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Behind the scenes tour of the Thomas & Mack Center

All Silver State ASME Members,

You are invited to a behind the scenes tour of the Thomas & Mack Center Modernization Project!

For its seating capacity, the 30-year-old arena is among the busiest venues in the world – long overdue for a face-lift. We will focus on the mechanical/electrical upgrades, such as replacing the 30-year-old air handlers and water boilers, that account for approx. $20 million of the roughly $50 million rehab project.

The tour is provided by Whiting-Turner, the project contractor.

As an active construction site, closed toed shoes with thick soles are required.

DATE:  Thursday, October 29, 2015
WHERE: Whiting-Turner job trailer at the rear of the Thomas and Mack Center, off E. Harmon St.
TIME:  11AM-1PM (can leave earlier or stay later as available)
COST:  Free (for Silver State ASME Members)
RSVP:  RSVP to Bill Bruninga (bill@adv-en.com) by October 27, 2015

LINQ Tour 1-25-2014

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Join us for an exciting tour of Las Vegas’ newest upcoming attraction, The High Roller on the Strip on 1-25-2014 at Noon.

We will be meeting at Linq Lane and Flamingo just East of what was known as Imperial Palace.

High Roller Fact Sheet Click for Additional Details

 We will meet at the construction trailer site, which is on the corner of LINQ Lane and Flamingo. There is parking available around the trailers or in the Flamingo public parking garage. Look for Trailer #1 on the far left of the stack of trailers. The sign says “Trailer #1 – Big Wheel”.

PLEASE RSVP for this event at bill@adv-en.com .Due to the high response for this tour we do need to make sure that we can accommodate all that would like to attend.

Regarding future events please send an email to silverstateasmenv@gmail.com with “Invitation” in the subject line if you would like direct invitations for future events. You do NOT need gmail to be on the list or receive notification.

Keith Cooper
Digital Media Coordinator

2013 Winter Dinner

As 2013 closes with much success, so does ASME’s 2013 Winter Dinner. Here are a couple photo’s with our ASME members and Dean Curtis of Fandeavor.

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Celebration tasting dinner for Solar Decathlon 11/22/2013

Please join us and Team Las Vegas on their performance in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 to celebrate their 2nd place overall performance in this most prestigious international collegiate event.

This dinner is being hosted by UNLV’s Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Dean Stowe Shoemaker and Chef Daniel Swift.

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013 BEH
Time: 5:00- 7:00pm
Location: Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH 226)
RSVP: donna.morell@unlv.edu or 895-5200

Free parking will be available in any of the STAFF,

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2013 ASME Winter Dinner

2013 Society Winter Dinner 

Please join us at our ASME Silver State Chapter Winter Dinner 12-13-2013

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UNLV Places 2nd Overall for Solar Decathalon


Silver State ASME would like to congratulate UNLV’s 2013 Solar Decathlon Team for placing 2nd overall, 1st in market appeal, 2nd in communication and 3rd for engineering. The Solar Decathlon is a competition that was held the beginning of October 2013 in Irvine, CA that is sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 is an international competition with the goal of educating the public about energy-saving residential designs. In this award-winning program, twenty collegiate teams need to design, build, and maintain sustainable solar-powered houses.

The project, DesertSol, takes advantage of the Mojave Desert’s renewable resources to produce a sustainable home that is self-reliant in the severe desert climates. This project incorporates solar energy as the primary fuel source with many other hi-tech and green solutions in a beautiful package.

Please join us in congratulating the efforts of UNLV and their award winning project DESERTSOL!

Click here for Desert Sol’s Website


ASME Portland Leadership Meeting

Silver State ASME Executive Chair, Bill Bruninga, recently attended our District Leadership Meeting in Portland, OR with staff from ASME headquarters. This meeting was to update our group on administrative and financial changes across ASME which affect our section. These changes will affect the method in which we bank and file tax documents with our ASME non-profit tax-exempt status. Not every section had a representative in attendance, but Silver State ASME has kept it a priority to attend this meeting two to three times a year.

If you have any questions regarding your sections involvement, contributions or how to get involved yourself please direct your questions to any member of on our leadership page.

Silver State ASME Leadership


UNLV Solar Decathalon BBQ Pics

On August 3 we had a great time visiting and checking on the progress of “Desert Sol” from UNLV’s Solar Decathlon Team.The net-zero energy house was looking fantastic and appears to be right on schedule for the August 30, 2013 send off. For those of you that couldn’t make the BBQ, The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 is an international competition with the goal of educating the public about energy-saving residential designs. In this award-winning program, twenty collegiate teams need to design, build, and maintain sustainable solar-powered houses.

Our ASME Silver State Chapter met with students and workers to congratulate them on their hard work with BBQ and beverages. It was an exciting time for our members to see future graduates of many different degree programs at UNLV working together and some getting involved outside of their specific majors to make construction happen.

If you couldn’t make the BBQ don’t worry! You still have a chance to check out the final product of “Desert Sol” at the August 30 competition send off. It’s as simple as adding it to your calendar from OUR calendar on OUR Homepage

Click here for Desert Sol’s Website

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ASME BBQ For UNLV Solar Decathlon Team – Aug 3 – 11AM

ASME BBQ For UNLV Solar Decathlon Team – Aug 3 – 11AM


Come see the amazing progress that the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team has made on their contest entry,a 750 ft2 home.  In this case, their contest entry is a net-zero energy house that is nearing completion and will be shipped to California for the October DOE sponsored 2013 Solar Decathlon.

We would like to support the team by feeding them during the last stretch of their build.  So, we would invite you to help us cook some food, feed thestudents, see UNLV’s entry, and wish the team good luck in the competition. As far as needs, we will need volunteers to bring side dishes, desserts,
chairs, and shade tents.  We will also likely need an extra BBQ grill.
We hope you can join with us to show our support of the huge effort that these students have put into this contest!

What:  ASME Solar Decathlon Team BBQ
When:  Saturday, August 3rd, 11AM to 1PM
Where: UNLV Paradise Campus Soccer Field,   Solar Decathlon Map

Please RSVP or Volunteer to: bradfordcolton@asme.org

For more information on their project, see http://solardecathlon.unlv.edu/ .
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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

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