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"The Machine that Made History – The Historic Landmark Waterwheel of Syria > 1000+ Years Ago!"

Mahmod Samman, Ph.D., P.E.

President, Houston Engineering Solutions – Houston, TX

Thursday, December 14th


For thousands of years prior to the industrial revolution, the waterwheel was mankind’s only means of harvesting and utilizing large quantities of energy. Important in their own right, these ancient devices also paved the way for water mills, windmills, and modern turbines. The giant waterwheels that continue to operate on the river Orontes in Hama, Syria are unique in both size and age. With a diameter of 21 meters (69 feet), the Noria al-Muhammadiyya which dates to 1361 CE, is among the largest waterwheels ever constructed. In 2006, it was designated as an ASME historic landmark. In 2015, ASME published “Machines that Made History” and featured this landmark on its cover. This presentation includes a discussion of the development and types of waterwheels, their role in mechanical engineering history, the significance of this ASME landmark, and a status update on its current condition given the state of war in the country.

Dr. Samman holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Duke University and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He has thirty years of engineering experience in finite element analysis and fitness-for-service assessment. He has four issued and pending patents, 30 publications, and numerous industry reports. A Fulbright Scholar and ASME Fellow, he received the South Texas Section Herbert Allen Award for outstanding achievement by a young engineer and the Young Engineer of the Year Award from the City of Houston. He is a member of the Joint ASME/API Fitness-For-Service Standard Committee and a former chairman of STS.

Advance ticket sales start this week and end at midnight on Tuesday, December 12.  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.

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!

Still Hoarding Magazines??

You're thinking, "You know, I may need to refer to that August 1932 Mechanical Engineering article on the future of battery storage capacity and how we are only 3 years away from achieving Edison's Dream of full electric power in the US."  Well, it may be true.  Someday.  Meh.  I have a better idea.  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! Don't be a hoarder of magazines - please bring those magazines to our meetings throughout the year.

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