Midwest Section

Upcoming Meeting – Our next meeting will be Sat April 28th at Mayo Clinic Rochester Minn.

This is a link to the Mayo Clinic Medical Sciences Building where the glass shop is located.

The proposed meeting schedule subject to last minute changes as needed: 9:00 AM Glass Shop doors open for meet and greet with coffee and light snacks 10:00 AM Welcome Logistics and Introductions 10:15 AM Keynote Speaker Kevin E. Bennet, Ph.D., M.B.A “Scientific Glassblowing in Medical Research” Technical demos begin after keynote 12:00 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch and business meeting 1:15 PM Bench Challenge explanation and demonstration 1:30 PM Technical demos continue 4:00 PM Bench Challenge winner announced prizes awarded followed by a tour of the Mayo clinic facilities. 5:00 PM Thank you to hosts and sponsors (Volunteer cleanup crew does it’s thing) 5:30 PM Steve Anderson’s house for a pizza and beer after party.

The glassblowing demonstrations currently scheduled are:

Steve Anderson: Rectangular borosilicate chambers with window seals 
Corina Guerra: Double stick seals (two seals at the same time) in borosilicate  
Ian Duncanson: Circular Quartz window diffusion bonded seals  
Erich Moraine: Tungsten drilled perforation plate to fit a small filter funnel  
Seth Auger large diameter tungsten drilling in boro  
Tracy Drier Vacuum tight tungsten to boro electrical feedthrough seals More demos are on the way. 
Check back for updates

Meeting location: Mayo Clinic Medical Sciences Building 321 3rd Ave SW Rochester, MN 55905 The building entrance may be locked when you arrive. Please call one of the listed numbers at the end of the announcement to have someone meet you at the door. There is free parking across the street to the south of the building between 3rd avenue and 4th avenue just south of 4th street. using this link.

Google map showing motels $48-$138/night (a favorite spot is Centerstone Plaza Soldiers Field for $110)

Our meeting sponsors keep the section alive financially. Please check take a look at their websites. For this meeting they are: Chemglass Life Sciences and Carlisle Machine Works

The Bench Challenge is sponsored by: Glass Monkey Neon

The last day to register for meals is Monday April 23rd.


Our Current Board is :

Chair: Erich Moraine  Email
Co Chair: Michael D’Acquisto  Email
Secretary: Tracy Drier  Email
Treasurer: Kevin Moeller  Email
Director: Steve Anderson   Email
Alternate Director: Patrick Bennet  Email
Communications Director: Corinna Guerra  Email

The Midwest Section includes the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. This very active Section has 50 members and meets at least twice per year. One meeting in the Spring and one Fall. The meetings are a great way to collaborate with local colleagues and learn new techniques and procedures. Join us at a Section meeting to see what we have to offer!


Past Meeting Locations:

Millipore Glass facility (the former Aldrich chemical glass shop) Milwaukee WI — Oct 14 2017 University of Notre Dame Radiation Lab Glass Shop — April 29, 2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Dept — Sept 24 2016 Western Michigan Glass Alliance Kalamazoo, MI April 9, 2016 Argonne National Laboratory — October 10, 2015 University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee –April 18, 2015 Wild Rose Glass — October 18, 2014  University of Iowa — April 12, 2014 —  Meeting Wrap-up University of Wisconsin Madison Chemistry Dept Glass Shop — Oct 19, 2013 Western Michigan Glass Society — Apr 13,2013 University of Notre Dame Radiation Lab Glass shop Oct 12, 2012