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MaterialsDC Student Night with NTSB

  • April 02, 2019
  • L’Enfant Plaza Mall Concourse - Club Room
  • Washington , DC , USA


Material Advantage, the student program for materials science and engineering, is participating in "STEM on the Hill" Congressional Visits Day, bringing students from across the country to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology.

The Washington DC Chapters of the American Ceramic Society and ASM have invited the students to share their experiences on Capitol Hill and to network with each other and our local members. We have reserved the Club Room on L'Enfant Plaza Concourse, a private space with plenty of seating and space for socializing.

Even better, we have also arranged for a presentation from the materials scientists at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Small groups can break away from the networking to tour the NTSB labs at L'Enfant Plaza (between 5:30 and 7 pm) and get the scoop on the materials science behind some previous cases. Have you ever wanted to look at an indestructable "black box" up close? Here's your chance!

Special offer! -- the NTSB is hiring! Check out this job posting for a Materials Engineer. Note it closes March 29.

Both students and our local members are welcome to attend the tours and presentation, and may also pay for a delicious buffet dinner.

The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with investigating transportation accidents across aircraft, rail, pipeline, marine, highway, and hazardous materials platforms. The Materials Laboratory specializes in failure analysis to support the determination of the cause of these accidents. Materials failure analysis employs the underlying principles of materials science and engineering, from phase diagrams to corrosion reactions to manufacturing processes to identify the mode of failure. This presentation will focus on how principles of materials science are used every day at the agency to understand failure modes such as fracture, which in turn are used to determine the causes of and recommendations to prevent accidents.

About the speaker:
Dr. Erik Mueller is a Materials Research Engineer at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, DC. He has performed over 100 failure investigations of aircraft, rail, pipeline, and marine transportation accidents. In 2018, Erik earned the John K. Lauber Award from the agency for his work on the Centreville, Virginia pipeline accident, and he received the Silver Medal award from ASM at MS&T in Columbus for his contributions to failure analysis and ASM International. He is a licensed professional engineer in Florida, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Dr. Mueller graduated from the University of Florida in 2007 and served as the official mascot (Albert the Alligator). Erik has served on the Board of Directors for the Failure Analysis Society, volunteers with the ASM Handbook and Women in Engineering Committees, teaches failure analysis to high school students at the Eisenmann Materials Camp each summer, while also teaching the PE test prep course for TMS.

DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

5:30 pm Tours of the NTSB laboratories
6:00 pm Social/Networking in the Club Room on the L'Enfant Plaza Mall Concourse
6:45 pm Buffet dinner
7:30 pm Presentation
8:15 pm Q&A

The Club Room on the L'Enfant Plaza Mall Concourse

Directions from Metro:
- Get off the metro at the L’Enfant Plaza metro station
- Exit toward the direction stating “L'Enfant Plaza” (NOT “7th & D” or “7th & Maryland” exits). You may need to use the escalators to go up a level (from the Orange/Blue/Silver lines) or cross over/under the tracks using the escalators (from the Yellow/Green lines) depending on where you're coming from.
- Swipe your card and go left up the escalators.
- Once upstairs, go left (Starbucks on your right), then turn right and go through the interior glass doors. Do not exit outside.
- Turn right after the Roti (on your left), where the red utensils hang from the ceiling.
- Stay on your right and walk past the “Sandella’s” (on your right).
- Turn right at the next corridor, with overhead signs for 470 L'Enfant Plaza.
- The Club Room is on your right. It's behind the Gadget TLC shop on this map.
Directions from Taxi/Uber/Lyft:
- Get dropped off at 470 L’Enfant Plaza East SW
- Enter the glass doors at the entrance, go to the four elevators (not the single elevator) and go down to “PR Level” (you will be on “PL Level”).
- After you exit the elevators on PR, head towards the main corrifor. The Club Room is on your immediate left.

Limited street parking is available, and there are several pay lots under the Plaza. COST:
The tours and lecture are free (please bring a photo ID).
To partake of food and drinks:
 - Members & Guests $20
 - Full time students $10
Please pay via Paypal to (note the 2.9% fee), and include your name in the comments. We will also be happy to take your payment via cash or check (no fee!) at the event.

Please RSVP for the dinner to by NOON on Thursday, March 28, 2019. (There's no requirement to RSVP for the talk and tours, but please let us know if you're coming!)

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