AAUW STEM Career Conference 2024

AAUW STEM Career Conference 2024

AAUW STEM Career Conference 2024
DTS and Aperture LLC are teaming up to host at AAUW STEM Career Conference

How Would You Design a ‘Smart & Safe’ Bumper?
DTS and Aperture LLC will find out how 7th and 8th-grade girls engineer their smart bumpers in a hands-on workshop at the 20th Annual AAUW STEM Career Conference in Long Beach, CA. The conference hosts 250 local students and features eleven female STEM professionals describing their career paths, plus hands-on career-related activities for the students.

The 20th Annual AAUW Long Beach STEM Career Conference will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024 at the Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science. The STEM Career Conference has been organized since 2003 by AAUW Long Beach and is currently held at the Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science, with the assistance of over 60 adult volunteers plus 20 Sato Ambassadors who help welcome the girls to their campus. Attendance is by invitation only. AAUW Long Beach selects Title I LBUSD middle and K-8 schools for participation in the conference. The attendees are then recruited by teachers or counselors at their school. Attendance is limited to girls since women are still underrepresented in STEM careers and the mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls. Through January 2024, 3135 girls girls have participated in the event.

The 2024 workshops, with hands-on activities, will feature the following STEM careers: Aerospace Engineer, Architect, Environmental Engineer, Manufacturing/Biomechanical Engineer, Medical Imaging Technologist, Medical-Surgical Nurse, Optometrist, Software Developer, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Structural Engineer.

The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Super excited to partner with AAUW and Aperture to invest in the future . . . which starts with awareness, opportunity, and action!

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DTS New Sales Partner – PROWAVE

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DTS is proud to announce that Prowave is our new sales partner in Taiwan! Founded in 1989, Prowave has expertise in vibration monitoring & testing, data acquisition and sensors.  We are excited to work with Prowave and continue to build on our strong and longstanding relationships with automotive, aerospace, and defense customers in Taiwan. Prowave, a professional vibration monitoring and testing software manufacturer, focuses on the diversity of testing tools and in 2019 separated their vibration testing and equipment monitoring into two departments, providing more in-depth planning and services for customers in different applications.
The Prowave Team Prowave’s service covers the whole of Taiwan, with headquarters located in Kaohsiung, with offices in Taipei, Hsinchu, and Taichung. In 2012, it was certified by the Ministry of Economy as a technical service agency team. The company’s R&D and AE account for more than half of the company’s staff, and more than ten years of experience Each of their equipment diagnostics personnel is ISO 18436 vibration analyst certified, for customer peace of mind.
The Prowave philosophy of “Simple, easy to use, and effective,” goes hand-in-hand with DTS values and cutting-edge miniature data acquisition systems and sensors. Welcome to Team DTS! For more about Prowave go to www.prowavegroup.com.

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DTS Best Places to Work in Southern California 2023

Diversified Technical Systems (DTS), headquartered in Seal Beach, California, was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Southern California by Best Companies Group. Best Companies Group is an independent research firm that specializes in identifying and recognizing the best places to work all over the world.

Rollin White, President of DTS, expressed his gratitude for this recognition, stating, “At DTS, we believe that our greatest asset is our people. DTS is honored to be recognized as one of Southern California’s Best Places to Work. This recognition reflects our commitment to teamwork, which means that everyone at DTS contributed to earning this award. Plus, it also supports our company values of designing innovative products that add value to society, fostering team spirit, personal growth, and creating a positive environment.”

Companies in Southern California that meet certain criteria and rate highest on issues that matter most to employees are highlighted as Best Places to Work SoCal. The ranking is based on an analysis of survey responses about corporate culture, training and development, salary and benefits, and overall employee satisfaction.

Jaime Raul Zepeda, Executive Vice President of Best Companies Group, commended the high caliber of the selected companies. He remarked, “Each winner on this list has created an extraordinary work environment that attracts, retains, and motivates top talent. The quality of the companies in the 2023 Best Places to Work SoCal list is truly commendable, as they have shown a clear commitment to their employees’ satisfaction and development.”

About DTS: Diversified Technical Systems specializes in manufacturing miniature, rugged data acquisition systems and sensors for product and safety testing in extreme environments. DTS data recorders and sensors are used for testing in a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, injury biomechanics, sports, military and defense. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Seal Beach, California, DTS also has technical centers around the globe and is part of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG).

