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  • A Day in the Life of a ME

    ASME Philadelphia Section is hosting their annual student night virtually on zoom. We welcome anyone interested in mechanical engineering whether you are a student or a seasoned professional this is a great opportunity to network, meet young professionals, or share your experiences.

    The event will take place on Tuesday, September 29th, at 6:30 PM ET. 


    • Welcoming remarks from the Chair of ASME Philadelphia, Dr. Jennifer Atchison
    • Special Guest Speaker Thomas Costabile, Executive Director/CEO, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • Ice Breaker activity
    •  Panel Discussion on A Day in the Life of a Mechanical Engineer
    • Final Remarks

    We hope to see you then! -- View the attached flyer for registration information. 

  • Student project proposal and Engineering Slam

    Come support your college teams, look for potential hires, and have an engaging evening. The engineering slam is an event that aims to provide a forum for students who have requested funding fro ASME to showcase their engineering projects. The engineering slam or presentation will include a 5-minute elevator pitch per group with 3 minutes for Q&A. Register here!

    To student teams: If you're a student team looking for funding, please see the attached document and send in your proposal!

  • An engaging yearly kick-off event "A day in the life of an M.E."

    ASME Philadelphia's student social was held on September 24th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dave & Buster's in Philadelphia.

    What a night! Thanks to our special guest speakers Matt Matwiejczyk, Kade Anthony, Enerel Munkhzul, Valentina Alayon, and Arulselvi Selvaraja for being open and answering the tough questions, especially about diversity in the workplace, mental health, and work-life balance.

    Thanks to everyone who came to the student night. We hope you had a great time and gained some valuable insight from our early-career engineers. Feel free to contact us at and follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, or Instagram.

  • A day in the life of an M.E - Student Social

    Dear ASME Philadelphia Section Members:

    Please remember to register for "A day in the life of an M.E." before September 20th, 2019.

    Date: September 24th, 2019

    Time: 6 - 9 PM

    Venue: Dave & Buster's at 325 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Tickets: $12 for students and $22 for non-students (industry)

    Registration Deadline: September 20th, 2019 at 10:59 PM

    Event Information:

    Please join us for a night of networking, comfort food, and get some face time with early-career engineers! Our special guest speakers are:

    • Arulselvi Selvaraja, ASME Philadelphia
    • Enerel Munkhzul, Pennoni
    • Valentina Alayon, ASME National
    • Kade Anthony, EFE Laboratories
    • Matt Matwiejczyk, Computer Components Corp

    Feel free to drop us a message at if you've any questions.

    Register  Here -->

  • ASME Southeast Water Treatment Plant

    Did you know that with SCADA, Philly's Southeast water treatment plant can be controlled 24x7, all year round with just 3 to 4 people in a given time? Join us to learn more on May 21st!

    Contact Fred Willis ( to reserve your spot!

  • Annual Awards Night

    Come join ASME Philadelphia at our Annual Awards Night dinner and exposition, where we showcase student design projects from the area's finest engineering programs. This year, we are honored with special guest David Yoel, who will be presenting on the past present and disruptive future of unmanned aviation. Please RSVP to Mr. Dean Cave by April 12th for tickets. They will sell out!

    ASME Members and Affiliate Engineering Societies - $30
    Guests - $35
    Students - $10
    Walk-ins - $40
    Cash Only

  • [ Tech Tour ] Jan 29th @ 6PM

    Mr. Drew Brown of the Philadelphia Water Department will provide us with a presentation and tour of the Fairmount Water Works describing its history and innovative design features. The Fairmount Water Works is a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark, Civil Engineering Landmark, American Water Works Association Landmark, and U.S. National Historic Landmark. The Water Works was built in stages between 1812 and 1861 on the Schuylkill River at the foot of the prominent hill called Faire Mount and remained a key part of the City’s water system until 1909. It is world-renowned for the ingenuity displayed in its engineering and architectural design.

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  • [RECAP] Covanta Trash to Steam Plant Tour

    One person's trash is another person's ash! Thank you to all those who came out to the Covanta "Energy from Waste" Plant Tour! For more news and updates, find us on Facebook @ ASME Philadelphia...

  • [TECH TOUR] Covanta Trash to Steam Plant Tour

    The ASME Philadelphia Section has arranged for a group tour of the Covanta Conshohocken Renewable Energy Plant. This plant converts municipal waste into electricity.

