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  • Job Application Advice

    Source: CareerCast.com
    Reprinted with permission from CareerCast.com, © Adicio Inc.  All rights reserved.

    More of the Millennial generation is college-educated, thus the basement standard for most jobs has risen accordingly. Pay in entry-level jobs is also an issue due to student loan and other forms of debt Millennials accrue trying to stay ahead of the masses. 

    Knowing how and when to apply for a job is just as important as find an opening. Failure to follow a basic blueprint when applying will leave you spinning your wheels. 

    Spotlight Relevant Experience

    You have held a variety of part-time and odd jobs, but you do not need to include every single position in your resume.

    Hirers are often flooded with applications, thus their resources are finite. Keep it concise by emphasizing only the positions with relevance to the job for which you are applying. 

    It does not need to be in the same field, so long as the skills applied or learned are applicable to the position you hope to obtain. 

    Lead with Leadership 

    Steven Rothberg, president and founder of CollegeRecruiter.com, says the one thing that stands out on an early-career resume above all else is a leadership role. 

    If you have experience leading in some capacity, make sure to lead your resume or cover letter with it. This can include heading a volunteer group or even something as simple as spearheading a major class project. 

    Leadership is not necessarily a learned job trait, so a demonstrated willingness to take charge is attractive to employers. 

    Don't Apply Just to Apply 

    Getting stuck in a career rut happens, either due to unhappiness with your current job or unemployment. Don't let your workplace rut bleed into your application process.

    Blanketing prospective employers with resumes may seem like a good idea -- the more lures in the water the more potential for bites, after all -- but if you're applying for dozens of jobs, the odds you are tailoring your resume and cover letter to fit the specific opening aren't good. 

    Submitting a bland cover letter for an opening you may have only minimal interest in is one thing, but you want to take time to craft a standout resume and cover letter for the job you truly want. 

    Moreover, applying for a job that isn't really of interest to you isn't just wasting your time: It's also wasting the employers.

  • FutureME Video Series

    Online Video Series Exploring Relevant Technical Concepts, Industry Trends, and Workforce Development Issues

    When publishing new FutureME videos we aim to provide quality content that informs and reaches out to students and early career engineers. This is why in recent months we have made it easier to find and navigate new videos being published to our website as our library of content continues to grow. 

    ASME FutureME Video Series is designed to give early career engineers the opportunity to learn from featured experts and professionals while exploring relevant technical concepts, industry trends, and workplace development issues. This online series will also provide insight into career path guidance, network building, and steps in career advancement and management allowing for professional and personal growth.

    Here's how it works, within each series below there is a link which takes you to the latest video of that series. There you will find a list of all the videos within the series in the right navigation of the webpage.

    When going through the beginning of an engineering career there is advice everyone wishes they knew. With discussions and interviews this package of videos gives advice such that someone in their early career can get ahead of the game. Learn how to approach interviews, expectations to have when entering the working world, experiences that advance careers, how to maintain work, and how to liberate opportunities. With the perspectives of various engineers who have succeeded by learning from their own experiences, viewing should reap the reward of wise advice.
    Watch the latest video... 


    The newest innovations are ready for future engineers to benefit from, and that includes additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data and is most referred to as 3D printing. Learn from the panel exactly how additive manufacturing fits in with the history of manufacturing practices, what sorts of standards will be needed to incorporate these new technologies, and how does the future engineer fit in with this young technology. New problems in industry and academia are surfacing with the use of 3D printers and these videos ask the future engineer to be a part of the effort to solve those issue.

    The future is now with all the new energy related innovations that give potential solutions for the new engineer to solve major issues, all they need to do is grasp for them. This set of videos will teach its viewer what such innovations are and problems behind them. Energy related innovations included are in thermal energy, energy storage, solar solutions, and biofuels. Not only are there technical lessons to glean but also lessons about energy systems. With these tools the viewer should be able to follow up with what problems interest them.

    There are distinct specializations that can be entertained after graduating with a degree in engineering. This package of videos gives a sampling of paths which some engineers may wish to go down. This exciting assortment of paths include aerospace, bioengineering, systems of design, process safety, and the fossil fuel industry. Sometimes non-traditional routes are taken where an engineering background can help with starting a not for profit with specific technologies or going into advocacy within the political realm. With all of these choices an engineer has a lot to decide from, which might as well be discovered early in an engineer’s career. 

