Two-Hour Education Courses

All classes are held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at ESD Headquarters in Southfield.

The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) offers educational programs that appeal to our diverse membership. These new, two-hour courses are designed for individuals seeking to enhance their personal and professional growth or earn continuing education hours. The courses cover a broad range of topics and are geared towards engineers and technical professionals.

Indoor Air Quality: How Your IAQ Affects Your Energy Conservation, Legal Liability and ROI

Monday, May 7

Presented by Jim Newman, FESD, CEM, CSDP, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE OPMP & BEAP, Owner/Managing Partner, Newman Consulting Group, LLC

Is your space contaminated? If it is – and it probably is – it’s costing you money. The culprit? Your HVAC system. With proper design and proper operating and maintenance procedures, you can improve indoor air quality, conserve money and energy and improve morale and productivity! Learn the true costs of energy, the problems caused by improper and inadequate system maintenance, and defensive strategies to minimize potential legal liability.

State Machines:  Integrating System Behavior in SysML

Wednesday, May 9

Presented by Michael J. Vinarcik, PE, FESD, Adjunct Professor, University of Detroit Mercy

State machines are one of the most generally useful behavioral diagrams in SysML, the systems modeling language.  Their use enables rigorous descriptions of the interrelationships between system behaviors and the transitions between them.  They also have nontraditional uses (such as to assist with cybersecurity analyses). This class will explore the use of state machines to fully define a notional system’s behavior and will include examples that highlight intermediate and advanced modeling techniques.

Water Matters: Strategies, Developing Technologies and Environmental Integration

Monday, May 14

Presented by Thomas M. Doran, PE, FESD, Retired – Principal/Vice President, Hubbell, Roth & Clark,Inc.

A class to identify what should concern us and what should encourage us, along with common misconceptions concerning water and insights into how we arrived at where we are today with our water resources, presented by someone who has worked on water projects in the U.S., Latin America, and Canada for 40 years. Drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, and stormwater will be addressed, including some surprise information that isn’t often heard.

V2X Vehicle-to-Everything Communications

Monday, May 21

Presented by Robert L. Neff, Director-Marketing, Sales and Marketing Insight

More Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) safety communications are coming, aside from the existing vehicle-to-location services such as OnStar and others.  Autonomous vehicles at every level need to know the environment they are operating in. One of the enabling technologies is vehicle to vehicle (V2), vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) and infrastructure to vehicle (I2V) communication. There are immediate safety and information benefits with this communication ability. Traffic flow and congestion, early warning of hard braking events, construction zones, approach of emergency vehicles and intersection safety just a few of the over 100 safety use cases of the technology.  This multimedia presentation will describe the technology, discuss the legislative status, address the Federal Highway funding for demonstrations and specifications, and share the planned implementation timetable.

Infrastructure Facts and Fiction, Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, May 23

Presented by Thomas M. Doran, PE, FESD, Retired –Principal/Vice President, Hubbell, Roth & Clark,Inc.

How much of what we hear about infrastructure is supported by evidence and experience? Why should we be encouraged by American infrastructure? What do professionals who work with infrastructure every day say are the biggest challenges we face? How is infrastructure being integrated with the environment?

Green and Sustainable Practices – How to Design a Healthier, More Profitable Building with Better Coordination Among Architects, Engineers, Owners and Contractors

Monday, June 4

Presented by Jim Newman,FESD, CEM, CSDP, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE OPMP & BEAP, Owner/Managing Partner, Newman Consulting Group, LLC

Would you be more valuable to your organization if you could help them conserve energy, and enhance the health, well-being and productivity of building occupants all while saving money? It is possible to design and maintain systems for commercial, residential or industrial buildings that both use energy efficiently and are healthy for the people who live, work and play there. In this session, you will learn how to best determine energy use, how to decrease it and how to effectively maintain the systems that use it for optimum results.

Hypermodeling: A Pragmatic Approach to Systems Architecture Using SysML

Wednesday, June 6

Presented by Michael J. Vinarcik, PE, FESD, Lead Senior Systems Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton

This is a continuation of the SysML series. Modeling tools can be overwhelmingly complex and intimidating for the novice.  Successful system modeling requires a seamless fusion of language, tool capability, and methodology. This tutorial presents “hypermodeling” which is a pragmatic, direct approach to system architecture and modeling. It is useful for support of multiple development programs. Hypermodeling is built on several bedrock principles such as tables and matrices and physical architectures.  It maximizes the use of derived information and allows the facilitation of metachain navigation and other structured queries. This approach allows a speed of execution, real-time quality checks, and meaningful maturity metrics.

Level 5 Autonomy

Monday, June 11

Presented by Robert L. Neff, Director-Marketing, Sales and Marketing Insight

What will our life be like with fully autonomous vehicles? Will it be the anticipated utopia or will there are new concerns that have to be considered? How will people regard this disrupting technology as it evolves? This presentation will offer a view of the pathway to Level 5, and how our lives, our cities and our roadways will be changed.

Everything Old is New Again: Existing Building Energy Auditing, Conservation and Commissioning

Wednesday, June 13

Presented by Jim Newman,FESD, CEM, CSDP, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE OPMP & BEAP, Owner/Managing Partner, Newman Consulting Group, LLC

In SE Michigan, we generate over 10,000 tons of waste each day.  Do you ever wonder what happens to the waste that we put out on the curb each week? Food and organic waste, packaging, old clothes, empty containers; used batteries and electronic wastes; white goods; automotive repair wastes; health care wastes; industrial, construction and demolition wastes.  Where does this waste go every week?

This presentation will address environmental, technological, regulatory and economic aspects of integrated waste management systems. Topics to be discussed include fundamental principles of waste planning, integrated waste management, regulatory background, waste disposal/transfer station facilities siting and design, landfill closure/post-closure and end-use, recycling, new waste technologies, organics waste management and zero waste planning.