.
Helen Anderson, New Chair 2011-12
In June we have the Achates
Power tour and the annual Water Bottle Rocket event. The details
are in this newsletter and on our website. June also marks the
last month that I will be chair as my term will expire. It has
been my pleasure to serve as chair and I would like to take this
opportunity to thank everyone on the committee for their support.
In addition, I would like to recognize Nip Shah, Phil Young, York Lew,
and Steve Zawadski who are the core veteran members of the ASME San
Diego executive committee. It’s their contribution that maintains
the consistency of ASME San Diego.
April James Powell will hold a career development course on FEA and
Casey Krawiec will conduct a Mentor Night event at USD. In addition, on
May 6th we will hold our annual awards banquet which will offer a
complimentary dinner for all ASME members who attend. Full details are
in this newsletter and on our section website. Please note that we have
mailed officer ballots for the next term and amendments to our section
by-laws. The committee spent a significant amount of time and effort
researching the section by-laws modifications and we request your
participation. Special thanks to Steve Zawadzki and York Lew for their
work on the section by-laws and the ballot
For March we have a tour of the Sherline Craftsmanship
Museum in Carlsbad, organized by Helen Anderson. In addition, Helen has
also set up a Happy Hour event at Islands Restaurant in Mission Valley,
so please come out and toast Helen for all her hard work. We are again
judging at the science and engineering fair. In our March committee
meeting we voted on proposed changes to our section by-laws and next
year’s officers. Please keep a look out for the officer ballots and
section by-law changes which will be mailed to you. Email us with any
suggestions or questions you may have.
I would like to
take this opportunity to congratulate Casey Krawiec for organizing and
holding a successful mentor night event at SDSU. Through the local ASME
membership, Casey was able to retain a group of volunteers who met with
the students to answer their questions. This was a rewarding event for
both the students and the volunteers. Unfortunately Achates Power has to
cancel the tour scheduled for February due to a late conflict. Bob Raber
will re-schedule Achates Power for another time. We are still working to
organize a tour/inspection of a V-22 Osprey, which has been a challenge
but we hope to have the details worked out soon. Email us with any
suggestions or questions you may have.
this month include a tour of JD Machine Tech organized by Bob Raber and
a Happy Hour organized by Helen Anderson. Next month we have a Mentor
Night at SDSU organized by Casey Krawiec and the SDSU ASME Student
Section and the National Engineers Week Banquet. Please see the details
in the newsletter and our website. There are more interesting programs
and events in the works for the coming months. Email us with any
suggestions or questions you may have. On behalf of all of us on the
ASME San Diego committee I’d like to wish everyone a prosperous and
happy new year.
Frankie has arranged for a tour of the V22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft.
The details are given in the newsletter.
are planning to hold Mentor Nights at the local engineering schools. We
need volunteers to provide real world information to the student
engineers. Several speakers from a variety of fields are needed to give
brief presentations describing their jobs and entertain informal
questions. This is an opportunity for you to help them select a career
that allows them to reach their full potential. It is also a chance to
meet eager students getting ready to take on the world. Perhaps you will
meet someone that would do well at your company. If you are interested
in talking to the university students, please contact Casey Krawiec, at
619-723-6765 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, phone number,
Bob Raber and Luis Meraz have organized a
presentation, “Global Warming - Myths and Misinformation,” on October
27th at.The details can be found in
the October newsletter as well as on the website.We will be putting together more
programs and events in the coming months.Email us with any suggestions or
questions you may have.
September 30th at 5:30 pm we will hold our second happy hour at Pizza
Port in Solana Beach. The event was organized by Helen Anderson, our
Vice Chair. Come out and meet your fellow engineers and enjoy a beer or
two. There are plans in the works for various events which we will be
publicizing in the coming months. If you’re interested in getting
involved with ASME and have questions please contact me.
From Mark Shin, New
In the coming
2010 – 2011 term we at ASME San Diego will be
working to create/continue programs that are relevant to you.
Nip Shah, our
immediate past chair, created the Get Connected series which endeavored
to help engineers network and find work, is one example of a new program
designed to have direct relevance for our members. Helen Anderson, our
new Vice Chair, organized our first happy hour last March and is
reviewing new ideas for other interesting events. Robert Raber, our
newest committee volunteer, is working to create a new program for a
series of lectures. Casey Krawiec, another new volunteer, is working on
a series of mentoring events for the college students.
