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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

UNLV Chosen by DOE as a Regional Test Center For Solar Research

University of Nevada at Las Vegas has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy to be one of 5 Regional Test Center sites that will work to make solar energy more affordable and reliable through the development of nationwide standards in the photovoltaic (PV) industry. The Nevada site will accommodate as many as 8 different systems and support a total capacity of 250kW DC. This collaborative project will include the efforts of UNLV’s Center for Energy Research with oversight from Sandia Labs on a Las Vegas Valley Water District site of 4 acres at Elkhorn Reservoir in Las Vegas.

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This month’s Spotlight: Wisdom at Your Fingertips

April 2012

“I am proud to be a member of ASME because the society provides a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for professional growth in every field of the engineering and scientific world. It gives us the opportunity to explore modern tools that were not available when we, the wiser/mature guys and girls, graduated university, allowing us to re-map our dreams and careers to modern, actual goals.” — Iris Florea, ASME Member since 1997

Dear Members,

I don’t know about you, but the older I get the more I want to know.  Every day I find myself asking questions about an increasing variety of subjects, and I feel fortunate that I have the internet to help with the answers. Sometimes I wonder if the internet is the impetus for my intellectual curiosity, or just the tool that lets me satisfy my need to learn more.  It’s a bit like the age old chicken and egg question, so I suppose I’ll never really know that answer!

If you share my desire for knowledge transfer and continuous learning, ASME is a virtual treasure trove of technical information – and we stand at the ready to pass along this wisdom to our members and the global mechanical engineering community.  ASME provides a multitude of webinars, podcasts, online courses and other on-demand learning opportunities for our members – many of which are available at no cost. Here are just a few of our free upcoming programs and resources (click each headline to learn more):

Emerging Technology Webinars. Each month, ASME delivers a free webinar on a different emerging technology topic. The next webinar is on April 3rd titled “Energy-Water Nexus of Transportation”.—webinar

Nanotechnology Education Series. ASME’s highly popular nanotechnology education series of podcasts are available for download anytime, 24/7.

Standards and Certification Courses. Interested in learning more about the standards and certification process?  ASME offers a free self-study Assessment Based Course which is designed to be taken at your convenience, whenever your schedule allows.

Mechanical Engineering magazine webinars. Moderated by Editor-in-Chief John Falcioni, ME magazine hosts a series of live webinars on a variety of subjects. The recently conducted March 2012 webinar “Conjugating Heat Transfer Simulations” is available for download for the next 90 days.

Embedded ASME Podcasts. features free embedded podcasts that you can listen to directly from the web – no need to download!  This month’s feature is from the bioengineering field and is titled “Using Microfluidics to Diagnose HIV.”—articles/media/2012/03/podcast-microfluidics-health-hiv-diagnostic-device

To find out more about these webinars and podcasts or to learn about other ASME offerings, please visit and start exploring today. The site has been fully redesigned and includes a sophisticated search function to help you find just what you need, right when you need it!

As always, thank you for your continued loyalty to ASME and for your support of the engineering profession. Please feel free to drop me a line at and let me know how we can enhance your experience. I hope you’ll agree that ASME Membership is more important than ever to your professional career.

Early Career Technical Conference on Nov 2 – 3, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia

Get valuable career and other general advice from a mechanical engineering professional!

The ASME Mentoring Program is designed to provide rewarding experiences that both mentor and mentee can learn and grow from. This is a unique opportunity for you to get career-guiding and other advice from an engineering professional with broader experience or more advanced skills. Benefit and learn from your Mentor’s real-life expertise, while sharing your own valuable insight and perspective! Continue reading

2012 ASME Annual Meeting on June 1 – 6, 2012, Montreal, Canada

The ASME Annual meeting provides a venue for ASME members and other engineering professionals to assemble for personal and professional growth, to meet with other members and exchange information on how they are dealing with common challenges and learn about trends and developments affecting the future of the profession. It provides a forum to celebrate significant developments and honor outstanding contributors.

There is no charge to attend the ASME 2012 Annual Meeting. See:

ASME Turbo Expo 2012 on June 11 – 15, 2012, Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

 Leading turbomachinery executives to speak at ASME Turbo Expo 2012: 

  • Al Brockett, Jr., Vice President, Engineering – Module Centers, Pratt & Whitney
  • Mark Pearson, General Manager – Advanced Technology & Preliminary Design, GE Aviation
  • Henrik Stiesdal, Chief Technology Officer, Wind Power Business Unit, Siemens

Why You Should Go to Copenhagen 

  • A five-day Technical Conference that sets the world standard for turbine technology events
  • A three-day, premium exhibition of turbine products and services supported by leading companies in the industry
  • A dynamic keynote session featuring prominent industry leaders
  • A value-packed registration package that includes proceedings, access to all activities, PDH certificate of completion, and abundant networking opportunities, including receptions and daily lunches
  • In-depth workshops providing fundamental study on career development

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Upcoming IGTI Events

Wind Turbine Tutorial
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011
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The ASME 2011 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems

The ASME 2011 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems will be held September 18 – September 21, 2011 in exotic Scottsdale, Arizona. This conference provides a casual setting for formal and informal interactions between a broad range of experts in diverse fields. A guest symposium on sustainability will offer opportunities for building new, multidisciplinary collaborative teams that bridge current research thrusts with this vital and emerging sphere. Continue reading

The New ASME.ORG: More than Just a Redesign

As you’re probably already aware, was re-launched in March with a bold, clean and lively new design. What you may not know, however, is that the overhaul consisted of much more than simply applying a fresh layout to the website. So it may be time for you to take another look at and take a test drive of the site’s new features and capabilities. Continue reading

2012 Williston Medal Topic Addresses Fukushima Incident

The Arthur L. Williston Medal is presented for the best paper submitted in the annual competition on a subject chosen to challenge the engineering abilities of engineering students in conformance with the annual contest guidelines.

A contestant must be an ASME Student Member or Member who received a baccalaureate degree not more than two years before the deadline date for submission of papers.

2012 Topic: How does the Natural Disaster in Japan Affect the Future of Power Generation? Continue reading

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