Official ASME Group

Solar Energy Division

The ASME Solar Energy Division (SED) was established in 1966 from a group of ASME members interested in the application of solar energy to mechanical engineering systems.

Student Activities

Student Awards

Graduate Student Award
The ASME Solar Energy Division is pleased to announce the annual award to be presented to an outstanding graduate student working in an area of solar energy. Areas of interest include fundamentals, applications and analysis in the topic areas of:

  • Conservation and Solar Buildings
  • Solar Heating and Cooling Applications
  • Analysis
  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar Thermal Power
  • Wind Energy
  • Solar Fuels
  • Sustainable Cities & Communities

The award consists of $1000, a recognition certificate, and registration at the ASME 10th Energy Sustainability Conference to be held in June 26 - 30, 2016 in Charlotte, NC.


Applicants must be student members of ASME enrolled as full-time graduate students, both effective at the date of their application.

Application Procedure

The completed Application must include:

  • The Application Form
    (to be downloaded at: ASME Solar Energy Graduate Student Application)
  • A Statement of Research
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, one from the research advisor

Statement of Research

The Statement of Research is to be written by the student and must represent the student's own thinking. It is to be written using non-specialized terms that are clear and unambiguous, so that someone not intimately familiar with the specific field of research but with a solar energy background can understand the material. The Statement of Research is limited to three pages including figures. (Type size should be no smaller that 12 points and margins no less than one inch.) It should include a brief overview of the research, method of approach, and discussion of potential significance of the results.

The application material should be submitted electronically to Sophia Haussener at the following e-mail address:

Deadline: April 20,2020

View more information on this award, including past recipients.

Other Activities

Solar Splash
A student competition for designing, building and competitively testing manned solar powered boats is sponsored by the Solar Energy Division. Called the SOLAR SPLASH, this competition draws entrants from around the United States and Japan. Should you have any questions or would like to become more involved, contact race headquarters at