Up-Coming Meeting



Thursday, February 29th, 2024.  5:00PM to 8:30PM



Please join us for an interactive Tour & Presentation


Registration Link

Steve Palkovic is a Senior Consulting Engineer with the Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure (EMI) group at SGH. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanics of Materials and Structures from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During graduate school, he co-founded a start-up for nondestructively measuring mechanical properties of metals that is being used for field testing of oil and gas steel pipelines. At SGH, Steve works on advanced analysis of structures and the development and implementation of novel experiments. Applications include air-inflated fabric radomes, precision antennas, nuclear facilities, naval shipyards, and failure analysis.


Norman (Norm) provides strategic leadership and oversight for SGH’s Applied Science & Research Center, including physical testing, materials science, and research programs. He is dedicated to advancing the role of the center by continuing to expand testing capabilities and encouraging staff to explore creative project approaches. Norm brings his previous experience as a practicing engineer and researcher to SGH, including roles on a wide variety of civil, mechanical, environmental, structural, and fire protection engineering efforts that brought him to work in seven countries outside the U.S.


Topic: SGH Applied Science and Research Laboratory Tours and Presentation

Why has this material failed? How will this structural connection perform? What happens to this substance when exposed to extended sunlight, water, cold, or heat? We constantly question the “why” to better understand how structures and materials behave. Laboratory testing helps us validate innovative designs, provides evidence for investigations, and informs our repair techniques. By executing hands-on analyses in our Applied Science & Research Center, SGH staff explore all the relevant information–digitally and physically–to develop ideas and find solutions. Through our constant questioning, we solve complex issues, satisfy our curiosity, and create an environment where we can learn and improve.

Participants will be taken on a tour of spaces that help us achieve our goals. Not just tools and places but example projects including nuclear and non-nuclear will be discussed as we pass through Physical Testing, Environmental Simulations, Materials Science, Microscopy, and Research Partnerships.


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Send questions and reservation changes to Jerry Balayan: ne@local.ans.org


This month’s “Leap Year” tour, dinner, and meeting location will be held at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), 480 Totten Pond Rd, Waltham, MA


5:00 pm: Registration and Tours

6:00 pm: Dinner

6:30 pm: Presentation

8:30 pm: Adjourn


ANS-NE Member or Friend: $30

Non-Member: $40

Student: Free

Virtual: Free


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