International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition®

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

November 9-15, 2018
November 11-14, 2018

Program - Presenters


Program Moderator

Leila Aboharb

Leila Aboharb
Mechanical Engineer/Engineering Specialist, STV Inc.

Biography: Leila Aboharb is a 2014 Drexel University graduate. Her involvement in ASME started during her time in college and has persisted in the development of student programs ever since. In addition to student programs, Leila has worked in several ASME task force, while also serving as an ECLIPSE intern for the 2015 year.

Professionally, Leila has specialized in the rail industry, working as an on-site customer representative for Amtrak. Leila has focused on the new Viewliner II cars providing support during the design-build-test phase.

Personally, Leila has volunteered as a science advocate in several non-profits educating young students. She also works as AIDs awareness activist volunteering in the Philadelphia area. Leila is an avid cyclist, traveler, and overall fun person.


Byron Clayton

Dr. Byron C. Clayton
Chief Executive Officer
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) 

Title: The Best Way to Predict your Future is to Create it 

Dr. Byron will discuss the best way to create the future career you want. It will focus on opportunities in advanced manufacturing based on trends in technology development and industry’s need to keep up with new advancements in order to maintain global competitiveness. He will share also past experiences that helped him create his future.

Biography: Dr. Byron C. Clayton serves as the CEO for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute located in Pittsburgh, PA. ARM is one of fourteen Manufacturing USA Institutes launched by the federal government to revitalize U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing. ARM was launched in January 2017 with an $80 million commitment from the Department of Defense in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to advance robotics technology and workforce education. ARM is building a nationwide ecosystem of innovators from industry, academia and government to accelerate the emerging U.S. manufacturing renaissance. 

Dr. Clayton comes to ARM from Baton Rouge, LA where he was President and CEO of Research Park Corporation, a family of economic development organizations focused on helping Louisiana companies create the technology jobs of the future. In prior years, he led Ohio-based innovation clusters in flexible hybrid electronics, advanced energy and water technologies. In addition, Dr. Clayton has over 25 years of experience in the private sector where he led the development, commercialization and implementation of advanced manufacturing systems and software for various industries. During that time, he facilitated the market entry of over 40 high-tech products and systems used by numerous manufacturing plants across North America.

Guha Manogharan

Dr. Guha Manogharan
Assistant Professor
ME Department at Penn State University
Additive Manufacturing

Title: How can Mechanical Engineers prepare for the future of Additive Manufacturing?

Focused on one of the hottest topic in the industry – Additive Manufacturing (AM), this talk will briefly outline the journey of Additive Manufacturing from its early days of Rapid Prototyping and focuses on the current state of AM technology and its applications. Specifically, the speaker will share his experience as a researcher in AM and his takeaways from working with AM industry and national labs. Finally, the talk will focus on what can current and future Mechanical Engineers pursue to better prepare themselves for the AM industry.

Biography: Dr. Guha Manogharan is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Penn State University. He is the leader of the Systems for Hybrid-Additive Process Engineering (SHAPE) lab. Guha moved to Penn State in 2016. He was previously an assistant professor at Youngstown State University. His doctoral studies were completed in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at North Carolina State University in 2014.

His research interests are in the area of hybrid additive manufacturing (AM), including biomedical applications, CNC and non-traditional machining and design optimization for AM. Guha’s primary contribution to AM to date is developing hybrid additive manufacturing methods to seamlessly integrate traditional processes with AM, with a focus on experimental identification of quantitative relationships between design, processing conditions, applications and final part qualification. Professor Manogharan has approximately $1.7 million in research funding (his share) and 38 publications. Recently, he received the 2018 International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (FAME Jr) awarded by the longest running AM conference - Solid Freeform Symposium (SFF). He was the 2017 recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) prestigious Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award and the 2016 Outstanding Young Investigator Award by the Manufacturing and Design Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineering.

Jessic Isaacs

Dr. Jessica L. Isaacs
Associate, Exponent

Title: How my Career Ended up in Failure

Dr. Isaacs will describe her journey from a self-proclaimed "wannabe" NASA engineer to a biomechanical engineer. The talk will focus on the (sometimes) tough choices that created cross-discipline opportunities within mechanical engineering, and how saying "yes" to these opportunities led to her ultimate transition from academia to Exponent (formerly Failure Analysis Associates).

Biography: Dr. Isaacs has a multidisciplinary background conducting research in bioengineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering. At Exponent, she focuses on issues involving human injury biomechanics and evaluates kinematics and mechanisms of injury. Her work includes analyzing injuries and reconstructing accidents involving vehicles, consumer products and sports equipment. She focuses on determination of injury mechanisms, human tolerances, and evaluation of performance (or proposed alternative design performance) of safety related equipment in issues related to vehicular, pedestrian, occupational, recreational, and fall‐related accidents, as well as injuries associated with the use of consumer products.

Dr. Isaacs’ doctoral research at Drexel University focused on spine biomechanics, the effects of degeneration and age on the intervertebral disc, and injectable hydrogels. She completed a Fulbright post‐doctoral Fellowship at Tel Aviv University in Israel. During her time in Israel, she focused on predictive multi‐parametric computational biomechanical models for diagnosis, management, and repair of lumbar spine pathology, as well as characterizing fiber reinforced bio‐composite materials. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Isaacs was a visiting assistant professor in the mechanical engineering department at Widener University. During her tenure she taught a variety of undergraduate courses, acted as faculty adviser for the Society of Automotive Engineers, and participated in a myriad of STEM outreach events.

Dr. Isaacs has numerous publications and conference proceedings, including being co-author on a presentation here at IMECE entitled “Extension Injuries During Motor Vehicle Collisions in Thoracic Spines with Pre‐Existing Pathology,” being presented on Tuesday at 3:45PM in Room 302. Dr. Isaacs has been a member of ASME since she was an undergraduate student and was nominated to receive ASME's New Faces of Engineering Award in 2015. She has also been featured on ASME’s My Engineer’s Notebook.

Jonathan Jennings

Jonathan D. Jennings
Systems Engineer, Honeywell

Title: The “Fixer” - A Hands on Approach to start your career

Being the go to person at your job can set you apart from your peers. Jonathan shares his personal experiences as a systems engineer in the aerospace industry. He explains how a hands on approach and healthy work ethics will not only benefit your career but make work an exciting place to be.

Biography: Jonathan Jennings is an early career systems engineer at Honeywell in Phoenix Arizona that develops, tests, and qualifies aerospace industry components for use in gas turbines. Jennings pursued a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated in May of 2016 with a course emphasis in aerospace and space flight mechanics.

2015 recipient of ASME’s Charles T. Main gold student leadership award , 2017 ASME ECLIPSE intern with the board of governors, and Three time Honeywell Bravo award winner Jonathan devotes his time to his family and volunteering opportunities with ASME, the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association, and Students for the Exploration and Development of space.

Jonathan currently serves as the committee chair for IAM3D, Student Regional Advisor for Western North America (Region 3), Student Section Enterprise Team Member at Large, and is a panelist on the ASME technology advisory panel for additive manufacturing.