Ken Derra 
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 


Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM CDT

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MSOE Grohmann Tower 4th Floor Conference Room 
1214 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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  • $100 for entire seminar (Includes PDH's)
  • $35 for entire seminar (No PDH's)
  • $25 for one presentation (Includes PDH's)
  • $50 for two presentations (Includes PDH's)
  • $75 for three presentations (Includes PDH's)


Free parking will be available at the Grohmann Tower but a Parking Permit will need to be picked up at registration and placed in your car to make it valid.


ASME - Milwaukee Section Educational Program and Professional Development Seminar at MSOE
(Earn up to 5 PDH Credits!)



The ASME Milwaukee Section will be holding an educational program on Saturday March 24, 2018 at MSOE in the Grohmann Tower 4th Floor Conference Room.  For more info on MSOE, please go to https://www.msoe.edu/

This is a half-day program put on by the ASME-MIlwaukee Section for the benefit of ASME Members and their guests as well as any Professional Engineer.  The day will begin with registration at 7:30 am, continue with four 50 minute long presentations and end around 12:30pm with lunch.  Attendees will have the opportunity to leave with a certificate for 5 continuing education PDH's for the four topics offered that can be used for their Professional Engineer license renewal.  If you are only able to attend one, two or three presentations, you can register for that and get PDH's for those presentations attended.  However, we strongly recommend that you register online on/before March 19, 2018.

Below is the Schedule for this event:

  • 7:30-8:20 AM Set-up, registration and breakfast
  • 8:20-8:30 AM Welcome by the Section Treasurer, Doug Kiesling and Seminar Coordinator Subha Kumpaty
  • 8:30-9:20 AM Session 1 Dynamic Test and Measurement of Rotating Machinery in Industry by Nathan Brinkman, Briggs & Stratton
  • 9:25-10:15 AM Session 2 Systems Engineering of Materials for On-board Hydrogen Storage for PEM Fuel Cells in Automotive Applications by Dr. Maruthi Devarakonda, GE Power
  • 10:15-10:35 AM Break
  • 10:35-11:25 Session 3 Probing pH (potential of hydrogen) level of an Aqueous Solution using a Microwave Spectroscopy (MWS) S11 Reflection method at micro/nanoscale by Dr. Chung Hoon Lee, Marquette University
  • 11:30-12:20 Session 4 Engineering Ethics by Dr. Subha Kumpaty, MSOE
  • 12:30-1:20 PM Luncheon Session on Ethics Case Studies  



First Presentation: Dynamic Test and Measurement of Rotating Machinery in Industry (1 PDH)

Description: Current industry synopsis of the methods and purposes of dynamic testing and measurement of rotating machinery will be presented at an introductory level. Techniques for acquiring and analyzing data of dynamic phenomena, particularly sound, vibration, and mechanical durability will be covered at both component and system level. Techniques in accelerated testing will also be introduced. The relationship between these types of tests and new product development will be addressed from the industry perspective of combustion engines and engine powered equipment.

Biography: Nathan Brinkman is currently a Mechanical Test Engineer in the NVH Laboratory at Briggs and Stratton Corporation in Wauwatosa, WI where he is responsible for fatigue testing and analysis of small gasoline engine components and systems in addition to sound and vibration testing and analysis. He has also worked at Wacker Neuson Corporation in Menomonee Falls, WI as a Test Engineer in the R&D Department doing similar work as applied towards light and compact construction equipment. He graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering with a BSME in 2004 and MSE in 2011. He is interested in the interface between applied mathematics and engineering.  Nathan.brinkmann@alumni.msoe.edu


Second Presentation: Systems Engineering of Materials for On-board Hydrogen Storage for PEM Fuel Cells in Automotive Applications (1 PDH)

Description: As a part of the Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence (HSECoE) funded by the US Department of Energy (EERE office) between 2010-2015, several materials based hydrogen storage architectures were developed to investigate the feasibility of on-board hydrogen delivery to PEM fuel cells for automotive applications. Materials include metal hydrides, chemical hydrides and adsorbents. In this talk, a high-level overview of the performance of various hydrogen storage materials using systems engineering concepts is presented, followed by a deep dive into the performance merits and de-merits of chemical hydrides for on-board hydrogen storage.

Biography: Dr. Maruthi Devarakonda is a senior chemical engineer and engineering technical leader at GE Power in Waukesha, WI. With deep domain expertise in the broader area of emission control for mobile and stationary engines, specifically in applied catalysis, kinetic modeling, model based control and diagnostics, Maruthi holds 18 US patents (10+ pending) and has published 23 technical articles in international journals and conference proceedings including an invited book chapter on solid/condensed phase aftertreatment systems in the Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering.  dr.devarakonda@gmail.com


Third Presentation: Probing pH (potential of hydrogen) level of an aqueous solution using a microwave spectroscopy (MWS) S11 reflection method at micro/nanoscale (1 PDH)

Description: pH, the concentration of active H3O+, is one of the most important processing and analyzing parameters in the chemical, biological, and physiological field. Current pH sensors exhibit signal drift and require regular recalibration, which are caused by physical contact condition changes over time between the sensor and the sample.

A new method is presented to measure the pH of a sample using a microwave spectroscopy (MWS) S11 reflection method. The proposed method requires no physical contact of the sensing element with the sample of interest. MWS is a qualitative electrical characterization technique operating between 10 GHz and 30 GHz. In MWS reflection mode, a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) sends an incident microwave signal through a coil-capacitor resonator, where a plastic or glass tube containing the sample liquid of interest can be located inside the coil. Depending on the H3O+ concentration in the sample, part of the microwave signal is reflected and measured by the VNA as scattering S11 reflection signal. The S11 signal can be de-embedded into relevant physical quantities such as complex impedance, capacitance, or resistance.

Biography: Dr. Chung Hoon Lee is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. He received his B.S. in Physics from Dongguk University in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. He then worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the field of microscale ultrasonic transducers and thermal device and applications in ECE at Cornell University and in ME at Columbia University, respectively. He also worked in Veeco Instruments Inc. as a scientist developing various Atomic Force Microscope probes. In 2008, he joined Marquette University as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2015. He is awarded Coleman Fellowship in 2006, Claude Laval Jr. Award for Innovative Technology and Research in 2007, and Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards in 2013. He is currently holding 7 U.S. patents (two of them are licensed to Intel and SonoPlot, Inc.).   Chunghoon.lee@marquette.edu

Fourth Presentation: Engineering Ethics (2 PDHs)

Description: In this presentation, Dr. Kumpaty will discuss 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. The presentation will be followed by another hour of group discussion of various case studies during lunch.

Biography: Dr. Kumpaty, a member on the Group Leadership Team (GLT) of ASME Milwaukee Section, is a professor of mechanical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Engineering degree at MSOE and the principal investigator of the MSOE’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation since 1996. He is the track chair on Education and Globalization for the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. He has presented regularly at ASME Milwaukee Section seminars on a variety of topics including ethics.  kumpaty@msoe.edu