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Sandia Full Scale Crash Test
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Successful crash test meets major milestone for nuclear deterrence program
Article Written By: Manette Newbold Fisher /
Sandia Lab News Vol. 72, No. 20, October 9, 2020

A full-scale crash test involving a semitruck impacting the side of the first prototype of a new weapons transporter successfully took place at Sandia this summer.

Using the Labs’ sled track, rockets propelled the semitractor-trailer at highway speeds into the prototype, an over-the-road Mobile Guardian Transporter conceptualized and built from scratch. Data from the event will be used for qualification of the transporter and to better understand cargo response in accident scenarios for years to come.

This test met a major milestone for NNSA as part of the Labs’ nuclear deterrence program, said Gary Laughlin, Sandia director over the program. Eventually, the new transporters will replace the current fleet of vehicles that safely and securely move nuclear assets within the United States.
“Completing this milestone is one example of Sandia’s dedication to the Office of Secure Transportation and the nuclear deterrence program,” Gary said. “Very creatively and with the help of many teams throughout Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories, we figured out how to build a new trailer and complete a test that was flawlessly executed.” Biggest crash test in decades Crash tests at this scale using transporter vehicles have not taken place at the Labs for about 20 years, said Jim Redmond, senior manager over the program, adding that Sandia has never executed a test quite like this one at full scale. “About two decades ago, Sandia crashed a truck into an immovable barrier, but this is the first time we’ve done a test in this configuration, where we took a truck at full capacity and propelled it down the track and hit our test article sitting idly at the end of it,” Jim said. “In two decades, you can imagine how much technology has advanced in terms of our ability to measure responses of the trailer and its contents.” One purpose of the crash test, said manager Daniel Wilcox, was to ensure the new fleet of semitrailer transporters will be able to keep cargo safe in the event of an unexpected crash. Sandia’s primary mission is ensuring the U.S. nuclear arsenal is safe, secure and reliable. As part of that mission, and since the inception of nuclear deterrence, Sandia has played an important role in transportation, Jim said. “The transportation mission is a critical component of an effective nuclear deterrent,” he said. “It provides needed assurance to the American public and our allies of the safety and security of our stockpile. You’ve got to be able to ship nuclear assets safely and securely or you don’t have a deterrence program.” Starting ‘with a clean sheet of paper’ Sandia manager Barry Boughton was part of the team that worked on the previous fleet of transporters that have been in use since the 1990s. Following testing on additional prototypes in coming years, the current set of transporters will be replaced by the Mobile Guardian Transporter fleet, which is expected to be in service beyond 2050. Barry said the transporter systems begin with demanding requirements that change with each fleet as technology and the operating environment evolve. From there, the design team begins creating a brand-new system. “The Mobile Guardian Transporters are not an extension of the old trailers,” he said. “We started with a clean sheet of paper.” Nearly everything that makes up the transporters is custom designed and built, with a few exceptions. It was a multiyear design effort to get to the point where Sandia could work with an external partner to build the road-ready trailer. Initially, the prototype didn’t have any electronics or finishing touches. Following the 13-month trailer build, the team worked for an additional six months assembling electronics before they began testing the prototype in normal and abnormal environments. Normal environment tests included such activities as driving the transporter on the road while measuring shock and vibration response and exposing the vehicle to thermal cycling while measuring its response to various temperatures. From January to June, the team prepped the vehicle for the crash test by setting up data-acquisition instrumentation and configuring and installing representative cargo. Setting up the channels was one of the most challenging technical aspects of test setup, said Kylen Johns, prototype project lead. “We had a goal of gathering an unprecedented amount of data, realizing that it would be extremely difficult in such a harsh environment,” she said. “To reduce risk, we built in redundancy to the systems and included peer reviewers in every step of the preparation. We were crashing a semi into another semi, and protecting these super tiny, thin cables meant the difference between getting critical data or missing major objectives.” During the test, more than 400 channels of data and video, including high-speed video, were collected, Jim said. Every sensor served a purpose and provided specific data that the team analyzes to make sure the transporter meets all requirements. The team will only build three prototypes, so every scrap of data is meaningful to the project. Test day collaboration The complexity of the setup required the multiorganization crash test execution team and other collaborating groups to remain “laser-focused” for months, Daniel said, to ensure the crash date wasn’t delayed, the test objectives were met and data wasn’t compromised. The prototype was moved to the test site in June, where employees continued preparing for the crash in pandemic conditions, in the heat of the desert — running cables, fixing problems, soldering wires, setting up cameras, checking acquisitions systems and setting triggers. On test day, final preparation started several hours before dawn. Around midday, the test execution team, transporter team members and stakeholders stood at a safe distance from the sled track and watched the crash take place. There was a lot of buildup to that point, Jim said, with the years-long effort resulting in a transporter assembly test that was over in a matter of seconds. “I was glad to see the rockets fired; I was glad to see it was successful,” he said. “It was tense. The entire team, including partners from LANL and Lawrence Livermore, were excited and relieved. There’s a lot of pride among the team, as well as the government sponsors, that we are greatly increasing our understanding of accident environments.” Karen Rogers, senior manager for Sandia’s validation and qualification team, oversees the group that designed and conducted the rocket-sled test. Karen praised the seamless collaboration between teams, saying, “We worked in partnership, and at times side-by-side, to create all the elements that led to this successful test. It was gratifying to see the results of that hard work and the teamwork that made it happen.” Deadline met despite pandemic Before the COVID-19 pandemic started to impact many Sandia operations in early March, activities were on track for the summer test, Daniel said. Threat of the virus understandably complicated work across the program, but the team came together to keep things moving forward toward the test. “There was a feeling of, ‘What are the impacts of the pandemic on this test — and can we really do this?’” he said. “Even though the unexpected challenge of COVID-19 added significant complications to an already-complex test, the crash was executed on the precise day it was planned before the pandemic, with no delay.” Because completing the test on time was critical to NNSA, much of the team continued working on site when about 70% of Labs employees started telecommuting in mid-March. Sandia industrial health and Environment, Safety & Health professionals helped the team work effectively in close quarters by requiring masks, checking ventilation systems and advising on how to take turns inside the vehicle, Gary said. The team’s procedures set a standard for social distancing at the Labs. “Years of effort from the entire team and our partners, punctuated by the final push in a COVID-impacted world, resulted in a successful test,” Daniel said. “We are delighted by and grateful for the effort of so many that led to such spectacular results.”
Sandia Full Scale Crash Test Photo
TRANSPORTER CRASH TEST — Using Sandia’s sled track, rockets propelled the semitractor-trailer at highway speeds into a prototype of an over-the-road Mobile Guardian Transporter conceptualized and built from scratch. (Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories)
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OVERCOMING CHALLENGES — Sandia quality engineer Dulce Barrera, left, and systems engineer and team lead Kylen Johns coordinated with colleagues to mitigate the challenges caused by COVID-19 during preparation for a full-scale crash test that took place this summer. (Photo by Bret Latter)
Sandia Full Scale Crash Test Photo
TRANSPORTER CRASH TEST — Using Sandia’s sled track, rockets propelled the semitractor-trailer at highway speeds into a prototype of an over-the-road Mobile Guardian Transporter conceptualized and built from scratch. (Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories)

