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Current News

  • Our own Timothy Hicks was mentioned in the most recent SAE International publication, “UPDATE”. This was for the SAE Chicago Section event held at the Blackdog Speed Shop described below.  Great work Tim!  The article can be viewed HERE.





  • In January, Timothy M. Hicks attended the SAE Chicago event on January 21 at Blackdog Speed Shop. After a great meal, the team at Blackdog presented an overview of their company, and their capabilities, including their speed shop, GT4 race team, and full vehicle dynamometer. We also had full access to the vehicles in the shop and show car dealership. Links to more photos can be found here, and a clip from the twin turbo Camaro on the dyno can be found here a video overview of the event, please check it out from this Blackdog Speed Shop produced video BDSS SAE Video.


  • Case studies are an effective publication method used to document the facts and analysis of a specific observation or incident. The content and format of a case study can vary depending on several factors, including the purpose of the case study, the degree of analysis available at the time of the report, the derived lessons learned, and any recommendations. Michael G. Koehler, Ph.D. recently published this commentary which outlines the guidelines for writing an effective case study.  The paper is available at this ACS Chemical Health & Safety website link for a limited time, or download the pdf file here.  Great work Dr. Koehler!


  • Michael G. Koehler, Ph.D. and Harry Elston, Ph.D. will be presenting a workshop entitled: “Why it went wrong: Blame-free investigation of lab-scale incidents“, on Friday, August 23rd at the American Chemical Society‘s National Meeting in San Diego, CA. Drs. Koehler and Elston are experienced accident investigators who aim to provide methods for investigating laboratory-scale incidents and to elucidate the underlying (root) causes of those incidents.


  • It is with great pleasure to announce that Dr. Michael G. Koehler has been selected as a member of the 2019 Class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society This recognition honors members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession, and the Society.  Dr. Koehler will be honored at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California on August 26, 2019.  Congratulations, Dr. Koehler!

  • We were proud to support the Naperville Education Foundation with our school-empowered sponsorship for Scott Elementary School at the March, 2019 26th Annual Building a Passion Breakfast Fundraiser. We continue to give back with ongoing support of the students of Naperville Community Unit School District 203.  Thank you to Roch and Debbie Shipley for their involvement and generosity.


  • Michael G. Koehler, Ph.D.  represented Professional Analysis at the American Chemical Society annual National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, on March 29, where he presented during a full day workshop called “Why it went wrong: Blame-free investigation of lab-scale incidents.”  For more information, please visit the event website at ACS National Meeting 2019.


  • WE’VE MOVED!!  As of February 1, 2019, we will be in our new location.  Our updated facility will allow us to offer the same level of capabilities and service.  Please make a note of our new address and contact us for a tour.  The address for our offices, lab, and warehouse / testing facility is now — 4951 Indiana Ave, Suite 600, Lisle, IL 60532.


  • In November, Timothy M. Hicks attended a joint SAE Chicago and IEEE Chicago Section event to hear Dr. Egil Juliussen, from IHS Markit, present on “Perspective to 2040: Autonomous vehicles & mobility-as-a-service”.  Thank you to BMW North America for hosting this popular topic and making this a successful event.



  • The SAE Chicago Section has kicked off another year with their first meeting this week.  Congratulations to Timothy M. Hicks for taking on the Chairperson position for the Section Officer board.


  • Dr. Roch J. Shipley has been re-appointed as Treasurer of the Failure Analysis Society (FAS) by the ASM International Board of Directors. The Society’s aim is to promote safer, more reliable products by studying the many ways in which failures occur and to educate the larger engineering, manufacturing, and user communities regarding their findings.