Technical Chair: Cheryl Bowman

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Technical Chair: Cheryl Bowman

5:45    Social / Networking Time
6:30    Dinner  
7:30    Presentation – Exercising in Space:  A Dynamic Research Problem

Gail P. Perusek, M.S.—NASA Glenn Research Center, Exercise Countermeasures Project Manager

gail perusekExercising in Space:  A Dynamic Research Problem—Overview of the Exercise Countermeasures Project for NASA's Human Research Program – highlighting work being done at NASA’s Glenn Research center including an on-orbit investigation to develop more comfortable crew equipment for the International Space Station treadmills, ground simulations of microgravity and lunar locomotion and Extravehicular Activity, and Advanced Exercise Concepts for the new Lunar Electric Rover prototype (think next-generation Apollo lunar rover). Exercise is performed in space to help mitigate the detrimental physiological effects of spaceflight, including bone loss, muscle atrophy, and cardiovascular deconditioning. This is a top-level overview of the project for a general audience.

Gail Perusek received her B.S. with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University (1989) and M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (2000) with a focus on Biomechanics.  She is currently assigned to the International Space Station (ISS) and Human Research Project Office at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC).  She serves as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several research projects related to Exercise Countermeasures and Crew Health in space and has been an active research collaborator with the Cleveland Clinic, Department of Biomedical Engineering since 1995.  She led development of the Exercise Countermeasures Laboratory and the enhanced Zero-gravity Locomotion Simulator at NASA Glenn, which provides a unique ground-based simulation of zero-gravity and partial gravity exercise and locomotion for the development of exercise prescriptions and crew exercise equipment for long-duration space missions.  Ms. Perusek is currently Principal Investigator of an on-orbit investigation being conducted on the International Space Station, to improve crew equipment worn by astronauts during treadmill exercise, for improved mechanical loading and musculoskeletal health in space.
Prior to her current assignment, she served as Manager of the Structural Dynamics Laboratory at NASA GRC, to deliver critical path ISS payload verification vibration testing, analysis, flight certification for flight readiness, Safety and Mission Assurance, and as Lead Project Engineer for aeropropulsion projects and facility research and technology including the Joint Strike Fighter, Advanced Subsonic Noise Reduction, and High Speed Research.  She has over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, R&T Articles, and NASA Tech Briefs. She has 20 years of experience with NASA, and holds 2 U.S. Patents.


Skyline Hotel & Conference Center
5300 Rockside Road, Independence, OH

Please register using the form below through noon on May 5th.
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Registration costs are

Members & Guests:
  • $25 pre-registered
  • $30 walk-in/not pre-registered
Retired members:
  • $15 pre-registered
  • $20 walk-in/not pre-registered
  • Students pay $10


Zay Jeffries Night, Technical Chair David Ellis

Monday, April 12th, 2010
Zay Jeffries Night
Technical Chair David Ellis


5:30 Social Hour with Appetizers
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Presentation by Prof. Matlock

Selected Observations on the Fatigue Performance of Steel Structures

david k. matlockProf. DAVID K. MATLOCK Prof. Matlock received his B.S. degree in engineering science from the University of Texas at Austin (1968), and his M.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. He is the Armco Foundation Fogarty Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado. He joined the CSM faculty in 1972 and is involved in teaching and research, primarily related to the mechanical properties of materials. He is one of the co-founders and currently serves as Director of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center , an industry-university cooperative research center established at CSM in 1984. The Center currently has 25 corporate sponsors and is recognized as one of the most successful industry/university research centers in the world.

Prof. Matlock is a Fellow of the American Society for Metals (ASM), a Fellow of the American Welding Society (AWS), and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research. In his 37 year career at CSM he has received outstanding teaching awards on many occasions including in 1987 being named the first CSM Outstanding Educator by CSM’s President and in 2006 as the CSM Board of Trustees’ Outstanding Faculty Award recipient. In 2008 he was named as an Honorary Member of AIME. His teaching and research efforts have led to awards from several professional societies including the Metallurgical Society of AIME, the Iron and Steel Society, ASM, AWS, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Nuclear Society. He has authored or co-authored over 300 technical publications, mostly related to steels.

