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Call for Student Presentations


Submit your abstract by July 7, 2023

Competition Overview

The Undergraduate Engineering Student Competition Chair, Dr. Noah Van Dam, of the ASME Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) division invites you to submit your undergraduate research in internal combustion engines. The top two entries will be selected to be present at the ASME ICE Forward 2023 Conference which will be an in-person event. The two students who led the winning entries will receive free conference registration for the conference along with paid travel and lodging expenses for the conference up to $1,500 for the winners.

Who can apply:

  • Work (or have worked) in a laboratory that does internal combustion engine research.
  • Worked on modeling and simulation related to engine systems or emissions systems.
  • Worked on fuels, fuel injection, sprays, or carbon management.
  • Worked on the engine of a collegiate race team or your own car.
  • Have innovative ideas for next generation advanced engines, or alternative fuels.
  • Are an internal combustion engine enthusiast and would like to deliver a presentation on the subject.

What you Win:

Up to $1,500 in travel expense reimbursements. The two winning students will deliver their presentations to a group of leading experts in the internal combustion engine field at the ASME ICE Forward 2023 Conference. This welcoming environment is a great opportunity for students currently involved in research that are considering pursuing a career or graduate school in the Internal Combustion Engine field. Past winners have made connections during the conference lead to recruitment for career and graduate school opportunities. For senior undergraduate students who may have already accepted a full-time position or begun graduate school by the time the conference is held, it is also a great way to be introduced directly to a large portion of the engine research community that you may be a part of for many years to come. Additionally, as a conference attendee, you’ll get to attend other researcher's presentations and network with people working in this exciting and important field.

Applicants not selected as winners will be invited to present their work in the poster session held during the conference.


  1. an abstract/summary of your work in pdf format (2-pages max),
  2. 10-minute draft presentation slides as a pdf file,
  3. a one-page mentor/advisor letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation must be from a professor or mentor working most closely with the student and must clearly identify the student's role in the work.
  4. Submit to Dr. Noah Van Dam at, with the subject line: ASME 2023 ICEF Undergrad Student Competition Submission.

Scoring Criteria

A selection committee will choose the top two presentations according to an established review process. In that process, submissions will be scored according to the following metrics:

  1. technical strength
  2. research novelty
  3. quality of project execution
  4. degree of independent work
  5. presentation quality

You must be an ASME student member (with active membership) and had been an undergraduate student on the date of submission to be selected (if you will graduate in or around May 2023, you are still eligible). Presentation material must all be original and cannot be contained in a technical paper submitted to the ASME ICE Forward 2022 Conference.

Meet the 2022 Undergraduate Student Competition Winners

Lily Parker

Lily Parker

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Research in a Constant Volume Combustion Chamber on F-24 Synthetic Surrogate Blended from Iso-Paraffinic Kerosene (IPK) and Fischer-Tropsch Synthetic Kerosene (S8)




Antonio Scalzi

Antonio Scalzi

Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Developing an Algorithm for Minimizing Steady State Engine Testing Time





Steven DeCoste

Steven DeCoste

Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Developing an Algorithm for Minimizing Steady State Engine Testing Time