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AIA encouraged by passage of Senate FAA reauthorization bill.

February 22, 2011

AIA supports FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, which addresses key AIA priorities such as environmental streamlining, third-party performance-based navigation procedure design, establishment of NextGen performance metrics, and aircraft equipage incentives. AIA also commends Senate's acknowledgement of the benefits of bilateral aviation safety agreements, which increase FAA's efficiency, enhance FAA's international safety oversight, and help protect U.S. jobs. Read More

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EPA Administrator kicks off trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.

February 22, 2011

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will travel to Kenya and Ethiopia to engage in bilateral and multilateral meetings aimed at building relationships with key African counterparts and other environmental leaders. Meetings will highlight important issues in children's environmental health, good environmental governance, and emerging green technology and innovations, as well as electronic waste, enforcement and compliance, indoor air quality, and clean fuels. Read More

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SPE® Auto TPO Conference scheduled for October 2-5, 2011.

February 22, 2011

Sponsored by Detroit Section of SPE, SPE® Automotive TPO Global Conference typically features 40+ technical presentations, panel discussions, keynote speakers, networking receptions, and exhibits that highlight TPOs, TPEs, and TPVs. This year's program will include technical sessions on Materials Development, Polypropylene Compounds, Applications Development, Surface Enhancements, and TPO/TPE Interfaces, as well as new session on Polyolefin Foam and Processes. Read More

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Charles W. Briggs Award presented to ASTM Committee member.

February 22, 2011

Dr. Clifford Bueno, senior scientist at GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, received Charles W. Briggs Award from ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. As member of ASTM International and Committee E07 since 2001, Bueno has served as section chairman for non-film radiology within Subcommittee E07.01 on Radiology Method as well as contributed to development of new and revised E07 standards. Committee has recognized Bueno's work with 4 certificates of appreciation. Read More

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SME Alternative Energy Video raises biofuels awareness.

February 22, 2011

SME Education Foundation has released video, Innovate: Fueling Change, for National Engineers Week from February 20-26, 2011, which promotes student awareness of green technology careers and STEM-based education. Video documents how high school students address need to use existing energy sources efficiently and explore alternative energy resources by converting French-fry grease into bio-fuel. It is being distributed to 4,000 Project Lead the Way classrooms and after school programs. Read More

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ASHRAE Named as Lead Society for National Engineers Week.

February 22, 2011

Taking place February 20-26, National Engineers Week celebrates contributions engineers make to society and encourages engineering as career path for students by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. ASHRAE has twice served as lead organization, and as such launched New Faces of Engineering program in 2003 to promote accomplishments of young engineers across various disciplines. New College Edition will promote accomplishments of fourth and fifth year engineering students. Read More

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Conference Papers show industry leaping out of recession.

February 22, 2011

From record number of technical abstract submissions, the best papers in PCB and electronics manufacturing and assembly were selected for presentation at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) Technical Conference, April 12-14, 2011. Over 2 ½ days, 35 sessions with nearly 100 research papers will be presented on topics such as counterfeiting, lead-free reliability, embedded devices, environmental issues, high speed/RF, moisture and laminates, solar power, and sustainability. Read More

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New Faces of Engineering 2011 honors Brianne Maier and others.

February 22, 2011

Nominated by SME Education Foundation, Brianne Maier was recognized for "New Faces of Engineering Class of 2011." As Engineer II at General Mills, Maier specializes in optimizing packaging and machinery interaction. SME Education Foundation director Bart A. Aslin congratulated Brianne on "this well-deserved recognition" and called her "a shining example" of STEM-based programs. Aslin also expressed hope that Maiers' accomplishments would serve as examples to young people. Read More

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EPA awards grants to support nanotechnology research.

February 21, 2011

U.S. EPA has awarded $5.5 million to 3 consortia to support research on nanotechnology. Scientific information developed from research can help guide EPA and other agencies in decisions about safety of new materials and products that are made using nanotechnology. Specifically, researchers can determine whether certain nanomaterials can leach out of products such as paints, plastics, and fabrics when they are used or disposed of and whether they could become toxic to people and environment. Read More

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Papers invited for Energy Efficient Hydraulic Fluids symposium.

February 21, 2011

Scheduled for June 25, 2012 at the Hilton San Francisco, symposium will address development of energy efficient hydraulic fluids and measurement of resulting benefits. Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to: pump efficiency test methodology; hydraulic fluid performance; field trials; theory and modeling; hydraulic fluid chemistry; hydraulic fluid impact on wear and efficiency; efficiency benefits; sustainability; pump types; and motor types. Read More

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ASABE announces post-frame building nomenclature standard.