Skyline Hotel & Conference Center
5300 Rockside Road, Independence, OH

Selected Observations on the Fatigue Performance of Steel Structures

The useful life of a steel component in operating equipment is often limited by fatigue where the fatigue performance of a specific part depends on the imposed stresses which depend on design and operating conditions and on inherent fatigue properties of the steel used to fabricate the parts. While significant advances to improve the overall understanding of fatigue in metals have been realized since fatigue was identified as a distinct failure mode in several classical railroad axle failures evaluated in the mid 1800’s, it is clear, by the number of fatigue failures observed daily, that many products that are susceptible to fatigue are still being produced. In fact, as a result of the large number of fatigue failures that occur daily in components subjected to cyclic loads, a complete technical discipline, i.e. failure analysis, has evolved to analyze these failures and now includes companies devoted to the art and publications to document findings, support analyses, and communicate advancements. In this presentation, selected observations from the author’s career in teaching mechanical properties and failure analysis, and research on the mechanical properties of materials, primarily on steels, are used to illustrate pitfalls which lead to unanticipated (and thus undesirable) failures and opportunities for the development of steels with improved fatigue resistance. Selected examples are presented from analyses on components from two diverse transportation industries: aerial tramways (e.g. ski lifts) and automobiles. Both of these industries rely on safety-critical components which during normal operation are subjected to large numbers of stress cycles.

Pre-Register by April 6th

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  • Members & Guests: $25 pre-registered, $30 walk-in/late registration
  • Retired members: $15 pre-registered , $20 walk-in/late registration
  • Full Time Students: $10

Plant Tour, Technical Chair Jeff Blough

Monday, February 8th, 2010
Plant Tour
Technical Chair Jeff Blough

Arrive between 4:00 & 4:15pm
Optional group dinner following tour

Tour of First Energy’s Eastlake Plant

eastlake plant tour - first energyJoin us for a tour of this landmark power plant capable of supplying 1200+ MWatts of electricity to the Cleveland Area. The plant has been in continuous operation since 1953 and currently employs 300 people.

Specific Environmental Measures of Interest:

  • The plant burns very low-sulfur western and medium sulfur eastern coals.
  • Generating units use electrostatic precipitators, which remove more than 99% of particulates from flue gas. The gases pass between fields of electrically grounded plates to which the electrically charged dust is attracted.
  • Coal ash captured by precipitators is either sold for a variety of uses including the manufacture of concrete, structural fill, roofing shingles and ice-control material, or is placed in specially designed landfills. Five units are equipped with low nitrogen-oxide (NOx) burners which reduce NOxemissions by 30-40%. Two units use Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) technology to reduce NOxby an additional 25%.



First Energy Eastlake Plant

10 Erie Road
Eastlake, Ohio 44095

Participants should plan to arrive between 4:00pm - 4:15pm as the guard may have the vehicles checked. An escort will meet people at the main lobby (second guard check-in) and escort people to the assembly room. The attire should be long sleeves shirts and pants with work boots or hard soled shoes. No tennis or open toed shoes allowed. Coats may be needed on the tour due to cold areas in the plant. Safety glasses and hard hats will be provided.

Down load instructions/directions: Feb10 Plant Tour Instructions

Registration is now closed.

You must be on the attendance list to be allowed in the plant. For late registration information, email Jeff Blough at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Technical Chair Gary Coubrough

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Technical Chair Gary Coubrough

  • 5:45 Social / Networking Time – Spitzer Conference Center
  • 6:30 Dinner - Buffet, Spitzer Conference Center
  • 7:30 Presentation - Spitzer Conference Center
  • 8:00 Microsystems Application Technology Center Tour

MATC - Entrepreneurship Innovation Center 

Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership

by Fahd R. Khan, MD, MSE Associate Director,
Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership Case Western Reserve University

The Case-Coulter Translational Research Program (CCTRP) fosters collaborations between clinicians and the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Biomedical Engineering faculty on translational research projects with the potential to impact patient care.

