The following exhibitors and patrons participated and helped support the conference:
Buffalo State College, CADimensions,Inc., Goodheart Willcox Publisher, LJ TechSystems, Inc., NI Electronics Workbench Group, and Torcomp, Inc.
The plenary speaker was Dr. Wilson Greatbatch, the inventor of the implantable pacemaker. Dr. Greatbatch’s presentation was titled “Biodiesel: The American Farmer’s Answer to OPEC.” In order to reduce dependence on petroleum fuels for transportation, his company is proposing and studying the properties of diesel fuel 1-2-3 which is a mixture of 1 gallon of kerosene, 2 gallons of soy oil, and 3 gallons of canola oil. There is the possibility of substituting ethanol for kerosene. He also discussed the current and future energy situation.
Following the plenary session, interest group sessions were presented as follows:
Computational Methods for MET, Professor Ti Lin Lu, RIT
Tech Wars, John Craig, Fred Nash, and Peter Sewert
Mechanical Engineering Technology-BT to BS, Peter Pawlick, Buffalo State College
National Grid’s Emergency Response to the October Storm, Leonard Siume, National Grid
Teaching Embedded Systems w/ PIC18F Microcontroller, Ramesh Gaonkar, Onondaga CC
Architectural and Civil
The Design for the new Public Safety Building in Buffalo, Dan Warner, John Beyer, and Mark Dlugose from Cannon Design
Frank Lloyd Wright’s many Contributions to the Niagara Frontier Region, Barry Muscat, AIA
The evening banquet was held at the Hard Rock Café in Buffalo, located across the street from the Comfort Inn conference hotel. Guest speakers were founding members Don Voisinet and Roger Lehman. They presented some of the history of NYSETA NYSETA started in 1963 as an informal mechanical engineering technology group which met twice per year. In 1967, electrical engineering technology faculty joined, and in 1968, the civil engineering technology faculty were invited. The NYSETA constitution was written in 1972. Elliot Colchamiro, who served as NYSETA Secretary for over 30 years was not able to attend; however, Carmine Salvo read Elliot’s written notes. At the end of the presentations John Campbell awarded the Elliot Colchamiro award to Don and Roger for their long and valued service to NYSETA.
Page 2 of 2 The breakfast business meeting on Friday morning was held at the Comfort Inn. The business meeting was called to order at 8:45 am by President John Campbell. John thanked Niagara County CC for hosting an excellent conference. John reminded everyone of the importance of supporting the sponsor exhibits.
Minutes of the Fall 2006 meeting were approved. Secretary Jayne Baran reminded everyone that newsletters will no longer be mailed; instead they will be posted on the web at www.nyseta.org. Business meeting minutes have been added to the NYSETA web site. A suggestion was made that institutional reps make hard copies and send them to the NYSETA members at their school; not everyone will read the online newsletter
Vice-President Carmine Salvo noted the following schedule for future conferences and asked everyone to consider hosting a future conference. The executive committee is willing to help.
Fall ‘07 Alfred State (October 11-12, 2007)
Spring ‘07 Open
Fall ‘08 RIT (new building)
Spring ’08 Open
Mike Loudis noted that the deadline for the fall 2007 newsletter submission is September 7, 2007. Please keep any pictures or graphs relatively small (<50kb) in black and white format. The quality of the newsletter is a reflection of the quality articles that are coming in. Mike encouraged everyone to keep the articles coming.
Treasurer Kathleen Gallagher reported on the current budget numbers:
The total current balance as of March 30, 2007: $18,128
The scholarship fund balance is at $6,000
94 Members Paid for 2006-2007 (last year at this time --- 142 paid)
24 Institutions Paid for 2006-2007 (42 were contacted)
Members can now pay their dues with the conference fees; however, Kathleen noted that less member dues were collected this year than in prior years when the dues were collected separate of the conference fees.
Dave Lawrence (Electrical), Slade Gellin (Mechanical) and Marguerite Newton (Civil/Architecture) summarized the interest group sessions. Slade Gellin and Marguerite Newton were re-elected as interest group chairs. Steve Cicarelli (RIT) was elected as the new Electrical Interest Chair. John Campbell thanked Dave Lawrence for the eight years he had been the electrical interest group chair and congratulated Steve Cicarelli on his new position.
Fred Schoenfeld from the Scholarship Committee reported on the scholarship results. Nine $300 NYSETA scholarships were awarded:
Ramon Fyffe - Buffalo State College
Krista Miller - Vermont Technical College
Adam Moss - Alfred State College
Justin Paquette - SUNY Canton
Andrea Paul - Alfred State College
Melissa Rose - Morrisville State College
Nathan Smith - SUNYIT
Viktor Tymchynyuk - Nassau CC
Jasmine C. Vasquez – RIT
John Campbell gave the floor to Fred Schoenfeld, who wanted to discuss adding a fourth member to the scholarship committee from the general membership. Currently, the scholarship committee consists of the chair, who is elected from the membership at-large and two members of the executive board. A fourth member would help with respect to continuity, and perhaps would act as a chair-elect. The resolution was unanimously passed to add a fourth member.
Ken Vandermark was elected as the fourth member of the scholarship committee.
Members at Large were elected for a 2-year term:
Michael Loudis, Morrisville
Ed Tezak, Alfred State College
Anthony Hotchkiss, Buffalo State
Daniel Benincasa, SUNYIT
John Williams, Alfred State College
Everyone thanked Marguerite Newton and Mark Voisinet for their hard work in putting together the conference.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 am for tours to the Chevy Engine Plant in Tonawanda and the Darwin Martin House.
Respectfully submitted by Jayne Baran, Secretary of NYSETA
Approved by the Executive Board June 8, 2007
Approved at the NYSETA business meeting October 12, 2007