    Navigating workflow for an engineer is difficult, which is why industrial and Systems engineering helps by making a framework where all coworkers can help with a design from inception to the end user. These videos cover some ways to think about the methods of an engineer, ways of increasing efficiency, what these methods can accomplish, and what engineers in their early career should do to use these systems. By looking at the larger culture that the engineer works in one can gain a perspective from a systematic approach. 

    In a field with so many specialized people with a diversity of knowledge, engineering requires an open dialogue with everyone from the design team, to people working in finance, your manager, and those outside of engineering. The videos present different contexts and tips to how engineers need to communicate. The early engineer should be equipped with the capabilities to make a good first impression, collaborate, and learning from others. The act of communicating will be needed whether or not one is sociable, so it is pivotal to start practicing. 
    Watch the latest video... 

    Every ability that an engineer has can be honed to avoid mistakes and advance that engineer’s career. These videos mark the importance for people in their early careers to heed the advice of what skills should be honed for specified tasks. The experiences of entrepreneurship, supervising for a development company, traveling the globe, risk taking, solving problems, and hone skills that are countless and beneficial to the engineer. 
    Watch the latest video... 

    The reflections of a group of engineers can give some of the most learned advice that will inspire action. Luckily, those reflections were recorded and are made available in these videos. Learn from those who went through the unknown of the their career, those with ASME by their side, people who came to grips with their imperfections, people found they can rely on others, and those that have experienced the fun reward of helping others. Listen to those that speak from the heart about the lessons learn from an engineering career.

  • ASME 2016 Power & Energy and ICONE 24

    Student Paper Competitions



    June 26 – 30, 2016; Co-Located in Charlotte, NC
    Sponsored by the ASME Power Division
    Abstract Submission Deadline: October 19, 2015

    Awards and Recognitions:
    Ø  1st Place: Cash award of $3,000, plus reimbursement of expenses per ASME Policy, and Wooden Plaque recognizing achievement.
    Ø  2nd Place: Cash Award of $2,000 plus Certificate recognizing achievement
    Ø  3rd Place: Cash award of $1,000 plus Certificate recognizing achievement
    The purpose of this competition is to encourage active participation of students in the ASME Power Conference by submitting high quality technical papers on various aspects of the Electric Power Generation Industry. Students participating in this competition shall be required to make a presentation during a technical session dedicated to student papers.

    This competition seeks to promote the interaction of future engineers with practicing and experienced engineers. It also serves to help them establish mentoring and networking links with experts in their areas of interest.  Student Authors with accepted papers will receive complementary conference registration as well as a complementary invitation to the Power Division Awards Banquet

    For more information visit: https://www.asme.org/events/power-energy

    Sponsored by the ASME Nuclear Division, the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) and the Chinese Nuclear Society (CNS)
    Abstract Submission Deadline: October 19, 2015

    Awards and Recognitions:
    The student program of the International Conference on Nuclear Engineering ICONE24 has several support and awards to fulltime students presenting papers in Track 15 “Student Paper Competition” with accepted final papers. 
    (1)   ASME, JSME, China Nuclear Society (CNS) and European Student-Track Leaders will select up to 15 "Qualified Students" from each of the following geographic locations: North America (USA and Canada) , Japan/Asia, China, and Europe (60 students in total). The Qualified Students receive a complimentary conference registration, which includes the CFD seminar, the opening reception, the banquet, and the student technical tour. In addition Qualified Students from each geographic location are awarded grants to meet travel and hotel expenses.
    (2)   From all the papers presented at the Track 15, 5 best papers and 5 best posters awards each from North America (USA and Canada), Japan/Asia, China, and Europe- 20 best papers and 20 best posters - are presented.
    (3)   A prestigious Akiyama Medal is awarded to the overall best paper from Track 15.

    For more information visit: https://www.asme.org/events/icone/
  • ASME Old Guard Early Career Award

    Call for Nominations for 2016 Nominees
    Deadline: February 1, 2016 

    Be a Nominator/Find a Nominator

    Take this opportunity to nominate an early career engineer that represents the next generation of leaders, leading the future of engineering! 

    Through the Early Career Award, the Old Guard recognizes ASME members that make great strides in the engineering profession, their community and the work of the Society.

