Old Guard Technical Poster Competition

Rules and Procedures

Engineers, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate. This poster competition, held at the ASME E-Fest (Engineering Festival), is designed to emphasize the ability to deliver a visual presentation. Subject matter is to be related to some area in the field of mechanical engineering.


The Old Guard Committee sponsors the competition and all revisions.


To be eligible to participate, a competitor must be a Student Member of ASME who satisfies the criteria established for the Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition. Students entering the Old Guard Technical Poster Competition may not enter the Old Guard Oral Competition at the same E-Fest.

Competition Entry

Students who wish to participate must complete the appropriate entry form and submit it to the host school of the conference their student section plans to attend.

  • Visit the E-Fest website.
  • Choose the location of the E-Fest your section plans to attend.
  • Complete and submit the entry form for that location.
  • Poster entrant must be in attendance at the E-Fest where the poster is presented.
  • More than one poster submitted at a given event (E-Fest) may deal with a single project. However, each poster must be developed by the effort of the individual submitting it, not by team efforts. See below regarding acknowledgements of assistance by other students or advisors.

Poster Presentation

Failure to abide by the following rules will disqualify the poster.

  • The subject matter of the poster must address a technical, economic or environmental aspect of engineering, or other basic engineering theme, provided it pertains to some sphere in which an engineer is or should be involved
  • Each poster may be no larger than 48 inches (122 cm) by 36 inches (91.4 cm) unfolded. Posters may be assembled using A4, A5 or 8½" by 11" paper panels.
  • Except for fasteners (such as thumbtacks) all poster material must be flush with the board, not protruding more than 1/8 inch (3.2 mm).
  • There may be no mechanical or electrical devices attached to the poster.
  • There may be no materials placed in front of, above, below, or to the side of the poster.
  • All material must be accessible without having to lift or turn a page.
  • Each entry may have only one author printed on the poster. However, ethical policies require credit (acknowledgements) to be given on the poster for any assistance by other students or advisors.
  • The name and affiliation of the author must be in a prominent place on the Poster.


  • The poster should be prepared so that it is easily understood in the absence of the author.
  • Neither the author nor any other individuals may be present during the judging.
  • Judging criteria are based solely on the content of the front of the poster.
  • Each local competition is to be judged by at least three engineers, preferably ASME members.
  • The conference Host Section is responsible for selecting the judges.

Scoring Criteria

Download Scoring Sheet for Technical Poster Competition


The ASME Old Guard Committee will provide the following prizes:

  • First Place: $350 plus one-time membership upgrade
  • Second Place: $250
  • Third Place: $150
  • Fourth Place: $100

Adopted by the Old Guard Committee October 18, 2018

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