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ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section's Second Annual "Capitol Mechanical Engineering and Energy Symposium"
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza: "Plaza North"
Albany, NY
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ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section's Second Annual "Capitol Mechanical Engineering and Energy Symposium"
ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section Presents its Second Annual

"Capitol Mechanical Engineering & Energy Symposium"

*** Albany, New York, at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Convention Center, "OGS Meeting Room #6" ***

FRIDAY, October 17th, 2014, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.




As a convenience to our direct and sister-society engineering membership in downtown Albany, and also to fulfill our non-profit mission in educating state-wide legislative leadership and the public, the volunteers of ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section are once again hosting an "all-day" ENERGY-focused educational program, intentionally executed "on-site" at the heart of New York's state-government, and within walking distance of the state capitol building & numerous state agency buildings.  

Our 2014 Capitol Mechanical Engineering & Energy Symposium will again provide many continuing educational and networking opportunities for all Professional, Scientific and Technical workers.

The availability of all key speakers - to provide PDH/CEU credit and training to both licensed and non-licensed mechanical engineers, STEM workers, and members of the public - **has firmed-up**, and the final list below has been established by ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section volunteers:


Off the pedestrian "walkway to The Egg" containing concourse-level elevators to the Empire State Plaza's underground parking, look for ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section's table - covered by our logo'd royal-blue throw. Our ticket-checking volunteers with the "will-call" list will be there to greet you. Our sponsoring exhibitors are also located near our registration table.

8:15 - 8:25 AM: SYMPOSIUM BEGINS -> Opening comments by our 2014 Symposium Chair, Liz Kodela and ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section's Chair, Lawrence Kelley; Our 2014 H-M Section Nancy Fitzroy Award Winner will also be announced;  

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: **PDH TALK**: "An Evolutionary History of Gas Turbine Technology", Lawrence Kelley, BSME '92 Clarkson University, Thermal-Fluid & Energy Systems Design, Presenting;

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: SUNY Albany Professor Haralabos "Harry" Efstathiadis; "Solar Energy Fuels Electric Cars in the Empire State";

11:00 AM - noontime:'s Mary Burke, Manager of Special Projects: "New York STEAM Girls Collaborative" -> A national initiative that "brings together organizations throughout New York that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, *arts*, and mathematics ('STEAM')" ->;  

12:00 noon - 1:00 PM (KEYNOTER): Jim Smiley PhD, NY Capital Region Atomic Safety Expert: "The Future of Nuclear Power, including Indian Point, and new Advanced Reactor Designs"

Jim is expert on Nuclear Power Plant Design & Reactor Safety. He was responsible for design of new propulsion plants for the US Navy. He was a member of the team investigating the Columbia Shuttle Accident, was awarded NASA's Public Service Medal, gives talks to community groups on the energy crisis, and is a member of Alumni Advisory Board for the Penn State Eng. Science Dept;

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: PANEL DISCUSSION FOCUSED BROADLY ON A STEM-ENERGY-CAREER "MENTORSHIP" THEME, OF INTEREST TO STUDENT AND ADULT SYMPOSIUM AUDIENCE MEMBERS OF ALL AGES AND GENDERS -> "How to encourage more K-12 children and young adults to pursue careers in 'STEAM'-related ENERGY careers, and how to keep them - particularly women - in highly-visible positions of prominence and power throughout the entirety of their technical careers and family lives" ->

U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, New York's 20th Congressional District, Clarkson University "STEM" Industrial & Mechanical Engineering Graduate;

1. Ann Anderson, PhD Mechanical Engineering, Agnes S. MacDonald Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Department Chair, Union College;
2. Linda Lim, PhD, Assistant Professor, Engineering Science, Hudson Valley Community College;

1. William J. Flaherty, Regional Executive Director of Energy
Solutions Services, National Grid's Eastern Division;
2. Michael Franchell, Executive Director at Albany, New York's "Community Based Business Incubator Center, Inc.";
3. Kandis Freer, 4-H Resource Educator for Cornell Cooperative
Extension of Rensselaer County and the New York State STEM-Program Work Team County Co-Chair;
4. Lawrence Kelley, ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section 4th-Year Chair & Symposium Co-Founder, Troy, NY Native, Capital Region Senior Mechanical Engineer Career Veteran, Sustainable Energy Design Expert;
5. Laurel Logan-King, New York Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics ("NY-STEAM") Leadership Team-member; Assistant Superintendent, Ballston Spa Central School District;
6. Meredith Legg, PhD Civil Engineering, Chair for Academic Technology and Classroom Innovation at Emma Willard School;
7. Laura Schweitzer PhD, Neuroscience, President at Union Graduate College & NY STEAM Champions Board;
8. Jim Smiley, PhD, Expert on Nuclear Power Plant Design and Reactor Safety, Awarded NASA Public Service Medal, Member of Alumni Advisory Board for the Penn State Engineering Science Department.

