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  • NEW to the 2014 IMECE: A “Career Path”


    Students and Early Career Engineers will have something new to explore at this year’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Montreal, November 14-20. 

    ASME is launching a new initiative called a “Career Path” which features a row of exhibit booths that are designated for universities and companies looking to recruit and hire for their organization.  Interview rooms will also be set up for these exhibitors to conduct one-on-one interview onsite. 

    So don’t forget to bring plenty of copies of your CV!  For more information such as schedule and location of the “Career Path”, please visit the website. Information will be posted this summer. 

    Conference registration to open in June.

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  • YOU’RE AN ENGINEER. IT’S TIME YOU JOB-HUNT LIKE ONE.

     INTRODUCING THE NEW ASME JOB BOARD + CAREER CENTER

    IT’S ORGANIZED.  EASY TO USE.  AND DESIGNED WITH ENGINEERS IN MIND.

    Top-notch engineering jobs may be difficult to get, but they shouldn't be difficult to find.

    That’s why ASME has launched the new and improved Job Board + Career Center – to give engineering professionals and students a tailored marketplace for job opportunities and professional advice.

    Whether you’re looking to take the next step in your career, or exploring ways to make your current job better, you can find it at the new ASME Job Board + Career Center.

    GET STARTED TODAY 

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  • L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program

    The L’Oréal For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in the STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,000 women scientists in over 100 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.

    You could be awarded $60,000
    for research in the STEM field.

    The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

    Applications are available now and are due on Monday, May 19, 2014.

    More information on the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program and checkout the FAQ's.  

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  • Volunteer Leaders Needed for the Student & Early Career Sector!

    The Student & Early Career Development (SECD) sector is the governing body of ASME programs for student and early career members and is need of motivated volunteers for important leadership positions.

    Volunteering with ASME can be a rewarding experience and opportunity to give back to the engineering community.

    ASME provides important resources to student and early career engineers to aid during the important times at the start of their careers. Help make a positive impact on the future of thousands of ASME members by volunteering today.

    Check out the available positions and apply today!


    Applications deadline: April 7, 2014 11:59pm EST

    Positions now open for application:

    • Senior Vice President
    • Chair, Board on Career Development
    • Chair, Committee on Collaboration
    • Chair, Committee on Communication and Marketing 
    • Nominating Committee Council Voting Member 
    • Nominating Committee Alternate Council Voting Member
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  • Engineering for Change News

    3D printers may be poised to take off in developing countries  

    3D printers remain confined to technical universities and specialized labs in developing countries, but enthusiasts believe their time in the spotlight  nearly come." read more…

    Related topic: Learn more about the IAM 3D Download pdf file


    Design challenge: Make low-cost calibrators and a quiet space for hearing tests  

    A good design idea or the right tip could help a medical organization in Cambodia that specializes in hearing loss." read more…


    An open faucet  

    Running taps in a Salvadoran mountain village exemplify cultural obstacles to fair water distribution." read more…


    Five questions with Lina Nilsson  

    The founder of Tekla Labs and the Innovation Director at the Blum Center for Developing Economies tells us about DIY lab equipment and how "Development Engineering" is becoming a new field of study." read more…

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  • Risk Management for Project Managers

    ASME Press releases a new 104-page book on Risk Management that covers various Concepts and Practices to help manage your engineering projects.

    This is your opportunity to preview the first couple of chapters.


    Chapter 1: Understanding Risk:Opportunities or Threat?
    (insert from book) 

    The goal of risk assessment and mitigation management is to measure and assess risk events, with the ultimate goal of managing those risks. In practical terms, risk management is the process of minimizing, or mitigating, risk events, starting with the identification and evaluation of such events and extending on to the optimization of the resources used to monitor and minimize it. It is important that project managers have a total understanding of risk management, by familiarizing themselves with the principles of the risk management process. Under the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), risk management falls into the arena of Project Planning.


    Chapter 2: Risk Management Theory and Practice
    (insert from book) 

    Risk is no longer a measure solely restricted to the financial world, where analysts monitor the risk of a financial investment. As stated in the previous chapter,anything that we endeavor in life has a risk factor associated with it. As technology has become an increasingly core aspect of world economies, risk management has come to the fore in recent years. Given the extreme importance of risk, it is inevitable that we must have a formalized theory and approach to the risk management process.

