Past Meetings










2002 Meetings
Delaware Bay Section

December 9, 2002
Preventing, Managing, and Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
in the 21st Century

Speaker: Samuel J. Biondi, U.S. Dept. of Energy; IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Computer Society
Location: Ewing Room, Perkins Hall, University of Delaware

November 14, 2002
Joint Meeting with ASME
Professional Licensing: Pros/Cons - Mandated?
Speaker: Panel of Delaware Association of Professional Engineers (DAPE) Council Members
Location: Plaza Center Conference Center, Concord Plaza Office Complex, 3500 Silverside Road, Wilmington

Are you licensed? Have you ever thought about it? Do you know everything you need to know to make an intelligent decision about obtaining your Professional Engineer License?

This event should be of interest to all engineers, whether licensed or not. A panel of three engineers who are members of the Council of D.A.P.E. will lead the discussion. D.A.P.E. administers professional licensing in Delaware. The panelists are Jack Billingsley, PE, ME; Bob McClure, PE, EE; and Paul Jones, P.E., Env.E.

Key Issues for the Un-licensed Engineer:

  • Should I be licensed?
  • Why should I, if I work for a big corporation?
  • I want to become licensed. What do I have to do?
  • Are the exams as backbreaking and irrelevant as rumored?
  • Where can I get refresher training?
  • How much does it all cost?
  • Key Issues for the Licensed Professional Engineer:
  • What is a Certificate of Authorization? Another tax?
  • Should Delaware P.E.'s have mandated Continuing Education as some other states do?
  • Should P.E.'s have mandated professional liability insurance?
  • What new issues related to professional licensing are on the horizon?

There is information available from ASME at

October 14, 2002
The Danger & Hazards of Electrical Distribution and How The Utilities Got There
Speaker: Don Zipse
Location: Goldey-Beacom College

I have spent the past few months researching the history of the utilities in the U.S. I propose to cover Edison's first patent where he states that the earth should not be used for return current. I have held his "onion skin" copy of the supplement dated 1885 to his original patent for "Electric Distribution Systems" dated 1880. Thrilling to say the least. I have found a researcher to do searches for me of the AIEE's papers dating back to 1888 the beginning of the AIEE - and where all the AIEE papers are stored.

I have traced the reason why the utilities have usurped the customers grounding system - dates back to 1930 study. The use of your metallic water piping system and the ground rod that you, the customer paid for and has not been adequately compensated for by the utilities.
What does that leader in social reform and other unusual actions require when it comes to how electric utilities distribute their hazardous and dangerous product? Why I am speaking of California naturally. What rules did CA mandate in 1994 with respect to electrical distribution? I am sorry that I did not know these facts at the annual NFPA meeting where the NEC has made another gigantic mistake, 250.184.

What State Attorney General is suing a utility over their distribution system?

How has a utility contributed to and caused the deaths of 5 cows per day out of a herd of 3,000 and how did they do it?

I have just about 95% finished a report on the history of electrical distribution in the U.S. and what and why the utilities made the mistakes that lead to the dangerous and hazardous electrical distribution system used by the utilities today. It stands at 47 pages with drawings and I have not even begun the actual case. I am starting on one of three similar cases today.

This subject is on the leading edge of change - Major, Major Change in the way utilities distribute their electric power - Reference CA and a state's AG action with respect to electrical distribution in the U.S.

May 8, 2002
Student Presentations and Tour of UD Electronics Lab

April 9, 2002
Tour: Dade Behring site in Glasgow

Thanks to Bob Bashford and the crew at Dade Behring for the tour!

March 12, 2002
The Electroacoustic Ear and Insights into Hazards from Cannons, Cap Pistols, Industrial Noise and Airbags.
Speaker: G. Richard Price, Ph.D., U. S. Army Research Laboratory, APG, MD 21005-5425
Location: Goldey-Beacom College.

The problem of rating and ameliorating hazard from intense impulse noise has resisted solution by traditional methods. Now, Drs. Kalb and Price at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have created an electroacoustic analog of the ear and validated it as a basis for a Damage-Risk Criterion for intense sounds. This model currently appears in a draft ANSI standard for impulse noise, has been accepted by the SAE for the analysis of airbag noise, is evaluated as being a suitable replacement for the Army's current impulse noise auditory injury assessment method and is serving as the basis for noise research in mines and factories by NIOSH. Dr. Price will discuss the development of the model, its validation with both animal and human noise exposures and demonstrate its analytical abilities as it makes "movies" of the action of the sound in the inner ear. He will also show its application to the problem of airbag noise (there is as much energy in the passenger compartment as in the crew area of a howitzer!) and provide counter-intuitive strategies for driving with the airbag while reducing the risk of hearing loss.

Speaker Biography:
Dr. G. Richard Price is a guest researcher at the Human Research and Engineering Directorate of the Army Research Laboratory and an independent acoustical consultant on the effects of intense sound on the ear. He received a BS in psychology from the University of Delaware in 1960 and a Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University in 1963. He came to the laboratory as an Army officer (1963 to 1965) and continued working as research team leader, Branch Chief and finally as Senior Research Scientist (ST) until he retired in 1999. His research in audition has produced the Auditory Hazard Analysis Algorithm for the Human ear (AHAAH) that predicts hazard from any intense sound. AHAAH is being used by the SAE, is in a draft ANSI standard for impulse noise and has been successfully peer reviewed as a noise standard by the Army. Dr. Price has also worked on quantifying and predicting the effect of changes in hearing on soldier performance and on the processes associated with the propagation, detection and identification of sounds. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, an ARL Fellow and has been a Princeton National Fellow and an NIMH Fellow.

January 15, 2002
Annual Joint Meeting with ISA
Dynamic Simulation of a Steam Generation Process with Co-generation
Speakers: Paul S. Fruehauf of Applied Control Engineering, Inc. and John V. Hobgood of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Location: Trabant Student Center, University of Delaware

This presentation reported the results of a dynamic simulation of a steam generation process with co-generation. The purpose of this study was to test the proposed control strategy to see if it meets the control objectives when subjected to some common disturbances such as a turbine trip. In addition, initial tuning constants for the controllers were developed. The dynamic simulations were performed using a general purpose simulation package known as Simulink/Matlab. The model uses rigorous balanced equations to simulate the system. The modeling techniques and the methodology used in studying such a system were presented. The steam system consists of steam generation, three different pressure distribution headers and a turbine generator. Steam is consumed both on site and exported to customers. The results of the simulation were validated by actual plant data. The model predictions (i.e., both the magnitude of pressure swings and the controller tuning constants) are accurate. The system is currently running and adequately rides through the disturbances investigated by the simulation.