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Leadership Matters – 35 Years From My View

What does 35 years of practicing engineering get you? Thousands of projects (and some gray hair). EME, founded by Don Reilly and me, is celebrating its 35th year of service to our many clients. Over those years we performed over 3,000 projects varying from a few hours of consulting to major engineering efforts requiring detailed analysis. As I look back over [...]

August 23rd, 2017|

People Matter – Alan J. Spisak

People Matter - Alan J. Spisak Alan Spisak is the President & CEO of EME, joining the business in 1987 after completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at the Pennsylvania State University.  He is a life-long resident of Pittsburgh, growing up in the South Hills.  In addition to his role as President of EME, Alan’s areas of technical focus are [...]

August 23rd, 2017|

The Quarterly Engineering Problem – An Actual Case

EME was contracted to determine how high some large motors could be uprated. We determined an uprating of over 50% could be achieved provided the motors be rewound with minimum insulation thickness thereby maximizing the copper while at the same time reducing the thermal impediment for getting heat out of the coils. The manufacturer accepted to implement the uprate [...]

August 23rd, 2017|

Passing The Baton by Alan J. Spisak

Passing The Baton – Alan J. Spisak, P.E., President/CEO How do you fill the shoes of a legend? As a young engineer fresh out of college, I joined EME.  Like many individuals transitioning from the role of an engineering student to that of a professional, I wasn’t certain what ‘being an engineer’ meant.  I had interned some for my father Andy, [...]

August 23rd, 2017|

260,000hp, 3 Rotor Trains, and Super Sonic Velocities

742, 5.7L Hemi Engines; that's how many it would take to power the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel.  For nearly 30 years, EME has supported the electro-mechanical rotating equipment at NASA facilities across the nation, providing services ranging from small project consultation to large design and analysis efforts.  One of the most challenging of these projects involved the Unitary Wind Tunnel [...]

August 23rd, 2017|