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ESD Offering New Two-Hour Continuing Education Classes

SOUTHFIELD – Michigan engineers who want to enhance their personal and professional growth – or who need continuing education credits newly required to keep a Michigan Professional Engineer (PE) license – will want to check out new two-hour educational classes being offered by The Engineering Society of Detroit.

The courses cover a broad range of topics and are geared toward engineers and other technical professionals.

The courses are $50 per course for ESD members and $75 for non-members. There’s also a student rate of $25. Each course earns two hours of continuing education credit. A certificate of completion will be provided.

To register, visit this link, or call (248) 353-0735 to register by phone. For more information, contact Elana Shelef at eshelef@esd.org or (248) 353-0735, ext. 119.

The course schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 24: Water Matters
Presented by Thomas M. Doran, PE, FESD, Retired Principal and Vice President, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.
A class to identify what should concern us and what should encourage us, along with common misconceptions concerning water and insights into how we arrived at where we are today with our water resources, presented by someone who has worked on water projects in the United States, Latin America, and Canada for 40 years. Drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, and stormwater will be addressed, including some surprise information that isn’t often heard.

Wednesday, May 3: Fundamentals of Mass Reduction / Light Weighting Techniques
Presented by Dinesh C. Seksaria, PE, Principal/Consultant, Dinesh C. Seksaria PE PLLC
This presentation will provide an overview of the underlying and enabling science involved in the currently popular subject of “light weighting”. It is intended to help individuals (non-FEA/non-structural) in both engineering as well as some non-engineering functions to understand “what light weighting means, what is involved in doing it and how it is generally accomplished.” It is intended to help both new and experienced individuals with some technical background to get a better appreciation of this subject. Pertinent terminology will be defined and basic engineering concepts that influence weight and various methods for its reduction will be discussed. Other topics that will be covered include notions of loads, stresses and deflections along with concepts of strength and stiffness as they relate to material properties in relationship to weight. Also reviewed will be other critical material characteristics that must be considered in making the technical and economic choices involved in light weighting of mechanical structural elements of a product’s design.

Monday, May 8: The Zilwaukee Bridge: From the Beginning to the Present
Presented by Matthew J. Chynoweth, PE, Deputy Metro Region Engineer, Michigan Department of Transportation
This presentation will highlight the initial studies into the decision on construction of a high-level bridge for I-75 over the Saginaw River, including the various options, and challenges at the time. Once the decision was made on the construction of the post-tensioned concrete segmental option, there were many challenges associated with it, considering it was Michigan’s first construction experience of its type. The initial challenges in the design and construction will be chronicled, along with the construction failure in August of 1982, and the subsequent repairs to save the bridge. Some 30 years of operations will also be explored, including the major challenges of replacing the bearings as part of the 2013-2014 project.

Monday, May 15: System Modeling: Rigor for Medical, Construction and Other Engineering Activities
Presented by Michael J. Vinarcik, PE, FESD
Model Based Systems Engineering has been growing in popularity in aerospace, defense, automotive, and other industries. However, it has not been as widely adopted in medical, construction, and smaller-scale engineering activities. The increased rigor, speed, and consistency that MBSE brings to interface management, functional analysis, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, and safety analysis allow engineers to detect defects sooner and improve the odds of program success. Learn how this transformative methodology can be applied to your projects.

Wednesday, May 24: Autonomous Vehicles – Roadway to the Future
Presented by Robert L. Neff, Marketing Director, Sales and Marketing Insight
What will our life be like with autonomous vehicles? Will it be the anticipated utopia or will there are new concerns that have to be considered? How will people regard this disrupting technology as it evolves? What does the future look like with autonomous vehicles? This presentation will include a brief history of automated vehicles and highways going back to 1925. The speaker was the technical leader for his company’s participation in the 1997 National Automated Highway Demonstration where autonomous vehicles were successfully demonstrated to be technologically feasible on a prototype-automated highway in San Diego.

Monday, June 5: Water Management Plans
Presented by Bill Gaines, Principal Engineer, Environmental Quality Office, Ford Motor Co.

Date To Be Determined: Cyber Security in Automotive Applications
Presented by Dr. Donald D. Price, PE, Technical Lead, EWCAP Group at United States Council for Automotive Research, LLC (USCAR)
Dr. Price will give an overview of cyber threats in automotive applications and discuss how automakers and their suppliers work collaboratively to assess whether a vehicle is robust against cyber security threats.

Date To Be Determined: Bringing Conservation to Cities
Presented by Dr. John H. Hartig, Refuge Manager, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
The story of how innovative public-private partnerships are making nature part of everyday urban life in the automobile capitals of the U.S. and Canada in an effort to inspire and develop the next generation of conservationists in urban areas because that is where 80 percent of U.S. and Canadian citizens live.

Redford School Wins ESD’s Future City

NOVI — A team from St. Valentine Catholic School in Redford Township won the 2017 Michigan Regional Future City Competition, hosted and managed by The Engineering Society of Detroit.

