ASME E-fests

By MLombard

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Remember WAY back when you were a student? Classwork was something you had to do, but it was the projects outside of class that really held your interest. Lots of things change, but I’m guessing that’s one of the things that has stayed the same over the decades.

Siemens is sponsoring ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) in its new E-fests.

ASME is launching E-Fests (Engineering Festivals) aimed at college engineering students (

These events incorporate regional ASME student competitions with opportunities for networking, career development, and some fun activities. There will be career-guidance workshops, TED-like talks, and keynotes as well.

Three events are planned right now. The kickoff event is in India in early March, then one at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., later in March, a third one in April in Las Vegas.

  • The India event is scheduled on March 3 – 5 at the LNM Institute of Information Technology in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India;

  • The Vegas event on March 17-19 at UNLV – Jay Rogers from Local Motors is going to keynote the E-fest West event

  • The Tennessee event will be April 21-23, at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville; Grey Haye from Local Motors is going to keynote the E-fest East event

Student Design Contests for the annual contest will be hosted on Local Motors co-creation platform, where students can also get a free license of Solid Edge software.

From a technology perspective, the general focus areas of these three events are advanced manufacturing, 3-D printing, and robotics. We are expecting from 300 to 500 students at each event, plus we are marketing to a database of around 30,000 students. We are hoping to excite kids and motivate them on their career choice, so we’re looking to put together a terrific program.

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