Do you have an idea for an event that you think
ASME San Diego should organize? Do you have suggestions for what we can
do better? Let us know by sending us feedback (email@example.com
From Nip Shah,
Immediate Past Chair
the year has gone by really past. Thank you for your support by both
your attendance at our events and by your assistance. We thank the
industry sponsors for our Get Connected series.
was my privilege to serve you. Please continue to support your section
for the coming years.
Greetings from the
the year is really going past. With all the international financial
uncertainties, health care changes, the volcanoes, real estate woes, the
local government financial crisis, the BP oil disaster, etc., the
Afghanistan war that one time would have been headline news everyday,
has become just another world event. The tough part is that these are
all unchartered waters for everyone. There is no textbook single answer
or an expert that can answer any of these problems. Yet it affects each
and every one of us.
had a great “Get Connected 3” meeting on April 16. A lot of us present
learned a lot on how to apply and talk during an interview. If you are
looking for a job, I hope you can make it to the next one (Get Connected
4). If you are offering jobs or are in a position to advise those
looking for jobs, please contact me. I am looking for 3-4 speakers. This
time it will be on Wednesday, June 16. 2010. More details inside.
San Diego Section Awards Banquet was also a great success. We had the
most people we have had for years. The UCSD presentations were very
interesting. We recognized all their work. We also recoginized the
winners of the Science Fair and awarded them small gift prizes. We also
had long term members.
are also planning a Water Bottle Rocket picnic on Saturday, June 5,
2010. More details are in this issue. We encourage you to join in this
fun event for both the young and those who still have a love for basic
We had a lower than expected turn out for the last “Get
Connected” meeting. We have planned another one. If you are looking for
a job, I hope you can make it. If you are offering jobs or are in a
position to advise those looking for jobs, please contact me. I am
looking for 3-4 speakers. This time it will be on Friday April 16. More
We are also going to have an ASME Awards Banquet on May 7. This
is an event where we recognize people who have been members for a long
time (25 yrs & 50 yrs). We also recognize students who have won ASME
prizes at either the Science Fair or their local schools. I highly
encourage you support these exceptional achievers by attending this
We are also planning a Water Bottle Rocket Launch and Picnic on
Saturday June 5. More details to be announced. This is especially for
families with young children who would like to encourage them into
appreciating the engineering side of things.
Last meeting we had a good turnout of volunteers for ASME. We
need two more people. Hey how about a little time per month to encourage
Mechanical Engineering?Please contact me if you can get involved.
For more information, check out:http://sections.asme.org/sandiego/.
Greetings from the Executive committee.
Looking for a job? We had a meeting to connect
Mechanical engineers looking for jobs with those offering jobs. It was
held at Digital Dimensions Inc. (DDI) on Murphy Canyon Rd. All the
people there are very helpful especially Dave Stanton.They are reselling agents for SolidWorks. They offered us a room
at free of charge. During the meeting they have offered free use of
their computer facilities for Engineers looking for employment and need
to keep their skill level. They also offered a student package free for
90 days and a free exam to qualify as a SolidWorks user. This was very
generous of them and would encourage members to take advantage of it.
Please check with Dave before making your booking. The
meeting itself was a little disappointing. There were not many people
actually there looking for work. We in fact had a couple of jobs that no
one took up. We had tried our best to publish the event. Does that mean
that there are not many mechanical engineers looking for work? Let us
know if you have any suggestions.
Don’t forget the National Engineers Week Banquet on
Friday, Feb 19, 2010. For tickets and more information, contact Phil
We have planned a Happy Hour social event on Thursday, March 4,
2010, at McGregor’s near Qualcomm Stadium.See the
newsletter or the website for more details.
We need new helpers and new ideas for our little
section. Again, please contact me if you can get involved.
For more information, check out:http://sections.asme.org/sandiego/. York Lew is putting in a lot
of effort to keep it current.
The Executive committee wishes you a Very Happy and
Prosperous New Year.
Here we are, 2010 already. Our focus for this year
is to help engineers find Jobs. Our first meeting was in October. It was
well attended. The next one is this Thursday, January 14th. More details
are in the January newsletter. Please let your friends know if they are
looking for jobs or know people who might be hiring.