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New aPLI Advances Pedestrian Safety

New aPLI Advances Pedestrian Safety

New aPLI Advances Pedestrian Safety

Seal Beach, CA – According to the World Health Organization, more than 5,000 pedestrians are killed each week worldwide. The Governors Highway Safety Association reported that pedestrian fatalities in the USA have risen by 41% since 2008 – the highest in 30 years.
Starting in 2022, Euro NCAP announced that it will adopt the new advanced Pedestrian Legform Impactor (aPLI) in its testing. The aPLI weighs 24.9kg (55 lb), compared with the 13.2kg (29 lb) Flex PLI, and the mass distribution has been refined to be more biofidelic, top to bottom. The structural design has also been simplified to improve repeatability and reproducibility of results.
Like its Flex PLI predecessor, the aPLI features integrated data acquisition and sensors from DTS. The aPLI legform supports SLICE NANO, along with the 6DX PRO six degrees of freedom sensor package and the ARS PRO uniaxial angular rate sensor
Using the SLICE NANO stack extender, a special DTS mounting hardware solution designed for applications with limited height restrictions, the modular sensor layers can be split into two stacks, but still require only one BASE+. The standard aPLI configuration includes 18 sensor channels focused on three primary types of measurements: injury assessment, flight dynamics and vehicle impact
Embedding the data acquisition into the test article minimizes exposed cables throughout the leg and eliminates any trailing cables that could affect the launch.  DTS offers a complete turnkey solution engineered to maintain proper mass, center of gravity and moments to help advance pedestrian safety testing.

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