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    Malayalee Engineers’ Association,

    Houston, Texas

We look forward to a year of active participation of all our members, patrons

    and well wishers in all our ventures this year.

    Upcoming cultural night announcement

    Scholarship awards 2007

    Spring 2008 Picnic highlights

    Current boom in the Marine industry

    Oil and Gas Industry-Some facts

MEA Committee 2008:

    Rajendran Raghavan-President Sreekumar K Thampi-Treasurer Balji Menon-Secretary

    (281) 913 7246 (832) 621 6292 (713) 409 3416

    Suresh Narayanan-Member John Mathew -Member Sonia Samuel-Member

    (713) 826 6114 (281) 685 5052 (713) 492 8994

    Rajesh K Narayanan-Scholarship


    (832) 488 7790

     MEA Annual Cultural night is MEA Scholarship awards 2007

     here! A record number of eight MEA scholarships were

     awarded for the 2007-2008 academic year. After an th exhaustive voting process, the scholarship committee When: September 6, 5 pm 8 pm

     declared the following applicants as the winners. Where: The Woodlands High school

     6101 Research Forest Drive

     Santhosh .R-Model Engineering College,Thrikkakara The Woodlands 77381

     Computer Science

     MEA will hold its Annual cultural Night this Anoop .E.M-College of Engineering, Trivandrum th year on September the 6 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Electronics&Communication

     The Woodlands High School. As always this Harish Babu M-College of Engineering, Trivandrum

     provides a great opportunity for all MEA family Architecture

     members to display their talent and share an Bibin Mohanan-College of Engineering, Trivandrum

     Electronics&Communication enjoyable evening with other members. So let

     out the artist in you and express yourself through Dennis Babu-T.K.M Engineering College, Quilon

     a song, dance, skit, mono-act, play, stand-up Electronics&Communication

     comedy…and we leave the rest to your Kannan D-Mar Athanasius college of Engineering,

     creativity. Kothamangalam

     Rajesh PV-Govt.Engineering college, Thrissur

     Come join us with your loved ones for an Electronics&Communication

     evening of sheer fun and entertainment. A great Sreeni .P-Govt.Engineering college, Thrissur

     place to share the rich culture of Gods Own Electronics&Communication


    From this year on, the scholarship amount has been

    raised to $ 2000 ($ 500 per year) and the first year For event sign up please contact any of our

    installments have already been mailed to all the cultural committee members not later than strecipients. The scholarship committee decided to August 1, 2008.

    award a partial scholarship ($ 250) to one of the

    winners, Anoop E.M., since he had reported Anoop-

    receiving scholarship from other sources. (281) 286 3929

    Scholarship checks ($ 400 per year) have also been Preetha-

    mailed to 10 of the prior year winners. (281) 992 3181 Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to the (936) 321 6947 MEA scholarship committee for a job well done! Uma- (281) 913 7246 We have already kicked off the scholarship drive for 2008-2009. We are happy to report that we have We hope to see you there! received commitments for two full scholarships-one

     sponsored by Drs. Priya & RK Nair of Dallas and one from the Nidhi Memorial Fund. .

     We strongly encourage our valued members to contribute to this worthy cause as in the previous years. Your checks can be made out to the Malayalee Engineers Association and sent to the following address.

Sreekumar Thampi

    Treasurer, MEA

    16118 Arborlea Drive

    Friendswood, TX-77546

Thanks for your support.

****************************************** Engineers in action….

    Spring 2008 Picnic Highlights

    A short GB meeting was held to announce

    scholarship awards, membership drive and plans for

    the rest of the year. Nalinan Pillai and Chith Puram

    pointed out the dire need for funding to maintain the

    UT Austin Malayalam curriculum.

    Our designated photographer Anoop Nair managed

    to get a lot of photos taken, a few are attached here.

    The rest may be viewed on our website.

Tug of war….a scene from the spring 2008 picnic.

The first picnic of the year was held on Apr. 26, ’08

    at the Kitty Hollow Park in Sugarland, TX. Bad weather in parts of the metro area contributed to a lower than expected turn out, but our crowd had a fun time with games (organized by Suresh Narayan), bingo (Uday Salian), children’s events and of course tug-of-war. Lunch (arranged by Kumari More games…. Radhakrishnan) was from an unprecedented

     submarine sandwich and fruits menu !

