Walt Whitman High School Engineering Society

Walt Whitman High School Engineering Society

An engineering outreach and networking society for current and former Walt Whitman High School Students and the Whitman Community.

[03/09/16]   We will be hosting William Grosshandler tomorrow (3/9/2016) in D213 (Ms. Stender's room) during both lunches! Please attend for a short presentation and Q & A while you eat your lunch! This is really a win, win situation for you!

Mr. Grosshandler was the associate lead investigator into the technical investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center, and is hoping to give insight into how engineers conduct disaster investigations.

Below is a full resume! He attended UC Berkeley for a PhD, and worked at Washington State University as a professor.

Dr. William L. Grosshandler was the Deputy Director for Building and Fire Research of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) up until his retirement in 2012. Dr. Grosshandler was responsible for internal operations of the Laboratory, which deals with construction and materials research, building environment research, and fire research. Dr. Grosshandler led the NIST investigation of The Station nightclub (Warwick, RI) fire and was the associate lead investigator of the National Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster. He is currently a Guest Researcher at NIST.

Dr. Grosshandler received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his appointment at NIST, he spent three years as the Director of the Thermal Systems Program of the National Science Foundation. At the same time, he maintained his position as Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, where he had been since 1976. He has also held visiting appointments at Factory Mutual Research Corporation (now FM Global) and the University of Poitiers in France.

Dr. Grosshandler has served on the Board of Directors of the Combustion Institute, the editorial advisory board of Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, advisory boards for the Fire Protection Engineering Departments at the University of Maryland and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Research Advisory Committee of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, and is active in the Heat Transfer Division and a Fellow of ASME. He chaired the International Forum of Fire Research Directors from 2005 to 2011, served on the Fire Council for Underwriters Laboratory, and for ten years was a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the National Association of State Fire Marshals. He is currently on the District of Columbia Dept. of Forensic Sciences Science Advisory Board. Dr. Grosshandler is a recipient of two Silver Medals for meritorious achievement and a Gold Medal for distinguished achievement in federal service from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

[03/06/16]   Interested in Robotics, seeing giant robots, or watching a live competition? If you answered yes to any of the three; you should support the Whitman Robotics team by coming out on March 11!

[12/02/15]   On December 4th, Friday, the Walt WhitmanEngineering Society will be hosting Greg Bartolomei. Greg is currently Director of Engineering at Eaton, a global technology leader in power management solutions that make electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power operate more efficiently, reliably, and sustainably. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UMD and holds a Master's degree in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

5th Lunch: D308, Ms. Talaat's room

6th Lunch: D213, Ms. Stender's room

-----Pizza will not be sold because apparently you are not allowed to sell during school hours, we do have a plan for next time however!-----

[11/05/15]   Thanks everyone for coming out yesterday!
If you have any specific majors you want to hear about, comment below and I will bring them to Whitman!

[11/04/15]   Be sure to come out tomorrow to D-308 during 5th lunch and D-213 during 6th lunch to support the Whitman Engineering Society's first ever speaker series!!

Mr. Kester has a background in Math, Computer Science, and satellite building! The event will only take 30 minutes, 15 minutes of a presentation and 15 minutes of Q&A, out of your lunch and you can eat while he presents.

Pizza will be sold for $2!!

[10/29/15]   The Walt Whitman Engineering Society will best hosting Mr. Kester, a Computer Science and Math major, during 5th lunch in D-308 and 6th lunch in D-213 on November 4th. Mr. Kester has worked at UMD, General Electric, and the John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. He will giving a short presentation on his career and then will be open to questions! This is a great opportunity for students interested in business, computer science, or are interested in learning more! November 4th, 5th lunch in D-308 and 6th lunch in D-213! Pizza slices will be $2!

More Detailed Resume:

Mr Kester's career has evolved as the computer technology industry has evolved. His BS is in Computer Science & Math. His Masters is in Business Administration with emphasis on Quantitative Methods. His career started at the University of Maryland Administrative Computer Center while a student and became full-time after graduation. He left UMD to work for General Electric programming for the Landsat (now Earth Observation System) satellite ground station. He has designed & programmed for multiple military & aerospace contracts. Based on experience in the military & aerospace industry, his career transitioned from a Software Engineer to a System Engineer working for GTE, CSC, and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Mr. Kester's current job is with Wyle working in the Program Office for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). While working on JSF, his career transitioned from Software Systems Engineering to System Security Engineering (aka CyberSecurity).