    The winning recipient will receive $5,000 plus a prepaid ASME membership for life, presented at the ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exhibition. Runner-up recipients for second and third place may also be awarded a Prepaid Membership for life and Plaque.

    Eligible nominees must be a current ASME member and have earned a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering or MET between dates February 1, 2010 and February 1, 2012

    All nominations must be received by
    Monday, February 1, 2016

    Find a Nominator: For those of you that may be eligible for this award, forward this opportunity to a fellow ASME colleague/mentor to consider nominating you!

  • Introducing AccessEngineering

    powered by McGraw-Hill Education, ASME’s new Members’ Only benefit

    Replacing ASME WorkSmart, AccessEngineering gives you validated technical information from over 600 McGraw-Hill authoritative titles, spanning all disciplines of engineering. Most titles come embedded with calculator tools, interactive graphs, and downloadable tables. This practical online reference tool will help you complete your engineering problems, research, and projects quicker and more accurately. ASME is providing this valuable resource from one of the world’s most respected publishers to you FREE with your ASME membership. Take advantage of this new benefit today!

    Log-in to see for yourself.


    ASME is pleased to announce an “Advanced Manufacturing Fellowship” opportunity at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago, Illinois. The aim of DMDII is to focus on and accelerate the adoption of Digital Manufacturing and Design technologies in the U.S. manufacturing sector and to increase domestic manufacturing competitiveness by:

    ·       Fostering a highly collaborative infrastructure for the open exchange of Digital Manufacturing and Design information and research.
    ·       Facilitating the development, evaluation, and deployment of Digital Manufacturing and Design technologies.
    ·       Engaging with non-profits, educational institutions and companies to supply education and training in Digital Manufacturing and Design technologies to create an adaptive, leading workforce.
    ·       Serving as a national institute with regional and national impact on Digital Manufacturing and Design capabilities.
    ·       Linking and integrating US companies with existing public, private or not-for-profit industrial and economic development resources, and business incubators, with an emphasis on assisting small- and medium-sized enterprises and early-stage companies (start-ups).

    The ASME Advanced Manufacturing Fellow will be expected to provide scientific, technical, curricular and intellectual leadership, and analytical support contributing to the advancement of the Institute’s goals, particularly as they apply to workforce development and educational outreach. Specifically, the Advanced Manufacturing Fellow would lead efforts to develop a “Digital Manufacturing and Design 101” type of course and curricula materials. The Fellow will serve as a liaison with internal and external partners, including policymakers, to help DMDII enhance its network of education and workforce development solution providers and help organize the development of the Body of Knowledge on Digital Manufacturing and Design process, both those emerging and those currently in practice, that offer promise for engineering design and technical implementation in the production process.

    The ASME Advanced Manufacturing Fellow will also support the DMDII partners in the development and marketing of online, hybrid and traditional continuing education courses and workshops in the interest of developing the current engineering and technician workforce in industry, and provide instruction and content resources to engineering and technology faculty at universities and community colleges to assist in evolving their curricula to prepare the technical workforce of the near future with the latest in Digital Manufacturing and Design tools and techniques. 

  • ASME Energy Sources and Processing PRESENTS Networking Opportunity (Houston)

    Students and Early Career professionals are welcome to an evening of networking and a presentation.  It’s only $10 to attend and includes complimentary food and beverages.


    Presenter biography: Joe Fowler, co-founder of Stress Engineering

  • IGTI Student Advisory Committee Opportunities

    The Student Advisory Committee organizes events at Turbo Expo aimed to engage all degree-seeking individuals in the conference. The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) sponsors a Student Poster Competition, Student and Early Career Engineer Mixer and tutorial sessions each year to promote the sharing of technical knowledge and encourage meaningful networking opportunities for students and professionals alike.
    Travel Funding
    The Student Advisory Committee offers travel funding for degree-seeking individuals. Priority for the awards will go to those who apply to be a member of the subcommittee of Student Liaisons to the Technical Committees (see Get Involved section below). The Student Advisory Committee Travel Award (SACTA) provides 25 awards up to $2000 toward conference registration and approved travel and lodging expenses.
    Click here to download the SACTA application.
    Poster Session
    The SAC is sponsoring a Student Poster Competition again for Turbo Expo 2016. Submit your research and contribute to the continuing conversation on advancements in gas and wind turbine technology. The first author on the poster must have completed the research presented on the poster while seeking a degree at a university at an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) or graduate level (Master’s or PhD). 

