May 12, 2017 Capitol Update

In this issue:


PRESENTATIONS FROM THE 2017 ASME INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT NOW AVAILABLE

For the first time, ASME along with co-chairs from George Mason University, Dean Kenneth Ball and ME Department Head Oscar Barton, held the 2017 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Education Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
Highlights from the summit included some of the following activities and presentations: 

  • A showcase of different government funded agencies such as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to discuss collaboration and funding opportunities
  • Congressional Staff Overview: FY 2017 Research & Development Priorities (Related to R&D, Clean Energy, Manufacturing and Bioengineering)
  • Why you should think about a program officer position at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Overview of the New Administration's FY 2017-2018 Research & Development Budget
  • Overview of ASME Government Relations & ASME Federal Government Fellowships
  • ASME/ABET Post Conference Workshop
  • Streamlining Graduate Admissions to increase diversity
  • Celebration of the 2017 recipients of the ASME Church, Sparks and the Zwiep Awards for excellence in engineering and engineering technology education.

PowerPoint presentations and the full agenda can be found here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/084td4530gxrqfy/AABm6C6ErN7fZOb7HwNYTTn-a?dl=0


BIPARTISAN NUCLEAR REACTORS BILL ADVANCED

The nuclear power industry saw S. 512 advanced through the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee by a vote of 18-3 recently. This bill would ease licensing and funding concerns for new reactor development by providing advanced reactor designs such as small modular reactors and create a clear and low-cost path to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing.

The bill also directs the NRC to establish a streamlined regulatory pathway for license applicants, creates a cost-sharing grant program to help pay fees for pre-application and application review, directs the development of an excess uranium inventory management plan, and limits how much uranium the Department of Energy could transfer or sell annually.

The bill includes detailed goals and instructions for the NRC’s licensing of advanced nuclear reactors, and reforms to NRC’s user fee structure.

“Our bipartisan legislation will enable the development of innovative reactors with bold, new technologies,” Barrasso said before the vote. “We need to create an environment where entrepreneurs can flourish and create jobs here at home that will revitalize our nuclear energy sector.”

The full bill text can be found at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/512


NIST TO HOST FREE CYBERSECURITY FRAMEWORK WORKSHOP MAY 17-18, WEBINAR PARTICIPATION STILL AVAILABLE

On May 16 and 17, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a free workshop and webinar on the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Framework) 2017. During the workshop, participants will hear about the Framework users’ experiences, share their views about proposed updates to the Framework, learn about new Framework-related policy issues and the progress of others' technical work, and participate in breakout sessions. There is still room to sign up for the webinar. 

According to NIST, “The Framework is voluntary guidance, based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices, for critical infrastructure organizations to better manage and reduce cybersecurity risk. In addition to helping organizations manage and reduce risks, it was designed to foster risk and cybersecurity management communications amongst both internal and external organizational stakeholders.” Since its publication in February 2014, the Framework has been available and used by many organizations across the nation’s critical infrastructure.

People who already have a foundational knowledge of the Framework are the intended audience for this workshop/webinar.  To gain a foundational knowledge prior to the event, NIST recommends that registrants visit the Framework’s web page and the Framework Overview webcast, the latter of which provides a comprehensive introduction to the Framework.

To register for the webcast, visit here: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2017/05/cybersecurity-framework-workshop-2017


FORMER ASME SWANSON FELLOW MIKE MOLNAR RECOGNIZED FOR MANUFACTURING RESEARCH

ASME and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) recently recognized Michael F. Molnar, FASME, FSME, CMfgE, PE, with their joint M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal for his longtime and outstanding contributions to manufacturing research and its implementation in industry. Mr. Molnar is a professional engineer with a background working in industry. After taking a leave from industry by serving as an ASME Swanson Fellow in Washington, DC at the White House Office of Science and Technology, he went on to government service as founding director of the Office of Advanced Manufacturing at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an interagency team working to coordinate federal activities in advanced manufacturing as the congressionally designated National Program Office for Manufacturing USA- the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

The M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME is awarded to an individual who has had significant influence and responsibility for improving manufacturing productivity and efficiency (either through research or by implementation of research). This award was established in 1986 in honor of the late M. Eugene Merchant, visionary proponent of computer-integrated manufacturing systems and an early advocate for lean manufacturing principles.

Nominations are accepted annually.

Additional information can be found at: https://www.asme.org/about-asme/get-involved/honors-awards/achievement-awards/m-eugene-merchant-manufacturing-medal-of-asme-sme


ACCENTURE REPORT ON THE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS FOR 2017

In Accenture’s Technology Vision for 2017, five trends that underscore the importance of focusing on ‘Technology for People’ to achieve digital success were underscored. Leaders are adopting these trends and executing strategies to secure a digital advantage in their next iteration of their business.

Trend 1: Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking a sophisticated role within technology interfaces and is setting a high bar for how future interactions will work. It will be a company’s key differentiator and one that requires C-level investment and strategic execution.

Trend 2:  Companies are increasingly integrating their core business and building relationships with third parties to create future value chains that can transform their businesses, products, and even the market.

Trend 3: Reinventing their workforces with on-demand labor platforms and online work management solutions and moving from legacy models and hierarchies requires organizational changes to be transformed into digital businesses.

Trend 4:  A new frontier is technology designed specifically for individual human behavior and shrinking the gap between effective human and machine cooperation.

Trend 5: The development of new products and services in digital industries means shaping the new rules of the digital ecosystem from technology standards to ethical norms and government mandates.

The full report is available at: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insight-digital-economy-innovation


ENERGY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL LABORATORY COLLABORATIONS WITH SMALL BUSINESSES, INCLUDES HYDROGEN STORAGE AND FUEL CELL MANUFACTURING COMPANIES

Small businesses are the engine of the U.S. economy.

Through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is providing selected small businesses the ability to tap the intellectual and technical resources of the national labs to further advanced energy technologies. This pilot includes several small businesses with a hydrogen and fuel cell focus.
Some examples include:

  • Hawaii Hydrogen Carriers – Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) has been awarded $300,000 to work with Hawaii Hydrogen Carriers to analyze the performance and design of low-pressure hydrogen storage systems to power mobile applications of polymer electrolyte membrane hydrogen fuel cells. Using SRNL’s unique modeling and system testing capabilities for metal hydride-based systems will help provide potential partners with realistic performance and cost estimates.
  • Emerald Energy NW, LLC – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been awarded $160,000 to work with Emerald Energy NW, LLC to fabricate and test a versatile rotary magnetic wheel seal test apparatus with low friction and low loss in collaboration with the PNNL magnetic liquefier team. This project could result in the design of a breakthrough rotary wheel to allow for a more rapid transition to cleaner, domestic, and less expensive gaseous fuels for the transportation sector.

A full list of SBV projects and participating DOE national labs is available at:
https://www.sbv.org/

Visit the ASME Public Policy Education Center at http://ppec.asme.org/ for daily news and policy developments, including the following:

*NAS Committee Responds to Critique of Gene Engineering Report
http://ppec.asme.org/home/nas-committee-responds-to-critique-of-gene-engineering-report/
*Review Defense Innovation & Research Funding
http://ppec.asme.org/latest-news/review-defense-innovation-research-funding/
*White House Links Innovation and Cybersecurity
http://ppec.asme.org/latest-news/white-house-links-innovation-and-cybersecurity/
*China Is Racing Ahead of the US in the Quest to Cure Cancer with CRISPR
http://ppec.asme.org/latest-news/china-is-racing-ahead-of-the-us-in-the-quest-to-cure-cancer-with-crispr/

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