    Incineration is an uncontrolled combustion process without energy recovery. Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities that recover energy from municipal solid waste (MSW) in specially designed boilers to ensure complete combustion and the recovery of energy. The energy recovery – in the form of steam and electricity – is then used for the communities in which the facilities operate. EfW facilities also employ state-of-the-art pollution control equipment to scrub and filter emissions, preventing their release into our environment. The result is clean, renewable energy.

    Tour Time/Date: 1:00pm Friday, May 18, 2018

    Covanta Address: 1155 Conshohocken Rd, Conshohocken, PA 19428

    Contact Brian George at to reserve your spot on the tour. The tour is limited to 25.

    Participants must wear closed toe shoes.


    The ASME Philadelphia 2018 Awards night was a fantastic event. Dr. Yasha Kresh gave a dynamic and engaging keynote on the latest in artificial heart technology, and 10 student teams from across the Tri-state area came to showcase their sponsored projects. We were also very happy to present Mr. Peter Genovese with the "Outstanding Student of the Year" award. Finally, Mr. Joseph Silvaggio was honored as a 50-year ASME member who spoke about his career in industry.

    For more information about how you can participate in future meetings, please contact:


    “Part Man Part Machine – The sum of its Dynamic Blood Pumps”

    Dear Member,

    You are invited to the Philadelphia Section Awards Banquet on:

    6 pm, April 17, 2018

    Doubletree Suites, 640 Fountain Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

    The annual dinner banquet, featuring local university student engineering
    projects, Section awards, and a presentation by Prof. J. Yasha Kresh on
    mechanical engineering contributions to human circulatory support devices.
    Dinner costs with pre-registration: $30 members and guests, $10 students Walk-ins $40. Choice of Pan Seared *** of Chicken, Dijon Crusted Salmon, or Vegetarian.

    Register by April 13th with Dean Cave,

    Professor Kresh's presentation:
    “Part Man, Part Machine: The Sum of Its Dynamic Blood Pumps"
    Over our lifetime, the heart pulses and pumps many tens of times a minute. When it fails to deliver adequate blood supply, life as we know it, is no longer self-sustaining. The mechanical (machines) circulatory support and cardiac substitutes used today are effectively pulseless and are predominantly radial centrifugal (impeller) and axial continuous (propeller) subtypes -rotating many thousands of times a minute.

    Multidisciplinary engineering ingenuity makes it possible to integrate biological and mechanical domains. This talk (show & tell) will present the state-of-art in Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) devices designed to: bridge heart-failure patients awaiting heart-transplantation, enable functional remodeling / recovery and provide long-term (destination therapy) cardiac pump replacement. The growing (ubiquitous) number of MCS implants and competing technologies has placed importance on the understanding man/heart – machine/pump interaction and the assembly of a highly interdisciplinary Cardiogenic Shock Team. These highly specialized ‘Pit Crew Shock Teams’ perform tasks far more mission/time - critical than changing the wheels / tires and refueling.

    Yasha Kresh is Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery and Medicine (Cardiology), Research Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Director of Cardiovascular Biophysics and Computing at the Drexel University College of Medicine (Hahnemann University Hospital).

  • [Promotional Event] Engineers' Club of Philadelphia

  • [Recap] Reliability Engineering - Jason Fell

    Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Drexel Engineering for our tech talk series with Jason Fell on Reliability Engineering!

    Stay tuned for more events coming soon!

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  • [TECH TALK] Reliability Engineering - Jason Fell

    Dear ASME Philadelphia Section Member:

    Please join the Section for a presentation by Mr. Jason Fell, Reliability Engineer with Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) of a real-world perspective on “Reliability Centered Maintenance”.

    TIME: 6:15 pm

    DATE: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    LOCATION: Drexel University, Bossone Research Enterprise Center - 3rd Floor Atrium) Room 305. The address is 3140 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Please take the elevator or main staircase to the 3rd floor.

    REGISTER: Please place your reservation with Nikhil Menezes -( and cc Ronnie Joshi ( ) by Friday, March 9, 2018.

    COST (for dinner catering): $10 members, $15 non-members, no charge for

    Reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) involves the utilization of statistical tools and processes to best maintain and improve assets in order to reduce disruptions, costs, and impact on product quality. This presentation will provide a real-world view into the roles and responsibilities available to engineers from a variety of disciplines across a diverse landscape of career paths and provide insight into the best practices and tools available to make sound engineering based judgments regarding asset management. Lessons learned and future trends in reliability engineering will be discussed.

