Home   |   My Cart   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In
Cutting-Edge Technology in Engineering Spotlight Webinars, Up to 3 PDHs
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

Join us for up to three one-hour webinars featuring applications of cutting-edge technology engineering. Webinar topics include ​Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) in Engineering; Introduction to the Hyperloop Transportation System; and Next Gen Nuclear Power Plant Design.

When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Webinar Only
United States

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  

Cutting-Edge Technology in Engineering


Up to 3.0 PDHs






Program Overview


This virtual continuing education event features three individual webinars that address relevant, technical topics that affect engineering professionals today. Attendees may choose to attend one, two or all three webinars.




9:00 - 10:00 AM            
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) in Engineering               
Brian Simmons, PE, Bolton & Menk
10:15- 11:15 AM Introduction to the Hyperloop Transportation System
Charles Michael, PE, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Next Gen Nuclear Power Plant Design
Sean Ford, PE, IDOM, Inc.



WEBINAR 1: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) in Engineering


Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am


Program Description: This webinar will provide a high-level overview of some of the current applications of drones, how Bolton & Menk is using drones and examples of efficiencies and safety concerns that can be alleviated with the use of UAVs. Additionally, this webinar will cover commercial operations in Minnesota, considerations for companies contemplating the use of drones and a snapshot of the current regulatory landscape regarding leveraging drones in engineering.


Presenter: Brian Simmons, PE is a Principal at Bolton & Menk. Brian is an NDSU graduate and a civil engineer with 15 years of industry experience who is passionate about leveraging technologies that make engineering safer and more efficient. In addition to his other roles at Bolton & Menk, Brian manages a drone program that includes 22 pilots distributed across a five-state area. 



WEBINAR 2: Introduction to the Hyperloop Transportation System


Time: 10:15 - 11:15 am


Program Description: Transportation defines our human experience: where we live, where we work, and how we connect. Traffic congestion, poor air quality and rapid urbanization are a few of the many concerns surrounding existing modes of transportation, as well as expected growth in cities and regions across the United States. 


This presentation will provide an overview of the hyperloop: a tube-based inter- and intra-city transportation system that moves people and goods at airplane speeds safely, efficiently and sustainably. Passenger and cargo capsules levitate inside a tube using next-generation passive magnetic technology and a linear electric motor. By creating a low-pressure environment inside the tube using vacuum technology, friction is considerably reduced allowing for not only faster speeds, but a safer, cleaner and quieter form of energy-efficient transport. 


Current studies in the Great Lakes Megaregion will confirm the transformative nature of the hyperloop and will energize a transport revolution not seen in over 100 years.


Presenter: Chuck Michael, PE, Head of Feasibility Studies for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc., is an accomplished technology innovation thought-leader with over 35 years of significant experience combining the study, design and construction of major railroad and mining projects, and deep underground high energy physics laboratories in collaboration with University of California/Berkeley, Fermi National Laboratory and the National Science Foundation.  He currently directs the U.S. feasibility studies for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc., applying skills in transport economics, transportation planning, heavy civil/structural engineering and project management. He completed his undergraduate studies in civil engineering with graduate studies in particle physics and structural engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer in Minnesota and serves as a member of the MIT Technology Review Global Panel.




WEBINAR 3: Next Gen Nuclear Power Plant Design


Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Program Description: In a typical nuclear reactor, the fission reaction takes place at very high pressures and produces radioactive gases, presenting major inherent risks. Though the nuclear industry has successfully handled these risks and nuclear power today is acceptably safe, these safety measures come at an enormous cost.

This presentation will share the basics of the Stable Salt Reactor, a cleaner, safer and less expensive alternative to traditional nuclear power. Though the technology has been understood for decades, engineers and scientists with IDOM and Moltex Energy collaborated to solve difficult engineering challenges and how to apply this technology. Participants will learn how a Stable Salt Reactor works and how it can provide cleaner, safer and cheaper electricity around the world.

Presenter: Sean Ford, PE, is a Senior Project Manager at IDOM Inc. headquartered in Bilbao, Spain with offices in Minneapolis and Atlanta, where he manages mechanical and industrial engineering projects. Sean holds a BSME from Michigan Technological University and has more than 17 years of experience in mechanical design in many areas of industry.  In addition to general industrial projects he also has experience with US naval nuclear reactors, commercial nuclear power plants, concentrating solar power (CSP), oil refineries and grid-scale molten salt energy storage. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in several states, including Minnesota, and in Canada.




  • FREE for current MnSPE members and non-member employees of MnSPE Diamond/Platinum PartnersMnSPE Members must login to see the free rate.

  • Non member rate: $60 for one webinar | $120 for two webinars | $180 for three webinars
  • Attendees can register for multiple webinars in a single transaction
  • Group Rate information available upon request. Contact MnSPE.
  • MnSPE Gold Partners receive 50% off individual and group non-member registrations.
  • Diamond/Platinum/Gold Industry Partners, contact MnSPE for a code.
  • Membership must be current on the date of the seminar.


Deadline to Register: Thursday, December 5

  • All registrations after December 5 will be assessed a $50 late fee through Sunday, December 8, 2019



To the best of our knowledge, this seminar meets the requirement for continuing education as outlined by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Land Surveying, Geoscience and Interior Design.

Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal