November - Annual Joint Meeting of ASME/ASABE/SME/SAE

Annual Joint Meeting of ASME/ASABE/SME/SAE


“Efficiency Redefined: Influencing Design, Manufacturing, and Resource Management”



Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Waterloo Chapter

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Iowa Section

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Central Iowa Section

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Mississippi Valley Section


The theme for this year's meeting is: Efficiency Redefined: Influencing Design, Manufacturing, and Resource Management



Web Registration Closed - If you'd still like to register, please contact:


Ben Heimbuch
Phone: 319-292-6362



Registrations are due Monday, October 24th.

Please mark your calendar and register to attend this event.


DateThursday, November 3rd, 2011
Meeting LocationThe Supervisors’ Club, 3265 Dewitt Road, Waterloo, IA


4:00 – 5:00 pm – Registration & Social Hour

5:00 – 6:00 pm – Concurrent Technical Sessions

6:00 – 6:45 pm – Social Hour

6:45 – 7:30 pm – Buffet Dinner

7:30 – 8:00 pm – Keynote Speaker

Technical Sessions

1. "Leading a Lean Organization into the New Normal” – Rick Brimeyer (President, Brimeyer LLC)

Rick Brimeyer worked for 25 years at Sauer-Danfoss, in August of 2009 he founded Brimeyer LLC.  The company’s charter is to help Iowa organizations that are serious about using process excellence and strong leadership to compete globally.  Rick is the author of 5S Leader’s Field Guide: Practical Advice for Establishing a Health 5S Culture Within Your Organization.


2. “Renewable Energy towards Energy Independence and a Brighter Future”  – Reg Pecen, Ph.D. (Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa, Electrical Engineering Technology)

Dr. Pecen holds a B.S., MS, and PhD in EE and M.S. in Controls and Computer Engineering.  His background is in the areas of AC/DC Power System Interactions, distributed energy systems, power quality, and grid-connected renewable energy applications including solar and wind power systems. Dr. Pecen will discuss the current usage of wind and solar energy in the US and other countries, and the challenges and requirements to support future growth. 


3. "The next evolution of cotton harvesting, John Deere 7760 Cotton Picker" – Dave Winter (Global Manager Cotton Engineering, John Deere)    


Keynote Speaker – “Saving the World’s Energy with Fluid Power” – Dr. Kim Stelson (Director, Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), University of Minnesota)



Kim A. Stelson is Director of the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficienty Fluid Power.  The center includes seven universities, three non-profit organizations and more than fifty member companies. He is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota where he has been since 1981. Stelson is Associate Technical Editor of the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, a journal that has twice awarded him the best paper award. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Stelson’s research in fluid power emphasizes the potential for new technology to greatly improve energy efficiency in new and existing applications such as the control of vehicle power trains and hydrostatic transmissions for wind turbines. Before becoming involved in fluid power research, Stelson was active in research in the modeling and control of manufacturing processes, especially metal forming, polymer processing and composite materials manufacturing. He has been a visiting faculty member at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Auckland and the University of Bath. He has previously been Director of the Design and Manufacturing Division and Director of Graduate Studies for the M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Program at the University of Minnesota. He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1974 and his S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977 and 1982.



Fluid power transmits a surprisingly large amount of energy with remarkably low efficiency, providing an extraordinary opportunity to save energy, save money, improve the environment and create new businesses using more efficient fluid power technology. In this talk I will describe how new fluid power components and systems can significantly improve efficiency by creating more efficient systems and by improving the efficiency of individual components. Three applications will be described; an excavator, a hydraulic hybrid vehicle, and a wind power generator; to demonstrate how fluid power saves energy in a cost effective way. In the excavator, elimination of throttling and regeneration can more than double fuel efficiency. Hydraulic hybrid vehicles are now entering the market where they are superior to electric hybrid vehicles for heavy applications such as refuse trucks and delivery vans. With improved technology, hydraulic hybrids could overtake electric hybrids as a cost-effective but efficient passenger vehicle. Wind is a rapidly growing power source, with the Department of Energy leading an effort to provide 20% of U.S. electricity from wind by 2030. Hydrostatic drives could replace mechanical gear boxes, extracting more power with higher reliability.



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Dinner Costs

Members – $30
Students – $10
Non-Members – $30

We encourage Spouses, Friends, and Significant Others to attend.


For additional information or questions please contact:
Ben Heimbuch
Program Chair
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Voice: (319) 292-6362
Fax: (309) 749-0497

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