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Professional Development Hours Workshop for Engineers and Registered Architects

Scheduled seminars throughout the DC 37 Education Fund provide licensed Professional Engineers and Registered Architects the opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours for license renewal. Engineers are required to have a minimum of 36 development hours as part of the renewal process; 18 of which must be in an interactive classroom setting. These seminars are open to licensed engineers and architects only.

Spring 2020 – May/June:

We will be only accepting applications for May and June 2020.


May and June 2020 – Seminars and Instructors’ biographies.

CH-149 The Engineering of Genetically Modified Foods & Water Purification #1
Climate change, the increase of global population and the reduction of available land and potable fresh water supplies are causing a re-thinking of contemporary techniques used for the production and distribution of mankind’s plant and animal food staples. The concern is that these techniques will be unable to feed the world’s population in the 21st century. Until recently, plant and animal “Mendelian” husbandry techniques were applied to develop more robust staple organisms that make up our diet. With advances in genetic engineering these organisms can now be modified in ways that are not possible with traditional techniques. Specifically we now have the ability to incorporate genes into organisms from other species to create chimeras that grow faster; are more resistant to diseases and insect pests; tolerate herbicides; and are able to grow in brackish water. These new species are referred to as “genetically modified organisms” or GMOs. These GMOs require new production techniques to bring them to market and prevent their interacting with native species. This lecture will introduce the climate and population factors that are causing concern and consider the world’s projected food requirements. Then we will examine the contemporary agricultural, hydroponic, aquaculture and animal engineering techniques used to grow our food, and introduce the concepts of genetic engineering techniques, i.e. CRISPR, used to create new chimeric organisms and their special requirements. We will next introduce the recent unanticipated problems discovered with the safety of GMO consumption and conclude with the ethical considerations associated with GMO versus current staple plant and animals in the context of feeding the world.

Subject: CH-149 The Engineering of Genetically Modified Foods & Water Purification #1
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Location: Webinar
Instructor: Dr. Gene DiResta, Ph.D. Bio. Engr., P.E.

CH-150 The Engineering of Genetically Modified Foods & Water Purification #2
Climate change, the increase of global population, the reduction of available land and potable fresh water supplies is causing a re-thinking of techniques for the production and distribution of the plant and animal food staples to provide adequate and sustainable quantities for the 21st century. Until recently, fresh water was in plentiful supplies with local lakes, rivers and reservoirs fed from underground aquifers; mountain’s glacier run-off and snow melt and plentiful rains. However irresponsible water usage practices; competition for water sources by hydraulic fracturing processes; an increase in severe droughts and changing weather patterns has resulted in a serious loss of fresh potable water. This presentation will examine the world population needs, usage practice and the present day challenges to our water supply, and introduce the technologies being developed and incorporated to provide potable water for the 21st century.

Subject: CH-150 The Engineering of Genetically Modified Foods & Water Purification #2
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Location: Webinar
Instructor: Dr. Gene DiResta, Ph.D. Bio. Engr., P.E.

Dr. Gene DiResta, Ph.D. Bio. Engr., P.E.
Gene R. DiResta holds a BS in Biochemistry, an MS in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Bioengineering with a minor in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. He worked in industry for 7 years as a biochemical engineer designing reactors using enzyme technology for the production of food and beverages from bench to industrial scale. He is well versed in the theoretical and practical aspects of instrumental methods of analysis, mathematical modeling and control engineering. He received his PE in Chemical Engineering. Leaving Industry he went to work as a Medical Physicist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he directed the Nuclear Medicine Research Lab and was the Technical Director of the Positron Emission Tomography Facility for 12 years. He transitioned from diagnosis to therapy by becoming the Director of the Orthopedic Research Lab, serving for 12 years before being recruited by NYU to be the Director of their Bioengineering graduate program. Dr. DiResta currently has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 7 US patents for a variety of devices and processes. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Medical Nuclear Physics. His particular outside interest is in the area of the engineering challenges of climate change because it leverages his expertise in chemical engineering, nuclear physics, mathematics and chemise-biologic principles. Climate change is a bioengineering problem because it affects the earth’s biosphere, i.e. its animal and plant life. He is ideally equipped to understand the complexity of the biological effects resulting from climatic effects and develop lectures to explain the phenomena to practicing professional engineers.


EE-119 The Design of a Smart Electrical Grid (Part # 1)
This course presents an overview of the many efforts underway to evolve the existing power infrastructure into a more advanced, more reliable, more efficient and self-healing power system through the convergence of emerging technologies, business processes, regulatory policy and customer needs. Topics covered include challenges and limitations of existing power delivery technologies, enabling technologies such as communications infrastructure and computational algorithms and advanced technologies for distributed energy resources, transmission systems and energy storage.

Subject: EE-119 The Design of a Smart Electrical Grid (Part # 1)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Location: Webinar
Instructor: Neil Weisenfeld, M.S.E.E., P.E.

EE-120 The Design of a Smart Electrical Grid (Part # 2)
This course presents an overview of the many efforts underway to evolve the existing power infrastructure into a more advanced, more reliable, more efficient and self-healing power system through the convergence of emerging technologies, business processes, regulatory policy and customer needs. Topics covered include micro grids, advanced technologies for substations, distribution systems, load management and an overview of the various smart grid initiatives in the public and private sectors.

Subject: EE-120 The Design of a Smart Electrical Grid (Part # 2)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Location: Webinar
Instructor: Neil Weisenfeld, M.S.E.E., P.E.

Neil Weisenfeld, M.S.E.E., P.E.
Neil Weisenfeld is a professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He has 23 years of experience in the power industry and is currently a department manager in Con Edison’s Distribution Engineering department. He has worked in the areas of Power Generation, System Operation, Engineering and Energy Services. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Power Engineering Society of IEEE for over 10 years, is a senior member of the IEEE and holds four U.S. patents.

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