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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.

New Winter 2023 – January/February webinars

January and February 2023 – Seminars and Instructors’ biographies.

ME-119 Analysis of Engineering Disasters, (Part # 3)
This course examines how engineering, design and management processes conspire to cause catastrophic failure and the most effective methods to avoid such events. Presented as a series of case studies, the course covers causes of failure such as poor engineering practice, design flaws, material failures, defective construction and fabrication, extreme operating conditions and inadequate management processes. Specific events covered in this segment are the Concord, Herald of Free Enterprise Ferry, Chernobyl, Apollo 13, De Havilland Comet and Sampoong Department Store events. Human decision and error will also be examined.

Subject: ME-119 Analysis of Engineering Disasters, (Part # 3)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10pm
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Location: Webinar
Instructor: Neil Weisenfeld, M.S.E.E., P.E.

ME-120 Analysis of Engineering Disasters, (Part # 4)
This course examines how engineering, design and management processes conspire to cause catastrophic failure and the most effective methods to avoid such events. Presented as a series of case studies, the course covers causes of failure such as poor engineering practice, design flaws, material failures, defective construction and fabrication, extreme operating conditions and inadequate management processes. Specific events covered in this segment are the Mars Climate Orbiter, North Sea Oil Platform, TWA Flight 800, I-35W Bridge and 2003 North East blackout events. High reliability design principles will also be examined.

Subject: ME-120 Analysis of Engineering Disasters, (Part # 4)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
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.


CH-114 Engineering Challenges Associated with Climate Change (Pt. 1)
CH-114 will focus the scientific evidence that has been accumulated and the modeling efforts that project what will happen.

  • Is our planet undergoing “Global Warming”? Is the rate of climate change increasing? Is human activity to blame? These are questions many people around the world are asking in light of warmer winters, hotter summers, and severe storms, draught, expanding deserts and melting polar ice caps. However we may not be able to answer these questions with high degree of certainty because climate changes, unlike weather patterns, occur over periods of thousands of years and not within the time span of a few generations.
  • We must acknowledge that climate change is the norm and not the exception when viewed from astronomical timelines. Earth’s climate has cycled from warm to cold to warm several times and will, in all likelihood, continue this pattern.
Subject: CH-114 Engineering Challenges Associated with Climate Change (Pt. 1)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: Webinar
Instructor: Dr. Gene DiResta, Ph.D. Bio. Engr., P.E.

CH-141 Engineering Challenges Associated with Climate Change (Pt. 2)
CH141 will focus on what, if anything, we can or should do to improve our chances for survival. We will introduce concepts of adaption to help our world cope with current climate effects while simultaneously developing strategies to mitigate the perceived factors that are accelerating climate change.

  • The important concerns we face today are how do we anticipate and then accommodate the expanding world population’s need for food, shelter, health needs, and energy requirements in the face of the climatic turmoil we are experiencing.
  • Humans are the current dominate inhabitants of earth but unlike other dominate species that became extinct from climate change humans possess the intellectual capacity and engineering capability to cope with the current climatic challenges and perhaps influence the outcome and the survival of our species.
Subject: CH-141 Engineering Challenges Associated with Climate Change (Pt. 2)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
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 chemico-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.

 

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