IMECE 2017 to Feature a Variety of Special Events


Nov. 3, 2017


The ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2017), the world’s largest interdisciplinary mechanical engineering conference, kicks off today in Tampa, Fla. The conference, which will be held through Nov. 9 at the Tampa Convention Center and the Tampa Marriott Waterside, will feature nearly 1,900 presentations, more than 400 technical sessions, and 20 technical tracks, as well as many other special activities.

One special event attendees won’t want to miss will be the Strategy Forum and Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 5. During this engaging and informative session, to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in Grand Ballrooms A-D of the Tampa Marriott Waterside, a cross-section of ASME leaders will discuss topics including ASME’s strategy, the five core technologies that ASME will focus on as part of the strategy, and how the strategy will be executed and implemented, before closing with a Q&A session. In addition to ASME President Charla Wise, the forum’s panelists will include ASME Executive Director Thomas Loughlin; John Mulvihill, chair of ASME’s Group Engagement Committee; John Goossen, chair of the Strategy Advisory Committee; Elena Gerstmann, deputy, Executive Operations, ASME; and Jeff Patterson, chief operating officer, ASME.

Another highlight of IMECE 2017 is sure to be the Honors Assembly, which will take place on Monday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Grand Ballrooms E-F of the Tampa Marriott Waterside. Eight leaders of the engineering profession will be recognized at this year’s ceremony: Zdeněk P. Bažant, who will presented the ASME Medal; Ramesh K. Agarwal, John Cipolla, and Michael F. Modest, who will each receive ASME Honorary Membership; Adrian Bejan, this year’s recipient of the Ralph Coats Roe Medal; Paul D. Edwards, who will be presented the Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal; Evelyn N. Wang, the recipient of the Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award; and John Staehlin, who will receive the Hoover Medal.

IMECE 2017 will also feature a special workshop, “Recent Advances in Nanotechnology,” to be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 on the second floor of the Tampa Marriott Waterside. Organized by the ASME NanoEngineering for Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee (NEES), the workshop will feature experts discussing current issues, challenges and opportunities related to advanced nanotechnology. For more information on the NEES workshop, visit www.asme.org/events/imece/program/workshops


The Tampa Convention Center

The National Science Foundation will hold a series of special NSF Track Workshops on Wednesday, Nov. 8, which will provide IMECE attendees with a variety of opportunities to interact with program directors from NSF’s Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division and the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Division. This special NSF Track, which will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 39 of the Tampa Convention Center, will feature the plenary session “NSF-CMMI Overview and Outreach Panel,” an NSF Proposal Development Workshop, an NSF-CBET Program Overview and Initiatives Workshop, and two “one-on-one” sessions with NSF program directors. For more details on the NSF Track Workshops, visit www.asme.org/events/imece/program/national-science-foundation.

Other special events scheduled for this year’s IMECE include:

  • Old Guard Oral Competition Finals, Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom A, Second Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside;
  • History & Heritage and Old Guard Reception, Saturday, Nov. 4, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballrooms C-D, Second Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside;
  • VOLT and ECLIPSE Reception, Saturday, Nov. 4, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Meeting Room 1, Second Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside;
  • ASME Student Design Competition Finals, Sunday, Nov. 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ballroom A, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center;
  • Members and Students Luncheon (ticketed event), Sunday, Nov. 5, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom A, Second Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside;
  • IMECE First-Time Attendee Orientation, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Rooms 20-21, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center;
  • Opening Reception and Conference Exhibit, Sunday, Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., West Hall, Third Floor, Tampa Convention Center;
  • Undergraduate R&D Expo, Sunday, Nov. 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., West Hall, Third Floor, Tampa Convention Center;
  • FutureME Mini-Talks and Social Meetup, Sunday, Nov. 5, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Rooms 18-19, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center;
  • Opening Keynote: “Then and Now: What It Takes to Innovate” with Charles W. Hull of 3D Systems, Monday, Nov. 6, 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Ballrooms B-C, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center;
  • President’s Luncheon (ticketed event), Monday, Nov. 6, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Grand Ballrooms A-D, Second Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside;
  • Honors Assembly Reception, Monday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom Foyer, Second Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside;
  • Ralph Coats Roe Medal Lecture: “The Evolution of Everything” by ASME Honorary Member and Fellow Adrian Bejan, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Room 7, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center;
  • Auxiliary Guest Luncheon: “Artifacts from the Deep” (ticketed event), Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom A, Second Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside;
  • Women in Engineering Reception, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom B, Second Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside;
  • IMECE 2017 Feedback Session, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Ballroom A, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center;
  • Robert Henry Thurston Lecture, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom A, Second Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside;
  • Closing Plenary Lunch: “When Machines Find their Voice: Industrial Internet of Things and Digital Twin” with Aaron Knobloch from the General Electric Global Research Center, Thursday, Nov. 9, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Ballrooms B-C, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center.

For more information on the ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, or to view the conference’s entire schedule of events, visit http://go.asme.org/IMECE.