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7th Annual ASME Awards Dinner Recognizes Dr. Robert Boehm

7th Annual ASME Silver State Awards Dinner 7-12-2013 Gordon Biersch


Each year, the Southern Nevada Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award is presented to a company, organization, or individual who has contributed to the advancement of the mechanical engineering profession in Southern Nevada.This year we recognize Dr. Robert Boehm for his long-term research and focus on solar energy which has culminated in UNLV being recognized as one of five regional DOE solar test centers.

Dr. Boehm will also be our keynote speaker discussing UNLV’s Center for Energy Research, their recent NSF grant and DOE recognition as a Regional Test Center. Continue reading

Top 8 Weather Records For Las Vegas

Check out this article to find fun facts about the Top 8 Las Vegas Weather Records from 8 News Now:


CE Tooling Shop Tour on May 31 w/ Social Meeting At Big Dog’s Draft House

Meet us for a tour of CE Tooling‘s facilities at 5pm on May 31 (2560 W. Brooks Ave., North Las Vegas).  Immediately afterward we will be treating you to pizza, appetizers, and the first drink at Big Dog’s Draft House (4543 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, 702-645-1404).  Please bring a guest.

CE Tooling is a hidden treasure of high-tech manufacturing located right here in the Las Vegas Valley.  They make tools and  accessories for other industrial manufacturer’s around the world.  This tour will be a great way to gain new insight into several metal working operations you have probably never seen in person.  The highlight of the tour will probably be their Wire and Sinker EDM machines – very cool tech.  Of course they also have one of the largest machine shops in Nevada to go along with their numerous EDM’s.

RSVP is not required, but please send a message to Bill Bruninga (bill@adv-en.com) if you intend to attend to help us get a general head count. Guests are welcome and encouraged.

– Another exciting event here in Southern Nevada brought to you by the ASME Silver State Section.

ASME 2012 Verification & Validation Symposium


May 2-4, 2012  |   Planet Hollywood Resort  |  Las Vegas, Nevada

The first large-scale symposium dedicated entirely to verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification of computer simulations is being held May 2-4 in Las Vegas.  This symposium will bring together engineers and scientists from all disciplines that use computational modeling and simulation to discuss and exchange ideas and methods for verification of codes and solutions, simulation validation, and assessment of uncertainties in mathematical models, computational solutions, and experimental data.  The call-for-abstracts resulted in an outstanding response with over 240 abstracts received from a wide variety of industries throughout the world and we are excited for the attendees opportunity to share and learn verification and validation methods, approaches, and ideas for the future.  The conference program will begin with two plenary sessions with four distinguished experts, followed by four parallel technical tracks, and will conclude with a regulatory perspective panel session and open discussion for future activities and works.


Toys For Tots Fundraiser Banquet

Toys For Tots Fundraiser Banquet

A group of ASME members and their spouses spent the evening of December 9th at the The Toys for Tots fundraiser banquet at the Bellagio with other local affiliations. There were over six-hundred guests. Thank you to the Stockinger’s, the Colton’s, The Trabia’s, The Bruninga’s, and the Scott’s for representing ASME at this prestigious event. We look forward to bringing a larger contingent at next year’s event.

The New LEED-Certified Bureau of Reclamation Building in Boulder City

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On September 30, 2011 our members had the opportunity to tour the Bureau of Reclamation’s new building in Boulder City, Nevada.  At approximately 50,000 gross sq. ft. for around 170 staff, the building will achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest level attainable and the third DOI project to reach this standard.

The $17.3 million design-build project, funded by the 2010 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), included planning, regulatory compliance, contracting, design, construction, and construction management for the building, site improvements, and solar field.

Features include 38% less gross energy consumption than a typical office building as well as using reclaimed water from the cooling towers at the central chiller plant to flush toilets. We’ll see many more features during the tour, including how this new efficient building maintained historic appearance requirements.

The photovoltaic solar panel farm is estimated to produce 240 MWh per year, around half the annual building energy use.

November 2011 Event: Ivanpah Solar Plant Project & Solar Power Engineering

When: November 10, 2011, 6:30pm
Where: To Be Announced
RSVP by Nov. 8: Bill Bruninga, 702-606-1777 or bill.bruninga@gmail.com

Go here for the flyer with more details:

November’s event is a very special opportunity to learn about a major solar project in our backyard, BrightSource’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in construction near Primm, NV.

Todd Stewart P.E., BrightSource’s Senior Director for Project Development, is our guest speaker. BrightSource‘s main office is in Oakland, CA, however as a fellow engineer Todd is visiting for our event – please cometo this rare opportunity! There will be a follow-up to this meeting with a site tour early next year as the project will be further along by then – another unique event organized specially for you by your section executive board.

Project Overview
ISEGS is a 3-plant, 392-megawatt solar complex Continue reading

Attend the 2nd Annual Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada breakfast Nov 10th

Join us at the 2nd Annual Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada breakfast on November 10, 2011, at 8:00am, at Aria Resort & Casino. This is a special year for Junior Achievement as they celebrate their 15th year serving the Las Vegas community.  To date, they have impacted the lives of over 150,000 students and have empowered them to own their economic success. Our goal is to reach more than 20,000 students this school year, more than any other year in our history.
At the breakfast you will hear about the impact of Junior Achievement’s Continue reading

October PDH: Remote Monitoring of Rectifiers

Our friends over at NACE are holding a lunch on Wednesday, October 26th at 11:30am.  The speaker will be Jerry Chilibecki from Mobiltex Data Ltd.  Attendance earns 1 PDH.  See the NACE Flyer (26Oct2011) for details.

Support the UNLV Student Chapter – Buy Fireworks

It’s that time of year again where we celebrate independence and explosions and the UNLV Student Section of the ASME is ready to sell you the latter so you can enjoy the former. Come by our TNT Fireworks Booth at the southwest corner of S. Durango Dr. and W. Russell Rd. in the 7-11 parking lot. We’ll have all your favorite fireworks including Piccolo Petes and some great new additions to our lineup including a new grand finale so get the best and support the UNLV Student Section at the same time. Our hours for the week are as follows.

Wed 6/29 – 10a – 8p
Thur 6/30 – 10a – 8p
Fri    7/1 – 10a – 10p
Sat   7/2 – 10a – 10p
Sun  7/3 – 10a – Open all Night
Mon  7/4 – Last Sale By Law is 11:59p

Show your ASME card for special member deals!

Were still looking for volunteers to come out during the week and assist in running the booth. Any time is appreciated, if your available to volunteer please email:
and a link to the online signup form will be sent to you.

We hope to see everyone there! This is traditionally the largest fundraiser of the year for our student section so all of your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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