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Our Student Night is always a popular affair. Last year, it was in Virginia Beach - this year in Richmond. But, the constant is our speaker, Dr. Rob Pond of Loyola University in MD. Not only is he entertaining and informative, but his topic choices can hold the interest of both our students and our chapter members. This year, Rob discussed the fabrication of useful products using plastic deformation - an ancient art - as the title "From Tubal Cain: the Art and Science of Metal Forming" makes obvious. Even today, the stress-strain diagram holds some mysteries. Of course, Dr. Pond delves into the corners of the topic at hand - the "did you know(s)?" It is safe to say that the audience was informed and entertained! Some pictures of the event are available here.
As a bonus, we'll also heard a few words from a student, Ms. Katherine Beaulieu, who recently attended one of the ASM's Materials camps for students in Materials Park.
Chapter year thus far: This summer your chapter sponsored and helped with two Teachers' Camps - one in the Richmond area and one in Virginia Beach. Feedback from the attendees has been positive and there have been discussions about enlarging the effort next year. Pictures from the Richmond Camp and an embedded link to their technical program may be viewed here as a *.pdf file. Information on the VA Beach Camp will be seen here as files become available.
And, we've had our first joint chapter social at the New Kent Winery.
The Howmet plant tour was attended by a number of members. Unfortunately, this event takes place during business hours. But, like Dr. Pond's subject, Howmet produces exotic parts utilizing one of the oldest metallurgical techniques - the lost wax process - to fabricate turbine blades. Using single crystal seeds this process can produce blades with internal channels that themselves are single crystals. At elevated temperatures and pressures, grain boundaries become a materials property liability.
There is no technical program scheduled for December, and normal chapter activities will resume in January 2014 with a talk by our Chair on "Finite Element Analysis" applications in the real world.
YOUR CHAPTER EC WISHES ALL OF YOU A HAPPY THANKSGIVING AS WELL AS A SAFE AND PROSPEROUS HOLIDAY SEASON - AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Officers for 2013-2014: As we thank last year's officers for their service -we have elected new chapter officers: Jeff Wiese will take over as Chair. Don Geisler will continue as Treasurer. Kurt Thompson will take over duties as Secretary. Steve Gentz will continue as Program Chair, and Jim Hurst will continue as Webmaster over both our Tripod/Lycos site and our ASM site. We hope to completely migrate to the ASM site during this chapter year.
Our incoming Chair, Jeff Wiese, has proposed that the Executive Committees of the Richmond Chapter of ASME - the American Society of Mechanical Engineers -and our Eastern Virginia Chapter of ASM hold joint meetings with the intention of developing a technical program of interest to members of both societies. To that end, our first joint EC meeting was held in Richmond this week. There are obvious commonalities between our societies since materials selection and characterization is at the root of any engineering application.
Like trivia? We've known that our ASM chapter covers a large geographic area, but only recently have we had this area defined by Materials Park. Currently, it stretches from VA Beach north and west towards Richmond and north and east almost to Washington DC. We'll try to develop a map and post it on our website along with the ZIP codes that define it.
We have developed our Technical Program which may be viewed here.
Finally, we congratulate our most recent scholarship winner - Hunter Jacobs who has entered VA Tech this fall - in the School of Chemical Engineering.
Chapter year 2012 - 2013 activities
The twice postponed tour of the Aleris Rolling Mill facility in Bellwood VA went well. The facility is an interesting one from the point of view of it being a significant "high-tech" recycling effort as well as a primary fabrication operation.
Our popular Student Night, was held on November 16th, and featured Dr. Robert Pond of Loyola University MD who gave an overview of one of the largest and most complex construction projects of the last century (not that long ago) - the Big Dig in Boston MA. This project replaced an overloaded highway system (referred to as the Green Monster) with a series of tunnels and bridges through downtown Boston, and the project was completed without disrupting the existing traffic flow until the alternate system was completed. This overview has many facets aside from just the logistics and materials challenges. There are continuing issues related to engineering ethics and the interface between planning and execution of such a massive project. Both adults and some twenty students found this presentation to be well worth their time.
This year, in order to encourage increased student attendance, we switched both the location and day. We met at the Advanced Technology Center of the Tidewater Community College, Room 131, in Virginia Beach. You may view a few event pictures by clicking http://asmeasternvirginia.tripod.com/studente/student_night/2012/sn2012.pdf.
