IMECE Technical Program to Address a Range of Engineering Topics

Oct. 6, 2017


More than 2,500 engineering professionals from across the globe are expected to convene next month in Tampa, Fla., for the ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2017) — the world’s largest interdisciplinary mechanical engineering conference. The meeting, which will take place from Nov. 3-9 at the Tampa Convention Center, provides engineers with a venue to present work that can potentially solve critical, real-world challenges in health care, transportation, space exploration, product design, manufacturing and many other fields.

This year’s IMECE technical program will feature 20 technical tracks encompassing more than 400 sessions that address such fields as acoustics, vibration and phononics; advanced manufacturing; aerospace technology; biomedical and biotechnology engineering; dynamics, vibration and control; education and globalization; emerging technologies; energy; fluids engineering; heat transfer and thermal engineering; materials; mechanics of solids, structures and fluids; micro- and nano-systems engineering and packaging; safety engineering and risk analysis; systems, design and complexity; transportations systems; and non-destructive evaluation (NDE), structural health monitoring and prognosis.

IMECE 2017 will also feature more than 20 technical track plenary sessions, to be held Nov. 7 and 8, including the Ralph Coats Roe Medal Lecture, “The Evolution of Everything,” by ASME Fellow Adrian Bejan, the J.A. Jones distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University, ASME Honorary Member and the 2017 Ralph Coats Roe Medal winner. Dr. Bejan’s lecture, which will explore the concept of evolution and why it exists in the geophysical, biological, social and technological realms, will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

ASME Honorary Member Adrian Bejan, winner of the 2017 Ralph Coats Roe Medal, will deliver the Ralph Coats Roe Medal Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.

Other plenary presentations to be offered during IMECE include “Symmetry and Reciprocity Breaking in Electromechanical Metamaterials and Structural Lattices” by ASME Fellow Massimo Ruzzene of Georgia Tech; “Advanced Manufacturing in the Lightweighting of Military Ground Vehicles” by Ravi Thyagarajan of the United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC); “The Role of Composites in Avian Inspired Morphing UAVs” by ASME Fellow Daniel Inman of the University of Michigan; “Interfacing Humans and Machines: Robotic Exoskeletons, Bionic Prostheses, and Mobile Brain Imaging” by Daniel P. Ferris of the University of Florida; “Diversity in Global Engineering Education” by Esther Akinlabi of the University of Johannesburg; “Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Technologies: U.S. Department of Energy Perspectives on Mechanical Engineering Research and Development Opportunities” by Marie Mape of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office; “Materials Processing Control Using Electric and Magnetic Fields” by ASME Fellow George S. Dulikravich of Florida International University; and “Mechanics of Biological Cells in Human Health and Disease” by ASME Fellow Subra Suresh of Nanyang Technological University Singapore and former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Three of the IMECE tracks will be dedicated poster sessions. The first of these sessions, the ASME International Undergraduate Research and Design Expo, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The two remaining poster sessions — the NSF Student Competition and the Virtual Podium — will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To view the complete IMECE 2017 technical program online, visit For more information on the ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, or to register, visit the conference’s web page at