Region IX Chapter 77

March Los Alamos Meeting - "Thinking Like an Engineer and Societal Challenges" by Distinguished Lecturer Victor Goldschmidt

  • 12 Mar 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, TA 03-0207-111, J. Robert Oppenheimer Library - Conference Room JRO 1 and 2 (1st floor uncleared area)


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Speaker: Distinguished Lecturer Victor Goldschmidt

Title: “Thinking Like an Engineer and Societal Challenges".

This is a repeat presentation of the 3/11 meeting in Albuquerque. 

Summary: After 40 years lecturing to Mechanical Engineering students the presenter has evolved and reconsidered what his purpose should have been as an educator.  It goes beyond transfer of information and mastery of a necessary set of tools. It also goes further than applying those tools in the art of problem solving.  The presentation will highlight the nature of engineering thought processes, recognizing the role in problem solving, looking for alternatives, using creativity, thinking in a pragmatic manner, considering safety, and always asking questions. Societal problems exhibiting failure in thinking like engineers will be presented. These are to be examples and challenge for critical thinking on the part of engineering professionals while responsibly serving society. 

Speaker Bio:   Victor Goldschmidt is an Emeritus Purdue Professor of Mechanical Engineering with more than 45 years of lecturing experience, Fellow and Past Director-at-Large of ASHRAE and currently serving in ASHRAE's Technical Activities Committee. He is, an honorary member of the IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration), ACAIRE (Colombia Association of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, AAF (Argentine Association of Cold), and ASURVAC (Uruguay Association of Refrigeration, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Heating). His industrial experience includes having been an Application Engineer, and a Development Engineer with Honeywell, as well as serving as team leader with numerous research contracts with the HVAC&R industry. He also led research teams through grants with the DOD, NSF, and other governmental bodies and professional/trade Associationss.   With more than 200 publications, he served as mentor to both graduate and undergraduate students.  . Victor  is a facilitator to leadership training, problem solving and strategic planning sessions, a County Planning Commissioner and formerly a Trustee in the Leelanau Township Board in the Lower Northwest Michigan.

Last revised: 08.23.2018
by: Stacey Chan

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