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Join us in the first ASME meeting of 2018!

"Innovative Power Generation from Ocean/Sea Waves"

David Marchetti

Director, Global Applications Engineering Ocean Power Technologies - Pennington, NJ

Thursday, January 18


We all rely on electricity and communications networks for business and personal use. Both are often not readily available, not reliable, or are not cost effective to create and maintain offshore. This is increasingly true in industries such as oil and gas, and can mean the difference between having a project approved or rejected. The oceans have abundant untapped energy that can be harnessed for many applications. Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has developed a PowerBuoy® that takes advantage of this energy to solve these challenges for multiple industries. The field-proven PowerBuoy® converts wave energy into electricity, and provides a payload-agnostic power platform for a variety of remote offshore surface and subsea applications. The system also provides a reliable means for various forms of data to be transferred from subsea to the surface, where it can be transmitted real-time onshore. It can be used to create an autonomous system, which reduces the need for manned intervention, increases operational efficiencies, and ultimately reduces OPEX.

David Marchetti is the Director of Global Applications Engineering for Ocean Power Technologies. Over his 28-year career, David has worked in the areas of engineering, manufacturing/operations, aftermarket customer service, and most recently business development. Prior to his current role at OPT, David held positions with increased levels of responsibility for a variety of companies including Forum Energy Technologies, FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics, and GE Vetco Gray. David holds an MBA, from Our Lady of the Lake University, Houston, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University.

Advanced ticket sales start this week and end at midnight on Tuesday, January 16.  You can purchase tickets for the event through Brown Paper Tickets.  Additional information is also available through the ASME Website.  Regular tickets are $35, students are $15.  Tickets at the door are $50, CASH OR CHECK ONLY.

Meeting will be held at:

The Forest Club

9950 Memorial Drive (Near Chimney Rock)

Social Hour: 5:30 pm
Dinner Buffet: 6:15 pm
Presentation: 7:15 pm


ASME meetings are open to all. Membership is encouraged but not required to attend. Professional Development Hour (PDH) will be given for this event.


Oilfield Helping Hands

4th Annual Pistol Shoot

Friday, January 26, 2018



Join OHH Houston Pistol Shoot at Shooters Station in Conroe, Texas. Enjoy a beautiful day of competition, fun and camaraderie, all benefiting the Houston oilfield community! All levels of expertise are encouraged to participate in this event – from beginner to the more experienced shooter. Each team will consist of four shooters. Expect your team skills and coordination to be challenged in fun scenarios like individual paper targets, bowling pins (flurry), pistol clays, and cutting 4X4 in half (Stump Shoot).

Oilfield Helping Hands (OHH) has helped oilfield families in critical need of financial assistance since 2003. The organization, comprises of numerous corporations and hundreds of individuals, has provided more than $3 million in assistance to those in need. 

This organization was a lot of fun for ASME South Texas members in the past because there is nothing more fun than getting out your pistols and do some shooting with your fellow Texans. ASME South Texas will not be putting together a team this year, but we will help members field a team. Individual sign-ups this year are also allowed. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact George Rissky. All entry fees are the responsibility of participants and will need to be paid in advance by check or cash.


Event will be held at:

Shooters Station

13748 Highway 105 West
Conroe, TX

Safety Meeting (REQUIRED): 8:45 am

1st Flight: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
2nd Flight: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm


Registration is open now for this event!  Make sure to register for this event online before the deadline Saturday, January 20, 2018.  Register as a 4-person Shooting Team ($500) or as an Individual ($125).  For registration information, please email Tina Thomas or contact at 832-795-3544.  

Sponsorship opportunities start at $250.  As a sponsor, you will help offset event expenses so all proceeds can benefit oilfield families in financial crisis. Your company will be recognized several ways during the event and on our website. At certain levels, you can register a specified number of teams to participate in the tournament at no additional cost. A wide variety of commitment levels are available. Please see the sponsorship opportunities sheet for full details.


3D Manufacturing Lab Update


VOLUNTEERS AND TEACHERS needed! We are developing a future curriculum around the 3D Manufacturing Lab.  We still need volunteers and are working with Alief ISD to bring the quadcopter competition to fruition in December. If you interested in 3D manufacturing, we need your help as a mentor for our Quadcopter Competition.  This is a tremendous opportunity to learn Project Management and supervisory skills as we need engineers to work with High School students in designing and building quadcopters.  If you have an interest in this cutting-edge technology, we want you!  Work on the quadcopters will be in the late afternoon and on weekends and we will work with your work schedule.

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting and educational opportunity, please contact Stephen Vasconi via email and RSVP.

Keep Yourself Informed!

We are updating our calendars and have confirmed speakers for the December and May meetings.   You can always download the ASME South Texas Calendar directly to your Outlook Calendar at work or home.  We even have a Google Calendar version you can view online.  Impress your co-workers and friends with your instant knowledge of all our meetings and events – download the calendar today!
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Join ASME South Texas on LinkedIn

Our ASME South Texas LinkedIn Group is growing!  We continue to build our membership on today's hottest Professional Network.  We are looking for a few people who would be interested in becoming Admins to help with keeping the site up to date with informative articles on Mechanical Engineering here in Houston.  There is also a Job Board, so as you become aware of positions, please post them up.  This is a great way to become involved and connect with other ASME members in the Houston Area.  Join the conversation today!

Out With the Old, In With the New


If you’re doing some house cleaning to usher in the new year, remember that ASME South Texas wants your old magazines! ASME South Texas supports High School STEM education through the distribution of Mechanical Engineering Magazines and other technical periodicals.  This program is one of the most popular in the area, as the magazines help inspire future engineers. Your magazines will make a real difference by helping students reach their potential as future engineers! Please bring those magazines to our meetings throughout the year.

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