Past Events

TSA/TEAMS: March 7, 2020, FLCC Victor Campus
The TEAMS acronym stands for Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science.  The event provides students with opportunities to attempt solving engineering problems both analytically and through a hands-on design-build challenge.  McQuaid Jesuit was the first-place winner this year.  The team coach is Bix DeBaise.  Student team-members included: Taiden Foryt, RJ Jacobson, Bryce Gunderman, Sam Brunacini, Carter Garlock, Gage Gardiner, and Brent Penwarden.

The TSA/TEAMS event is administrated by MPES past-president, Dave Roberts.  For more information please submit a request via our contact form:

MATHCOUNTS: February 29, 2020, RIT CIMS Building
The Mathcounts 2020 event was a huge success with area middle school students. Nearly 90 students from 12 area middle schools competed in the event. The competition promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging math contests.

A number of volunteers from MPES and other organizations supported the event. Each team of students was supported by teachers acting as coaches for the competition. The three highest scoring schools, in order of placement, were: Barker Road Middle School, The Alternative School for Math & Science, and Calkins Road Middle School. Many thanks to the volunteers, teachers, and parents who supported this event.

The MATHCOUNTS event is administrated by MPES member Tiphaine Ketch.    For more information please submit a request via our contact form:

PDH Event – Thursday, November 14, 2019 / RIT Campus Center – Room 2610
Failure Analysis, presented by Neville W. Sachs, P.E.
Mr. Sachs provided information on general failure analysis. Including:
1. Defining the type (root cause analysis, root cause investigation, or component failure analysis) of failure analysis and what the possible
savings are in a typical process plant.
2. The procedure(s) used in the component failure investigation and the need to be accurate, if there is to be further analysis.
3. Provided examples of how to approach each of the types of analysis.
The presentation included several well-documented analysis cases that Mr. Sachs had worked on.  Hands-on examples of components from failed mechanisms were also shared with the attendees.

ENGINEERING SYMPOSIUM IN ROCHESTER – Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY
The 15th annual Engineering Symposium in Rochester had the largest attendance ever, with 510 registered attendees at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. While the majority of the attendees were from the Rochester area, several travelled from Buffalo, Syracuse, the Southern Tier, and PA. A total of 43 accredited PDH courses were offered.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Ray Ptucha, an Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering and Director of the Machine Intelligence Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology. He provided and ethics related course “What Is And How Will Machine Learning Change Our Lives”. The class proposed some controversial and ethical dilemmas that we will need to face with the expanse of computer technology.

For additional information, please visit the event website: or submit a request via our contact form: