Although the "core" of the ASME Milwaukee Section is located in and around Milwaukee, our members are from Eastern Wisconsin, Madison, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  We are an active section and have very active student sub-sections at UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Michigan Tech.  To learn more about us, the programs we have had recently, our sub-sections, our leadership and how you can volunteer or provide input (amongst other things), please check out our website at:



Ken Derra 
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 


Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM CDT

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MSOE Grohmann Tower 4th Floor Conference Rm GT403 
1214 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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  • $120 for entire seminar (Includes PDH's)
  • $40 for entire seminar (No PDH's)
  • $30 for one presentation (Includes PDH's)
  • $60 for two presentations (Includes PDH's)
  • $90 for three presentations (Includes PDH's)
  • $25 for Students to attend entire seminar.


Campus-wide blanket parking (excluding the Water St Parking Lot & the Viets Parking Complex) has been granted for our event. Subha Kumpaty will have temporary guest parking permits at the event to give to those who wish to park at the Water St Parking Lot. You must pick the permit and place it in the dashboard in that scenario.




ASME - Milwaukee Section March 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 14, 2020 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 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 10, 2020.

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 Chair, Scott Kramer and Seminar Coordinator, Subha Kumpaty
  • 8:30-9:20 AM Session 1 - ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code: an understated achievement by Nick Paulick, ASME B&P VC Committee XII Chair
  • 9:25-10:15 AM Session 2 - Heat Exchanger Design and Practical Considerations by Phil Vincent, ASME Milwaukee Section Vice-Chair 
  • 10:15-10:30 AM Break
  • 10:30-11:20 Session 3 - Exploring the Integration of Renewable Energy into your Operations by Clay Norrbom, Managing Director, Juhl Clean Energy Assets, Inc.
  • 11:25-12:15 Session 4 - Adventures in Engineering Ethics by Dr. Andrew McAninch, MSOE Faculty- Humanities, Social Science and Communications Department
  • 12:20-1:10 PM Working Lunch on Ethics Case Studies and Interaction


Breakfast Menu: Continental Breakfast (or better); donut/pastry, coffee, orange juice, fruit

For break: fruit, nuts, coffee

Lunch Menu: Herbed Roast Beef, Italian Chicken and Baked Ziti served with Roasted Redskin Potatoes, Vegetable du Jour, Fruit Salad and Cheesecake with Fruit Topping. Served with Coffee and Ice Water.



First Presentation:  ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code: an understated achievement (1 PDH)

Description:  The ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code is the world's oldest and most widely used standard for the construction of pressure vessels.    The Code currently covers everything from power boilers, nuclear vessels, stationary pressure vessels, FRP vessels and transportation vessels.   First published in 1914, it was a monumental achievement of cooperation amongst industry professionals and provided a template consensus rulemaking adopted throughout various industries.     At over a hundred years old, it continues developing, growing and adapting to industry needs.    This session provides a brief history of the Code, its current organization and structure, and its application for the design of pressure vessel.

Biography:  Nick Paulick is an independent consultant, specializing in providing engineering services to the pressure vessel fabrication and cargo tank industries.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from MSOE in 1999, and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2010.   He has worked for fabricators of cargo tanks and pressure vessels.  He is currently the Chairman of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Committee XII - Transport Tanks, working to develop rules intended to replace and improve the current rules provided by the US DOT for these products.   paulicknick@gmail.com

Second Presentation:  Heat Exchanger Design and Practical Considerations (1 PDH)

Description:  This talk covers application engineering of shell and tube heat exchangers.  We'll look at the parameters of selection and design, which include not just thermal requirements but a host of other constraints.  A recent example of a completed design will be reviewed with regard to the compromises needed.

Biography:  Phil Vincent is an engineer with a BSME from the University of Iowa. He has been in the heat exchanger business for more than thirty years, all in the application and service areas. Work has included creating and maintaining software for specialty exchangers. He has served ASME Milwaukee Section in many roles including the current role of Vice Chair.   Phil.vincent@vliet.org

Third Presentation:  Exploring the Integration of Renewable Energy into your Operations (1 PDH)

Description:  Overview of technical and economic considerations for analyzing different renewable energy options.  As more companies, buildings, campuses consider on-site renewable energy as an alternative source of energy, it has become more critical to analyze approaches to integrate and better match customer load with intermittent generation sources. 

Biography:   Clay Norrbom has ten years of experience with renewable energy development, investment and asset management and manages a business that develops, builds, owns, and operates renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, small hydro and combined heat and power projects.  Prior to joining the Juhl companies in 2016, he was the co-founder and former general partner of the Geo Investors Renewable Infrastructure Funds.  He has 20 years of experience in banking, investments and the financial markets. He was a senior banker with Citigroup for a decade in their New York and London offices where he directed large financings in the loan and bond markets. In his first job out of college, he was a small-town mayor in rural Wisconsin. Clay is on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, a policy institute of the University of Wisconsin System and has also been a member of the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Mergence Renewable Energy Debt Fund in South Africa. He holds a Master degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   cnorrbom@juhlenergy.com

Fourth Presentation:  Adventures in Engineering Ethics (2 PDHs)

Description:  Adventures in Engineering Ethics introduces the participants to some of the central issues in engineering ethics through a critical discussion of timely case studies. Topics and cases may include ethical issues in construction, development, and their social and environmental impact; ethical issues in defense contracting and arms manufacturing; ethical issues in tech and big data and ethical issues in AI and autonomous technology (e.g., replacement of human labor, ethics of driverless cars).

Participants will explore these topics and cases interactively, studying both their theoretical context and practical implications. The goal of the course is to engage participants in continued reflection on key issues in engineering ethics and to encourage them to apply the guiding ethical principles that emerge to their own fields.

Biography:  Andrew McAninch, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in MSOE’s Department of Humanities, Social Science, and Communications. Before arriving at MSOE, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also spent a year as Program Director with the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the Penn Law School. He works in moral philosophy, broadly construed, and regularly teaches courses in engineering and professional ethics, biomedical ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and AI, and epistemology.   mcaninch@msoe.edu