    Congratulations to the winners of the 
    Turbo Expo 2015 Student Poster Competition!

    First Place
    Jeffrey Osborne, University of Toronto
    "Simultaneous high-speed T-PIV and OH/CH2O-PLIF in highly turbulent premixed jet flames"
    Second Place
    Ètienne Spieser and Charline Crabé, 
    Institut Supérieur de I’Aéronautique et de I’Espace
    "Analysis of the Best Resolution Achievable in Rotating Sound Sources Imaging Using Acoustic Arrays"
    People's Choice
    Irene Cresci, University of Oxford
    "Temperature Fluctuation Measurements at the Combustor-Turbine Interaction (CTI) Plane in a Gas Turbine Combustor Representative Environment" 

    Get Involved
    An important part of the SAC is its subcommittee of student liaisons to the IGTI technical committees. Liaisons participate in the events held by their technical committees and help plan their committees’ Turbo Expo events. Becoming a student liaison is an excellent opportunity for professional development and a great way to introduce yourself to your technical committee. Student liaison applicants are invited to apply for the SAC Travel Award--priority for the Travel Award will go to student liaisons to the technical committees. Click here to download the Application for Technical Committee Liaison Sub-Committee.

    Contact us
    Contact the Student Advisory Committee at sac.igti@gmail.com or join our ASME Community.
    Chair: Kathryn Kirsch, Penn State University
    Vice Chair: Jacob Snyder, Penn State University
    Secretary: Diogo Pitz, University of Surrey
    Past Chair: John McClintic, University of Texas at Austin

  • Unwritten Laws of Ethics and Change in Engineering (2015)

    This new book (103 pages) is based on two popular ASME online self-study courses.  Part 1 covers Ethics For Engineers:Doing the Right Thing When No One is Looking, and Part 2 is on Changing Organizational Culture 

    Practical case studies and real-world examples are included.

    --- Order this new book today! 

    Download sample pages:

  • 5 Reasons Early Career Engineers Can’t Miss IMECE

    By participating in ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), scheduled November 13 – 19 at the Hilton of the Americas and George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, you will have the opportunity to grow professionally. Register online now and secure your seat.

    Here are just five things you should be prepared to take away from #IMECE2015:

    Here are just five things you should be prepared to take away from #IMECE2015:

    1. Hear about current advancements and future developments from researchers in 20+ mechanical engineering subspecialties.

    2. Stay up-to-date on the latest research and tools you need to advance your career.

    3. Connect one-on-one with peers at a variety of networking events.

    4. Savor that “aha” moment when your next big idea takes shape.

    5. Gain more than 40 hours of face time with leaders in the field.

    Sneak Preview of Conference-Wide Plenary Speakers

    Vice President and General Manager
    Boeing Space Exploration
    Subhendu Ghosh
    Executive Vice President, Global Engineering & Design Tata Technologies Limited
    Hai Wang, PhD
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Stanford University
    Don’t Take Our Word for it—Here Are Some Takeaways from 2014

    ·       Hear what it takes to innovate and develop new technologies in the field of aerospace today from Sikorsky Innovations' Chris Van Buiten, Vice President, Aerospace Engineering.

    ·       Learn from Dr. Kenneth R. Diller how heat-related processes in living tissues may be applied to the design of therapeutic devices.

    ·       Listen to Xerox Corporation's Ursula Burns discuss her views about women in science and leadership.

  • ASME FutureME Video Contest

    ASME FutureME Video Contest Announcement of Winning Videos

    Designed to give working engineers the opportunity to share their career experiences and learn from others in a creative way ASME introduced the FutureME Video Contest.

    The contest was open for submissions from Jan. 1–April 1, 2015. Engineers who earned an engineering degree with professional work experience were encouraged to submit a video as an individual or as a team.

    Contest participants were asked to respond to the following theme, "What I wish I'd known about engineering when I entered the work force."

