Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
& Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh

SACP/SSP Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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Technology Forum

Kerri Cornell Duerr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, Westminster College
Birds as a Tool for Environmental Monitoring and Life-long Learning

Birds are charismatic and conspicuous animals that provide a connection between humans and the natural world. Roughly 10,000 species of birds occur on all seven continents making them an important taxon for monitoring global environmental change. Birds are relatively easy to detect and identify, attracting interest by people from diverse backgrounds. By observing birds, citizens become scientists who contribute knowledge about health of global ecosystems, and activists who influence cultural perceptions about conservation. Come on a journey to explore how human fascination with birds can lead global change.

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Technical Program

Paul Ohodnicki
Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering Science Program Director, University of Pittsburgh
Application of Fiber Optic Sensing for Infrastructure Monitoring

An overview will be presented of some emerging applications of fiber optic sensing relevant for infrastructure sensing applications. Example motivating applications will be presented including grid modernization, energy resource recovery and transport, and power generation, along with an overview of a few selected existing and future sensing technologies under investigation. Emphasis will be placed on new research in the areas of low-cost fiber optic sensing technologies for embedded sensing within electrical power system assets such as transformers as well as the fusion between acoustic sensing and artificial intelligence / machine learning techniques for embedded intelligence within infrastructure such as pipelines and electrical power distribution lines as well as nuclear waste storage monitoring and management.

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Attend In-Person
The monthly meeting will be held in the Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University. Registration is required.

5:00 PM – Social Hour
5:30 PM – Technology Forum
6:30 PM – Dinner
7:15 PM – Business Meeting
8:00 PM – Technical Program

PARKING: Duquesne University Parking Garage entrance is on Forbes Avenue. The Power Center can be accessed from the 8th Floor of the Forbes Garage. Bring your parking ticket to the dinner or meeting for a validation sticker.If there is a special event, please note that you are there for the SACP/SSP meeting.

We are no longer taking reservations for in-person.

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Attend Virtually
The monthly meeting will be accessible via the Zoom platform. Registration is required.

7:15 PM – Business Meeting
8:00 PM – Technical Program
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About Kerri Cornell Duerr
Dr. Kerri Cornell Duerr is an associate professor of biology at Westminster College specializing in ornithology. Her research focuses on habitat use and population dynamics. In Dr. Duerr’s work with undergraduate students, she has studied American kestrels, small mammals, and amphibians. She has studied ecology and ornithology throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Central America. Enjoying all things outdoors, Dr. Duerr loves to travel, explore new ecosystems, and spend time with her family.

About Paul Ohodnicki
Paul R. Ohodnicki Jr. is currently an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science department at the University of Pittsburgh and the Engineering Science program director. He is currently the chair of the TMS Functional Materials Division and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to his current role, he was a materials scientist and technical portfolio lead in the Functional Materials Team of the Materials Engineering & Manufacturing Directorate of the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 with a B.Phil. in engineering physics and a B.A. in economics and subsequently earned his M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2008) in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Ohodnicki has published more than 150 technical publications and holds more than 20 patents. He also is the recipient of a number of awards and recognitions, including the Federal Employee Rookie of the Year Award (2012), Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2016), and the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Innovation Category Award for the Carnegie Science Center (2012, 2017, 2019). In 2017, he was a nominee for the Samuel J. Heyman service to America Medal.


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