2015 SPU Mentor Night Summary

October 29, 2015

(Posted on behalf of Paul Grant, PSEC SPU Mentor Night Coordinator)



To:            PSEC Reps

From:        Paul Grant

Date:        October 29, 2015

Subject:    October 27 2015, SPU Mentor Night Summary


The event was attended by about 120 to 140 students and 32 mentors.  Of the mentors attending, approximate one-third had participated in last year’s event.  Mentor participation was quite broad with mentors representing Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing,  Marine, Materials, Mechanical, and Systems engineering, with subsets of computer hardware and software, environmental, geotechnical, process, and structural engineering.

Student participation at the event is a class requirement where the students will write a 2 page summary of their experience.  While most students at SPU will major in electrical, computer or mechanical engineering, some of the freshmen are in “general” engineering where they haven’t decided upon a major.  Consequently, mentors covering a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines are welcomed.

The format of the event included welcoming comments by Dr. Melani Plett, with the Electrical Engineering Department at SPU, who organized the event.  Welcoming remarks also included acknowledgment of PSEC for providing the diverse group of mentors.  Dr. Plett also introduced 4 panelists (SPU alumni) who started the event by fielding general questions from the audience.  After the 20 minute panel discussion, the students rotated among the tables with individual mentors in four sessions, each also lasting about 20 minutes.

While student attendance was a class requirement, a number of students arrived early, before the start of the event, to talk individually with mentors that also arrived early.  Similarly, after the event formally concluded, a number of students stayed later to similarly talk with the mentors.  Such interactions truly make the event meaningful to both the students and mentors.

As suggested, most mentors brought visual aids ranging from photographs, brochures, material samples to computer presentations which worked quite well and contributed to the breadth of discussions.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Eventbrite (PSEC)

Internal discussions are needed to improve clarity for the Eventbrite sign-up.  Specific changes should include:

  • Consolidation of Fields of “Industry” and “Engineering Expertise” into a proposed “Engineering Field”. Currently there is extensive overlap between “Industry” and “Expertise”.  Because event uses table tents to identify the mentor, we should use terms that are identifiable to students in terms of their areas of study.  Such terms could include the uses of “Computer” engineering with subsets of hardware and software.  Similarly, “Civil” engineering could be divided into subsets of Environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, water resources, etc.

2015-10-27 SPU Mentor Night

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AIAA Technical Symposium – Time to Register

October 26, 2015

This year’s Technical Symposium focuses on informing our audience and our membership of ways in which innovations in aerospace are redefining technological boundaries, creating new and improved aircraft and flight related systems, and expanding exploration opportunities in all aspects of flight and space travel.

The presentations in the Symposium will reveal the ways in which the presenters have found solutions for difficult problems and overcome obstacles by working together as a team. These experiences will show different ways of breaking through the technical, business, social and political barriers that we all face every day and, in that respect, we believe everyone will benefit from discussions at the Symposium.

Join us for cutting-edge speaker and panels including a Keynote session from:

Dr. Paul Bevilaqua

VTOL specialist and Chief Aeronautical Scientist at Lockheed Martin, who invented the dual cycle propulsion system that made it possible to build a stealth supersonic V/STOL Strike Fighter.

Other speakers include:

Dr. Ralph Cavalieri
, Center Director and Technical Lead for Alternative Jet Fuels Research, Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT), the FAA Center of Excellence: Alternative Jet Fuels and the Environment.

Scott Philiben, President, CiES Inc.

Dr. Rostislav Spektor, Chair of the AIAA National Electric Propulsion Committee
Kurt Polzin, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama

Dr. Kristi Morgansen, University of Washington Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and new AIAA Associate Fellow

Captain Joe Burns, Managing Director of Flight Operations Technology and Flight Testing at United Airlines

Dr. Bruce J. Holmes, senior executive with more than 40 years’ experience in industry and in NASA

Dr. Roger Parker, AirMarkets Corporation.


Dr. Jacob Leachman, UAV Hydrogen Power System for Insitu and Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research Laboratory at Washington State University.


Plus an expert panel on Innovation Financing,
with regional investment bankers and venture capitalists.


Saturday November 14, 2015


Future of Flight Aviation Center

8415 Paine Field Blvd
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Registration Link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ebnl23qe5b54d6df&llr=zhotlqdab

Contact symposium@pnwaiaa.org for more information

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INCOSE Annual International Symposium, July 13-16

June 2, 2015

incoselogoINCOSE’s Annual International Symposium is the largest annual gathering of systems engineers for four days of presentations, case studies, workshops, tutorials and panel discussions.  The program attracts an international mix of professionals at all levels, and includes practitioners in government and industry, as well as educators and researchers. The benefits for systems engineers attending the Symposium, include the opportunity to share ideas, network, build competency, pursue certification, contribute to the advancement of the profession through collaboration on tools, processes and methodologies, learn about new offerings in training and education, and forge new partnerships.


The symposium returns to Seattle, the location of the first open symposium in 1992, to celebrate and highlight the progress over the past 25 years.  Join us to learn from practitioners and academics about everything from the Fundamentals of Systems Engineering through State of the Art Practice in the field.