    We are proud to announce the 3 winning videos;

    1st place winner Irene Garcia wins $1200

    Irene Garcia is a Mechanical and Materials Engineer, working in REPSOL since 1998. She has 15+ years of design experience in pressure vessel and piping. She is a specialist in fabrication and quality control of pressure vessels. Her expertise with the specifications and codes and the application of inspection technics add value to the execution of new projects in REPSOL.

    Since 2007, she attended ASME PVP Conferences, where she was an active member in ASME PVP Materials and Fabrication Committee for 5 years. From 2012, she attends ASME Code Weeks, and she has recently become a Member of the Resource Development Group (BPV VIII).

    She has authored and co-authored several technical papers in ASME and CESOL (Spanish Welding Association). She teaches engineering courses at REPSOL and CESOL.

    2nd place winner Harsh Dilipkumar Vyas wins $600

    Harsh Dilipkumar Vyas works as a design engineer at Tirth Agro Technology Pvt. Ltd, INDIA where he works in product modelling and detailing GD&T.  After completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction he worked as an operations engineer in the utility department for Nirma Ltd. in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, INDIA. He joined ASME in 2011 as a student serving as a Vice Chair for the first student section established at B.H. Gardi College Of Engineering & Technology in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, INDIA.  

    3rd place winner Nishant Rajeshkumar Trivedi wins $200

    Mr. Nishant R Trivedi is a Product Design Engineer at India Technology Center, ITT Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., looking for the Live Order Development of API Pump Group projects for the global oil and gas industry market, Customized full Pump package as per customer on site requirements.

    Mr. Trivedi graduated in 2013 from B.H.Gardi College of Engineering and Technology, Rajkot, Gujarat, India with a degree in Mechanical Engineer. He joined Macpower CNC Machines Pvt. Ltd., as a Design Engineer and was responsible for the Design Evolution, Machine modelling, and confirms the new product specification as per the market needs. Mr. Trivedi is an active professional member of ASME. Recently he served as ISHOW supporter for the ASME ISHOW event 2015 in Pune, India. 

    Thanks to all of our participants!
  • New Engineering Coffee-Table Style Book Released

    As a companion book to the permanent exhibit of the same name at ASME’s new headquarters, Engineering the Everyday and the Extraordinary celebrates engineering achievements and their impact on everyday life. The exhibit is made up of 80 rotatable triangular modules, each one telling an engineering story with a brief overview, a strong central image and a patent drawing or illustration, covering nine major domains of engineering. Checkout the sample pages

  • Early Career Engineers @ #IMECE2015

     “Dozens of hot topics.” “Lots of new ideas.” “One great learning experience.” That’s what participants say is the best part of attending ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE). This year, we will gather November 13 – 19 in Houston, and discuss advances in the field as well as honor historic moments in mechanical engineering.
    For more than 100 years, IMECE has played a significant role in stimulating innovation—across 20+ mechanical engineering disciplines—from basic discovery to translational application. This innovation goes back to the early 1900s, when Willis Carrier presented his paper at the meeting we now know as IMECE on what many scientists consider to be the most significant document on air conditioning. Carrier's invention transformed quality of life around the world and continues to impact how we work today.
    Carrier’s air conditioning paper is just one example of the innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration IMECE is known for. Join the best-of-the-best innovators in mechanical engineering in Houston this November and create history with us.
    You Can Be Part of the Buzz
    • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
    Visit www.asmeconferences.org/IMECE2015 for more information and program updates.
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  • Engineers Helping Students – ASME Auxiliary Loans

     College is expensive, and the costs seem to keep going up. Students are exploring more and more ways to fund these ballooning costs for their higher education.

    The ASME Auxiliary’s objective is to provide educational funds in the form of scholarships and/or loans to deserving students seeking a career in Mechanical Engineering. These Funds are available for undergraduate and graduate studies.
    The ASME Auxiliary Student Loan Fund has helped hundreds of  ASME Undergraduate and Graduate student members with very low interest student loans. The fund is sustained by student members repaying the loans after they've graduated-so it is truly engineers helping student members-members helping members. Qualified full-time graduate and undergraduate students in the United States may borrow up to a total of $5,000.

    Please review the application guidelines. You'll find the process quite simple and in recent years, over 90% of the applications have been approved.
    Don’t delay, let us help you reach your goal to graduate as a Mechanical Engineer.

    Go to the ASME Auxiliary Loans page to complete your application today.