Official ASME Group

Safety Engineering & Risk Analysis Division

The Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD) function is to stimulate interest in and disseminate risk analysis and safety information as applied to the process of mechanical engineering.

Student Activities

2016 SERAD Student Safety Challenge

Annually, SERAD hosts a challenge to college students to submit papers on Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis topics. The papers are peer reviewed by experts in these areas. Selected papers will be honored in November 2016 at the SERAD Awards Dinner. A first place award also includes travel registration and funding up to $1000 and an invitation to the SERAD Awards Banquet at ASME’s 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2016) in Phoenix, AZ. Recognition includes a cash honorariums for winning authors and sponsoring professor.

Important Dates:
  • Submittals due to SERAD by May 13, 2016
  • Papers formally accepted by May 27, 2016
  • SERAD will review, comment, select, and announce winner June 10, 2016
  • SERAD Awards Banquet November 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this [insert] reliability topic okay? OR Is this [insert] safety topic okay?
We've kept the theme very general and open to a wide variety of safety and reliability topics this year. Most topics related to safety and reliability are acceptable. if you have any additional questions please contact us.
Is an abstract due first and a full paper at a later date?
We have moved away from the two-step submission process as with years past since the paper is a shorter length requirement from ASME’s Conference papers. Completed full submissions are due May 13th, 2016. The SERAD group will send each submission a formal acceptance or rejection as applicable by the 27th with winners announced June 10, 2016. See this year's flyer for all dates and details.
Are you looking for an extended abstract or full technical paper? What are your length requirements? if my thesis/research paper is 40 pages long is that okay?
We are looking more for a short paper than an extended abstract or a full-length research paper. We've based it a bit on ASME's Conference paper lengths. We are looking for a paper with some thought, research, conclusions of at least four (4) pages and well written. Please try to keep in the 4-6 page range as best you can..
Forum papers are a useful means of promoting an interchange of information on current areas of work, which are not ready for archival publication. These papers are non-refereed, reviewed on abstract only, and will be published in the conference proceedings.

Recommended Length: 4-6 pages

Congratulations to the 2015 Student Safety Innovation Challenge Winners

1st Place Undergraduate Paper:

The Fear of Going Nuclear:  Assessing the Associated Risks of Nuclear Power Plant Utilization in the United States by Thomas Wesselmann at Missouri University of Science and Technology

1st Place Graduate Paper:

Determination of Minimum Requirements for Critical Safety Systems in Support of PRA by Seyed Mohsen Hoseyni at IAU-Science and Research

Congratulations to the 2014 Student Safety Innovation Challenge Winners

1st Place: Crude Truth: Assessing the Associated Risks of Rail, Tanker, and Pipeline Crude Oil Transport by Ashtyn Baldas of Missouri University of Science and Technology

2nd Place: Stochastic Fatigue Life Assessment in Automotive Application by Mahboubeh Yazdanipour of Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran


SERAD 2014 Student Safety Innovation Challenge DEADLINE EXTENDED

SERAD 2013 Student Safety Innovation Challenge

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