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 - Students


The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is a group of students who work to foster student engagement in the IGTI community and improve the Turbo Expo conference every year. Towards this goal, the SAC organizes various sessions and events during the conference, provides opportunities for students to work behind the scenes with leaders in their technical area, and awards travel funds to eligible degree seeking individuals.

SAC Committee Members:
Chair: Jacob Snyder, Penn State University
Vice Chair: Zhiping Mao, Duke University
Secretary: Michelle Wood, University of Houston
Past-Chair: Kathryn Kirsch, Penn State University

Contact Us
Contact the Student Advisory Committee or join our ASME Community.

Student PostersStudent PostersStudent PostersPoster Session
One major event organized by the SAC is the Student Poster Competition. Presenting a poster is an excellent opportunity to display research outside of a paper while still contributing to the continuing advancements in the turbomachinery community.  To be eligible to present a poster, the presenting author must have completed the research presented on the poster while seeking a degree at a university at an undergraduate (Bachelor's) or graduate level (Master's or PhD).  Submit your research and contribute to the continuing conversation on advancements in gas and wind turbine technology. Abstracts are due January 15, 2017 to the webtool located on the TE 2017 website.

Poster Deadlines
Submission of Poster Abstract for Review Extended Deadline
January 15, 2017

Notification of Poster Abstract Acceptance
January 23, 2017

Submission of Poster Draft for Review
March 30, 2017

Author Notification of Acceptance of Revised Poster
May 8, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the ASME 2016 Turbo Expo Student Poster Competition!

First Place  USD 1,000
Matthias Kunick, Zittau/Gӧrlitz, University of Applied Sciences
“The New Spline-Based Table Look-Up Method (SBTL) for the Fast Calculation of Real Fluid Properties in CFD Simulations of Steam Turbines”

Second Place – USD 500
Joshua Keep, The University of Queensland
“Development of a Space Marching Through-Flow Code for Radial Inflow Turbines”

People's Choice – USD 250
Amir Ibrahim, University of Oxford
“Development of an Air-riding Flexible Face Seal”

Congratulations to the ASME 2016 Turbo Expo SACTA Winners!

Joshua Anderson
The University of Texas

Valeria Andreoli
Purdue University

Seung Il Baek
Penn State

Bogdan Cezar Cernat
Von Karman Institute /
UCL Louvain

Kyle Chavez
The University of Texas

Kenneth Clark
Penn State

Cis De Maesschalck
Purdue - VKI

Brandon Ealy
University of Central Florida

Masha Folk
University of Cambridge

Silvio Geist
Technical University of Berlin

David Gonzalez
Purdue University

Niharika Gurram
University of Oxford

Shane Haydt
Penn State

Qiangqiang Huang
Tsinghua University

Nikola Kafedzhiyski
KTH Royal Institute
of Technology

Ramesh Kumar
University of Surrey

Pradeep Kumar
KTH Royal Institute
of Technology

Jan Kamenik
University of Southampton
Eric Lange
Penn State

Fangyuan Lou
Purdue University

Zhiping Mao
Duke University

Georg Atta Mensah
Technical University of Berlin

Xin Miao
City University London

Marina Montero Carrero
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Sulfickerali Noor Mohamed
University of Surrey

Ikenna Anthony Okaro
Newcastle University

Marcel Otto
University of Central Florida

Utkudeniz Ozturk
Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Giteshkumar Patel
Lappeenranat University of Technology

Joseph Robert Saverin
Technical University of Berlin

Deepanshu Singh
IIT Delhi

Prashant Singh
Virginia Tech

Curtis Stimpson
Penn State

Mohammadreza Tahan
Universiti Teknologi Petronas

Hui Tang
University of Bath

Zhiduo Wang
Xi'an Jiaotong University

Juliane Wendler
Technical University of Berlin

Steven Whitaker
The Ohio State University

Michelle Wood
University of Houston

Manuel Würth
Technical University of Munich

Lisa Zander
Technical University of Berlin

Congratulations to the ASME 2016 Young Engineer Turbo Expo Participant Award (YETEP) Winners!