    Download Chapters 1 & 2

    Reviews about the book:

    "Good read.  This book is a template for managing complex businesses and contains information that every Asset Manager should know.  Highly recommended.”


    --James Willey, P.E., Vice President, Pearl Energy Philippines Operating, Inc.



    "Uncertainty, or risk, is an essential part of life so that thoughtful action can influence the success or failure of endeavours. This is nowhere more apparent than in projects, where poor risk management often leads to failure. Goncalves and Heda's new book makes a valuable contribution to the project risk management literature, highlighting the need to systematically and practically manage risks, and gives valuable best-practice advice on how this can be done effectively and efficiently. It is a concise, easy read for non-technical managers who will find it full of practical information."


    --Richard Whitfield PhD, President, East-West Institute for Advanced Studies, Macau, China



    "Marcus's  new guide to risk management provides pragmatic advice that project managers can use to help them frame risks, use that knowledge to retain control of their projects and get their project completed with a minimum number of unpleasant surprises.    An excellent book that all project managers should keep on their book shelf."
    --Rick Welch, Senior Vice President of Services, Demandware Corporation, Burlington, MA, USA

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  • Workforce Development: Exposing Students to Additive Manufacturing

    ASME Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3-D Challenge is designed to give mechanical and multi-disciplinary undergraduate students around the world an opportunity to re-engineer existing products or create new designs that maximize energy consumption and/or improve energy efficiency. Students will showcase their creativity by demonstrating the value added through their ingenuity, application of sound engineering design principles, and leveraging Additive Manufacturing technology to address a broad spectrum of industrial, manufacturing, and humanitarian challenges.

    Who can enter?
    Mechanical and Multidisciplinary Engineering/Technology undergraduate students worldwide. Enter as an individual or as part of a team (3 students max). Each team is required to have a Faculty Member Advisor recommend their project. There is no limit to the number of entries per university. 

    Registration Period:
    November 18, 2013- May 1, 2014 (12:00 AM EST) 
    Worldwide Semifinalist announced no later than August 31, 2014
    Final round held at the ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exhibition-IMECE (Montreal, Canada).

    Prizes!
    $10,000 in 5 Prize categories
    $5000 Faculty Member Advisor 
    Semifinalists provided travel subsidy to the 2014 IMECE


    For complete details/ to register visit go.asme.org/IAM3D
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  • The 2013 Old Guard Early Career Award Recipient, Jared Garrison

    Jared Garrison, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin joins Soren Maloney, early career engineer and member of the ASME Board on Career Development at the 2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exhibition to discuss Jared’s accomplishments including being honored with the 2013 Old Guard Early Career Award.

    Jared shares some advice for other early career engineers and engineering students as he reflects on his professional background; ASME volunteer leadership roles, research in alternative energy systems; and involvement in community outreach initiatives like STEM and Mentoring efforts.


    Garrison earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2007 and 2009, respectively.  Currently a graduate research assistant in UT’s mechanical engineering department, Garrison is working toward his Ph.D., which he hopes to earn in May 2014.  He has maintained an excellent academic record while devoting a significant amount of time and energy to his numerous leadership, volunteer, research and publication activities.

    Garrison’s research involves modeling of electricity grids and incorporation of large scale energy storage to aid in higher penetration of renewable energy resources.  He has published five articles in peer-reviewed technical conference proceedings and one peer-reviewed article in the American Institute of Physics’ Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (July 2011 edition).

    He has participated in, planned, and led many community service activities including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Explore UT, Encounter with Engineering, Engineering Day at the Mall and Engineering Day at the Museum, all of which involved hands-on activities to foster excitement about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts.

