Archive for November, 2010


“teamwork” cited by award recipients

ASME celebrates the work and accomplishments of engineers in many ways throughout the year, but last night here at the Society’s largest annual meeting in Vancouver it was done in grande style.

Using the symbolism of a seed to depict the origin of an engineering idea, through the development of that seed into a root system and then a tree, ASME celebrated the accomplishments of engineers whose work has made an indelible mark on the profession and the world.

In person, 10 recipients were honored during this year’s Honors Assembly. They were: John Abele, ASME Medal; William Adams, Honorary Member; Harry Armen, Honorary Member; Thomas Asmus, Soichiro Honda Medal; Gary Cowger, M. Eugene Merchant Medal of ASME/SME; June Ling, Melvin R. Green Codes & Standards Medal; Keith Thayer, Honorary Member; Charles Vest, Ralph Coats Roe Medal; David Wormley, Honorary Member; Sam Zamrik, Honorary Member.

In accepting their awards, each of the recipients spoke of the teamwork that transformed their own seeds of ideas into technological achievements, and each noted how lucky they were to have so many important people in their lives to help them along the way.

In his usual charm, Harry Armen, recipient of Honorary Membership, spoke from the heart when he said he is best suited for the award of “luckiest engineer” for having the support of his family and colleagues throughout his life.

A full list of honorees and their achievements will be posted on this blog later in the week.

Charles Vest
Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering, ASME Fellow and ASME Honorary Member, accepting the Ralph Coates Roe Medal last night.

Keynote focuses on energy policy and technology

A lively panel discussion on energy policy and technology amused and informed an audience of about 500 last night and highlighted the keynote event at ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.

A variety of perspectives were on display on stage, as speakers came from a spectrum of the energy area. Moderator Llewellyn King, executive producer and host of “White House Chronicle,” provided much of the entertainment with his wry wit and sharp comments.

The panelists were Donald McConnell, corporate senior vice president of Battelle and president of Battelle Energy Technology; Kip Morison, chief technology officer for BC Hydro, Canada; John Reilly, co-director of the MIT Joint Program Sloan School of Management; and Karen Thole, head of the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering department at Penn State.

To view my live tweets from the keynote event, see my Twitter posts feed on the bottom right of this blog.


Oregon State University team wins student challenge

The team from Oregon State University took first place in the 2010 ASME Student Design Competition held here in Vancouver yesterday.

First place came with a cash prize of $3,000. In second place was the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and third place went to Canada’s McGill University (see my related post from yesterday below).

For more information on this year’s ASME Student Design Competition, click here.


ASME in 2020

In his keynote address at the President’s Luncheon yesterday, ASME President Robert T. Simmons said the Society is poised for growth.

 “Because of the work of our Board of Governors, numerous volunteer leaders around the world, and a very dedicated staff, we (ASME) are poised for future greatness,” Simmons said. “Women and early career engineers will play an important part in this growth.”

Simmons also predicted that half of ASME’s membership will reside outside the United States in 10 years, and said ASME would double the number of its student members. He also said ASME will increase activities in every energy sector, including renewables and other emerging technologies. 

At the luncheon, nine Society awards were presented, including the Frank Kreith Energy Award, the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award, and the Performance Test Codes Medal.  The luncheon included a presentation by Karen Malesky, president of the ASME Auxiliary, who spoke of the activities and accomplishments of the Auxiliary over the past year.

For more information on the President’s Luncheon, click here.



student designers

Daniel Mok, second from right, and the team from McGill University.















Daniel Mok is a member of the student design team from McGill University, one of a dozen or so teams from throughout North America vying for the top prize at this year’s ASME Student Design Competition, held here at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Vancouver, B.C., today. 

Click on this link for an audio interview with McGill University team member Daniel Mok Student Design Competition.



ASME’S innovative approach at touching the lives of millions of people living at the “bottom of the pyramid,” known as Engineering for Change (E4C), is scheduled to be released in January, the project’s director, Noha El-Ghobashy, told the Board of Governors.

To read my earlier editorial on E4C, click here.


new membership model being developed

The ASME membership area is researching ways to developed tiered levels of membership in order to meet Executive Director Thomas Loughlin’s vision of 300,000 members for the Society in five years.

A staff team, with support from a team comprised of volunteers, is looking at various ways to leverage ASME’s strengths to increase membership into the Society.

A proposed plan is scheduled to be completed in time for presentation to the Board of Governors next summer.

The Editor

John G. Falcioni is Editor-in-Chief of Mechanical Engineering magazine, the flagship publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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