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New events added! make sure to RSVP

"Eliminating Human Error in the Oil and Gas Industry -

can it be done?"

Michael Fry, President & CEO

Deepwater Subsea - Houston, TX

Thursday, March 22


Its human nature that people make mistakes and as an industry we’ve accepted that. In today’s world where every incident shines a negative light on our industry the question is, "can human error be prevented?" In this presentation we'll discuss the filthy fifteen human factors that cause incidents and accidents in the workplace while also introducing error management strategies to help eliminate errors from taking place.

Michael Fry is the President and CEO of Deepwater Subsea, a company that specializes in subsea operational excellence, compliance verification, and competency development training. Michael joined the industry in 1998 after a 10-year career in the US Navy where he worked on nuclear submarines. During his oil and gas career he has held various leadership roles ranging from Technical Superintendent, Corporate Subsea SME, Subsea Manager, and now President and CEO of Deepwater Subsea.

Advanced ticket sales  start this week and end at midnight on Tuesday, March 20. 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 $15.  Tickets at the door are $50, 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 be given for this event.


ASME STS Gas Turbine Technical Chapter Meeting

Monday, March 19, 2018

Gas Turbine Active Combustion System Tuning

Bill Barras, Production Manager, Ethos Energy


The Houston area ASME-International Gas Turbine Technical Chapter is dedicated to the design, manufacture, operation, maintenance and business of gas turbine based technologies. Every individual and organization with an interest in this technology is encouraged to participate (ASME membership is not required, but encouraged). Meetings are generally from 6 PM to 9 PM. We welcome everyone. Come as you are, we are a NOMEX/FRC friendly organization!

Please join our March 19 meeting to learn about Gas Turbine Fundamentals: Low Emissions Gas Turbine Combustion Active Tuning Basics, "Dry Low Emission/NOx" gas turbine system, typical system components and features, and fuel types. There will be a facity tour (please bring closed toed shoes with leather uppers and safety glasses!) and a software demostration. The EthosEnergy EcoMax system will be the basis for the discussion and Bill will have a demo software unit at the meeting.

Bill Barras has almost 50 years of experience in the gas turbine industry starting at Dow Chemical/Dynegy and including a Vice President’s position at Gas Turbine Efficiency, managerial roles at Wood Group and his is now the EthosEnergy Product Line Manager / Sales representative for Gas Turbine Performance. Bill was also very active in gas turbine industry user groups including his founding and Chairing of the Siemens 501F User Group.


Meeting will be held at:

Ethos Energy Repair Facility (formerly TurboCare shop)

3100 S Sam Houston Pkwy E

Houston, TX 77047

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


6:00 PM        Registration, Networking, Facility Tour

6:30 PM       Buffet Dinner –– Please advise if you have special dietary needs

7:15 PM        Business & Announcements **Officer Nominations**

7:30 PM        Presentation/ Demonstration

9:00 PM        Meeting Adjourns


Dinner  is payable by cash or check at the door. The cost is $10 with RSVP by noon Friday, March 16, or $15 at the door. FREE for students.  RSVP for this event NOW! Reservations can be made by contacting Richard Sessions via email (preferred) or by phone 713-797-2737


Plant Maintenance, Inspection, & Engineering Society's

EXPO & Conference 

Thursday, March 22, 2018



Make sure to attend the PMIES EXPO in the Pasadena Convention Center on March 22, 2018 to network with industry professionals and learn about the newest technologies in the industry from over 100 exhibitors! The event, formerly known as the ASME Plant Engineering Maintenance Trade Show, will be held 1 month earlier than the previous years. The EXPO and Conference will be from 8 am to 4 pm on March 22, 2018. Admission, lunch, and beverages are free.


EXPO will be held at:

Pasadena Convention Center

7902 Fairmont Pkwy

Pasadena, TX 77507

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


There will be an engineering ethics presentation at 11:00 AM. The proceeds from this event will benefit  university scholarships for students pursuing engineering curriculum in local Texas universities. To find more information and register for the event, please go to 


SPE Upstream Oil & Gas Professional Hiring Event

Tuesday, March 27, 2018



Society of Petroleum Engineers is hosting their 3rd Hiring Event for upstream oil & gas professionals on March 27, 2018. There will be a panel of speakers where job seekers can learn how to optimize their job search and stay positive in this narrow market. The hiring event is divided into individual time slots (register to select your time!) from 10 am to 2 pm where job seekers can talk directly to employers. After that, there will be a networking session from 2-3 pm in which light refreshments will be served. To see a list of participating employers and to learn more about the event, please visit the SPE event website


SPE Hiring Event will be held at:

Trinity Mendenhall Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, TX 77055

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

**Parking at Trini Mendenhall & adjacent Kroger's Plaza**


ASME South Texas Section is one of the collaborating professional organizations for this event, so all active ASME members are able to attend. ASME members should register for the event AND upload their resumes to the SPE resume bank by March 12, 2018. When registering, make sure to indicate that you are with ASME South Texas Section. There is a $5 registration fee that goes toward the SPE-GCS scholarship fund. No Unregistered Walk-Ins Allowed.


ASME STS Apollo Section Meeting

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Reciprocating Compressor Packages for Oil & Gas Industry

Joseph Lesak and Swamy Subramanyam, Neuman & Esser USA, Inc.


The main objective of the Apollo Section of the ASME South Texas Section is to promote activities on design, manufacturing, packaging, operation, maintenance and repair related to the rotating machinery and auxiliary systems. All those interested in aforestated technologies are welcome to attend dinner meeting events organized by the Apollo Section. ASME membership is not required, but encouraged. The theme for year 2018 is basics of rotating machines and associated auxiliary systems for oil & gas industries.

Join us on Tuesday, March 27 to learn about basics of reciprocating compressors, applications and best practices, pulsation vessel sizing, couplings options for Recips, and Skid Package Design.

Joseph Lesak is a Key Account Manager for NEA USA, located in Katy Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Texas State University and has worked for Cooper Energy Services, Curtiss Wright, and MAN Turbo. His experience in the compression market has been in engineering and sales for over a 20 year span. He can be reached at joseph.lesak@neuman‐

Swamy Subramanyam is VP‐Technical management for NEA USA, located in Katy Texas. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and has worked in Ingersoll‐Rand prior to joining NEA group. His experience in the compression market has been in package design & engineering for over a 20 year span. He can be reached at  swamy.subramanyam@neuman‐


Meeting will be held at:

Neuman & Esser USA, Inc.

1502 East Summitry Circle

Katy, TX 77449

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


6:00 PM        Registration, Networking, Shop visit

6:30 PM        Dinner –– Please inform if you have special dietary needs

7:15 PM        Business & Announcements

7:30 PM        Presentation

9:00 PM        Meeting Adjourns


Dinner  is payable by cash or check at the door. The cost is $30 with RSVP by Monday, March 26, or $35 at the door. The cost for students is $5.  Reservations can be made by contacting Valentin Vazquez via email at


3D Manufacturing Lab Update


VOLUNTEERS AND TEACHERS needed! We are 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 Stephen Vasconi via email and RSVP.

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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!

Out With the Old, In With the New


 ASME South Texas wants your old magazines! 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! Please bring those magazines to our meetings throughout the year.

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