February 21, 2011

ASABE announced it has completed ANSI/ASABE S618, Post-Frame Building System Nomenclature, which establishes standard terminology for use in design, construction, marketing, and regulation of post-frame buildings. It provides security against inappropriate use of post-frame building terminology by individuals involved in code development and specification writing. Nomenclature is included for all primary and secondary frame components, diaphragm and shear wall elements, and foundation types. Read More

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SME Funds Documentary that explores challenges facing American manufacturing.

February 21, 2011

Scheduled to premier at Green Bay Film Festival on Feb 26, "Manufacturing the Future - A Documentary - Is Manufacturing dead in Wisconsin?" includes over 1,983 video and audio clips of interview footage with experts responding to questions on how to solve today's manufacturing challenges. Film was co-produced by Dean Thomas and Alex Zacarias of Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin. Documentary's website has been made possible through grant from SME Education Foundation. Read More

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PTDA Foundation Announcement names 2011 trustees.

February 21, 2011

Bill Childers was elected to lead PTDA Foundation 2011 Board of Trustees and will be joined by officers Barb Ross as vice president and Ken Miko as treasurer. Board of Trustees in 2011 includes 12 people: Robert K. Callahan, Ted Chisholm, Tom Clawser, Harold Dunaway, Terry Knight, David Mayer, Jeffrey Moore, W. Penny Omnès, Will Seagren, Brian Short, Thomas H. Tesoro, and Tom Wells. Also, Terry Knight will serve as chair of Industrial Careers Pathway® Steering Committee. Read More

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EPA Seeks Public Comment on plan to review regulations.

February 21, 2011

U.S. EPA invites public input on plan to guide EPA's retrospective reviews of regulations as part its response to President Obama's Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review." Sharing Obama's commitment to using common sense and transparency to review federal regulations, EPA will accept input via its website through March 20. Other opportunities for input will be available via public meeting in Washington, DC on March 14 and listening sessions in other parts of USA. Read More

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Papers Invite Issued for pesticide formulation/delivery meeting.

February 21, 2011

Papers are invited for 32nd Symposium on Pesticide Formulation and Delivery: Innovating Legacy Products for New Uses, which will occur November 1-3, 2011 in Tampa, FL. In addition to Dicamba and 2,4-D formulation/delivery innovations, call for papers welcomes several topics: regulatory updates and direction, biopesticide developments, formulation components and advances, adjuvants, test methods, and drift reduction. Interested parties must submit 250-300 word abstract by March 25. Read More

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SME Honors Member with 2011 Award of Merit.

February 21, 2011

SME will recognize Robert V. Petrach Jr., CMfgE, with 2011 Award of Merit for his experience and interest in plastics, composites, and coatings as well as contributions made to his local chapter, affiliated chapters, and Society overall. According to John Agapiou, PhD, FSME, chapter chair and staff research engineer for General Motors, "Bob does an excellent job of cultivating membership in the chapter as well as encouraging new members to become more active." Read More

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NREL to help validate methanol fuel cell technology.

February 21, 2011

NREL is collaborating with Oorja Protonics of Fremont, CA on 2-year project to deploy and demonstrate methanol fuel cells for power pallet jacks in 4 commercial wholesale distribution centers. NREL will contribute $900,000 to fund the project and Oorja will provide $1.2 million. NREL will collect and analyze data from deployment project and provide third-party assessment of performance of these emerging methanol fuel cell technologies in material handling applications. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute updates air-operated pumps standard.

February 18, 2011

Hydraulic Institute updated 2004 edition of ANSI/HI standard on air-operated pumps and published Air-Operated Pumps ANSI/HI 10.1-10.5-2010, which includes positive displacement reciprocating pumps used for general liquid transfer. Standard covers types, configurations, and nomenclature; definitions; design and application; and installation, operation, and maintenance. HI also updated 2004 edition of standard on air-operated pump tests and published Air Operated Pump Tests ANSI/HI 10.6-2010. Read More

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ASHRAE works to expand thermal guidelines for data centers.

February 18, 2011

The original version of Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments created first global, vendor-neutral environmental specification for data centers. Available now, third edition enables compressorless cooling (all cooling through economizers) in multiple applications. Content includes creation of multiple server classes to afford freedom of choice in diverse applications. Read More

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Conferences to explore micro and nanomanufacturing.

February 18, 2011

On April 5-6, 2011, SME will present co-located MicroManufacturing and NanoManufacturing Conference and Exhibitions. Presentations will discuss how micromanufacturing can improve part quality and lower production costs, sharing real examples that illustrate how to use the technologies and what not to do. NanoManufacturing Conference will highlight current, near-term, and future applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming the way products are manufactured. Read More