Mr. Robert Simmons was elected the new national president, and began his 2010-2011 presidential term at the dinner on June 8.

Robert Simmons

Read the release here.

New ASME President Robert Simmons Begins Term at Annual Meeting

PITTSBURGH — ASME’s new president, Robert T. Simmons, underlined his commitment to diversity in the workplace during his inaugural address at the President’s Dinner last week during ASME’s Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.

“A major priority of mine is diversity,” said Simmons, who has stated previously that he hopes to make ASME’s services and offerings more appealing and valuable to women, minorities and young engineering professionals. “ASME needs to strengthen its diversity in all its forms — from age and gender to ethnicity — and develop our ability to listen and accept diverse views. I will endeavor to make appointments to task forces and special project teams that will exemplify diversity as a core value of our Society. I will also support policies that build an environment where early career engineers, women and other underrepresented groups can reach their highest potential as leaders in this Society and our profession.”

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If you haven’t seen the BP Coffee Spill video on Youtube, here comes your chance.

BP Coffee Spill

I’d like to share an article from regarding BP’s oil spill.

Oil Spill

ASME joins the engineering and technology community in expressing its deep concern for the situation in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the explosion that occurred on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig on April 20, 2010.  Our sincere sympathies go out to the families and colleagues of the workers that lost their lives and more that were injured in this tragedy and to the communities being impacted.

As ASME continues to monitor news on the efforts to contain the oil flow from the damaged undersea well, the Society will make every effort to support the dissemination and discussion of the facts and available technical information related to this incident.

At appropriate times in the future, ASME plans to convene experts and leaders from the offshore technology community to participate in special sessions to discuss the technical issues associated with deepwater drilling.  During upcoming conferences and other venues, ASME plans to host discussions on key issues such as lessons learned, best practices and ways to improve risk management processes.

While news surrounding this tragic incident continues to unfold, ASME will remain committed to making meaningful contributions to the Energy Grand Challenge, in the United States and throughout the world, by optimizing its volunteers and staff resources and by partnering with other organizations.

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I would like to share an article from Houston Chronicle about man’s voyage to Mars. This time, they will not come back until 17 months later.

520-days' Mars Voyage

520-days' Mars Voyage

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY: Six men begin 520-day Mars mission without leaving Earth

By Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle

Jun. 3–Getting to Mars will require conquering not only the 34 million miles between Earth and the red planet at their closest approach, but the human psyche as well.

The unglamorous reality of voyaging to Mars with present-day rockets is that it would require confining six humans in a small area for more than 17 months, with no escape and limited contact with the outside world.

Can you say “cabin fever”?

It worries the space agencies that may one day, later this century, play a role in sending humans to Mars.

So today, near Moscow, a hatch will close behind six men as they enter a small chamber — not to re-emerge for 520 days. The Mars-500 project, sponsored by Russia’s Institute for Biomedical Problems, seeks to emulate the confinement and isolation of a human mission to Mars.

It’s the longest study of its kind ever, and will include a simulated Mars landing as well as other features, such as a 20-minute communications delay with a “mission control” and limited showers to make the space travel experience as close to real as possible.

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