This just in: School may be killing you, literally.

The long-term effects of stress on your body: http://ow.ly/TIVYH

Interested in attending a summit for new advancements in the field of Aeronautics? Interested in possibly presenting? Information is attached. This event is hosted and sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics!

This is also a great opportunity to visit John Hopkins' Applied Physics Lab and experience a college level research lab.


[09/17/15]   More information and the dates of the speaker series will be posted later in the week!

Thank you all for coming out to support us at clubs night! We will be compiling the emails in order to create an emailing list; this will allow us two forms of communication.

Please also listen to announcements in the coming weeks for it will be, hopefully, reminding you of an event we have planned for you all.

Have a wonderful day in Walt Whitman Land!


America proves too tough for hitchhiking robot after vandals end cross-country trip

What an interesting and innovative idea. It's unfortunate that it was damaged; maybe it'll come to Maryland on its next trip!!

theverge.com It seems the tough streets of Philadelphia were too much for a friendly little robot from Ontario. All the Hitchbot wanted to do was see the United States. But just two weeks after starting its...



Congratulations to NASA for transmitting the first ever photos of Pluto! In others news, the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) discovered the Pentaquark today. Both of these discoveries are huge both in physics and astronomy!

Hopefully everyone is having a great Summer. Good luck seniors as you begin your application process this Fall!


[06/15/15]   Interested in Internships that are either during school or during the Summer? Be sure to follow the page for more information about these topics!

[05/31/15]   What is this strange page you have happened upon? Well let me enlighten you. This is the page for the Walt Whitman Engineers Society. Our goals are multi-pronged so let me explain them:

1. We want to increase awareness of Engineering as an increasing job / area to major in!

2. Bring in people who are currently working as engineers in the field and would be willing to speak and answer questions about their experiences. A student would be able to ask about their college experience and how they have gotten where they are today.

3. Offer shadow days after a speech is given in order for students to experience what it is like to work as an engineer. Contrary to popular belief, they don't do calculus 24/7. These field trips will be EXCUSED absences since Dr. Goodwin, our principal, is very supportive of our organization!

4. Create a website that will allow businesses / colleges to connect with students who are interested in learning more or possibly obtaining an internship that is engineering based. (Website ETA is this Summer)

5. We will collect information about college alumni / currently enrolled engineers at engineering colleges so that when you are visiting a college you can get personal insight of how different it is from Whitman.

6. Farther down the road we hope to offer a program similar to Engineers Without Borders which will be offered to Whitman Students, Whitman Alumni in College, and Graduated Whitman Alumni. This will provide a unique experience that will be invaluable for learning more about engineering.

If you have any questions please feel free to message the page or one of the staff for next year:

President: Cameron Perl
Vice-President: Cason Mandigo
Outreach Administrator: Sofia Bisogno
Speech Organizer: Sophia Zambri
Field Trip Organizer: Nathan Baron

You can also contact Matthew Weinstein with questions who was a key founder of this group!

We hope that next year will be an amazing year for engineering at Whitman and that we can create a solid base for this group to build upon. Thanks for your time and if you're interested in receiving information about engineering opportunities / updates about the group please drop the page a like!

Walt Whitman High School Engineering Society's cover photo

[05/31/15]   Recently we have been in contact with the engineer Jack Lee who works at Navy Yard. He gave me some information to pass along to everyone! Over the Summer, the David Taylor Navy Research Basin holds a super awesome event called "The Human Powered Submarine Race." I would highly recommend going to this event if you are free on that day because the work to get a pass to view it is very minimal. Also would you guys be interested in possibly building one to race next year?

Here is the information you need to fill out and also a video of past years!

Form: http://bit.ly/1Jh2f97
Article: http://wtop.com/news/2013/06/bethesda-naval-testing-facility-hosts-submarine-races/slide/3/
2011 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJxVNVTJq8Y

For the form - "Being a student I think if you submit the form ahead of time you should be able to get in. You just need to stop at the gate during those days and times of the event and show them some ID with your name and they will look your name up on the list. Usually driver license but student id probably works for students without a driver license. For Team Affiliation I recommend putting Walt Whitman High School." - Jack Lee

I hope some of you take advantage of this awesome opportunity!

[05/16/15]   This is a general information page for the society! If you want to keep up or receive information about events please like the page.

If you are not familiar with the goals of this society: there will be another post tomorrow about it, so please read that one!

[05/16/15]   Hey everyone this will serve as a substitute for our website until it is finished.

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