ASME, San Diego has been a leader in hosting the Human Powered
Submarine Contest on the West Coast. Unfortunately, the facility we used
to use is not available anymore. We had 10 teams ready to come to San
Diego. If anyone is aware of any alternative facility, please contact
me. For now we were very sad to cancel the contest.
The Off Shore Model Basin is a casualty of the economic times. It
is one of a kind on the whole of west coast. It has a 300’ by 50’ and
15’ deep tank. It also has a portion that is 20’ deep. It can generate
almost any shape of wave form. In the past is has been used for a lot of
simulation studies for the oil platform rigs, ships and submarines. Yes,
CFD is very useful, but there is still a lot to learn from actual test
studies.We’ll be very sad to let this
facility be destroyed. If you know anyone in your field that may be
looking for such a facility, please contact me.
Engineering dinner is one of a kind event held every year in San Diego.
It brings in engineers in all fields together. It is also an opportunity
to recognize the people who do great things in our city. Please support
it by attending this Banquet Dinner. More details in the January
newsletter or contact Phil Young.
continuing our efforts to contact as many members in San Diego as
possible. Don’t be surprised if you get a call. We are making sure that
we have your current email. Now that we are sending the newsletter by
email, we would like to make sure you are getting full advantage of your
need new helpers and new ideas for our little section. Again, please
contact me if you can get involved.
For more information, check out:http://sections.asme.org/sandiego/. York Lew is putting in a lot
of effort to keep it current.
As the new year
approaches, I wish all of you a Happy Holiday season and I wish that
2010 will be a better year for all.
A newsletter is the
only active instrument that the local section communicates its
activities to its members. ASME San Diego Section switched to electronic
newsletters a couple of years back. I support this change. However there
is a fundamental assumption that the email addresses we use in our data
base are current. People change their email addresses more often than
their residence addresses.We have more than
850 registered members in San Diego Section. Recently I sent a personal
email to everyone asking them if they get our emails. The result was as
1)238 people replied
that they get the newsletter (28%)
2)25 emails were
rejected by the system (3%)
3)13 people responded
that they got my email, but do not get the section email
4)Almost 67% either did not
bother to reply or did not get my email
I think this is a
huge chunk of people that the local section needs to make an effort to
connect with. In the next few weeks, we are going to phone some of our
membership who did not respond and see if we can correct our
Ultimately it is
the member’s responsibility to update their email address if they
change. We request that you update it at least once a year when you
renew your membership. ASME San Diego Section wants to make sure that
you are getting the most out of your membership. Please update your
We had our first “Get Connected” meeting to help
people looking for work. Look for the report in the Newsletter. Our
next one will be held soon. For more information, check out:http://sections.asme.org/sandiego/
In the Newsletter is also the
report on the tour of the Encina Power
Well we have just started our new term. Many of you know me
because I’ve been actively involved with ASME--San Diego Section since
This year is particularly tough for Mechanical Engineers in San
Diego. I was the Chair back in 1994 when General Dynamics left
town. I would like to focus this year strongly on connecting
people. I know this is very important for people looking for
jobs. It is equally important for potential employer looking for
the right candidate.
Here is a short list of how ASME--San Diego Section can get
involved for the membership:
1. We realize that searching for jobs on the
web can be very time consuming and frustrating. On the other hand,
the employers get too many lengthy résumés and have very little time to
study each one of them. So as a first step we have set up a
special page on our web site. Starting on the home page
http://sections.asme.org/sandiego and click on
Jobs and Training on the
left. It is an easy to use platform for both people looking for
jobs and people looking for help. We welcome any suggestions of
how we can improve it for the membership.
2. We would like to help new
entrepreneurs. If you are trying to set up a company and looking
for customers, ASME—San Deigo can help you put your services/products
out to 900 memberships within San Diego. We are planning to send
out a newsletter. We encourage you to contact any of the Executive
Committee members. The cost may be just the mailing cost of the
newsletter, shared among people who are interested. The newsletter
will also be posted on the web.
3. We are planning a series of face-to-face
meetings. Mechanical Engineering is a vast field of
disciplines. These meetings would be specific for each discipline
so that we can connect people with similar interests. The first
one is planned for Thursday, October 22, 2009. Please see the
newsletter or the web site for more details.
We would like to do a lot more. Any new ideas are
welcome. Let us support our fellow Mechanical Engineers get
through these tough times.
Our Section always welcome any volunteer who would like
to help. If you can devote a few hours each month or even a
few hours each year, please contact me (