2:30 PM  - 3:30 PM: Brian Merriam, CPCU, ARM, AAI, President of Merriam Insurance, Chairman of the Edison-Steinmetz Statuary Committee of the Schenectady Chamber Foundation; Hudson-Mohawk History & Heritage Talk: "The Disruptive Energy Technologies of Edison, Steinmetz and Westinghouse, and a long-overdue Downtown Schenectady Statuary Project Designed to Inspire Students and Honor our local Captains of Science & Industry";

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: **PDH TALK** -> Dr. Kris Frutschy, PhD Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Battery Design Manager - GE Energy Storage, ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section Newsletter Editor (2012 - 2015): "GE Durathon(TM) Battery Technology";

*LUNCH / FOOD-BREAK* -> McDonald's, Starbuck's and other concessions available to attendees, via a short walk from meeting room #6, in the Empire State Plaza's concourse-level.

5:00 PM: *** SYMPOSIUM ENDS. ***


ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section would like to thank our own volunteers, and all those sister-societies and New York Greater Capital Region organizations that have pledged their financial, human & material capital-support for our event:

1. The "Fiscal-Year 2015" Volunteers (and their employers!) of ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section (Thank you again!!);

2. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority:;

3.  American Honda Motor Company (AHM California Office) Electric & Fuel Cell Divisions;

4. KAPL Nuclear Engineer Mr. Paul Dietershagen (Nissan Leaf) and Guptill's Electric Vehicle Car Club (Latham, NY);

5.'s Director & Co-Founder, Dr. Otward Mueller (Mercedes SmartCar), PhD, Electronics Engineering;

6. Union College's Mechanical Engineering Department (;

7. Hudson Valley Community College's Engineering Science Department (;

8. Craig Cantello & Staff (Event Videography and Internet Services),;

9. Many others not mentioned in this list here (thank you!)!!  

We continue to seek additional corporate & sister-society sponsors, and appreciate financial help with this educational & fundraising event, to support our ASME Student Section Scholarships and our other ongoing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach activities.

The Symposium's focus is to promote the Mechanical Engineering Profession while providing opportunities for continuing education and professional development. The purpose of this event is to raise public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to the quality of life, promote the importance of a technical education including a high-level of math, science and technology literacy among both ASME membership and local citizenry, and to motivate youth to pursue engineering and related careers to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.

Proceeds from the Symposium will help build ASME Hudson Mohawk Section's Annual Scholarship Fund, for RPI, Union College, HVCC and local high school ME-track students, with our group's goal of making our JP Morgan-Chase "Custodial" fund self-sustaining / "perpetual".


1. END USE: Demand Management, Electric Vehicles, Demand Response & HAN, Energy Efficiency;

2. GENERATION AND STORAGE: Co-generation, Energy Storage, Biomass, Gas, Marine Renewables, Nuclear, Wind, Distributed Generation, Emissions and Environmental, Coal, Geothermal, Hydro, Solar Photovoltaic;

3. GRID (T&D): Communications Infrastructure, Distribution Management Systems, Mobile Workforce Management, Overhead Distribution, Power Quality, Substations, T&D Automation, Underground T&D, Grid Security, Geospatial Infrastructure Systems, Outage Management, Overhead Transportation, SCADA, T&D Asset Management, T&D Reliability, Metering, AMR & Data Management


"GOLD" ($2,000): Organizations w/ > $1,000,000 annual revenue;

"SILVER" ($1,000): Organizations w/ $100,000 to $1,000,000 annual revenue;

"BRONZE" ($500): Organizations w/ < $100,000 in annual revenue;

Hope to see you at our 2014 event!


- Larry
FY-15 ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section Chair

Lawrence Kelley
Mechanical Engineer: Sustainable Energy Expert
Chairman, ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section
40 Sterling Heights Drive
Clifton Park, New York 12065-3717
Office & Mobile: (518) 812-1268
Fax: (518) 691-9319
Personal Profile: -- Section Website:

*** During our "FY-15", ASME Hudson-Mohawk Section is proudly celebrating our *95th* year of continuous, local "STEM"-related volunteer service to our profession and the public, in the Greater Capital, North Country, and Southern Tier Regions of upstate New York! ***


The Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza: "Plaza North" (View)
South Mall Arterial
Albany, NY 12242
United States

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