  • Philadelphia Section Call for Nominations

    Hello! We are pleased to announce that the Philadelphia Section has opened its call for nominations of the following awards:

    Outstanding Engineer Award
    Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
    Outstanding ASME Student Award

    The nomination deadline is Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 COB.

    Please see the attached document for additional materials and information. Feel free to send me any questions and I will make sure to offer clarity. Thank you for your time!

  • Pumpkin Chunkin - ASME Rowan, Glassboro NJ

    The ASME Rowan Student Section would like to invite you to our premier regional event of the 2017-2018 school year “Pumpkin Chunkin”. This event has been held at Rowan University, organized by ASME for the past 14 years. Last year, we hosted over 20 teams and over 400 guests from local colleges and high school engineering programs. This competition serves as a fantastic opportunity for college students to connect with each other, and high school students to gain valuable exposure to college programs as well. Come join us for a full day celebration of engineering, free food, and fun for the whole family!

  • [SPECIAL EVENT] Engineering with the Flyers

    Join the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Flyers as we host an evening of professional development and networking at the Wells Fargo Center before the Flyers take on the Florida Panthers!

    Come learn about the engineering behind maintaining the perfect ice temperature, the technology behind the AV systems, and more. Attendees will receive light appetizers and refreshments, 1 PDH, and a ticket to the game.

    When: October 17, 2017
    Where: Hall of Fame Room
    Wells Fargo Center
    3601 S. Broad St.
    Philadelphia, PA

    Event Outline: 5:00 to 5:30 – Check-In/Networking
    5:30 to 6:30 – Presentation
    7:00 – Flyers vs. Panthers
    Cost: $45 - Member
    $55 – Non-Member

    RSVP: Register by October 10th (

    Contact Kevin Brown at with any questions

  • [TOUR] Rowan University Cogeneration Facility

    Dear ASME Member,

    The ASME Philadelphia Section would like to invite you to a behind-the-scenes tour of Rowan University's state-of-the-art cogeneration facility in Glassboro, New Jersey.

    Event Details:
    Organiser: Brandon Graham, Chair ASME Rowan

    Time: 2PM EST
    Date: 06/16/2017
    Location: Rowan University Main Campus (Glassboro, NJ 08028)

    This facility provides electricity, hot water, and steam to the entire campus as well as the local Glassboro energy grid via high-efficiency gas turbines.

    For more information about cogeneration facilities, please see:

    This event is sponsored by the ASME Philadelphia Section and the ASME
    Rowan Student Section. The tour is free but spots are limited; registration is required. To register, please contact Brandon Graham at

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  • Mentors Needed for Future City Philadelphia 2016

    Hello from Future City Philadelphia!

    The competition is off to a great year!  There are 52 schools registered.  Most of them have a mentor (or two); however, there are still a few schools that need a mentor and we are trying desperately for fine one for them.  The schools that still need a mentor are:

    Conwell Middle Magnet School                       Philadelphia, PA

    Holy Family Regional Catholic School            Levittown, PA

    Penn Wood Middle School                             Darby, PA       

    Richboro Middle School                                  Richboro, PA

    St Francis de Sales School                            Philadelphia, PA

    Stewart Middle School                                    Norristown, PA

    If you are interested in working with any of these schools, please let me know as soon as possible.

    The first submission for the competition, the Virtual City, is due December 14th.  The second submission, the City Description, is due December 21st.   We are looking for volunteers to judge these submissions.  The information is emailed to you so you can review and judge on your own timing.  Judging is to be completed  by mid January.  For more information, please click on the following link,                                                                                                                              

    We are also in need of preliminary judges, special awards evaluators and general volunteers for the day of the competition, which is Saturday, January 23th at Archbishop Carroll High School in Wayne, PA.  Preliminary judges and special awards evaluators are needed for the morning session of the competition.  General volunteers are needed throughout the day  to help organize the schools, get the schools to the judging rooms, collect scorecards, etc. 

    For more information about Future City Competition, please visit our website at  To sign up as a volunteer, please click on the following link 

    There you can register to be a mentor, judge, or general volunteer.

    If you are interested in being a sponsor, please click on the following link

    Please contact me via e-mail or phone if you have any questions or need more information.   Also, please feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends, co-workers, and technical society members. 

