Ken Derra 
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 


Saturday November 7, 2015 from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM CST

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Brookfield Suites 
1200 S. Moorland Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53005

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  • $75 for Full Seminar (includes PDH's)
  • $35 for Full Seminar (no PDH's)
  • $25 each for up to two presentations 

ASME - Milwaukee Section Educational Program at Brookfield Suites


The ASME Milwaukee Section will be holding an educational program on Saturday November 7, 2015 at the Brookfield Suites in Brookfield.

This is a half-day program for the benefit of ASME Members and their guests.  The day will begin with registration at 7:30 am, continue with three-hour long presentations, an Ethics discussion and end around 1pm with lunch.  Attendees will have the opportunity to leave with a certificate for 4 continuing education PDH's for the three topics offered.  If you are only able to attend one or two presentations, you can register for that and get PDH's for those presentations attended.  However, we strongly recommend that you register online on/before October 26, 2015.  

Below is the Schedule for this event:

  • 7:30-8:25 AM Set-up, registration and breakfast
  • 8:25-8:30 AM Welcome by the Section Chair, Al Perkins
  • 8:30-9:30 AM Topic 1 Systematic Innovation by Dr. Sandra Anderson
  • 9:35-10:30 AM Topic 2 Engineering Ethics by Dr. Subha Kumpaty
  • 10:30-11:00 AM Break with refreshments
  • 11:00-12:00 Topic 3 Resolving Hydraulic System and Component Field Failures by Dr. Mathew Thomas
  • 12:05-1:00 Topic 4 (Group) Discussion on Ethics Case Studies and Q&A with speakers present
  • 1:00 PM Box Lunch, Networking & Closing Remarks


More Information - Detailed Descriptions of the Presentations


Topic 1 and Description (1 PDH): Systematic Innovation by Dr. Sandra Anderson

In this talk, Dr. Anderson will cover some of the techniques used to provide more innovation for both new designs and for business processes.  These topics include trimming technique, bisociation, 6 hats, and other innovation techniques.

Presenter: Dr. Sandra Anderson, Director of Master of Engineering in Engine Systems, Department of Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Phone: (608) 890-2026   Email: anderson@epd.engr.wisc.edu

Internet: http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu


Topic 2 and Description (2 PDHs): Engineering Ethics by Dr. Subha Kumpaty

In this presentation, Dr. Kumpaty will present engineering ethics and its implications on our professional practice.  Studded with familiar case studies along the talk, various concepts will be discussed in understanding ethics problems and solving them.  The audience will be able to apply codes of ethics (of professional societies such as ASME, NSPE, IEEE) to a case study and analyze the ethical issues.  We will review the rights and responsibilities of engineers and learn how to do the right thing.  This will be followed on later in another hour of group discussion of various case studies.

Presenter: Dr. Subha Kumpaty is a professor of mechanical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and is the program director of Master of Science in Engineering at MSOE.  He is the track chair on Education and Globalization for the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.  He is also on the board of directors for the ASME Milwaukee Section.

Phone: (414) 277-7466            Email: kumpaty@msoe.edu


Topic 3 and Description (1 PDH): Resolving Hydraulic System and component Field Failures by Dr. Mathew Thomas

Hydraulic system and component failures in the field present interesting challenges for engineers. While the general problem solving methodologies are still appropriate for hydraulic systems and components understanding and fixing the root cause(s) of the failure offers unique challenges. Field failure solution set is a constrained set. The solution options available are constrained by the existing physical and conceptual boundaries. Developing an optimum solution that would satisfy the customer at the minimum cost often might preclude the best solution options available. This presentation includes several case studies of actual hydraulic problems resolved in the Heavy Equipment and Automotive Industries.  The approaches utilized in these case studies include Six Sigma DMAIC, 7- steps problem solving, and 5 Whys approach. Regardless of the specific methodology used, it is important to have a systematic and disciplined approach to problem solving in order to provide value and speed of resolution.  Value- Speed tradeoff frequently leads to more disasters.  What differentiates a good organization from the rest is its ability to upgrade the constrained field solutions to the best solution option during the next redesign opportunity.  In order to do this, the problem solving teams will need to present multiple solutions and flag some of the better options than the one implemented for future consideration while the pressure is to focus on a single immediate solution.

Speaker: Dr. Mathew Thomas is Reliability Process Manager for CNH Industrial and has 15 years of experience in Product Development, Quality, Reliability and Six Sigma.  He is a Certified Master Black Belt and leads complex problem solving projects in CNH Industrial. Prior to his current role within CNH Industrial, he worked for Ford Motor Company and was actively involved in multiple product development projects.

 Mobile: (331) 201-1748                Email: mathew.thomas@cnhind.com