IMECE 2019 Highlights to Include Keynote Events, Annual Awards Dinner and Student Activities

Nov 8, 2019

by ASME News

The ASME 2019 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2019) ― the Society’s largest research and development conference ― begins today in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event will take place from Nov. 8-14 at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center and the Marriott Hotel. IMECE will encompass nearly 1,000 paper presentation and 500 technical sessions across 17 technical tracks, as well as a full schedule of special events that are scheduled to take place during the weeklong conference program.

This year’s IMECE will feature three keynote events, beginning with the presentation “Converging Technology and Engineering to Meet Changing Global Needs” by Laura McGill, vice president of engineering at Raytheon Missile Systems, on Monday, Nov. 11. The session will address the various challenges Raytheon faces operating in the increasingly complex aerospace and defense markets as well as the opportunities these markets offer.

Nobel Prize recipient and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will present the ASME 2019 Richard J. Goldstein Energy Award Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 12. During his address, “Climate Change and Innovative Paths to a Sustainable Future,” Dr. Chu will provide a brief review of new climate change data and discuss the ways that science, engineering and innovation can lead toward a more sustainable and prosperous future.

Barbara Humpton, chief executive officer of Siemens USA, will deliver the closing lunch keynote at IMECE on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Humpton’s presentation, “Expanding What’s Humanly Possible: The Real Purpose of Digital Technology,” will discuss a future in which digital technology enables the development of an abundance of new tools engineers can use to address the world’s most critical problems.

Another highlight of the IMECE 2019 program will be the ASME Annual Awards Dinner (formerly the Honors Assembly), which will take place on Monday, Nov. 11 in the convention center, following a pre-dinner reception. Recognizing the achievements of eight of the engineering profession’s leading innovators during the event, the ASME Annual Awards Dinner will be hosted by the special guest master of ceremonies, journalist and humorist Mo Rocca. The Annual Awards Dinner, which is a ticketed event, will feature entertainment by 11-year-old violinist Karolina Protsenko, “America’s Favorite Speed Painter” Dan Dunn’s PaintJam, and 2016 America’s Got Talent finalist Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti. A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase until Nov. 10.

This year’s IMECE will also include a unique daylong program of student activities on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Marriott Hotel. The SDC Finals, with teams who participated at the regional SDCs at the E-Fests earlier this year, will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Old Guard Presentation Competition Finals, featuring the first- and second-place winners from each of the 2019 E-Fest competitions, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The winners of the two competitions will be announced that evening at an exclusive ASME networking event geared toward students and early career engineers. The event, to be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the hotel, will also include a roundtable discussion with ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile and special guests. After the roundtable, a Q&A will be held on topics of interest to students and early career engineers, including the importance of student engagement and the benefits of professional membership.

Other activities that should appeal to students and early career professionals include the Student Leadership Training Conference, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Marriott Hotel; the Opening Reception (featuring the People’s Choice Award Poster Competition), from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the convention center; a FutureME Mini-Talks and Networking Event, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the convention center; and a Student Day and Networking session from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the convention center.

For more information on these and other activities scheduled to take place at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Salt Lake City, visit

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