    As an ASME member, Garrison was UT’s Student Section community service coordinator (2005-07), vice president (2007-08), and president (2008-09).  As vice president, he began reaching out to the Central Texas Section (CTS) to build a more sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship.  As president, he envisioned and helped develop both a student paper contest and a student scholarship hosted and funded by the CTS.  Garrison served on the CTS Executive Committee and as college relations chair.  Starting in July 2010, he advanced to CTS secretary, vice chair and chair, a position he currently holds.  In January 2011, he became the official liaison between the UT Student Section and the national ASME organization.  Garrison won first place in the Central Texas Student Paper Contest in 2009, was named Young Mechanical Engineer of the Year in 2010 by the CTS, and received Honorable Mention for his research poster at the 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.

    Garrison is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society; Pi Tau Sigma, the International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society; Kappa Theta Epsilon, the National CO-OP Honor Society; UT’s section of Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers; UT’s Engineering Leadership Team; Central Texas Discover Engineering; and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

    Among his other honors, Garrison received the UT mechanical engineering department Graduate Recruitment Service Award (2010) and a Cockrell School of Engineering Graduate Student Leadership Award (2011).  He has received several fellowships including the Thrust 2000 Fellowship from the UT Cockrell School of Engineering.

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    THE OLD GUARD EARLY CAREER AWARD was established in 1994 to help the young engineer bridge the gap between college and professional life.  Its intent is to bring that individual closer to the activities of ASME by providing encouragement for graduating student members to upgrade to member and actively become involved in the work of the Society.

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  • Sneak-Peek: Practical Guides for Work in Nuclear, Telecommunications and Pipeline Industries

    ASME Press will soon release three (3) new Practical Guides covering the Nuclear, Telecommunications, and Pipeline industries. Working in these areas early career engineers will find them beneficial in their work.

    Take this opportunity to download Chapter 1 of each guide below and learn how you can order your copy. 


      Containment Structures of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

    It was imperative to develop an up-to-date, scholarly work on containment structures, incorporating the underlying codes, regulations, safety significance, history, design philosophy, design experience, operating experience, and application to new design. This book will benefit the nuclear industry, as it transitions to a new generation of designers, constructors, and regulators.

    Download Chapter 1

    Product Information


      Thermal Management of Telecommunications Equipment

    This is a comprehensive book that addresses both thermal and mechanical reliabilities as well as energy efficiency in the design of all types of telecommunications equipment, including indoor and outdoor systems. This book places a great deal of emphasis on providing practical solutions to thermal issues facing today's telecommunications industry. Materials presented in the book are based on actual cases in design of all types of telecommunications equipment.

    Download Chapter 1

    Product Information


      Pipeline Pumping and Compression Systems: A Practical Approach, Second Edition

    This comprehensive professional reference has been fully revised and updated for the second edition. It is both a training tool and text covering all aspects of pipeline pumping and compression system design, configuration, and operation, in addition to the dynamic behavior of all the elements in each system.

    Download Chapter 1

    Product Information

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  • E4C News on Social Change

    Engineering for Change (E4C) links you to innovative thinkers, makers, and community advocates working to improve the quality of life all over the world.


    Facebook's Internet.org: What the experts say

    Analysts and ICT experts weigh in on Mark Zuckerberg's announcement that Internet.org will put 5 billion more people online.

    A sign at an Internet cafe in New York City, New York, USA. Photo by Scuruzu / Flickr


    Ten common and uncommon technologies boosting grades in developing countries

    This may be the first list to contain long-distance Wi-Fi, old-fashioned radios, plastic bottles and sanitary pads. Or, as we're calling it, education technologies.

    Photo by Jon McCormack / The Kilgoris Project / Worldreader



    How design can boost the growth of renewable energy in developing countries

    The right technology designs and the right strategies can speed up access to electricity in developing countries, and a group at Santa Clara University has guidelines.

    Engineers install a photovoltaic system in the office of a microfinane institution in Togo. Photo by Amanda Locke

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  • E4C Advocacy in Action

    Engineering for Change (E4C) links you to innovative thinkers, makers, and community advocates working to improve the quality of life all over the world. Below are 5 articles we believe strongly highlight the work E4C does.

    Ten Technologies to Manage a Crowding World

    The UN estimates a world population of more than 9 billion by the year 2050. While that might sound like impending doom to some, with the right mix of good ideas, good policies and high- and low-technologies, we can collectively build our way to sustainability as the planet gets more crowded.