Our New website - Update
While our new ASM hosted website is not quite where we want it to be, we are close enough to recommend that you go there for up-to-date Chapter information. You may view our "work in progress" now by looking at our "public address":
By following that link, you will be able to view our website, but you won't be properly linked to the ASM International website until you log in. To accomplish that, you will need to supply your email address and ASM password.
We hope that you enjoy our picture header which is different from those of other chapters which seem to feature city skylines. With two ASM Historic Markers within our chapter's boarders - one in Richmond at the Tredegar Iron Works, and another at the Monitor Center of the Mariners' Museum - we felt it fitting to display the CSS Virginia whose steel cladding was fabricated at Tredegar, the aircraft carrier, the USS G.H.W. Bush - CVN-77, built here in Newport News, and the USS Monitor, the preservation of whose remains have been entrusted to the Mariners' Museum here in Newport News.
Still missing are some links to our monthly Chapter program announcements, and a clear path specific to student and teacher events, pictures, and other details that will make a visit to the new site a worthwhile experience. Links appear on the left side of the webpage, and additional "sub links" under those that exist now under "My Chapter Home" are in the works. Some of these headers will be relabeled for clarity sake. For now, we will continue to support this (TRIPOD/LYCOS) website as well which allows us to post some types of files more quickly.
We hope to see more participation in our activities this chapter year!
Student and Teacher Events
ASM Materials Camps 2014
We will be getting more information from headquarters early in 2014, but high school students who are interested in a spot at one of more than 20 ASM summer camps for the summer of 2014 will be able to view the schedule and locations atwww.asmfoundation.org.
As described above, Teachers Camps in the Eastern Virginia area will continue to play a significant roll in our Chapter's Educational Outreach.
Continued congratulations to Garrett Simard - our most recent winner of the Chapter's Dr. Peter McNamara - Joseph H. Kuhns Scholarship for 2011. Last year we received almost one hundred applications for this award. Garrett will be entering the Materials Science and Engineering program at the University of Michigan. The Chapter wishes him much success in his future professional career. As mentioned above Hunter Jacobs will enroll at VA Tech for the Fall Semester.
City of Materials:
There is some new information on the ASM website relating to the City of Materials and a detective game. Teachers/ students - look into it! The website gives students the opportunity to connect with the field of Materials Science and Engineering as a discipline, learn what our profession does for the community, and how this field might be a future career choice. The website features games, experiments, profiles of those practicing this art, and career path information and guidance.
The URL is:
Materials and "Making Stuff"
This TV series, has run its course, but thanks to PBS, these episodes are available in whole or in part on the PBS website. They are worth your time spent watching them.
Each episode, giving a critical view of the "new" world of "materials" - was cosponsored by the Office of Science, Department of Energy, PBS, and members of the Materials Research Society. Click here to read more on a four part series.
Other Chapter Business ...
As always, the Chapter continues to need more involvement and would welcome feedback from our members. To that end, we would be happy to get input from you on potential technical topics and speakers. Our Continuing Education Seminars provide our members with professional credits and provide the Chapter with funds for college scholarships. Feel free to email the webmaster, Jim Hurst, at email@example.com , or any other member of the Executive Committee (see the left column of our webpage for contact information) with your suggestions.
We have been reminded by ASM Intíl. Headquarters to have members update their professional information on ASMís website (http://asmcommunity.asminternational.org/portal/site/www/). Have your ASM ID number handy.
The Eastern Virginia Chapter By-Laws can be viewed by clicking on this link.
... of professional interest to the materials community:We will be happy to post items of general interest to members of the materials community. Contact any of our Officers or the Web Master.
Chapter Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Eastern Virginia Chapter of ASM International to provide a regional base of communication for the purpose of disseminating and sharing information as it relates to the field of Materials Science and Technology. This chapter will endeavor to provide support and encouragement to local industry and to educational institutions, by sponsoring courses and providing technical support to area teachers, professors, and professional industrial trainers. This chapter will also endeavor to promote interest in the field of materials science, by providing diverse technical programs, which provide materials information pertinent to area industries and research, and by actively recruiting new members.
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