Registration Open for an at University of Central Florida: Think Outside the Box

Jan 7, 2020


Engineering student event features a keynote by former NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott, a session on patent filing, career development workshops and networking opportunities

Engineering students at University of Central Florida (UCF) are collaborating with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to host a special weekend event. ASME EFx® UCF will be held Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at the UCF Student Union in Orlando, Fla., where students will showcase their technical skills and creativity and connect with thought leaders and practicing engineers for career advice. The EFx host committee includes members of the ASME student chapter at UCF. Students from UCF and other area colleges and universities are invited to participate in EFx UCF, and online registration is open now.

“UCF ASME’s EFx is true to ASME’s mission to inspire, innovate, and integrate,” says Luke Shetler, ASME EFx committee director at UCF. “This EFx is a celebration of engineering, innovation, and entrepreneurship where students will be given the necessary tools to develop their skills and ready themselves for their future.”

  • Former NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott, who will share her story of engineering and innovation, and how it applied to her time as a NASA astronaut;
  • Dr. Albert Manero, president of Limbitless Solutions, on how engineering got him to where he is today;
  • Dr. Shirish Patel, physicist and aerospace technologist with NASA, on the agency’s plans to go “Back to the Moon.”

“ASME is proud to help provide opportunities like EFx and larger-scale E-Fests where engineering students can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom as they prepare to launch their careers,” says ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile. “The working engineers enjoy the experience as much as the students. We’re excited to be a part of it and build our community.”

ASME Engineering Festivals® (E-Fests) Global Platinum sponsor Siemens PLM Software is an enthusiastic supporter of EFx. For more information on sponsors and sponsorship, visit


About the University of Central Florida, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
The University of Central Florida is a thriving preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando.
With more than 68,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the U.S. In addition to its impressive size and strength, UCF is ranked as a best-value university by Kiplinger, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes. UCF has 13 colleges, including the College of Engineering and Computer Science which houses the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). The MAE department serves more than 4,000 students and will be this year’s host for EFx. With connections to leaders in the aerospace and mechanical industries, the MAE department and the 2020 EFx committee will host an event that no one will forget! For more information, visit


About ASME E-Fests™
ASME Engineering Festivals® (E-Fests) are regional multi-day events for engineering students that include design competitions, career development workshops, access to thought leaders and innovators in various engineering fields, and networking opportunities. An ASME EFx® is a one-day event designed to bring the excitement, community, innovation and vibrant experience of an ASME E-Fests engineering festival to engineering students at local colleges and universities around the world. E-Fests and EFx also extend beyond the in-person events and provide online content, resources and a community that enables students to foster innovation, network with key players in the industry, connect with peers and celebrate engineering! For more information, visit


About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:

Monica Shovlin
MCShovlin Communications LLC (for ASME)
Marisa Ramiccio
Coordinator of Communications
University of Central Florida