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Annual Awards Banquet

ASME South Texas 2017 Awards Presentations

Thursday, April 20th

Come out and join ASME South Texas as we recognize our members and students at our annual awards banquet. The evening is the highlight of our year as we recognize the achievements of our section members.  We have planned a special dinner for the evening and this is one of the most fun events of the year.  I encourage all members to come out and spend time talking to our Houston Science and Engineering Fair Awardees about their winning projects, which are always amazing and insightful.  This is a social event you do not want to miss!

2017 Honorees include:

 - Raresh Pascali, University of Houston: Alan J Chapman Award
 - Thomas Randall, Alief Taylor High School: Claude L. Wilson Award
 - Pratyush Potu, Austin Lam, and Jay Hobstetter: Science and Engineering Fair of Houston Awardees
Advance ticket sales end at midnight on Tuesday, April 18th.  You can purchase tickets for the event through Brown Paper Tickets.  Additional information is also available through the ASME Website.  Regular tickets are $40, students are $20.  Tickets at the door are $60, CASH OR CHECK ONLY.

Meeting will be held at:

The Forest Club

9950 Memorial Drive (Near Chimney Rock)

Social Hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner Buffet: 6:15 pm
Presentation: 7:15 pm


ASME meetings are open to all. Membership is encouraged but not required to attend. Professional Development Hour (PDH) will not be given for this event.

Plant Maintenance, Inspection & Engineering Society's Expo and Conference

Thursday, April 20, 2017


If you work in Maintenance, Engineering, Inspection, or Reliability in the Petrochemical Industry you can't afford to miss the Annual Plant Maintenance, Inspection and Engineering Society's Expo and Conference on April 20th, 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Pasadena Convention Center, the Premiere Locally Sponsored Plant Maintenance and Technical Expo.


Expo will be held at:

Pasadena Convention Center

7902 Fairmont Pkwy
Pasadena, TX 77507

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Attendance to the Expo and Conference is Free!
Free Lunch and Beverages.
Technical Sessions including an Engineering Ethics Class
Over 100 Exhibitors in the Expo!

See for more information

Proceeds from this event go to award scholarships to students pursuing engineering curriculum in local Texas Universities.

Gas Turbine Technical Chapter Meeting

Monday, April 17th


Gas Turbine Fundamentals – Gas Path Coatins

Purush Sahoo, PhD, ASM, LLC

Purusottam Sahoo earned his bachelor’s degree (with Honors) in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur in India and his Ph.D. in Metals Science & Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, specializing in Welding Metallurgy.  He spent two years at Drexel University (Philadelphia) developing innovative processes for Metal Matrix composites and licensing it to ALCOA.  He has broad industrial experience working for several companies, beginning with Mukand Iron and Steel in Mumbai after his baccalaureate degree.  In the US, he began his industrial career with Sermatech International as a Senior Metallurgist where he was also the Principal Investigator on the Advanced Turbine System Thermal Barrier Coating program for Westinghouse (now Siemens).  He subsequently worked for Praxair-Tafa as Manager of Coatings Development, and at Cincinnati Thermal Spray as Director of Technology, and then rejoined Sermatech as Director of Engineering & QC, and was promoted to Business Unit Manager.  He left Sermatech to join Sulzer Hickham as their Director of Technology where he was responsible for developing and applying advanced coatings on IGT (Industrial Gas Turbine) components.  He subsequently left to start a coating services company, American Surface Modifications, located in Houston that offers state-of-art thermal spray and diffusion coatings to the turbomachinery industry.  He also runs Materials Solutions International, a full-service metallurgical consulting company dedicated to turbomachinery inspection/ evaluation, coatings, repair and training.  He has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, lectures world-wide on Coatings, Superalloys and Repairs and holds several patents.

Meeting will be held at:

Polymer Dynamics, Inc

11211 Neeshaw Drive

Houston, TX 77065

Phone: (888) 765-9396 Email:
6:00 pm               Registration, Networking
6:10–7:00 pm     Facility Tour – lots to see other than just GT items – see website above and brochures.
                              Hot rodders and engine guys will find this very interesting as well!!
6:30 pm               Buffet Dinner –– Please advise if you have special dietary needs
7:30 pm               Business Meeting:  NOMINATIONS for NEW OFFICERS – Secretary Position Open
7:45 pm               Program
Dinner is payable by cash or check at the door.  Cost is $25 with advance RSVP by noon, Friday, April 14th.  Cost is $30 if after April 14th.  Students only $5.  Reservations can be made by contacting Richard Sessions at (preferred) or by voice mail at (281) 467-2432 – Note New Number!!.

