Mid-Hudson Technical Societies Engineers Week

Engineering a Better World  


National Engineers Week 2008 Banquet

      Presented by members of Mid-Hudson Technical Societies

Tuesday evening, February 19, 2008

Anthony’s Pier 9, 2975 Route 9W, New Windsor, NY      


Gunnar Tamm, Ph.D. – Energy Security through Energy Alternatives

Dr. Tamm, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the United StatesMilitaryAcademy, has conducted extensive research on the use of alternative sources of energy.  His presentation examines the current energy situation and provides an assessment of alternative energy resources and technological advances for harnessing them.  Dr. Tamm identifies economic obstacles and proposes a roadmap towards greater energy and environmental security through distributed and renewable power generation, alternative transportation fuels, and nuclear energy. 

 1.5 PDH credit were approved!

Featured Speaker

Dr. Gunnar Tamm is an assistant professor with the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United StatesMilitaryAcademy since 2004, where he teaches courses on thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, energy conversion, heat transfer, and mechanical engineering design.  He spent recent summers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researching hydrogen for transportation and teaching a short course on renewable energy.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where he worked in the Solar Energy and Energy Conversion Laboratory developing a novel thermodynamic cycle to harness solar and geothermal resources, hydrogen production technologies, solar desalination, and photocatalytic disinfection of indoor air.  He received a Master of Science from RutgersUniversity and Bachelor of Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City, where he grew up.  His research at West Point has included tracking solar collectors and transient solar radiation behavior, hydrogen production, reduction of military energy usage in deployment, and design of cooling systems for soldiers in the field.  He has served as a guest Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal, Solar Energy, and as Assistant Technical Chair at the 2005 Solar World Congress.

Student Speakers 

Newburgh Free Academy Solar Racing Team 

Nine teams from Mississippi, Texas, California, Florida, Missouri, and New York took part in the 2007 Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge.  The race began July 16 at Dell’s headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, and ended 2,020 miles later in Newburgh, New York.  Traveling at an average speed of 38.42 miles per hour, the “Sol Machine VII” team from Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, New York, tied for first place in the Open Division with the “Sundancer” team from Houston, Mississippi.  

Team Members:  Seth Aaron, Benny Almodovar, Christopher Bair, Harrison Colandrea, Andrew Feigel, Daniel Gaetano, Diana Gutierrez, Melissa Kaknis, Joseph Kennelly, Tova Markowitz (Co-captain), Christopher Mercado, William Monkowski, Alexis Morales, William Palumbo, Joshua Rivera, Matthew Saari, Rebecca Sanders-Eachus, Benjamin Sayed, Katelyn Seymour, Jason Stinson, Jamie Tabanao (Co-captain), Amanda Tamas, and Timothy Virmala.

Advisors:  Mr. Christopher W. Eachus, Mrs. Kimberly Sanders-Eachus, and Mr. Frank Wolf.

Principal Sponsors

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations.  Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated utility delivering gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory extending from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the Capital District at Albany.  Central Hudson serves parts of Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.

Tectonic Engineering and Surveying Consultants, P.C. offers a full spectrum of professional engineering and services. Established in 1986 Tectonic has grown to a multi-disciplined engineering firm with a staff of over 250, and offices located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Tectonic has been an ENR top 500 design firm since 2001.

American Society of Civil Engineers: Mid-Hudson Branch

Society of American Military Engineers: West Point – Stewart Post


Wilbur Smith Associates (WSA) is an international consulting firm providing professional services in the fields of engineering, planning and economics. The firm is active in bridge inspections for NYSDOT and provides bridge, highway and intersection design, traffic analysis and signalizations studies, street-scaping, and parking garage structure inspections and rehabilitation services.

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, P.C. is devoted exclusively to helping clients protect and capitalize on their intellectual property. The Firm handles all aspects of acquiring and enforcing intellectual property rights, both domestic and foreign, including licensing and litigation.

The Chazen Companies have been providing professional services in the Northeast since 1947. This multi-disciplinary company of over 150 professionals with technical expertise in engineering, surveying, environmental, planning, and landscape architecture has five offices throughout New York and Connecticut.

APICS (Mid-Hudson Chapter)

American Society for Quality (Mid-Hudson Section)

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers: Mid-Hudson Section

New York Water Environment Association: Lower Hudson Chapter

Society of Manufacturing Engineers: Mid-Hudson Chapter #74

Society of Women Engineers: Mid-Hudson Section


Mid-Hudson Technical Societies

American Ceramic Society

American Chemical Society

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Production & Inventory Control Society

*American Society for Quality

*American Society of Civil Engineers

Association for Computing Machinery

HudsonValley Council of Technical Societies


*Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

*Institute of Industrial Engineers

*International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers

National Society of Black Engineers

New YorkState Association of Transportation Engineers

New YorkState Society of Professional Engineers - Orange/Sullivan

*New York Water Environment Association

Society of American Military Engineers: West Point - Stewart Post

*Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Society of Plastic Engineers

*Society of Women Engineers

SUNYDutchessCommunity College

SUNY New Paltz-School of Science and Engineering

SUNYOrangeCountyCommunity College

SUNYUlsterCommunity College

* Denotes societies on the planning committee

Dinner Committee

Daisie Boettner, Ph.D., P.E., ASME, SWE

Anthony Botta, ASCE

Paul Campanella, ISPE

Bob Earle, P.E., SME, SPE

William Frank, P.E., ASCE

Bill Ma, IEEE

Victor Melville, SME

Arnold Most, IIE

Tammy Nosek, ASCE

Greg Rabuffo, CQE, ASQ

John S. Sansalone, P.E., ASCE, NYWEA

Darlene Yerdon, SWE