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) 


Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM CST

Add to Calendar 


This is an online event that will be held on Zoom.  Please click on the link below to join in about  5 - 10 minutes before the webinar start time of 5:30 pm.


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 878 3905 8753
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,87839058753# US (Washington DC)
+13126266799,,87839058753# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 878 3905 8753
Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kdbjhkHXRh



Reminders & Requests


REMINDER - Renew your ASME membership.  https://www.asme.org/membership/renew-membership

REMINDER - SAVE-THE-DATE: The ASME Milwaukee Section Continuing Education and Professional Development Seminar will be held as a webinar on March 19th & 26th from 9 - 11 AM with an opportunity to purchase 5 PDH's.  Look for this invitation to arive in your inbox in the next few weeks.

REQUEST - We are looking for any members interested in joining our "Nominating Committee" to help Ken, Joe & Bob find qualified candidates for our Section Leadership team.  Contact Ken Derra at (262)-679-0410.

REQUEST - We are looking for any members interested in joining our Leadership Team and taking an active role in ASME Milwaukee.  Contact Ken Derra at (262)-679-0410.

REQUEST - We would like to re-create an "Honors & Awards Committee" and are looking for any members interested in forming this committee that would help us recognize the Mechanical Engineering achievements of key people in the ASME Milwaukee Section.  Contact Ken Derra at (262)-679-0410.


ASME - Milwaukee Section February Webinar:

“Much More Than Point and Click:

Operating a Camera on Mars"



In an effort to keep our members engaged during this time of quarantining and social distancing, the ASME Milwaukee Section is inviting you to join us for a webinar on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 5:30pm.  There is no cost to attend.

TITLE:  Much More Than Point and Click: Operating a Camera on Mars


This month, the ASME Milwaukee section is very excited to welcome Darian Dixon as our "out of this world" guest presenter.  Darian is a former Mission Operations Specialist at Malin Space Science Systems (he was a Mars rover operator!!!)  and Planetary Geologist. His past research has focused on remote sensing of the surface of Mars and in his work at MSSS he served as an operator of the Mastcam, MAHLI, MARDI, and Mastcam-Z instruments. He was also the Mastcam-Z Data Management Lead where he led a novel data recovery effort that allowed the Perseverance team to efficiently receive the video of the Ingenuity helicopter's first flights despite significant latency and data limit constraints.

Darian is a Milwaukee native. Born in 1992, he attended Riverside University High School and earned his B.S. in Geosciences from UWM in 2015. He then went on to earn an M.S. in Planetary Geology at Western Washington University where he joined the Mastcam and Mastcam-Z teams as a student collaborator. Darian is now exploring PhD programs and committed to mentoring students interested in Planetary Science as a career path."

 During this presentation, Darion will discuss:

  • His journey from Milwaukee, WI to working on both the Curiosity and Perseverance missions in grad school and as a young professional.
  • An overview of the Perseverance mission.
  • An overview of the Ingenuity Helicopter.
  • How rovers are operated (with a focus on Mastcam-Z).
  • How Mastcam-Z supported the Ingenuity helicopter and Darian's own personal contribution being a major player of the helicopter video effort.