ASM Akron Meeting Notice

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Meeting Sponsor: ASB Industries

RESERVATIONS Requested by: Monday, March 19, 2012, by 2:00 p.m.
Walk- ins are welcome*****

Reservations not canceled 2 days prior to meeting
will be invoiced as we must pay for meals reserved.
ASM Reservations: Technical Chair: Deborah Curtis, ASB Industries, Inc.

Topic: International Space Station - ISS - 2012

The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest and most complex spacecraft ever built.

The station is currently the home of six astronauts from three countries: Russia, the United States, and the Netherlands. Construction and use of the ISS has been the major manned-space program of the last decade. It has been continuously crewed since November of 2000, with more than 200 individuals spending some time on the station since that time. The talk will discuss the past, present, and future of this unique facility and highlight some of the research currently being conducted. Some videos will demonstrate what life is like during a six month expedition in low earth orbit.

Speaker: Tom Benson – Aerospace Engineer NASA Glenn Research Center

Tom Benson is a Senior Research Engineer in the Inlets and Nozzles Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center. He has worked at NASA for almost 35 years. Early in his career, he specialized in computer modeling of supersonic and hypersonic flows in propulsion systems. For the past 15 years, he has divided his time between high speed computational fluid dynamics and educational outreach.

Tom is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics, a large educational NASA website that describes the math and science of aeronautics as applied to airplanes, gas turbine engines, rockets, kites and sports. He is the author of FoilSim, EngineSim, RocketModeler, and KiteModeler which are interactive computer programs available on the web to allow students to explore math and science through inquiry-based learning. Tom is currently a presenter for the NASA Digital Learning Network (DLN) delivering lessons to students using two-way interactive TV on such varied subjects as Humans in Space, Simple Machines, and Rocket Science.

Tom earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Ohio State University in 1971. He then spent four years in the Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB doing high speed inlet testing and installed engine performance calculations for the F-5E, YF-16, YF-17, and B1-A. He returned to graduate school at OSU and passed the qualifiers for a PhD before coming to work at NASA in 1978. He is also a board member of the Cleveland Astronomical Society, where he has given talks on the Apollo Moon program and the International Space Station.

Location:New Era Café
10 Massillon Rd. Akron OH 44312,
Time: Networking: 5:30 / Dinner: 6:30 p.m. / Presentation: 7:30
Cost:$20.00 ASM members & spouses / $22.00 guests / $15.00 retirees / $5.00 Students
Buffet: Stuffed Pork Chops, Chicken Paprikas, Potato, Vegetables, Salad, Coffee, Soft Drinks and Dessert
Vegetarians: Rigatoni with Meatless Sauce. Request a vegetarian meal with your reservation.

Previously: Engineers Week Banquet, Akron ASM Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to: David Houser P.E., of B&W NOG. We applaud Dave for his many hours of willing volunteerism.

The ASM Akron Chapter’s course held in February titled “Pressure Vessels: Design, Materials, Risk Management, coordinated by Dr. Bob Shemenski, FASM, was a great success. Many thanks to all who volunteered their time.

ASM Akron Officer Nominations 2012-2013 Nominations for Chapter Officers need to be received by March 19, 2012. Contact Dave Houser 330-860-1788

Next Meeting: April 18, 2012. Annual Membership Awards and Student Night @ New Era

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