30th ASPE Annual Meeting

Sunday – Friday, November 1-6, 2015
Hyatt Regency Austin
Austin, Texas USA

Luis A. Aguirre, 3M Company

Keynote Address | Tutorials | Technical Talks | Technical Posters |
Exhibitors | Technical Tours | Best Oral Presentation | Outstanding Poster Awards |
Awards | Educational Open Forum | Student Competition | Sponsors

| Fun Run Results |

We enjoyed seeing you in Austin! 

The 30th ASPE meeting was held in Austin Texas from Nov 1st to 6th and had a great mixture of technical presentations, tutorials, exhibition and local adventures. It was held at the Hyatt Regency Austin next to the Congress Bridge that houses to 1.5 million bats. Every evening after the Meeting, many attendees enjoyed watching the bats take off for a frenzy eating spree. At the same time many of left the Meeting in search of eateries and pubs in the downtown area. No one went out for the bugs, but instead to enjoy the evening with precision engineering friends.

The tutorials started on Sunday November 1 and continued on Monday, November 2 with over 20 great tutorials on the different areas of precision engineering. That Sunday, at 5:00pm the student competition started at the foothills II Ballroom on 17th floor of the Hyatt, with a great view of the Austin Skyline. Fifteen students arranged in three teams were challenged with the task to build a XY stage with 2×4 mm travel. A buffet dinner was served as part of the sponsor’s dinner. Some of the students stayed until 2 am working developing their ideas. On Monday Nov 2nd, the competition resumed. At noon, in the Foothills II Ballroom, the mentoring lunch took place. During this time, the students had the opportunity for an open conversation with many of the ASPE senior members, discussing opportunities for research and jobs that are hot in the industry, national laboratories and academia. The rest of the afternoon the students went back to complete their assignments. Two teams got their systems working.  It was interesting to see all the different approaches that the students took and how refined their elegant improvements were. In addition, it was clear that they did not have much time to spare. For example, during their presentation the victorious team requested a test drive since they had not been able to test the system before their presentation. If we were to describe this competition using one word it would be intense.

At 6pm on Monday November 2nd, the welcome reception got started at the Zilker Foyer Balcony with a great view of the sunset and open to the warm temperatures of a typical  Austin November day. Some were already exhausted just keeping up with the last 2 days.

The keynote was given by S.V. Sreenivasan (The University of Texas at Austin) on “Role of Precision Systems in Scalable Nanofabrication Based on UV Imprint Lithography.” He started with remarks on how important it has been for him to be a part of the Precision Engineering community. He went on to say how that relationship had enabled them to have the tools to solve many of the challenges required to develop Imprint Lithography solutions that can write sub 20 nm structures for the lithography and storage industries. S.V finished his presentation with the roadmap for the NAnomanufacturing Systems for mobile Computing and ENergy Technologies (NASCENT) and avenues that they are exploring to scale imprint lithography using roll to roll as a way to lower the cost and improve productivity for the mobile devices and energy technologies of the future.

After the keynote, Robert Panas presented the winning student team and the grand prize of a nearly $2,000 prize was giving to each student.   The cash awards came from 3M and the Motus Engineering Inc. kits were donated by ASML. The wining team – team Foothills II – was able to scan the coin in 153 seconds. The team members were Ian Ladner, Nilabh Roy, Andrew Duenner, Tsung-Fu Yao, (all from The University of Texas at Austin) and Xiangzhi Yu (University of Rochester). They gave us a great presentation showing their ingenious solution as well as demonstrating excellent teamwork and project management in challenging circumstances.

On Tuesday morning, the first and second technical sessions got started on the theme of precision engineering challenges for roll to roll manufacturing of precision components. The first presentation was given by Paul Shore from Cranfield University. He started with a very good introduction on the need for precision engineering in order to solve many of the challenges in the roll to roll manufacturing, coating, and registration on multi meter flexible substrates. The rest of the morning was excellent with many great presentations on the subjects of precision design, controls, inspection, tooling, precision extrusion and coating manufacturing.

The Commercial Session on Tuesday afternoon was filled with 44 exhibitors presenting a brief presentaiton on their products. The exhibitors representing all of the typical areas helped to empower our precision engineers to get the main components required to build precision systems including the controlled environment. In addition, the layout of the conference made it very convenient to go from the exhibition to the technical presentations to the posters – only a few steps away from each other.

The Annual Dinner at the Circuit of the Americas, a recent addition to the Formula 1 in the US, was on Tuesday evening. While there, attendees were given the opportunity to visit the pit where the vintage car race participants were getting their cars ready to race in the following days. It was great spending time talking to them, opening many hoods and learning the history behind the development on many of the cars in the area.

Wednesday and Thursday were filled with informative technical sessions and the Educational Open Forum, all of them organized by the new ASPE Technical Leadership.  On Wednesday at the the Awards Ceremony, ASPE awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by the Distinguished Service Award.  Five Scholarship awards were given, outgoing board members were recognized, along with the Annual Meeting Chairperson and ASPE’s new Corporate Sponsors.

Tutorial on Fundamentals of Precision Machine Design


Instruction Time at the Student Competition


Collaboration at the Student Competition


Students Rising to the Challenge


More Student Competition Challenges


More Student Competition Challenges


Project Management Tutorial


Design Principles for Precision Mechanisms


Design Principles for Precision Mechanisms




At the COTA




Hyatt Regency Austin


Some Fun Run Participants




 Fun Run Results

This year’s 3rd Annual Fun Run included 24 participants.  The 5K run was along the scenic Lady Bird Lake Trail.  Stephen Furst  was the winner of the Men’s Division with a time of 18:46. The winner of the Women’s Division was Cynthia Panas with the time of 28.0.