Meet the ASME

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), founded in 1880 is a professional organization with over 130,000 members worldwide in over 158 different countries.  ASME exists to enable collaboration for research, development of codes and standards, professional development and knowledge sharing across all engineering fields.  A membership based organization; ASME manages one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations, publishing numerous technical journals annually that pertain to all disciplines of engineering.

 

ASME is also on campus here at NYIT. The ASME Student Section has grown to become an exceptionally active club with over 30 members.  Every Thursday during free hour, ASME holds meetings in Harry J. Schure Hall room #125.  During our meetings we usually discuss current engineering topics, watch short films about engineering, and hold impromptu design competitions.

 

When we aren’t holding a meeting or in class, we can be found in the engineering shop in room B20.  We have numerous projects we are working on, and welcome any new ideas for future projects.  With NYIT’s recent acquisition of a 3D printer, we have been able to prototype new parts designed through the use of computer aided drafting software such as AutoCAD.

 

Not only does ASME encourage academic achievement and professional development, but ASME also finds time to give back to the community.  ASME has participated in youth engineering forums at the United Nations, aimed to address current issues with encouraging youth to become engineers.  Last year, NYIT’s ASME club attended the International Day of Human Space Flight, also at the United Nations to commemorate space exploration and to motivate youth engineers into astronautics.

 

Some of the benefits to becoming a member of our organization include access to a vast technical engineering library and endless networking opportunities.  Even more, student members have access to professional development resources including a job board, mentoring services, financial aid, scholarships, and a subscription to Mechanical Engineering magazine.

 

As Colin Vinson, our Vice President explains, “ASME has provided me with many opportunities that were otherwise unavailable to me through the school alone.  As the student section vice-chair I have been able to hone my experience in project management and group dynamics.  Through the various projects we have been involved in I have had the opportunity to put into application the theoretical knowledge gained through my academics; creating innovative solutions to real world problems.  The professional experience and connections obtained through the numerous student leadership seminars and professional development hour lectures has been priceless. ASME very much serves as a bridge-way between our academic life and the professional world we will inevitably enter.  I cannot emphasize enough just how valuable ASME can be for students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.”   The value of becoming involved in a professional society is priceless, and can be instrumental in taking the next step in your career.  Student members continually network with the Long Island Professional Section of ASME and regularly attend their monthly Professional Development Seminars.  These seminars are continuing education for the Long Island section to maintain licenses as Professional Engineers in New York State.  Generally a speaker will give a technical presentation of current work they are involved with in their profession.

 

Due to the increased involvement of ASME on campus, NYIT was chosen to host the Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC) on April 27th in Harry J. Schure Hall Room 130 and Salten Hall SC1 and SC2.

 

The SPDC is a regional conference, where student members of ASME from various different universities in the northeast compete against each other in different competitions.  Students will also have the opportunity to ask professional engineers career advice and questions as part of an engineering panel.  We will have an oral presentation competition, technical poster competition, and student design competition.  This year’s design competition is to build an inspection robot that will be driven using wireless video feed from a remote location.  The competition is designed to simulate a remote inspection of a nuclear fallout zone similar to the tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear facility after the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

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