Official ASME Group

Rail Transportation Division

Rail Transportation Division (RTD) promotes mechanical engineering applications to railroading and rail rapid transit as well as conventional intercity freight and passenger railroading.

JRC Scholarship

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Rail Transportation Division (RTD) continues to be a strong supporter of collegiate researchers, both professors and students, who play a vital role in the advancement of the rail industry. To this end, the ASME RTD will continue to offer the ASME RTD Graduate and Undergraduate Student Scholarships to students enrolled in Mechanical Engineering programs in the USA.  The scholarships provide students the opportunity to network with rail professionals, present rail research publications, and exchange ideas on rail technological innovations and solutions at the ASME Joint Rail Conference (JRC). Most importantly, the scholarships increase awareness of the rail engineering discipline from both an academic and professional perspective.

Since 2011, the ASME Rail Transportation Division has awarded over $148,200 in student conference scholarships to 141 deserving graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities with an interest in rail.


ASME RTD Graduate Student Conference Scholarship   

V. Terrey Hawthorne Memorial Scholarship Fund

Purpose:  Provide funding toward travel, lodging, and conference registration expenses for scholarship awardees that are selected to attend and present their research publication at the ASME Joint Rail Conference.

Award Amount: $800.00 USD

Application Deadline:  February 8, 2019

Link to Scholarship Application Form (Graduate)

Requirements:

  • The student must be enrolled full-time in a Mechanical Engineering program and attending a U.S. college or university.
  • The graduate student must have at least one technical paper that has been accepted for publication and presentation at the 2019 ASME Joint Rail Conference.
  • The student must be the lead author of the accepted paper(s).
  • The student must agree to deliver an oral presentation of the paper(s) in person at the conference.  Failure to present the paper will result in rescinding an awarded scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients must be present at the Conference Banquet to accept their awards.  Failure to comply with this requirement will result in forfeiture of the scholarship.
  • The student must complete and return the ASME RTD Graduate Student Scholarship application to ASME.RTD.Scholar@gmail.com by the deadline specified
  • Upon review of the applications by the RTD Scholarship Committee, the applicants will be notified by email by March 1, 2019.  The decision of the Committee is final and is not subject to appeal.

    In order to receive the scholarship, the student must be registered for the full conference as a student and must provide a completed Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification Form (W-9) in PDF format for his/her college/university.  The completion of the form is required for tax purposes and will need to be returned to the Scholarship Program Chair by the deadline specified.  Note:  W-9 Forms are not requested until after the scholarships have been awarded and should indicate college/university tax information not the applicant's tax information.  In addition, only one W-9 Form should be submitted per college/university for all scholarship awardees from that institution.

    Please note that additional scholarship details and requirements may apply.


ASME RTD Undergraduate Student Conference Scholarship  

Swamidas K. Charan (John) Punwani Memorial Undergraduate Student Scholarship Fund

Purpose:  To provide funding toward travel, lodging, and conference registration expenses for scholarship awardees selected to attend the ASME Joint Rail Conference.

Award Amount:  $500.00 USD

Application Deadline:  February 8, 2019

Link to Scholarship Application Form (Undergraduate)

Requirements:

  • The student must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program and attending a U.S. college, technical college or university.
  • The student must be of Junior or Senior status.
  • The student must submit an essay that suggests a solution to a real-world rail industry problem (minimum 250 words, maximum 400 words).  The 2019 JRC Undergraduate Student Essay topic is below:

Over the last few years, numerous articles have been published which purport to identify the top challenges facing railroad owners, operators and maintainers.

Given the advancements in:

(1) computational modelling capabilities to increase understanding of complex mechanical systems and enable better designs for machines/systems to improve efficiency and extend their useful life, and

(2) analysis techniques which permit effective and efficient ways to manage “Big Data”,

Explain how you would leverage these tools and apply mechanical engineering principles to address one of the reported challenges to the railroad industry.

Please cite your references and limit your usage of graphics to a maximum of two (2).  The graphics do not count toward the word limit.

Note:  If you are an undergraduate student who has submitted an ASME technical paper for the conference, you are not required to submit an essay, but you are required to submit the undergraduate application to be considered for the undergraduate scholarship.

  • Scholarship recipients must be present at the Conference Banquet to accept their awards.  Failure to comply with this requirement will result in forfeiture of the scholarship.
  • The student must complete and return the ASME RTD Undergraduate Student Scholarship application and essay (if applicable) to ASME.RTD.Scholar@gmail.com by the deadline specified.
  • Upon review of the applications by the RTD Scholarship Committee, the applicants will be notified by email by March 1, 2019.  The student must receive written notification from the ASME RTD Scholarship Committee indicating award of the scholarship.  The decision of the Committee is final and is not subject to appeal.
  • In order to receive the scholarship, the student must be registered for the full conference as a student and must provide a completed Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification Form (W-9) in PDF format for his/her college/university. The completion of the form is required for tax purposes and will need to be returned to the Scholarship Program Chair by the deadline specified.  Note:  W-9 Forms are not requested until after the scholarships have been awarded and should indicate college/university tax information not the applicant's tax information. In addition, only one W-9 Form should be submitted per college/university for all scholarship awardees from that institution.

In addition to the undergraduate scholarship award for reimbursement of travel-related expenses to attend the conference, one undergraduate student will be selected to receive an additional award for “Best Essay” based on the quality of his or her essay.  Details of the award will be provided during the conference banquet where the award will be presented.

Please note that additional scholarship details and requirements may apply.

Questions regarding the ASME RTD Graduate and/or Undergraduate Student Scholarship programs should be directed to Mr. Jeffrey Gordon, ASME RTD Scholarship Committee Chair, at ASME.RTD.Scholar@gmail.com.

For inquiries regarding scholarship disbursements, please contact ASME Staff Support, Mary D. Jakubowski at jakubowskim@asme.org.