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“Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy” – Starting July 17th At Coursera

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

The following was forwarded along to several local astronomy group mail lists by CNYO/SAS/ASRAS member Dr. David Wormuth. The Coursera course, “Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy,” is hosted right in our own neighborhood – featuring University of Rochester professor of astrophysics (and NPR science mainstay) Dr. Adam Frank (twitter).

You’ve no excuse for not learning something interesting this summer.

Click on the following link for all of the details and to enroll – https://www.coursera.org/learn/astronomy. Coursera will certainly not complain if you wish to enroll through the paying option ($49) to support the cause, but you can also sign up for the free option (without a completion certificate at the end) when you enroll for the course.

From the course website: https://www.coursera.org/learn/astronomy/home/welcome

About this Course

An introduction to modern astronomy’s most important questions. The four sections of the course are Planets and Life in The Universe; The Life of Stars; Galaxies and Their Environments; The History of The Universe.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “What Do Rockets And Steamboats Have In Common? See It Through Computational Fluid Dynamics”

Saturday – October 15, 9:30-11:00am

Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY

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Scott D. Reynolds, MS, PE, M/E Engineering, and Robert Morris, Partner, R. H. Morris and Associates

Talk Overview

x-43a_hyper_-_x_mach_7_computational_fluid_dynamic_cfdComputational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD, is one of the most advanced disciplines of engineering. CFD modeling has “debunked” many misconceptions, e.g, it is false that planes fly because of lift (pressure created above and below the wing – Bernoulli’s principle). CFD modeling taught us that planes fly because they are virtually pulled up by a vortex forming on the wing top surface. Without CFD modeling, we would have limited improvements in plane design. CFD modeling can be applied to almost anything designed in the past and improve how the technology operates. We will use pictures and animations to illustrate CFD modeling of problems like the gas expansion of steam engines and rocket engines, designing greener and cleaner buildings, building more sterile operating rooms and drug manufacturing facilities, and to model building fires and even wind outside of buildings. Many of you will be using the fundamentals of fluid dynamics as competitors in today’s CNY Steamboat Challenge, and if you are not competing, please stay at the MOST to observe these fundamentals at play in the CNY Steamboat Challenge competition immediately after this talk!


Scott Reynolds has a BS in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University, and an MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rochester. He worked for General Electric in the large gas turbine division, then for the Xerox Corporation in the Advanced Product Technology group, and then with IBM in the Advance Product Development group. In 1992, Scott started a consulting firm, Computer Aided Engineering Solutions (CAES), whose primary expertise was the application of CFD to real world problems in the building industry and other high tech areas. He joined M/E Engineering in 2006. Scott has been involved in over 700 CFD projects worldwide during the past 20 years. Scott has authored over 15 trade papers and articles, presented at over 30 conferences, workshops and university classroom settings, authored 7 patents and over 2 dozen invention disclosures while at Xerox and IBM. Scott is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

Robert Morris has electrical engineering and chemical engineering degrees from University of Buffalo. Robert Morris is a partner of the office of R. H. Morris and Associates offering configuration management consultation for both laboratory planning and engineering collaborative planning national for chemical and biological research facilities and pharmaceutical facilities. Before retiring he was president and CEO of Flow Safe Inc., and prior to that, was a manager at Air Monitor Corporation. Earlier in his career, he worked for Union Carbide and Hughes Industries. Mr. Morris was the inventor of closed loop VAV; his patents formed the basis of this industry. His latest patent improvements to his earlier work provide the ultimate in fume hood safety and energy conservation. In 2004, Mr. Morris was made New Jersey’s Inventor of the Year for his work in fume hood design. The stable vortex fume hood is referenced in “Natural Capitalism” as one of the green technologies to help create the next green industrial revolution. Mr. Morris is a life member of the Instrument Society of America and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions between scientists and students about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series – Automation For The Construction Industry And Construction Robotics Semi-Automated Mason (SAM) System

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Networking starting at 5:30 p.m.; Lecture at 6:15 p.m.

Onondaga Community College, 101 Whitney Applied Technology Center

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The manufacturing industry has seen significant gains from automation over the past few decades. The construction industry can benefit from automation in the same way as they address the unique challenges in the construction industry. The lecture will discuss a number of areas that can be addressed and the SAM system platform that can address the mason area specifically.

Those interested in learning more about construction robotics and related topics are invited to attend the free TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture on Tuesday, May 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Onondaga Community College. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing sweet.lecture@tacny.org by May 8, 2015.

2015april28_scottpetersScott Peters is the Vice President, owner and technical lead for Construction Robotics (CR). He received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2001 and since then held various roles in a range of industries including General Motors, Intel and Progressive Machine Design. Scott has over 10 years of experience as an engineer and team lead in various functions including process controls, new product development, team and project leadership, manufacturing engineering and applications engineering. In addition, he is an entrepreneur and has successfully developed and licensed technologies in other industries, leading the product development from concept through commercial prototypes. He has been involved in CR since inception in 2007 and has led the technology development, including the NYSERDA grant, provisional patent application, and first system prototype. He currently holds 5 patents and 5 pending patents. In 2011 and early 2012, he split his time between CR and PMD, where he worked in the applications group, developing new, innovative system concepts for potential customers. His innovative approach to product development has helped bring the SAM system to market after strong exposure in the industry.

2015april28_01f54bdChristopher F. Raddell, P.E., New Technology Marketing Manager, is an accomplished marketing manager with over 25 years of marketing and business development management experience launching products coming from research and development and well as technology development, engineering and services. Supporting clients with business development, marketing, new product launch strategy and support, R&D stakeholder development, research funding proposal and grant writing. Recognized for possessing passion for building winning teams focused on client needs and implementing best practices throughout the lifecycle of business development. Business Manager for new technology start-up operations coming through SRC’s Advanced Technology Initiative. Responsible for developing new business markets and opportunities in government R&D programs relating to new technologies in the areas of biotechnology, bio-forensics, advanced materials, radars, electronic systems, and training system tools. Developed new opportunities in ChemBio, cyber security, emergency response, and human health risk assessment markets for both the government agencies and commercial markets supporting government contracts. He spent 27 years with the Parsons Corporation starting as a project engineer and ultimately a Vice President of Business Development for the Infrastructure and Technology Group.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lectures, a program founded in 1913, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere. A minimum of six Sweet Lectures are held each year.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.