Check out our Registration Page and find out Why You Should Attend the Symposium.

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ASQ Seattle June 11th-Digging into the Kano Model

May 29, 2015

Most people who work in quality assurance and/or process improvement have heard of the Kano model, a graphical display of customer expectations for products and services. It compares an objective measure of “degree of achievement”—how well the product or service fulfills customer requirements on the horizontal axis to a subjective measure of customer satisfaction on the vertical axis.

Of course, a key question is how do you know how to obtain the data for the points that get plotted on the graph? The obvious answer is by using a customer survey, but the reality is that Kano surveys are very different from standard customer surveys. Reliable results only can be obtained when the specialized surveying approach is applied and appropriate statistical analyses are conducted.

This presentation will show what exists above and below the surface when dealing with the Kano model. Although statistical methods will be mentioned, this presentation will involve no statistical formulas or calculations..
Deborah has over 40 years of experience in total quality management. She has served as a senior executive with both Fortune and Inc 500 companies. Her varied experience includes time spent in general management, quality assurance and quality control, training, human resources, organization development, research and development, process engineering, and accounting.

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PN AIAA-LEAF STEM Challenge- Teacher Workshop

May 18, 2015

Teachers, save the date for our upcoming LEAF STEM Challenge teacher workshop (formerly the Electric Airplane Challenge)!

Scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2014 at Raisbeck Aviation High School, The Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge is a standards-based, hands-on program for grades 6-12 that engages students in creating solutions to real-world problems.

Join us to participate in this curriculum module that will bring aerospace alive in your classroom! Participants will design, build and fly an electric tethered aircraft that will carry the most cargo.

Workshop registration is $50 and includes Washington state clock hours, continental breakfast, lunch, curriculum materials and airplane supplies for one adult participant.

Bring a colleague and join our Pacific Northwest AIAA for some aerospace fun! Register Now!

Elana M. Slagle
Founder and Director

office: 425.998.8884
email: Elana@StarfishEducation.com
web: www.StarfishEducation.com

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ASQ Seattle Bellevue Workshop June 12th–Understanding and Applying the Kano Model. Presented by Deborah Hopen

May 10, 2015

Attention!! Upcoming Bellevue Workshop June 12th–Understanding and Applying the Kano Model. Presented by Deborah Hopen, a past ASQ Society Chair.


She will be presenting on the Kano Model portrays customer expectations related to product/service features according to five categories of perceived quality that can be used to drive satisfaction—and avoid generating dissatisfaction. Although this model is widely discussed, the method for applying specialized surveying and analysis process are not well-known. Participants from all types of organizations will benefit from this workshop because it will help them learn how to distinguish among the myriad perceived customer expectations—which often are based on guesswork rather than the true Voice of the Customer—and determine which ones warrant attention to ensure high levels of satisfaction.


Deborah has over 40 years of experience in total quality management as an executive and consultant. She has served as President and Chairman of ASQ, President of the Washington State Quality Award Program, and _resident of the International Standards Initiative. In 2012, Hopen received the APQC C. Jackson Grayson Distinguished Pioneer of Quality Award. She also is a Fellow of ASQ and the editor of its Journal for Quality and Participation. She has been recognized with ASQ’s Distinguished Service Medal and Gryna Award, the Quality Management Division’s Roger Berger Spirit Award, and the Los Angeles Section’s Simon Collier Award.

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Order of the Engineer Ceremony

May 9, 2015

An Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony will be held at Seattle University on May 28th starting at 12:30.  If members of your society are interested in being inducted, by May 13th they will need to order their ring size pinky of their working hand  (Ring size form) and provide payment (check for $15 made payable to Seattle University) along with a note indicating their engineering society affiliation and their full name and e-mail address, all of which is to be sent to:

Order of the Engineer Program
Dept of Civil and Env. Engineering
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Questions – Please call Ms. Joy Crevier at SU at 206.296.5520

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ASQ Seattle Coming Meetings April & May 2015

April 7, 2015

April Dinner Meeting, Bellevue, WA

On Balance Management

Thursday, April 9th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Coast Bellevue Hotel

625 116th Avenue Northeast (Map & Directions)
Bellevue, WA 98004


Dinner and Presentation: $5


SUMMARY: Scott Siderman has prepped the quintessential blend of consulting tools and skills to bring us On Balance Management. This is going to be a great presentation. Scott is the current Vice-President of ASQ Seattle and brings years of experience in leadership, organizational development and quality improvement.


For registration and more information, go to www.ASQ-Seattle.org.




5:00 p.m. Registration

6:00 p.m. Dinner

6:45 p.m. Announcements

7:00 p.m. Presentation

8:00 p.m. Adjourn


Parking: Free On-site

April Dinner Meeting, Bellevue, WA

Lean and Six Sigma to optimize improvement efforts at Providence Health & Services

Wednesday, April 15th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Hawks Prairie Lemon Grass

8125 Quinault Way (Map & Directions)
Lacey, WA


Dinner and Presentation: $25


SUMMARY: The Operational Excellence team at Providence Health & Services collaborates with and mentors People of Providence in fostering a culture of continuous improvement to advance the quality, affordability and efficiency of care for the patients and ministries it serves. In this presentation, Alan Messegee will describe the differences between Lean and Six Sigma and how the OE team uses the combination of the two to produce more powerful results than either methodology can on its own. In this workshop, participants will learn/experience


For registration and more information, go to www.ASQ-Seattle.org.




