FIRST YEAR OF SAVANNAH ASME REVITALIZATION A SUCCESS

SAVANNAH, Ga. (July 20, 2011) – The Savannah section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) continues its revitalization efforts in the administering of technical seminars and also through its recognition of contributors to the cause. The organization intends to serve the city of Savannah and the surrounding areas, involving in its affairs local mechanical engineers, students from Georgia Tech Savannah, Georgia Southern University, and Armstrong Atlantic State University. As is standard of all ASME affiliates, the Savannah section seeks to create an environment where students can interact with professional engineers, receive the most current engineering knowledge, contribute to the profession of mechanical engineering through presentations and enhance their leadership abilities through volunteer roles.

In the Fall of 2010, the ASME Savannah Section selected Dazhong (Daniel) Wu---a grad student at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus---to be both Chairman and Webmaster. The core team involved in the yearlong ASME reconstruction efforts included: Thomas Stone, who was selected as Vice Chairman; Jessica Meyer, who was selected to the Secretary position; and Molly Sousa, who was selected as Treasurer.

“I must express my most sincere gratitude to the ASME District F Operating Board, who has assisted with successful revitalization of the ASME Savannah Section thus far,” said Daniel Wu, Chairman and Webmaster. “We’ve overcome several obstacles, including attracting outside interest, deciding on which kind and what events to be invested in as well as balancing our own work and research with our ASME responsibilities. Fortunately, we have received so much support from graduate students, faculty and staff on the Georgia Tech Savannah campus that have helped to bring us this far.”

According to the organization’s web site, recognition of outstanding achievement in engineering is one of the major objectives of the Savannah ASME. Among the most vital contributors to the revitalization of the Savannah ASME were Mr. Dennis Page and Mr. Dave Wagner, who received from the organization the 2010-11 Excellent Seminar Presentation Award and the 2010-11 Service Award, respectively.

The 2010-11 Excellent Seminar Presentation Award was given to Dennis Page for his seminar entitled, “Startups: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” which acted as a introductory seminar, marking the first of several ASME-organized events slated for the remainder of the year. Page’s technical seminar illustrated the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship, incorporating his own path to becoming the CEO of Storm Shelter Technologies---a business in which he develops and patents lightning protection technology. Page is also CTO of Twitch Technologies, which is working on a next generation keyboard tablet computers and smart phones.

For his extensive contribution to web site design and development as well as training for the Savannah ASME web site, Dave Wagner received the 2010-11 Service Award. Wagner is a web developer for Georgia Tech Savannah with over 10 years of experience in web development. Dave’s major focus is in building content management systems (CMS). Georgia Tech Savannah employs Drupal for its CMS platform and currently has over dozen sites that are in production. The Savannah ASME website was one of the first Drupal-based site to be deployed on campus. Using Drupal, Wagner trained Savannah ASME students in creating and editing content for their new site, enabling them to update news, pages and events.

"It’s wonderful to see students take full advantage of the resources provided to them at Georgia Tech Savannah,” said Wagner. “Not only do we provide free website hosting but also a give them great platform to easily create their content. It is an honor to be recognized by ASME and Georgia Tech Savannah Students for the Savannah ASME 2010-11 Service Award but, for me, the real reward is helping students reach their potential."

Click here to visit the Savannah ASME web site.

For more information about the Savannah ASME, contact Dazhong (Daniel) Wu: Dwu42@gatech.edu 

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