Introducing Two New ASME E-Fests Student Volunteer Programs

May 25, 2018

(Left to right) Karen Ohland, member of the ASME Board of Governors, with ASME E-Fests Leadership Program members Trisha Satish, Isabel Gutierrez and Mirza Wali Ali Baig at E-Fest West in Pomona, Calif.

ASME recently launched a new initiative, the ASME E-Fests Leadership Program, to recognize the student volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to ensure the success of the Society’s Engineering Festivals (ASME E-Fests). Organizers are also now accepting applications for a second program, the ASME E-Fests Student Advisory Panel, which is open to students who attended one of the ASME E-Fests in the United States this spring.

Six ASME student members have been named as the inaugural members of the ASME E-Fests Leadership Program, which is one-year program that spotlights the hard work and dedication of ASME student members from an ASME E-Fest host university who were actively involved in the coordination and planning of the event at their school. Isabel Gutierrez, Trisha Satish and Mirza Wali Ali Baig from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, were named as three of the ASME E-Fests Leaders for 2018-2019 for their support of E-Fest West in Pomona, Calif., in March. Three of the student volunteers from E-Fest East — Marie Horomanski, Jennifer Lynskey, and Matthew Semanick of Pennsylvania State University — were also selected as members of the program in recognition of their work at E-Fest East.

Marie Horomanski and Matthew Semanick, who were student volunteers at E-Fest East at Penn State University, have been selected as two of the members of the ASME E-Fests Leadership Program for 2018-2019.

Members of the ASME E-Fests Leadership Program will assist volunteer and staff organizers by promoting future ASME E-Fests at student section meetings and on social media, engaging with the new ASME E-Fests host schools, providing guidance for the planning of future ASME E-Fests based on their own experiences as a volunteer, and helping to create promotional materials for the next season of ASME E-Fests. They will also have the opportunity to speak about ASME E-Fests at various ASME events and to write articles for the ASME E-Fests website describing their experiences as student leaders.

Applications are now being accepted for another new student initiative, the ASME E-Fests Student Advisory Panel, for students who attended an E-Fest East or E-Fest West this year. As a member of the Student Advisory Panel, students will be able to provide feedback on ASME E-Fests sessions, the student competitions that take place during the festivals, social and networking activities, and new competitions and challenges that could be held at future festivals. Student Advisory Panel members will also have the chance to work with other students, ASME staff, and volunteers to provide direction for the next season of ASME E-Fests and take part in focus groups to help shape other ASME student programs.

(Left to right) Paul Stevenson, senior vice president of ASME’s Student and Early Career Development Sector, presents Penn State students Marie Horomanski and Jennifer Lynskey with volunteer recognition plaques at this year’s E-Fest East. Horomanski and Lynskey were recently named members of the ASME E-Fests Leadership Program for 2018-2019.

To be considered for the ASME E-Fests Student Advisory Panel, applicants must be an ASME student member who attended either E-Fest East or E-Fest West this year. Candidates should also be current mechanical engineering undergraduate or graduate students or an early career engineer who is prepared to make a two-year commitment to the program.

To apply, e-mail a résumé with a cover letter describing why you would make a good Student Advisory Panel member to Valentina Alayon, ASME Student and Early Career Engagement & Experience Coordinator, at The deadline to submit an application is June 15.

For more information on ASME E-Fests, visit If your university is interested in hosting a future ASME E-Fest, check out the Host Application for more information and instructions on how to apply.