IMECE Technical Program to Feature Plenary Presentations, NSF Programming

Sept. 21, 2018

This year, approximately 2,500 engineers from industry, academia, government agencies, research institutes and other areas are expected to attend ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) — the world’s largest interdisciplinary mechanical engineering conference — from Nov. 9-15 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The technical program for IMECE 2018 will feature more than 470 sessions over 16 technical tracks exploring such topics as advanced manufacturing; energy; advances in aerospace technology; biomedical and biotechnology engineering; engineering education; heat transfer and thermal engineering; dynamics, vibration and control; mechanics of solids, structures and fluids; materials; fluids engineering; design, reliability, safety and risk; micro- and nanosystems engineering and packaging; and acoustics, vibration and phononics.

The program this year will also feature 20 track plenary presentations, including “Manufacturing for X” by ASME Fellow Jian Cao of Northwestern University, “Autonomous Vehicle Safety: Tomorrow’s Rewards Versus Today’s Reality” by ASME Fellow Roger McCarthy of McCarthy Engineering; “Acoustofluidics: Merging Acoustics and Microfluidics for Biomedical Applications by ASME Fellow Tony Jun Huang of Duke University; “Thoughts on the Future of Power Generation: A Low Carbon Perspective” by ASME Fellow Ahmed F. Ghoniem of Massachusetts Institute of Technology; “The Future of Aerospace Materials: Challenges and Opportunities” by Richard Vaia of the Air Force Research Laboratory; and “Biological Materials and Mechanics: Challenges and Opportunities” by Marc Meyers of the University of California, San Diego.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will offer a full day of programming, beginning with a panel discussion that will provide an overview of the Foundation’s Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division and its programs, followed by an NSF proposal development workshop covering the fundamentals of successful grant proposal writing for the NSF. The day will also include a session providing an overview of the NSF’s Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) Division as well as one-on-one sessions with NSF program directors during which principal investigators can discuss their research proposals with their choice of NSF program directors.

IMECE 2018 will also offer four special Honoring Symposia commemorating the contributions of four distinguished academic leaders: Yehoshua (Shuki) Frostig of the Technion ‒ Israel Institute of Technology, Devdas Pai of North Carolina A&T State University, Kirti (Karman) Ghia of the University of Cincinnati, and ASME Medalist and Honorary Member Frank Kreith.

There are still some remaining IMECE sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. For more information, please contact Joyce J. Ginsburg at or (773) 456-2153.

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