     Thank you for making this a memorable event.

    the natural environment have also been established. Membership Campaign 2008

     While it is difficult to assess the rationality of the We would like to remind you to please make sure continued pace of ordering in both the ship and you pay your membership dues ($30) at the earliest. offshore sectors, it is equally difficult to predict if or Thanks to all who have sent in their checks already. when the inevitable slowdown will occur. But for Let us make sure that we have a broad membership-now, experienced marine personnel particularly with base to support our initiatives. engineering background are in high demand in shipyards, ship design firms, equipment Please mail in your checks to manufacturers, as well as with ship owners and operators. Sreekumar Thampi

     16118 Arborlea Dr,

     Friendswood, TX 77546. Oil and gasoline-some facts Current Boom in the marine ; The total amount of proven oil reserves held by

    all investor owned oil companies (IOCs) is just industry

    6% ; Almost 80% is exclusively controlled by foreign This is a period of tremendous marine design and national oil companies (NOCs) construction worldwide, particularly in the large ; When you pay 1 dollar at the gasoline pump, Asian economies as they experience rapid growth, 58% is the crude oil price, 17% is for refining, with the demand for energy, raw materials and 10% for the retail and 15% taxes finished goods increasing correspondingly. As a ; The oil and gas industry profit margin is about result, the marine industry as a whole is 8% compared to the 22% profit margin for experiencing a sustained boom in the construction of beverage and tobacco products ships and offshore structures. ; Who owns “big Oil “companies? You! ( Look at

     the investment mix:29.5% Mutual funds etc, 27% 2007 was reported as “a truly remarkable year,” with pension funds, 23% individual investors, 14% record order book at shipyards and owners and IRAs, 5% others and just 1.5% is corporate operators reporting record fleet size, acknowledging executives) that all other supporting industry has benefited from the quite extraordinary “bull run” of the last few Gasoline Saving Tips years. Continued high levels of activity in the offshore sector, on both the exploration and production sides also contributed to a significant 1. Do not drive. portion of the industry’s success in 2007. 2. If you must drive have your car tuned regularly. An engine tune-up can improve car fuel economy It is worthwhile noting that the global nature of the by an average of 1 mile per gallon. industry and the strength of its reputation have 3. Keep your tires properly inflated. Under-inflated meant that the self-regulatory mechanism of the tires can decrease fuel economy by up to 1 mile marine industry is very effective with no per gallon. compromises to maritime safety. Several new initiatives that enhance maritime safety and protect

    The man below says, "You must be in management." Gasoline saving tips Contd…

    4. Slow down. The faster you drive the more "I am," replies the balloonist, "but how did you

    gasoline your car uses. Driving at 65 miles per know?"

    hour rather than 55 miles per hour reduces fuel

    economy by about 2 miles per gallon. "Well," says the man, "you don't know where you

    5. Avoid jackrabbit starts. Abrupt starts require are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be

    about twice as much gasoline as gradual starts. able to help. You're in the same position you were

    6. Pace your driving. Unnecessary speedups, before we met, but now it's my fault."

    slowdowns and stops can decrease fuel economy

    by up to 2 miles per gallon. ************************************ 7. Use your air conditioner sparingly. The use of

     air conditioning can reduce fuel economy by as

    much as 2 miles per gallon.

    8. Avoid lengthy engine idling. Turn your engine

    off when you are delayed for more than a couple

    of minutes.

    9. Plan your trips carefully. Combine short trips

    into one to do all your errands. Avoid traveling

    during rush hours if possible, to reduce fuel-

    consumption patterns such as starting and

    stopping and numerous idling periods. Consider

    joining a car pool.

    Wisdom from above

    A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down Have a Great Summer! Stay Cool!! below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"

     The man below says, "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field."

     "You must be an engineer," says the balloonist.

    "I am," replies the man. "How did you know?"

    "Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone."

If undelivered, please return to: Rajendran Raghavan For Malayalee Engineers’ Association (MEA), Houston 4207 Brookshadow Dr. Kingwood, TX 77345

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