Turbo Expo

Turbomachinery Technical Conference & Exposition

Presented by the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute

Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC USA

June 26 - 30, 2017
June 27 - 29, 2017


Program - FutureME Mini-Talks


ASME FutureME Mini-Talks
Presented by the ASME Early Career Engineer Program Committee and the IGTI Student Advisory Committee
Monday, June 26 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Richardson Ballroom

Join the ECE Programming Committee and the IGTI Student Advisory Committeefor a 90-minute social experience! You will have the opportunity to hear four short, inspiring mini-talks given in an informal setting by experienced early career engineers sharing their perspectives on career development. In addition to the mini-talks, you can meet up with other mechanical 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. Ice Cream will be served.

Event Highlights

  • Listen to four short mini-talks focused on energizing your career development
  • Engage with the presenters; ask questions
  • Meet-up with other engineers to network professionally
  • I-Pad Mini Giveaway

Program Moderator

Jason Ostanek, Ph.D.

Jason Ostanek, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Biography: Jason Ostanek, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University. Jason holds a B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering Virginia Tech and M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Jason has previously worked as a Mechanical Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division.  In 2016, Jason won the first annual NAVSEA Commander's Award for innovation.  His research experiences include gas turbine heat transfer, heat transfer in li-ion battery systems, fire safety, two-phase cooling systems, and thermal property measurement techniques.



Keye Su, Ph.D.A Recipe for Success in New Roles
Keye Su, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Mech. Engineering and Material Science, Duke University

Transitioning from an engineering student to a real-world engineer or transitioning to a new workplace has never been easy.  Tailored to help young professional engineers make a seamless transition and realize their full potential, this talk offers concise yet practical methods on how to maneuver and succeed during different stages of the transition to a new work environment.  Initially, Keye has found that it is helpful to find a mentor or role-model to help navigate your transition.  After beginning the new role, reinforce your findings by using data.  Finally, at all times, be prepared to provide updates and summaries of your work to leaders in your organization.
Presenter biography: Keye Su is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. He is currently conducting research in wind turbine aerodynamics, turbine wake simulations and structural vibrations. Keye interned as a R&D engineer in the summer of 2015 at Continuum Dynamics, a company providing state-of-the-art technical solutions for government and industry. Keye earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University (2013) and B.S. in Engineering from Sun Yat-sen University in China (2011). He is the receiver of Duke MEMS Fellowship and National Scholarship of China. In his spare time, Keye is an active soccer player in Duke Intramural League.

Ankur JainLeveraging Industry Experience for Success in an Academic Career
Ankur Jain, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Texas at Arlington

While mechanical engineering careers in academia and industry share some common traits, there are also several distinctions that offer unique opportunities when transitioning from one to the other.  In the presenter's opinion, this process needs careful thought and planning, but the two career paths are not mutually exclusive. Familiarity with real-world problems and skills important in industry, such as technical rigor, discipline and teamwork, have helped Ankur address challenging academic research problems. This talk will discuss some of his experiences, lessons learned and the importance of recognizing the skills complementary to the two career paths, and how success in one facilitates success in the other.
Presenter biography: Ankur Jain is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Texas, Arlington where he directs the Microscale Thermophysics Laboratory. He received the UT Arlington College of Engineering Outstanding Early Career Award (2017), NSF CAREER Award (2016) and the ASME EPP Division Young Engineer of the Year Award (2013). His research interests include heat transfer in Li-ion batteries, microscale thermal transport, bioheat transfer, microelectromechanical systems, etc. He has previously held research and development positions in leading semiconductor companies including AMD and Freescale Semiconductor, and at Molecular Imprints Inc., a startup company that was acquired by Canon. He received his Ph.D. (2007) and M.S. (2003) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and his B.Tech. (2001) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi with top honors. His research and education activities have been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DoE), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF), etc.

Shane Haydt, Ph.D.An Economic and Business Case for Diversity in Engineering
Shane Haydt, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Mech. and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Traditional engineering recruitment messages and strategies have under-served and alienated many potential engineers, leading to a dearth of diversity in the field.  These messages rely heavily on an emphasis towards science and math, while ignoring more relevant and actionable skills like problem solving, creativity, and a desire to make a difference.  Due to social and cultural factors, these ingrained recruitment techniques have been shown not to work on underrepresented minorities in engineering.  Diversity isn't just a buzzword.  Aside from the moral case, there is also an economic and business benefit to increasing diversity in engineering; getting more women involved in STEM careers can help close the wage gap, and businesses with more diverse staff have been shown to be more successful.  The road map to increasing diversity is mostly laid out.  To follow it and make this change, we as engineers need to learn how to talk about our work and careers in a more aspirational way.  Using the "Changing the Conversation" messages can help change the perception of engineering and improve the recruitment of underrepresented minorities.  This is how we will inspire ALL of the next generation of engineers.   
Presenter biography: Shane received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University in 2013, and is currently at Penn State working on his Ph.D. in the Experimental and Computational Convection Lab.  As an undergraduate, Shane was involved in a program called Engineering Ambassadors, and as a graduate student became the graduate assistant for the group.  Engineering Ambassadors is a professional development program with an outreach mission, focused specifically on increasing diversity in engineering.

What are Mini-Talks?
Mini-Talks are short talks on engineering and career development topics. Talks provide an opportunity for sharing experiences and knowledge, while engaging and inspiring the audience. To view previous Mini-Talks playlist, please visit our YouTube Channel.