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

Annual Joint Meeting of ASME/ASABE/SME/SAE

“Innovating in Challenging Times”

Updated: 04-Nov-2009 | Webmaster

Copyright © SME Chapter 186

For additional information or questions please e-mail Eric Bretey at:

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

Members – $25

Students – $10

Non-Members – $27

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: Innovating in Challenging Times

Web Registration has now closed. Additional registrations must be contact Eric Bretey at:

Please mark your calendar and register to attend this event.

Date – Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Meeting Location – Ramada & Five Sullivan Brother Convention Center, 205 W. 4th Street, 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. "Non-Destructive Inspection Technologies: Focus on the Need, Not the Tool" - Dave Utrata (Iowa State University - Center for Non-Destructive Evaluation)

Do you need to find better ways to assure the quality of your product helps you to stand out? An expert in applying a wide variety of non-destructive inspection technologies will show you what is possible, when to use them, and what resources are available to Iowa companies to apply them.

2. Roundtable discussion: Hard business aspects of operating in our challenging economy.

Working harder to make sales?

Finding that firm orders are not firm?

Suppliers not able to make commitments?

Outside resources more or less available?

All these issues will be discussed in an interactive panel format with panelists representing purchasing, marketing, and engineering functions from a number of organizations.

3. "Trends in Supply Management" - Brian Miller (John Deere Supply Management)

Today’s OEM products typically have a majority of the value added by companies other than the OEM. This presentation will review some of Deere’s strategies for building and maintaining world class value chains. Topics will include Deere’s organizational methodology, supplier sourcing strategies, and integrating suppliers into the Product Development, Order fulfillment, and Customer Support processes.

Keynote Speaker

Jim Heise and Michael Olson from Iowa State University will be talking about engineering education.

Click on the below link or paste it into a web browser for directions to the meeting location:,+Waterloo,+IA+50701+(Ramada+%26+Five+Sullivan+Brother+Convention+Center)&sll=42.476016,-92.347133&sspn=0.087488,0.170288&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=205+W+4th+St,+Waterloo,+Black+Hawk,+Iowa+50701&t=h&z=16

Dinner Costs

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Waterloo Chapter

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