Ali Afzalifar
Lappeenranta University
of Technology

Travis Cable
Texas A&M University

Meera Day
Southern Methodist University

Jeffrey Defoe
University of Windsor

Chiara Gastaldi
Politecnico di Torino

Giacomo Gatti
Politecnico di Milano

David Holst
Technical University Berlin

Tobias Hummel
Technical University of Munich

Simon Jacobi
University of Oxford

Peter Kaluza
RWTH Aachen University

Daria Kolmakova
Technical University of Munich

Atanu Kumar Kundu
Lund University

Nguyen LaTray
University of Texas at Arlington

Yogini Patil
Lappeenranta University of

Julien Pohl
University of Leeds

Robin Prenter
The Ohio State University

Jorge Saavedra
Purdue University

Swati Saxena
GE Global Research Center

Robert Schroeder
Sargent & Lundy

Vrishika Singh
TU Delft

SAC Sessions at Turbo Expo

The sessions organized by the SAC during the technical conference are focused on professional development and are open to all conference attendees. In previous years, the SAC has curated panel sessions led by community leaders on Turbomachinery Careers and Networking, as well as tutorial sessions titled "Effective Technical Presentations", and "The Art of the Peer Review Process." Details on SAC sponsored sessions for TE 2017 will be available in the advance program published online prior to the conference. Suggestions for Tutorial or Panel Session topics can be emailed to the SAC.

The SAC is also involved in the planning of student-specific events during the conference, such as the Student and Early Career Engineer Mixer. This popular event allows students and make new friends and build their professional network in a casual evening atmosphere.

SACTA Deadlines

Student Advisory Committee Travel Award (SACTA) Applications Due
March 1, 2017

Technical Committee Student Liaison Subcommittee Applications Due
March 1, 2017

Notification of SACTA Awardees
March 30, 2017

Notification of Technical Committee Student Liaison Positions
March 31, 2017

Student Advisory Committee Executive Committee Position Applications Due
May 23, 2017

Technical Committee Student Liaison

The IGTI Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is looking for student liaisons to interact directly with the IGTI technical committees. The student will be expected to serve as a link between the SAC and the leadership of the technical committee to which they are assigned. The potential outcomes of this relationship include, but are not limited to, collaboration for future tutorial sessions at IGTI Turbo Expo, communication of ideas and announcements between the SAC and the technical committee, and opportunities for professional development.

Applicants for these positions must be degree seeking students who are or plan to be members of the SAC. The liaison will be expected to communicate directly with the leadership of the technical committee to which they are assigned. Further, the liaison should be in attendance at the IGTI Turbo Expo 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Because attendance at Turbo Expo many not be guaranteed, applicants should apply with the intention to attend Turbo Expo 2017. Communication with the SAC leadership team may be requested prior to, during, and following Turbo Expo. The service period will extend from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Additional expectations may be outlined by the SAC leadership team, but not without input from the liaison.

To apply for a position as a liaison to the IGTI technical committees on behalf of SAC, please submit a resume or CV with this application to the SAC via email by March 1, 2017. If several applicants desire to represent the same technical committee, the SAC leadership team will choose representatives based on the contents of this application. You will be notified of the status of your application by March 31, 2017. Download the application NOW.

Travel Funding

Student Advisory Committee Travel Award (SACTA)
The SAC is pleased to announce that 20 Student Advisory Committee Travel Awards (SACTA), worth up to $2,000 each, have been made available to cover or partially cover student travel expenses to Turbo Expo 2017, with priority given to students who both participate in the conference and actively contribute to the growth of the SAC. Applicants for these awards must be seeking a degree and must be or plan to be members of the SAC. The applicant must agree to participate in the SAC Annual Meeting at Turbo Expo 2017 and willing to help SAC leadership team to review and set-up student posters. Communication with the SAC leadership team may be requested prior to, during, and following Turbo Expo 2017. Students interested in this award must fill out the application and submit all relevant documents in one PDF file to sac.igti@gmail.com by March 1, 2017. All applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by March 31, 2017. Download the Student Advisory Committee Travel Award Application.

