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Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015th
Oil Fracking, What's It All About?
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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015
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Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015


Oil "drilling" by hydraulic fracturing is certainly one of the most controversial environmental topics in society today.  Everyone seems to have an opinion, but many are short of technical facts on this subject.  It boils down to this: to make the U.S. more energy independent, what are the environmental and climatic risks and are they worth taking?

We will cover the fundamentals of “fracking”, and describe the operations involved in well drilling and extraction of the released oil and gas. Because up to six million gallons of water may be required to drill and frack one well, this activity threatens our water resources, particularly in a time of severe drought in many areas of the country. That, coupled with the possibility of aquifer contamination, underscores the interest of water use and reuse in these operations. (read more & register...

MEMBERSHIP REMINDER: If you have not already renewed your ASME membership to please do so. Names and email address for those who do not renew by January 31, 2015 may no longer receive Section e-mails or other important information from ASME. So dig out your membership number and…

•Go online to www.asme.org, and click on MEMBERSHIP and the RENEW, or
•Call: 1-800-843-2763 (US & Canada), or +1-973-882-1167 (Global), or
•Email: CustomerCare@asme.org, or
•Fax: +1-973-882-1717

This fall, ASME-MN and the University of Minnesota-Duluth ("UMD") presented the Frank P. Vinella Mechanical Engineering Scholarship to two current mechanical engineering students at UMD: Joseph Lofgren and Dylan Mattson.  Mr. Vinella, who recently passed away, was a long time supporter and volunteer for ASME-MN, as well as a past chair, and greatly contributed to the engineering community here in Minnesota.

ASME-MN is pleased to announce the selection of the Cooke Rotary Snow Plow in Duluth as a designated ASME Landmark.  A formal ceremony for the unveiling of the plaque will take place at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in early May.  If you would like to contribute to the ceremony or wish to receive additional information, please contact ASME-MN Chair Martha Engel at mengel@winthrop.com by February 28, 2015.

The Anoka-Hennepin School District STEM Fair is recruiting judges for their event on Saturday, February 7, 2015. This year's Fair is being held at Coon Rapids High School. With over 1,000 participants, this fair is the largest STEM Fair in the State and it doesn't happen without the generous support of community members. A Judge's role involves talking with students about their projects and assigning them a score using a scoring rubric. It is a great way to help out the community and to see what incredible things students are doing in school. I have attached a flyer decribing the Fair is available at http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/stemfair. Click on the left sidebar link for Judges and Volunteers. Thanks for your time and consideration!

New Career Opportunities are posted on our JOBS page.  Check them out, for yourself, or for a friend. 

LinkedIn members now have a new option to keep updated on ASME-MN meetings. Join the ASME-MN Group on LinkedIn by logging on to your account, click on the GROUPS tab near the top of the screen, search for ASME MN, and finally, click on the JOIN GROUP button.