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MIE Students Participated in Regional Conference of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

UAV Team at ASME EFx® Hartford

UAV Team and Mentors

Before the COVID-19 epidemic closed down large events in New England, 10 seniors from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department participated in the regional conference of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in Hartford, Connecticut (ASME EFx® Hartford). As ASME wrote, the conference was “designed to bring the excitement, community, innovation, and vibrant experience of an ASME E-Fests flagship event to local colleges and universities.”

The MIE students attended the event under the tutelage of MIE Assistant Professor Xian Du and Senior Lecturer Bernd F. Schliemann, who is also MIE’s chief undergraduate advisor.

As Du said, “Essentially, this was a great opportunity to showcase our [UMass student] ASME program, including the competitive robotic team, while students were able to network with Hartford area companies like Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace. A few universities participated, including UMass, UConn, University of Hartford, and Western New England University.”

The participating MIE students were Maya Jayanth, John Ditmore, Jack Dateo, Ian Goodine, Ethan Walko, Tom Gable, Joshua Mayer, Justin Mayer, Wahkeef Waheed, and Wyatt Warner (from the UMass Unmanned Aerial Vehicles team, or UAV Team).

Schliemann said that “We brought down some posters, and students designed products, including ASME robot, UAV, and some senior design projects to showcase. There were approximately 80 graduating mechanical engineering students from all the various institutions at this event.”

A few highlights included presentations by Rich Laudenat, the ASME president, PJ Titone, the general manager of Power and Controls, and Manu Ramesh, associate director of data science and analytics at Pratt & Whitney.

Schliemann also noted that the UMass ASME student representative, John Ditmore, introduced “our ASME chapter, what we did, and what we were showcasing at the conference, in addition to information about our MIE department.”

As Du concluded, “This was a great opportunity for socializing and helping our graduating seniors with career guidance.” (April 2020)