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Saha To Be Honored At ESD Gold Award Reception March 29

SOUTHFIELD – The Engineering Society of Detroit’s Affiliate Council will present its highest award, the Gold Award, to Pranab Saha, Ph.D., P.E., FESD, at its annual Gold Award Reception and Recognition event, on Wednesday, March 29.

The event will take place at Henry Ford College’s Andrew A. Mazzara Conference Center, 5101 Evergreen Road in Dearborn. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the awards program at 7:30.

Saha is principal and co-founder at Kolano & Saha Engineers Inc. in Waterford Township, where he supervises and directs all activities related to automotive and product noise and vibration issues. He has more than 30 years of experience in automotive acoustics and is board certified in noise control engineering by the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE)/USA.

A native of India, Saha has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Calcutta, an M.S. in engineering sciences from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a specialty in acoustics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology.Before founding his own firm, he worked for engineering firms in Michigan and California.

Pranab Saha

He has provided engineering services, both nationally and internationally, to numerous automotive companies and their suppliers in various areas of interior noise controls, including projects related to advanced noise control materials and understanding customer satisfaction requirements. He routinely provides seminars on automotive noise control specially geared for designers, scientists, engineers, and manufacturers.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan, a master instructor for SAE International, and a Fellow of The Engineering Society of Detroit. He has numerous professional awards from the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, the American Consulting Engineers Council, and SAE International. He has published and presented numerous technical papers in the publications of SAE, Sound and Vibration Magazine, INCE, IEEE, ASME, and ASA.

Tickets, at $45 before March 1 and $55 thereafter, are available online at www.esd.org or by calling (248) 353-0735. The price includes a variety of hors d’oeuvre stations, beer and wine.

Sponsors of the event include Citizens Insurance, the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Hartland Insurance Group Inc.

ESD Offering Engineering License Exam Prep

SOUTHFIELD — The Engineering Society of Detroit will again offer its Professional Engineering licensing exam review and prep courses this winter, offering members and non-members alike more than 70 years of experience in getting engineers ready to pass the exam on the first try.

The courses can be taken to gain licensing, or a la carte to meet new state continuing education requirements for engineers. Continue reading ESD Offering Engineering License Exam Prep

Dasi Solutions Sets Injection Mold Webinar

PONTIAC — Dasi Solutions, the Pontiac-based provider of computer-aided engineering and 3D printing products and services, will hold a webinar, “Avoid Common Problems with Injection Mold Designs,” on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

The webinar will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern time.

The webinar will teach attendees how to predict the behavior of plastics and get an inside look at molding before steel is cut with Solidworks Plastics.

The webinar will tackle plastic injection scenarios and teach attendees how to use plastic simulations to improve molding processes.

To sign up for this free event, visit this link.

Dasi is a corporate member of The Engineering Society of Detroit.

ESD Talk Features MDOT Director Kirk T. Steudle

SOUTHFIELD — “Follow our Leader,” a new speaker series from The Engineering Society of Detroit, will kick off Thursday, Nov. 10 with a presentation from Kirk T. Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The event begins with registration, networking and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with the presentation beginning at 8 a.m. The venue is ESD headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, Southfield.

ESD officials say the series gives attendees a unique networking opportunity and the chance to learn from some of Michigan’s technology leaders in engineering and industry – people who are making a real difference in our region.

Steudle is a 1987 civil engineering graduate of Lawrence Technological University and a Fellow of ESD. He manages MDOT’s budget of more than $4 billion, overseeing the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of highway, more than 4,000 bridges, and more than 2,500 employees.

The program is free to ESD members. Non-members can attend for $45, or join ESD for $99 and attend the program free. Non-member students can join ESD for $26 and attend the program free. Register at http://www.esd.org or by calling (248) 353-0735, ext. 222.

Engineers: Maintain Your PE License With A La Carte Courses From ESD

SOUTHFIELD — Engineers who need continuing education hours can get them conveniently by taking PE licensing courses on an a la carte basis from The Engineering Society of Detroit.

Classes are available from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 25. Two four-hour classes are also available Saturday, Oct. 8.

All classes are held at ESD Headquarters in Southfield.

The instructor-led, three- or four-hour courses are taught by industry professionals. The cost is $75 for ESD members and $100 for non-members for the weeknight courses. The cost for courses Saturday, Oct. 8 is $100 for ESD members and $125 for non-members.

A Continuing Professional Development Activity Certificate of Completion will be provided along with a description of the program.

Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Fran Mahoney at fmahoney@esd.org or 248-353-0735, ext. 116. For questions, please contact Elana Shelef at eshelef@esd.org or 248-353-0735, ext. 119.

