Register Now for E-Fest East and E-Fest West

March 9, 2018


There’s still time to register for the two ASME Engineering Festivals (E-Fests) that are scheduled to take place in the United States. The first of the two events, E-Fest West, will take place from March 23 to 25 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. E-Fest East, from April 13 to 15, will be held at Penn State in State College, Pa.

ASME E-Fests are three-day, two-night events where engineering students can experience the fun and excitement of engineering by participating in thought-provoking panel discussions and workshops, networking and social activities, and competitive events including the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, the Student Design Competition and the Old Guard Competition. E-Fests East and West are two of three festivals being offered by ASME this spring, along with E-Fest Asia Pacific, which will be held March 16-18 at Delhi Technological University in Delhi, India.

On March 24, E-Fest West will present a special keynote luncheon panel session, “Bringing Disney Magic to Families and Fans Through Technology,” featuring three representatives from Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI): Nikki Katz, vice president of technology; Kathy de Paolo, vice president of engineering; and Mike Goslin, DCPI’s vice president of advanced development.

E-Fest West will include a number of other interesting activities that students won’t want to miss, such as the session “Engineering for Change (E4C): Engineering Social Innovation”; the presentation “Geometric Based Topological Optimization and Analysis” by Erik Larson, U.S. training manager at Altair; an interviewing skills workshop with Tom Munnerlyn, director of the Career Center at Cal Poly Pomona; and the FutureME Mini-Talks session, “Making a Successful Transition from College to Career,” featuring Jordan Duhe of Noble Plastics, Ritesh Lakhkar of Fitbit Inc., and Paige Balcom, a National Science Foundation Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley.

A student from the Colorado School of Mines prepares his team’s robot for the Student Design Competition at last year’s E-Fest West in Las Vegas. The team was the overall winner at the event.

The festival’s busy program will also feature the workshop “CAD Design That Delivers a Competitive Edge,” with Doug Stainbrook of Solid Edge; an impromptu CAD battle and 3D workshop with Simon Pun of Divergent 3D; and the presentation “Design for the Next Generation of Engineers” by John Devitry, a research fellow at Utah State University.

Registration is still open for three competitions taking place at E-Fest East at Penn State: the Student Design Competition “Robot Football” challenge, the Old Guard Poster Competition, and the Old Guard Oral Competition. March 23 is the deadline to sign up to participate in these events. To learn more about the competitions, visit, or visit to register.

E-Fest East will feature many other exciting events for the students who attend, including tours of Penn State’s 3D Lab, Reber Labs and Millenium Science Complex, a keynote luncheon featuring Albert Manero of Limbitless Solutions, a student leadership training session, an impromptu design/social impact challenge, and an Engineering for Change (E4C) Innovation Session.

Registration for E-Fest West is $125 through March 22 and $150 on site. Registration for E-Fest East is $125 through April 12 and $150 afterward.

For more information on E-Fest West, or to register, visit To learn more about E-Fest East, or to register, visit To find out more about the overall E-Fest program, visit the ASME E-fest site at