5:30 p.m. Registration

6:00 p.m. Dinner

6:45 p.m. Announcements

7:00 p.m. Presentation

8:00 p.m. Adjourn


Parking: Free On-site

Advance to the Grade of ASQ Senior or ASQ Fellow

ASQ recognizes on-going leadership and professional achievement.

Find out more at http://asq.org/membership/members/upgrade.html


ASQ Seattle: Six Sigma Internship Program
— Get your Black Belt here!

ASQ Seattle is now recruiting interested participants — Interns, Mentors, Consulting Firms, and Client Organizations. SIGN UP TODAY for more information!

It’s simple! To sign-up or for more information, choose one method:

Contact a member of the ASQ Seattle Leadership Team
Contact Dan Mason at danmason.mail@gmail.com



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Overview of PSEC booth at the Seattle Amcon Show March 2 & 25th

This is the second year of having a display booth at the Amcon trade show held at the Maydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.
The free booth space is pro Bono, based on Advertising to our societies membership. PSEC has provided the two seminar presenters this year. Although members of two local ASQ sections, both gentlemen are professional engineers in their own right.

11:30am-12:30pm-(35 attendees)
How to Make Things Fit Beyond the Computer Model
Kermit Taylor, Lean Design Consultant, Design Kestrel
Statistically, about 3/4 of factory problems can be traced back to the engineering design; almost all those problems are due to poor detail tolerance application. This methodology provides a proactive approach to quality, waste reduction, and flow to a level that cannot be achieved through Six Sigma or Lean programs, since those initiatives fail to address the root cause of the problems.
Class Objectives:
1. Raise Attendee Awareness of Costs and Values Related to Performing Tolerance Stack-up Analysis     {Convince Attendees to Make Tolerance Stack-up a Priority and Regular Part of Engineering Work}
2. Provide Attendees With a Spreadsheet for Quickly and Easily Calculating Tolerance Stack-up and the Knowledge/Proficiency to Use It Effectively.
3. Improve Attendee Skills in Applying GD&T Specifications to Drawings

12:00pm – 1:30pm (15 attendees)
Room 402
Risk Management, Cyber Security & ISO 9001:2015
Greg Hutchins/Bill Walker/Ed Perkins      www.CERMAcademy.com
Is your organization prepared for any increase in registration costs than what you paid in the past? Why are the costs increasing? Besides yourself does your CEO, CFO, COO and President fully understand the changes to AS9100 (AEROSPACE & DEFENSE), ISO 9001 (INTERNATIONAL STANDARD), ISO 13485(MEDICAL), TS16949 (AUTOMOTIVE), TL9000 (TELECOMMUNICATIONS), ISO 31000 (RISK), ISO 19011 (AUDITING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS-LIKE RISK), ISO 27001(CYBER SECURITY), FAA (New Airline Risk Requirements), requirement that ALL FEDERAL OFFICES have a RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, plus other standards? Is ISO 9001-2015 the driving force behind the changes? Are you using COSO? Do you need to understand and comply with the new Federal Cyber Security Framework? Which is better FMEA or HEAT MAPS? Which of the above RISK MANAGEMENT documents does your organization not know about or understand what these requirements mean and how they will affect the bottom line?
Where do I find the answers to the above questions plus more? Where can I ask questions and learn more about what is happening and going to happen? Can I afford the changes? Can I survive and stay in business because of all the changes and cost increases?
Join Greg Hutchins, Ed Perkins and Bill Walker as we do a panel discussion on RISK MANAGEMENT requirements, CYBER SECURITY and ISO 9001-2015. ISO 9001-2015 is scheduled for release in September 2015. Are you prepared for the impact and costs that this document release will have?
Here is your opportunity to find out what is happening, how it will affect your bottom line and determine what training is recommended. Who needs to be trained first and then next?
At the conclusion of this FREE SEMINAR there will be a drawing for a FREE COPY of VAA (VALUE ADDED AUDITING) Manual which is the Standard Manual of Risk-Based, Process-Auditing.   This manual is 383 pages, written by Greg Hutchins and sells for $89.00 plus $6 plus shipping and handling.

The 2015 Show attendance seemed higher than the past year or two. There were over one-hundred exhibitors/contract manufacturers. We ( Jude and I ) passed out 200 PSEC brochures to attendees and the majority of the exhibitors. Jude talked to most of the exhibitors over the two day show.
Except for the attendees & exhibitors who were Enterprise members of ASQ, SAE & IIE, most no longer belonged to a professional society. A majority were interested in our events, and a few were interested in Sponsorship/advertising on the PSEC website.

I would consider doing it again, however help is absolutely a must.

Art Moss

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