The 2012 ASME Congress to Spotlight Engineering Innovation

The 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, including presentations on topics ranging from energy to aerospace, will be held Nov. 9-15, at the Hilton Americas, in Houston, Texas.

Thomas L. Friedman, bestselling author and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, will deliver the keynote address on the theme of energy diversity.

Among other activities, the 2012 Congress will showcase the annual ASME Student Design Competition finals. The competition, named Energy Relay, will challenge mechanical engineering students to design a scaled, proof of concept prototype for sustainable transportation. Major funding for the competition is provided by Boeing.

Other highlights include:

  • The Society-wide Micro & Nano Technology Forum, an interdisciplinary program bringing together leaders from across ASME divisions to discuss the contributions of nanotechnology and micro-based systems to fields ranging from healthcare to textiles.  The forum will include a student poster session.
  • International Undergraduate Research and Design Exposition, in which students present their research programs and design projects to engineers and scientists from industry, government, and academia.
  • Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition, in which students are judged on the clarity and effectiveness of oral presentations.
  • Early-career Engineers Mini Talks, a social networking event for engineers in the early stages of their careers.

Combining technical sessions and an equipment exhibit, the ASME Congress will bring together engineers and research scientists from around the world to discuss breakthrough innovations that are shaping the future of engineering.

The Congress will feature technical tracks on topics including aerospace technology, manufacturing, dynamic systems, safety engineering, and transportation.  Multidisciplinary in format, the conference also will explore microsystems, nanotechnology, mechatronics and other subjects that are at the forefront of engineering innovation.

ASME will also pay tribute to the accomplishments, distinguished service and professional achievements of some of today’s most accomplished engineers in the 2012 ASME Honors Assembly.

Additionally, the Equipment Exposition will feature the products and services of technical publishers, CAD/CAM developers, and other players in the engineering field.

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