The schedule is:

Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Probability & Statistics (Probability Distributions; Regression and Curve Fitting; Measures of Central Tendencies and Dispersions; Expected Value in Decision Making)

Thursday, Oct. 6 – Fluid Mechanics I (Stress, Pressure and Viscosity; Manometers; Flow Characterization; Impulse-Momentum Principle; Dimensional Homogeneity); and Power & Rotating Machines I (Single Phase and Three Phase; Transmission and Distribution; Voltage Regulation; Motors and Generators; Power Factor)

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wastewater Collection & Treatment (Civil; Environmental; Biochemistry, Biology & Bacteriology; Wastewater Quantity and Quality; Treatment Equipment and Processes) 1 to 5 p.m., Fluid Mechanics; Pumps & Fans (Fluid Dynamics; Dimensional Analysis; Pumps and Piping Systems)

Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Fluid Mechanics II (Continuation of Class I: Stress, Pressure and Viscosity; Manometers; Flow Characterization; Impulse-Momentum Principle; Dimensional Homogeneity); and Power & Rotating Machines II (Continuation of Class I: Single Phase and Three Phase; Transmission and Distribution; Voltage Regulation; Motors and Generators; Power Factor)

Thursday, Oct. 13 – Engineering Economics (Analysis; Depreciation; Taxation; Estimation; Inflation)

Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Electric Circuits (Voltage; Power; Energy; Elements; Circuits)

Thursday, Oct. 20 – Computational Tools (Spreadsheets; Algorithms and Flowcharts); and Electronics (Solid-State Fundamentals; Discrete Devices; Bias Circuits; Amplifiers; Instrumentation; Power Electronics)

Tuesday, Oct. 25 – Electromagnetic Fields (Maxwell Equations; Wave Propagation; Transmission Lines; Electromagnetic Compatibility)

M2 TechCast Features Job Fair Info, Women In Tech, And More

ROYAL OAK — The Monday, Sept. 19 edition of the M2 TechCast will cover a wide variety of high-tech topics, from finding a better job to ordering the world’s most embarrassing products online.

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Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Review Courses At ESD

SOUTHFIELD — Attention engineers! Boost your professional possibilities by passing the state Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination with the help of The Engineering Society of Detroit.

Since 1941, ESD has successfully prepared thousands of candidates for the State licensing exam in a variety of disciplines ranging from civil and environmental to mechanical and electrical engineering. You’ll learn in a small classroom-like setting from instructors who have first-hand knowledge of the course material.

The PE Review Course focuses on problem-solving techniques for candidates planning to take the Professional Engineer Exam. Let ESD’s 70-plus years of experience help prepare you to pass the exam on your first try.

Civil, Environmental and Mechanical engineering courses are taught Saturdays starting Aug. 27, running through Oct. 8. The courses run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for civil engineering and 1 to 5 p.m. for mechanical. There is no class on Sept. 3 due to Labor Day weekend.

The PE designation leads to faster career advancement and the ability to stamp and seal designs and bid for government contracts. The PE also qualifies persons to work as consultants and be the principal of an engineering firm.

Engineers should take these review courses if you are preparing for or planning to take the NCEES exam for PE licensure in the State of Michigan. The review courses presume that you have taken and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam relevant to your discipline but need a “refresher” review of core topics.

In these courses, engineers will learn from instructors who have first-hand knowledge of the course material; be provided with comprehensive binder of course notes to aid you during your exam;  learn from and meet your peers who are also studying for the State Exam; and will receive a certificate of completion from ESD.

Discounts are provided to ESD Members. To receive the discount, a person must become an ESD member prior to or at the time of course registration.

The PE review course is $650 for members and $850 for non-members. Textbook costs are not included. Save money by becoming an ESD Professional Member and attend the course for one low price of $749.

Students who register will receive a binder and the course materials will be provided by the instructors. Textbooks are mandatory for this course. Students receive a 15 percent discount on materials specific to ESD’s courses by ordering direct from Professional Publications. Please contact ESD for a promo code, or visit http://ppi2pass.com/.

If inclement weather or another reason beyond our control causes the cancellation of a class, we will make our best effort to inform students, via e-mail and by phone, and the class will be rescheduled to a later date.

In compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, these courses are Equal Opportunity Programs. If you have special needs, let us know when registering for the class — or no later than two weeks before the scheduled course start date — and we will make reasonable efforts to provide accommodations.

Visit http://www.ncees.org to get information on the dates for the new PE exam and how to register. Registering for the ESD Review Course does not register you for the PE Exam.

For more information, contact Fran Mahoney at (248) 353-0735, ext. 116.

ESD sets fall P.E. courses for engineers

SOUTHFIELD — Engineers who have passed the state Fundamentals of Engineering examination are invited to take the next step in their careers — the PE, or Professional Engineer, designation — with the help of The Engineering Society of Detroit.

ESD’s highly regarded PE (Part II) review course will be held Saturdays this late summer and early fall at ESD headquarters in Southfield. The courses begin Aug. 27 and conclude Oct. 8.

Civil engineering courses will be taught from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while the mechanical, environmental and electrical power engineering courses will be taught from 1 to 5 p.m.

The state exam date for the PE designation will be held Oct. 28 and again on April 21.

Since 1941, ESD has successfully prepared thousands of candidates for the PE licensing exam in a variety of disciplines.

The Principles & Practice of Engineering (PE) Part II Review Course consists of 28 hours of instruction, on seven half-day Saturday sessions, focusing on problem solving techniques needed for the Professional Engineers (Part II) exam.

For more information including course fees and how to register for the PE Review Course, visit http://www.esd.org, or contact Fran Mahoney at (248) 353-0735, ext. 116. Registrations received by July 29 receive $25 off.