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International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition®

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

November 3-9, 2017
November 5-8, 2017

Program - FutureME Mini-Talks & Social Meetup


FutureME Mini-Talks & Social Meetup:
The choice of a career path
Presented by the ASME ECE Programming Committee
Sunday, November 05, 2017, 8:00 – 10:00PM

Join the FutureME community for this social experience! You will have the opportunity to hear four short, relevant, and inspirational Mini-Talks given in an informal setting by experienced engineers. They will share their stories and experiences in career development and the game-changing decisions they've made throughout their careers to become the engineers they are today.

The Mini-Talks will focus on technical disciplines related to ASME's focus on core and cross-cutting technologies such as Clean Energy and Sustainability, Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics and Bioengineering.

In addition to the Mini-Talks, you will have the opportunity to engage in a networking activity which will allow you to experience in real time the power of social relationships. Practice your networking skills and learn best practices by participating in this group activity where you will meet and introduce yourself to new people. Come meet up with other early career engineers that have similar interests, to network professionally, and make new connections with ASME leadership and/or renew past friendships. Bring plenty of business cards for networking!

Ice cream will be served and surprise prizes will be given away! (must be present to win)

Nathan Taylor

Dr. Nathan Taylor
Lecturer in Engineering Sciences
Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Biography: Nathan Taylor, PhD, EIT is currently a Lecturer in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA where he instructs students in engineering design and introductory mechanical engineering and manufacturing. He also advises engineering students on their senior thesis projects in a variety of topics. Nathan earned his PhD from Drexel University in Philadelphia in December 2016 after defending his dissertation on microsecond spark as a source of compression and its application as a pressure wave generator. Nathan has been an active ASME member for 10 years and is currently the chair of the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge committee.


Robotics: From Science Fiction to Reality (And Back Again)

It's been 52 years since animatronics first arrived on the theme park scene, and in the intervening decade, the technology has undergone a massive evolution. Pulling from defense, biomedical and aerospace industries; entertainment robotics has developed itself into more than a lighthearted past-time for Katie, and is now situated in a position to make significant contributions to science.  Katie’s presentation draws on her background in Human Robot Interaction and Puppetry to design robotics and set automation.

Katie Correll

Katie Correll

Mechanical Design Engineer

Animax Designs

Biography: Katie is an entertainment engineer specializing in animatronics and special effects for theme parks. She's designed set automation equipment for Taylor Swift, Madonna, AC/DC, Cirque du Soleil and a handful of Broadway and touring productions as well as figures and effects for numerous upcoming Universal Studios attractions. Katie is currently a Mechanical Design Engineer with Animax Designs in Nashville, where she designs animatronics, puppets and character costumes for Disney, Universal and many, many other customers. She's organized research partnerships with NASA as well as many academic and private labs with the goal of furthering developments in mechanics, AI, computer vision and other exciting emerging technologies.  

Advanced Manufacturing:  The Role of Materials in 3D Printing

From moving stones and pebbles to forging metals to etching electronic circuit boards, we have come a long way in manufacturing the things we love and need in our lives.  One smart manufacturing technology known as 3D printing has changed the course of manufacturing in recent years.  A technology initially adopted by industry for prototyping is transitioning to production lines. Particularly, 3D metal printing has become a norm in the aerospace sector, and becoming adopted in other sectors such as automotive, biomedical, and oil & gas. In this presentation, Simon will share his experience and outlook in how 3D printing alongside compatible materials is affecting product-to-market timeline in the rocket engine and ground transportation business. 

Simon Pun

Simon Pun

Lead Materials Engineer

Divergent 3D

Biography: Inspired by the art and science of next-gen materials, Simon has pursued a career in the crossroad of material science and mechanical engineering. Simon is currently the Lead Materials Engineer at Divergent 3D where he leads the development of the company material database and related intellectual properties. Previously, Simon was a Materials and Processing Engineer at Aerojet Rocketdyne where he worked on the AR1 booster engine program and RS-25 engine program supporting NASA’s Space Launch System. Simon received his B.S. with dual majors in material science and aerospace engineering, and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Simon is an active volunteer at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and likes to educate his local community and universities about innovative materials and advanced processing techniques.

Internet of Things:  How to Make Being a Tech Geek Your Job

The Internet of Things is already around us and impacting the way we live our lives. Take a journey through a day of current and potential future innovations in the realm of IoT.  Through this talk, learn what IoT is and how it impacts the audio-video systems integration field. Discover what steps early career engineers can take to prepare for careers that will be increasingly influenced by IoT.  As careers and communities are transformed, the role of engineers will need to adapt. In the world of miniature super computers that fit in our pockets, what more can early career engineers do to have a lasting impact?

Elizabeth Strautin

Elizabeth Strautin

Systems Engineer and Project Manager

Clair Solutions

Biography: Elizabeth Strautin is a Systems Engineer and Project Manager at Clair Solutions in Manheim, Pennsylvania, and a Certified Technology Specialist in Design and is a Crestron Certified Programmer.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from Duke University. After graduation, Elizabeth spent the first seven years of her career as a Project Engineer for Ford Audio-Video Systems in Oklahoma City before joining her current employer. Through her experience working in the audio, video, lighting and control systems integration industry, she has been the AV engineering lead on projects such as the Wynn Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, the PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes, and is currently working on a project for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  She first volunteered with ASME as webmaster for the Central Oklahoma Section and has been a strong supporter of ASME’s early career engineer initiatives, currently volunteering as the Vice-Chair of the Early Career Engineer Programming Committee.

Special Guest Speaker

Julio Guerrero

Multidisciplinary and Global Landscape: Inspiring early career engineers in the 21st Century

Dr. Julio Guerrero

Mechanical Engineer


Biography: Dr. Guerrero is a Mechanical Engineer who assists and guides corporations globally with their technology development needs at Exponent. Dr. Guerrero has worked in research and development (R&D) and business development for several years in diverse companies such as Draper Laboratory; Schlumberger Research (SLB); and FIAT-IVECO in Torino Italy. Dr. Guerrero's technical expertise includes analyzing, designing, and developing mechanical systems, including those for harsh and extreme conditions. He has extensive experience with the energy and oil and gas industries and is an owner of over 20 mechanical system patents worldwide. Dr. Guerrero earned his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and was awarded the Honorary Doctoral degree from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Lima-Peru in 2015. In 2014, he became a member of the Pan-American Academy of Engineering (32 countries). He was the 134th President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

About Networking Activity

You will participate in a high energy, group-level networking activity that enables participants to give and get professional career help, strengthen interpersonal skills, develop contacts and ultimately the opportunity to increase your professional network.

How this activity will work:

  • You will join a group and complete a “need” card with information about yourself and what “need”, you currently have in your career. (For example, you can seek out help in solving a technical engineering problem, gathering critical information for a task, receiving a referral to someone who can help with a project or career related help)
  • In your group, you will briefly introduce yourself and share your “need”. Then you will post it on one of the provided flipcharts.
  • Once every group member has introduced themselves, if you think you can help someone after listening to their “need”, kindly write their name along with your name and email address on a post-it note and stick it on bottom portion of their “need” card.
  • Lastly, you will have the opportunity to network with everyone in the room.