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ESD To Tour DTE Monroe Power Plant: The Engineering Society of Detroit is sponsoring a tour of DTE Energy's Monroe Power Plant Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. Only 40 spots are available. Located on the shore of Lake Erie in Monroe, Michigan, the Monroe Power Plant is the largest generating plant in DTE Energy's system and the fourth largest coal-fired plant in the country. Attendees will tour the plant's coal mills, control room, turbine deck, and plant roof to see fuel systems. Demolition work resumed in May, 2012 on one of the two original 800-foot exhaust stacks at DTE Energy's Monroe Power Plant. The original stacks date to the early 1970s and are being replaced by new 580-foot stacks built to support the operation of new flue gas desulfurization systems, emissions control systems also known as scrubbers or FGDs. These systems significantly reduce sulfur dioxide, mercury and other emissions. The new stacks are necessary to accommodate the moisture that is added to the exhaust by the emissions reduction process. The member rate is $25. Non members may attend free if they pay $54 to join ESD. For questions, please contact Lori Birman at (248) 353-0735, ext. 120, or by email at

CAI Sets 2012 Software Best Practices Conference: Computer Aid Inc. will hold its 2012 Software Best Practices Conference on Sept. 20 at The Henry, 300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn. Keynote speaker Robert Charette will speak on "Managing Risk in the Enterprise: What's It Worth Not to be Surprised?" In this talk, Charette will discuss the origins of project surprises, and how, through the use of a practical and affordable enterprise risk management approach that spans project, program as well as operations, you can eliminate most if not all organizational surprises. In addition to his work as president of the ITABHI Corp., an international enterprise risk management consultancy,  Charette is the managing director of the Decision Empowerment Institute and director of the enterprise risk management and governance practice as well as fellow at the Cutter Consortium. Charette has worked in all facets of risk management and has led major international defense, civil and commercial program assessments for more than 30 years. Speaker Dave Smith will speak on "Building an IT Command and Control Center." In this presentation, Smith will share some of the challenges he has faced in IT over the last 25 years and will discuss a method for controlling and automating the flow of IT information so that it can be made available to teams, managers, and executives. Smith is a senior technology executive at CAI with 25 years of experience leading complex, challenging IT initiatives for industry-leading firms and Fortune 500 client companies. He specializes in the design, development, and launch of technology solutions and processes. Speaker Lynne Ellyn will cover "Neuroscience and IT Risk Management: Recent Research and Insights." The latest neuroscience research has provided fascinating insights into the way the brain detects "errors," processes threats and sometimes hijacks and derails the ability to reason logically and analytically. All projects have risks but managing the human response to risk so team members neither overreact (amygdala hijack) nor become so habituated that risk management is impaired is the key to keeping risk management on track. In this talk,  Ellyn will share some of the insights that neuroscientists have gained from fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) studies into the way the brain detects and processes threats and the implications for teams, individuals and risk managers. Lynne Ellyn is a fellow of the Cutter Business Technology Council and a senior consultant with Cutter Consortium's Business Technology Strategy practice. She recently served as the Senior VP and CIO at DTE Energy. More at

Fisher-Unitech taking SolidWorks 2013 on the road: Attend a Fisher-Unitech Experience SolidWorks 2013 seminar near you and see powerful new products and features that will make your design process even more productive: New SolidWorks Features to simplify complex tasks: Surfacing, Weldments, Interferences, patterns and more. Events in the Great Lakes region include: Illinois, Oct. 2, Chicago, Oct. 4, Rockford, Oct. 5, Peoria; Indiana, Oct. 4, South Bend, Oct. 10, Fort Wayne, Oct. 11 Indianapolis; Ohio, Oct. 4, Cleveland, Oct. 11, Cincinnati; Wisconsin, Oct. 11, Milwaukee; Michigan, Oct. 9, Troy, Oct. 15, Traverse City, Oct. 17, Grand Rapids. Model Mania Contests begin at 9 a.m. local time at each event. Presentations and main event begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be provided, along with a raffle for free 3DU classes.

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