What is the ASME Design Review Competition?
Following graduation, many engineering students find themselves participating
in or leading multidisciplinary project teams to develop design solutions
to large industry challenges. Other engineering graduates pursue entrepreneurship
and self-employment, trying to capitalize on an original idea or design by
starting up their own businesses. In these roles, and others, working engineers
find numerous opportunities where they must convince decision makers, whether
they be Vice Presidents of multi-level organizations or venture capitalists,
to fund or authorize further development or commercialization of their design
The Design Review Competition allows engineering students to develop their
presentation skills and marketing capabilities by presenting a technical design
or product idea of their choosing to a Design Review Panel. Teams will have
the opportunity to persuade a panel of industry design experts that their
design is fundamentally sound in its technical merit, while proving that a
design could result in a favorable return on a investment and create economic
and social value.
Design Review Teams may present any technical design or product idea that
pertains to any area of the broad field of engineering. Topics might include
university-based or industry-based design projects, a design related to other
student competitions like the ASME Student Design Contest or Human Powered
Vehicle Challenge, humanitarian design projects, or any other engineering
design of interest to the student team. It is anticipated that the vast majority
of the work developing ideas and formulating presentations would have taken
place prior to attending the conference.
1. Design Review Teams will consist of one to six team members.
2. Teams will be given 1 hour to review the venue for the Competition
and to test all equipment provided. The following equipment will be provided
for the Competition; however, compatibility with any competitor-provided materials
or equipment cannot be guaranteed:
a. One Laptop Computer running the latest version of Microsoft
Windows with Microsoft PowerPoint installed. If using the supplied Laptop,
the presentation should be stored on
a USB drive.
b. One Multimedia Projector compatible with supplied Laptop
c. A sound system compatible with supplied Laptop Computer.
Other equipment may be available upon request.
3. Seven days prior to the Competition, presentation timeslots
will be posted on the Conference Website.
4. Each Team will be given 5 minutes for set up , 15 minutes
for their presentation, and 10 minutes for a combined question-and-answer
and open discussion period.
5. Questions may be asked by judges or audience members, with
priority given to judge questions. Audience members must indicate their name
and school or professional affiliation prior to asking their question. The
Chief Judge is responsible for moderating the question-and-answer period,
and may use any remaining time for an open discussion.
Each Design Review Competition presentation will be judged by 3 to 5 judges
with broad industrial experience. Judges will be sought with technical backgrounds
in different areas of mechanical engineering.
Designs will be evaluated by judges as a group, with equal consideration
to the following evaluation criteria:
- Design Justification (Societal Need, Market Analysis)
- Technical Merit
- Value Proposition (Economic and Societal)
- Presentation Delivery and Effectiveness
Question-and-answer sessions and open audience discussion will be considered
as part of the presentation and evaluated using the same criteria.
Each team member must be an undergraduate student who has not received an
engineering degree prior to January 1st of the calendar year in which the
competition is being held.
Each team member must be present and registered for the Student Professional
Development Conference where they are competing, in addition to registration
for the Design Review Competition.
Admission is granted on a first-come first-serve basis until no additional
teams can be accommodated based on conference logistics (each conference website
will indicate the maximum number of teams).
Grand Prize: $1000.00 to the team and a $500.00 contribution to the school
department of the team’s choosing.
Best Technical Design: $500.00 to the team and a $250.00 contribution to the
school department of the team’s choosing.
Best Value Proposition: $500.00 to the team and a $250.00 contribution to
the school department of the team’s choosing.
In addition to prize money, each grand prize team will be featured in an
issue of ASMENews, ME Today, and other ASME newsletters.
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