NWHSS Meeting

Thursday, April 27th

Mitigating Drilling Dysfunctions and Enhancing Performance with Self-Adjusting Drill Bit Technology
Jayesh R. Jain, Ph.D.
Baker Hughes, Inc.

The Northwest Houston Sub-Section of the ASME will be having a meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Stress Engineering Services Conference Center from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. 
Oil and Gas drilling system comprises several thousand feet long connected drill pipes with a Bottom-Hole Assembly (BHA) and a drill bit attached at the far end. Since they were first introduced to the market decades ago, polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) drill bits have undergone numerous technological improvements. However, mitigating drilling vibrations and pushing the upper limit of performance while drilling long sections in a single bit run remains a challenge for fixed PDC bits.  This presentation introduces an innovative PDC bit that can auto-adjust its depth-of-cut (DOC) control characteristics to the constantly-changing drilling environment and mitigate vibrations while delivering improved ROP. The self-adaptation is accomplished through DOC control elements mounted on a passive hydro-mechanical feedback mechanism encapsulated in self-contained cartridges installed inside the bit blades. During unfavorable dynamic events, the elements rapidly extend and engage with the formation, mitigating dysfunctions. During normal steady-state drilling, the elements gradually retract, enabling fast and efficient drilling.
Jayesh R. Jain is a research engineer at Baker Hughes Incorporated. He has been with the company for more than eight years. Previously, Jain worked as a design engineer at GE Aircraft Engines. His research interests include drilling mechanics, system dynamics and vibration, multi-physics modeling and simulation, and adaptive control. Jain currently serves as a Technical Editor for multiple SPE and Elsevier journals. He has authored or coauthored more than 22 technical publications and holds four US patents. Jain holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Meeting will be held at:
Stress Engineering Services Upstream, Pipelines and Conference Center
13610 Westland East Blvd. Building 2
Houston, Texas 77041-1205
Presentation: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Reservations are requested.   Please RSVP to Wendy Davis at or 281-890-8441 by April 25th.  Lunch cost is $15.00 

3D Manufacturing Lab Update

We have postposed our competition for this year due to some difficulties with purchasing the materials and other issues, but we are continuing to work toward developing a future curriculum around the 3D Manufacturing Lab.  We still need volunteers and are working with Alief ISD to bring the quadcopter competition to fruition in December. If you interested in 3D manufacturing, we need your help as a mentor for our Quadcopter Competition.  This is a tremendous opportunity to learn Project Management and supervisory skills as we need engineers to work with High School students in designing and building quadcopters.  If you have an interest in this cutting-edge technology, we want you!  Work on the quadcopters will be in the late afternoon and on weekends and we will work with your work schedule.

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting and educational opportunity, please contact George Rissky or Stephen Vasconi via email.


Keep Yourself Informed!

We are updating our calendars and have confirmed speakers for the December and May meetings.   You can always download the ASME South Texas Calendar directly to your Outlook Calendar at work or home.  We even have a Google Calendar version you can view online.  Impress your co-workers and friends with your instant knowledge of all our meetings and events – download the calendar today!
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Join ASME South Texas on LinkedIn

Our ASME South Texas LinkedIn Group is growing!  We continue to build our membership on today's hottest Professional Network.  We are looking for a few people who would be interested in becoming Admins to help with keeping the site up to date with informative articles on Mechanical Engineering here in Houston.  There is also a Job Board, so as you become aware of positions, please post them up.  This is a great way to become involved and connect with other ASME members in the Houston Area.  Join the conversation today!

We Always have a Home for Your Magazines!

We are approaching the end of the meetings for the year and there are only two opportunities left!  ASME South Texas supports High School STEM education through the distribution of Mechanical Engineering Magazines and other technical periodicals.  This program is one of the most popular in the area, as the magazines help inspire future engineers.  Your magazines will make a real difference by helping students reach their potential as future engineers!  Bring those magazines to our next meeting in April, or any of our meetings throughout the year.

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