    A Call for Papers to Increase Academic Rigor in Engineering for Global Development

    The International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship, has issued a call for papers for its upcoming special edition on scholarship, assessment and interdisciplinary engagement.

    The deadline for submission is Friday, August 30th.

    Meet a maker: Whit Alexander electrifies Ghana

    Whit Alexander has worked for Microsoft, developed maps for the first Encarta encyclopedia, and created the best-selling board game, Cranium. Now the founder and CEO of Burro, he works to help provide innovative products like batteries, irrigation pumps, and eyeglasses to low-income families in rural areas.

    Engineering is the Easy Part: Lessons from a Rusty Metal Bookshelf

    It was the morning after we had finished installing a 10 kW off-grid solar photovoltaic array on the roof of Maison de Naissance, a birthing clinic in rural Haiti. I went around back and discovered a rusty metal bookshelf turned backwards against the tool shed that served as our energy system’s control room. I assumed the clinic staff had just been rearranging their furniture; as it turned out, that bookshelf ended up rearranging my perspective on sustainable development.

    Five Questions with Sam Dargan

    Sam Dargan, the founder of Great Lakes Energy, sells low-cost technologies that improve the quality of life in off-grid and under-served communities. Sam markets solar devices in Rwanda through the music of local artists and was able to sit down and answer a few questions with us.

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  • Why Should I Consider Mentoring?

    Getting valuable career and other general advice from a mechanical engineering professional can help your career!

    The ASME Mentoring Program is designed to provide rewarding experiences that both mentor and mentee can learn and grow from. This is a unique opportunity for you to get career-guiding and other advice from  an engineering professional with broader experience or more advanced skills. Benefit and learn from your  Mentor’s real-life expertise, while ;sharing your own valuable insight and perspective! 


    Here are three insights of how mentoring has benefited engineers:

      

    Mentoring the Next Generation of Engineers  


    Mentoring Can Result in a Lifetime of Reward


    Mentoring For Success

    Participating in the program is easy with our Web-based platform, made available through a partnership with WisdomShare™.Our targeted matching system will pair you based on your personal preferences with a Mentor who can provide anything from general advice to a fresh point-of-view. Someone who can help identify the right training or niche in mechanical engineering, or even assist with finding a non-traditional career path.

    The valuable insight you can gain by participating in the ASME Mentoring program can have a positive impact on your career and your life for years to come!

    If you are ready for a most rewarding experience, please go to: go.asme.org/mentoring to become an ASME Mentor or Mentee.

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  • ASME Decision Point Dialogues

     The ASME Decision Point Dialogues series is an initiative designed to challenge thought leaders from industry, government, academia and NGOs to grapple with some of the most complex questions facing engineers and technologists today.The series raises awareness of existing conflict points and stimulates the kind of debate that leads to bold decision making and disruptive learning. In this first installment, the panel tackles the question of how to prepare and inspire generations of engineers to solve the most pressing global challenges.

     

    The dialogue series has a total of eight chapters. The chapters below are the ones that we believe stand out the most and will intrigue you

     

    Chapter 2 focuses on the frustrating discovery by Kamillo—who lives in a rural village in Zambia—that the water pump, built six months earlier by Peace Corps volunteers, is already inoperable. The group discusses why a large percentage of such projects fail. 

     

    Chapter 5 focuses on Bella, who joins an engineering volunteer organization that visits Kamillo’s village in Zambia. Bella and the group come to realize that technology alone won’t solve the problems want to resolve.

    The team discusses what other skills and approaches do the volunteers need in order to work successfully with Kamillo and his neighbors.

     

    Chapter 7 focuses on Bella’s uncle, a computer scientist who loved his career, but was replaced unceremoniously by a less expensive engineer in Bangalore.

    This session describes how should engineers prepare themselves to be global problem solvers and also be able to compete for jobs globally. 

     

    The final chapter focuses on some of the choices confronting young engineering graduates today. Bella, who graduates from Steadfast University, is considering several options, including starting a business with Kamillo.

    The team discusses what advice would they give Bella and what are some of the most important changes needed to be made to help develop the skills of new engineers to become true global problem solvers. 

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