    Thank you for your support.

     Karen R. McManuels, PE

    Philadelphia Regional Volunteer Coordinator

  • Future City Philadelphia 2016 Mentors and Volunteers Needed

    It’s that time of year again. Hopefully everyone had a great summer. I can’t believe it’s over! The school year is off to a great start. To date 43 schools have signed up and have started designing their cities of the future.

    Our greatest need at this stage of the competition is for mentors. Each school is assigned a mentor to work with the students and share their real world experiences to help them develop their future city. Just 1 or 2 hours a week can make a big difference in how students approach their project and how they start to address it. The following is a the current list of schools that need mentors:

    Arcola Intermediate School Eagleville, PA
    Bachman Davision Home School Downingtown, PA
    Collingswood Middle School Collingswood, NJ
    Eisenhower Science Technology Norristown, PA
    G.A. Stetson Middle School West Chester, PA
    Governor Mifflin Middle School Shillingotn, PA
    Haverford Middle School Havertown, PA
    Holy Cross School Springfield, PA
    Mary Mother of the Redeemer North Wales, PA
    Penn Wood Middle School Darby, PA
    Philadelphia Performing Arts Center Philadelphia, PA
    Pottsgrove Middle School Pottstown, PA
    Sandy Run Middle School Dresher, PA
    St Lucy Day School Philadelphia, PA
    Stewart Middle School Norristown, PA
    Upper Merion Middle School King of Prussia, PA
    Valley Forge Middle School Wayne, PA

    Please let me know if you are interested in working with any of the schools listed above. If you’d like to be a mentor but don’t see a school in your area, send me an e-mail and I’ll keep you posted as schools register.

    Please visit our website at

    or Click here to sign up as a Volunteer

    There you can register to be a mentor, judge, or general volunteer. We will need judges and general volunteers for the day of the competition.

    Any questions please contact me via e-mail or phone. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends, co-workers, and technical society members.

    Karen R. McManuels, PE
    Philadelphia Regional Volunteer Coordinator

  • Julie Bachman Kulik Receives the 2011 ASME Old Guard Early Career Engineer Award

    The Old Guard is made up ASME dues exempt members, those who have reached the age of 65 and have retired. They continue to contribute to the Society and their contributions are used to support the “Old Guard” Prizes and similar Society activities related to Student and Early Career members.

    The Prizes are awarded annually for the best four contenders at the Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE). These competitors are Student Members who won first prize at the District level competitions held at ASME Student Professional Development Conferences. The District-level first prizes also include partial travel support to participate in the IMECE.

    The Prizes was established in 1956 to recognize the overall winner, in 1981 it was expanded to include second- and third-place winners, and in 1992 a fourth-place winner was added.

    Form Of Award: $5000, Prepaid Membership for life, and Plaque

    More info:

  • Leila Aboharb of Drexel University Wins the 2013 ASME Charles T. Main Gold Award

    The Charles T. Main Gold Award is the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s highest recognition given to students. Established in 1919 in honor of the 37th President of the society, the Charles T. Main Award recognizes, at the society-wide level, student members who are active in public service and whose leadership and service qualities have contributed to the operation of a student section of the society.
    Aboharb will receive a $3000 honorarium, a gold medal, certificate and travel expenses to attend the awards presentation at the society’s national congress and exposition in San Diego in November. Source:
  • Independence Seaport Museum

    The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia is in the process of finding a new location for the cruiser Olympia. But before the ship can be moved, extensive work must be done on the ship's hull. ASME has designated the ship's engines as an engineering landmark and is an active member of the group helping to preserve the ship. More information can be found here and donations to support the work on the ship can be made here.

    The state of Pennsylvania has added continuing education requirements for the renewal of Professional Engineering license.
    For more information on these new requirements click here. On the displayed page click on Continuing Education
    Requirements. Click here for a state by state list of current PDH requirements as determined by the
    National Council of
    Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) also has a
    list of state requirements and links to each state Licensing Board. Click here for a PDF which contains an activity form and
    the latest information from Pennsylvania on PDH requirements

    The next Executive Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday June 11, 2013 at 6:30PM in room 122 Tolentine Hall at Villanova University.
    All members are invited to attend and participate in organizing and running the Philadelphia section. Contact one of the
    section officers for directions and details.