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International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition®

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

November 3-9, 2017
November 5-8, 2017

Program - Technical Tours


Register Now IMECE Busch Garden Tampa Techical Tour

Busch Gardens Tampa
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Confirmed attendees to gather in the lobby of the Tampa Marriott Waterside promptly at 8:00am.
Price: $25.00

Ever wonder how the dive coaster SheiKra simulates the experience of riding a barrel over Niagara Falls? Or how a jaunt on Cheetah Hunt mimics a cheetah bounding along in pursuit of prey? Join Andrew Schaffer, Director of Design, and Mark Rose, Vice President of Design and Engineering, on a tour through the park to discuss design-related aspects of these rides and animal habitats. Go behind the scenes to discuss the safety and mechanical aspects of the rides as well. Comfortable shoes (closed-toe) and attire required as there will be a lot of walking.

IMECE Port Of Tampa Technical Tour

Port of Tampa Bay
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
9:30am – 10:45am
Location: Confirmed attendees to gather in the lobby of the Tampa Marriott Waterside promptly at 9:00am.
Price: $25.00

Port Tampa Bay is by far Florida's largest port, handling more than 37 million tons of cargo per year. This embraces virtually every imaginable commodity, including vehicles and oversized project cargos, from all corners of the world. It is also Florida's largest port in terms of physical size (and one of the largest in the country) encompassing 5,000+ acres. At the same time, the Port of Tampa Bay has emerged among the top eight U.S. cruise ports, smoothly serving nearly 1 million passengers a year. On this informative, educational harbor excursion aboard the beautiful 'Bay Spirit II', you will experience the unique sights and sounds of this dynamic, working cargo port.

Passengers must be able to cross the gang plank from the wharf to the boat on their own or with assistance from another person in their party. Wheelchairs can be brought on board the vessel after guests have physically traversed the gang plank. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended also as there is a 5-8-minute walk to/from the dock.

IMECE University South Florida Technical Tour

University of South Florida – Engineering Labs
Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00pm
Location: Confirmed attendees to gather in the lobby of the Tampa Marriott Waterside promptly at 8:30am.
Price: $25.00

Tour the engineering labs at the USF College of Engineering & Department of Mechanical Engineering. Areas of research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering include robotics, biomedical and tissue engineering, nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing, micro electromechanical systems, biosensors and biofluids, clean energy technologies, compliant mechanisms, rehabilitation engineering, system dynamics and vibrations, composite materials, and sustainable designs.

This tour will cover the following labs:

  • Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN)
  • Assistive Robotics Lab
  • Virtual Reality for Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Nanotechnology Research & Education Center (NREC)
  • Clean Energy Research Center