Young Engineer Turbo Expo Participation Award
The ASME IGTI Young Engineer Turbo Expo Participation Award (YETEP) is intended for young engineers at companies, in government service, or engineering undergraduate or graduate students in the gas turbine or related fields to obtain travel funding to attend ASME Turbo Expo to present a paper which they have authored or co-authored. The purpose is to provide a way for more to participate in the annual Turbo Expo. This year up to 20 awards have been made available.

For 2017, ASME IGTI will provide YETEP Award winners with:

  • One Complimentary ASME Turbo Expo Technical Conference Registration
  • Complimentary hotel accommodations (Sunday to Friday)
  • Up to $2,000 toward approved travel expenses

The nominee must have obtained an academic degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD, or equivalent degrees) in an engineering discipline related to turbomachinery within five years from the year of the Turbo Expo that the applicant wishes to attend. The research results the applicant wishes to present at the conference can have been obtained either while pursuing an academic degree, or afterwards (students, professionals or young academics are eligible). The nomination deadline for this award is March 1, 2017. Download the Young Engineer Turbo Expo Participation Award Application.

ASME IGTI Student Scholarship Program – Application Deadline is June 15, 2017
ASME International Gas Turbine Institute has a long and proud history of providing scholarships to students who show promise for their future profession in the turbomachinery field. The aim is to attract young talent to the profession and reward their commitment, favoring their upcoming enrollment and active participation. ASME IGTI has supplied more than one million dollars to fund these scholarships over the years. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, books and other University expenses. The check will be made out to the University on the student's behalf.

Student application deadline is June 15, 2017. Scholarship winners will be notified by the end of October 2017. Scholarships will be dispersed in November 2017.

Eligibility of the Applicants
The nominee must be pursuing an academic degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD, or equivalent degrees) in an engineering discipline related to turbomachinery. Students must be currently registered at an accredited university (either U.S. or international). The university must have a gas turbine program of some type and only requires that a gas turbine or power course that has significant gas turbine content be offered.

Application Requirements
The application package must contain:

  • A succinct motivational letter (max 1 page) illustrating reasons that should lead to a positive decision by the selection committee
  • The application form listing the data allowing to assess the eligibility of the applicant, duly signed; and the IRS Foreign W8BEN Form (if a non-US citizen)
  • A nomination form and recommendation letter by the applicant's academic supervisor, or by an industry professional involved in his/her studies. Student should follow up with nominator to confirm the packet has been sent to ASME.
  • Any other document the applicant wishes to attach in order to support the application. (Proof of awards and honors, memberships in honorary or professional societies showing offices held, extra-curricular activities, etc.)

Download the 2017-2018 Student Scholarship Application Packet.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Student Scholarship Winners:

  • Bharat Agrawal, Iowa State University
  • Amrita Basak, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Filippo Cangiol, Politecnico de Milano
  • Nafiz Chowdhury, Texas A&M University
  • Rick Dehner, The Ohio State University
  • Ma Haiteng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Mary Jennerjohn, Saint Louis University
  • Alireza Kalantari, University of California Irvine
  • Jing Li, Duke University
  • Ryan Milcarek, Syracuse University
  • Charan Nimbehalli Gangdhar, KTH Royal Institute of Technologyy
  • Oku Nyong, University of Sheffield
  • Jon Runyon, Cardiff University
  • Mohammed Hamid Siddique, IIT Madras
  • Shawn Siroka, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Xiaomeng Tong, Texas A&M University
  • Edgar Vicente Torres Gonzalez, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana
  • Weiliang Wang, Tsinghua University
  • Shubo Yang, Beihang University
  • Ruquan You, Beihang University