CCTRP is a unique bioengineering initiative addressing unmet clinical needs through translational research. Since project objectives reflect the fundamental WHCF goal to improve patient care, CCTRP projects are structured as collaborative efforts involving co-investigators from CWRU Biomedical Engineering and a clinical department (typically within a school of medicine). Unlike basic research (the creation of new knowledge), translational research is centered more on the practical clinical application of research results. Project discussions therefore involve consideration of potential protectable intellectual property, commercialization, product development, marketing, sales, and production. Proposed translational research projects are often quite unlike what BME researchers might typically submit to, say, the National Institutes of Health. The process of project selection, guidance, and mentoring is an important and critical role of the Oversight Committee (OC) ; membership and stakeholder representation might seem unusual within a typical university “committee” setting, but reflects the unique CCTRP theme.

Dr. Fahd R. Khan received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Univ. of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He is serving his residency at Univ. Hospitals’ Department of Neurological Surgery as well as serving on the Coulter Project Leadership Team. His research interests are translational research, tissue engineering, innovation & entrepreneurship.

Lorain County Community College

Spitzer Conference Center at LCCC
1005 Abbe Road
North Elyria, OH 44035

Pre-Register by March 5th Please register using the link below. You may pay online using PayPal or pay at the door. Registration questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration costs are:

  • Members & Guests: $25 pre-registered
    or $30 at the door
  • Retired members: $15 pre-registered
  • or $20 at the door
  • Students pay $10



The Microsystems Application Technology Center (MATC) project is funded in part by the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier project. ASM International is partnering with the Ohio MEMS Association (project lead) and LCCC’s Entrepreneurial Innovation Center (EIC) on this project. The MATC occupies 3000 square feet on the third floor of the EIC.

The MATC provides forensic capabilities and simulation tools to enable the study of micro-system device reliability and life in harsh environments. A unique feature of the lab is nondestructive MEMS/electronic device failure analysis.

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010

  • 5:45 Social / Networking Time
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:30 Presentation


Characterizing and Using Residual Stresses to Benefit Fatigue Life” by Andrew M. Freborg, PE, Deformation Control Technology

The two most common causes of part failure are corrosion and fatigue. Residual stress can accelerate or slow down the microscopic processes that cause both types of failure. Fatigue will be the primary focus of this presentation. Residual tension on the surface of a part hurts life, while residual compression helps to extend part life. The presentation will look at some of the typical manufacturing process steps that effect residual stresses in metal parts. Modeling of the process steps with finite element analysis is used to understand metallurgically and mechanically how each process step alters the residual stress state. Experimental measurements and fatigue testing results are reported to corroborate the modeling results and demonstrate the effect of residual stress on fatigue life. Processes to be presented include carbuzation, heat treatment (quench hardening), and laser shock peening. Mechanical shot peening and cavitation peening will also be briefly discussed. Process simulation provides an important link between metallurgical engineering and mechanical design.

Andrew Freborg is a registered Professional Engineer (metallurgical engineering) in the State of Ohio. He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he earned a B.S. from IIT’s College of Engineering in 1989.

Mr. Freborg’s career has been primarily focused on thermal processing of metals. Prior to joining Deformation Control Technology, he was employed with LTV/ Republic Engineered Steel as Senior Process Metallurgist within the primary steelmaking division of Republic’s principal production facility in Canton, OH. At Republic he focused on sophisticated production techniques and quality control relating to steel cleanliness, as-cast bloom quality, and properties developed in response to mechanical working and heat treatment. Since joining DCT, Mr. Freborg has worked extensively in adapting analytical engineering methods, such as finite element analysis, to address various quality/processing challenges within the ferrous metals industry. This includes continuous cast mold design and thermal stress characterization during solidification and post-cast processing.

Recent engineering work in collaborative programs with industry and the Department of Defense has included developing and validating thermal-stress characterizations of heat treated and laser shock peened alloy steel gears. This work is instrumental in facilitating improved fatigue life in aerospace transmission components. Andrew is a member of ASMI, HTS and the AIST.

Meeting Location:

Skyline Hotel & Conference Center

5300 Rockside Road, Independence, OH


You may pay online using PayPal ($25 option only) or pay at the door. Registration questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration costs are:

  • Members & Guests: $25 pre-registered $30 at the door
  • Retired members: $15 pre-registered $20 at the door
  • Students pay $10


On-line Registration is now closed. Please contact Joe Radisek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Alex Derkaschenko at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about late registration

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