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Student Competitions at IMECE

The Noise Control & Acoustics Division (NCAD) is sponsoring a "Best Student Paper Award". The winners will be announced at NCAD's Wine & Cheese reception at the IMECE Conference (Time and location to be announced in the final program). The top 3 winners will receive an acknowledgement certificate and a monetary award. To be eligible for participation in the competition, the primary author of the paper must be a student and must present at the conference. To participate, please send an e-mail to Dr. Michael Frazier ( with the following information no later than August 31st, 2023: (1) Student Name and Affiliation, (2) IMECE2023 Paper #, and (3) Advisor Name.

This year, the Congress-Wide Symposium on NDE & SHM is pleased to introduce a new Student Poster Competition. The competition aims to recognize exceptional research conducted by students at all levels in the areas of nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring. The awardees will be selected by a panel of judges, based on the quality of the content, the design of the poster, and a brief presentation to the judges during a designated poster session. Up to three awards will be presented in the following amounts: USD$500 for first prize, USD$300 for second prize, and USD$200 for honorary mention.

To qualify for an award, a student must:

  • be enrolled as a student at least half-time (graduates are eligible if the work being presented was performed as a student within one year of the meeting)
  • be listed as the first author on the submitted abstract
  • defend the poster at a special student poster session, which will be open to all attendees


The ASME Fluids Engineering Division (FED) Graduate Student Scholar Committee (GSSC) constitutes one of the recognition and honor arms of the Division. Every year, the Committee announces the FED Graduate Scholarship Program and receives many applications from growing pools of applicants. The award certificate recognizes each student’s technical accomplishments in the field of fluids engineering and provides a scholarship bestowed to the scholarship winners, allowing them to actively participate in the upcoming FEDSM to present their papers. The students are further assigned to one of the six FED Technical Committees (TCs) for one year to benefit from the young professional program that the FED has created for the graduate student scholars and young engineers, including professional mentorship, help with preparing their award winning papers for submission to ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering (JFE), engagement in a variety of responsibilities within the FED such as reviewer roles, chairing sessions, and organizing symposia, and student ambassador duties to be carried out at their home institution. Scholars that successfully complete their GSS assignment are invited to participate in the next conference as a Graduate Returning Scholar (GRS).

One GSSC topic is associated with each FED Technical Committee (TC) including:

  • Fluid Applications and Systems Technical Committee (FASTC),
  • Fluid Measurement and Instrumentation Technical Committee (FMITC),
  • Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee (FMTC),
  • Multiphase Flow Technical Committee (MFTC),
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee (CFDTC)
  • Micro- and Nano-Scale Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee (MNFDTC).

To compete to be selected as a 2023 GSS please submit your paper to the GSS topic associated with the technical track that covers the content of your paper.

After your abstract is approved you will submit your technical paper with the scholar applicant as the first author. All papers submitted to this topic area will be reviewed and one will be selected as the graduate student scholar for the technical committee.

All papers accepted in this topic area will be placed in the appropriate topic area of this track for presentation at IMECE2023.

Ivaylo Nedyalkov,
Soroor Karimi,
Judith A. Bamberger,

The ASME Fluids Engineering Division (FED) sponsors the Young Engineer Paper (YEP) Contest. To be eligible for this contest, entries may be received by undergraduate students, recent baccalaureate engineers (i.e., graduation after April 2022), and beginning graduate students (i.e. start of graduate studies after April 2022). Joint authorship with other students or the student’s faculty advisor is acceptable. The advisors, however, must provide a statement confirming that the work reported in the paper is solely that of the student (and eligible student co-authors collaborating), and that the paper is strictly drafted by the students (presenting author is first author on the paper).

Contest participants should submit an abstract (maximum of 400 words) describing their research paper, which should have its major focus on a fluids engineering topic. This paper could be the result of a project completed either at a university or in industry. Based on the abstract, contestants will be invited to submit a full-length (approximately 6,000-word) paper following ASME publication guidelines. These papers will be formally reviewed by the FED Young Engineer Paper Contest Committee, according to criteria including technical merit, paper quality, and adherence to YEP Contest entry requirements. The authors of up to five of the best papers will be selected as finalists. Based on the recommendations of the reviewing committee, selected finalists will have an opportunity to revise their papers prior to final submission; however, finalist selection will be based on the original full paper submission. The revised finalized papers, incorporating reviewers’ comments and recommendations, will then be published in the conference proceedings after the papers have been presented at the conference.

Authors of papers selected as finalists are invited to present their papers at a special session held at IMECE 2023 where final judging and selection will be made for the following awards: First Place: $500, Second Place: $300, Third Place: $200, and Honorable Mentions: $100 for being selected as a finalist and presenting their paper. In addition, conference registration will be waived for ONE presenting author for each finalist paper, and travel expenses up to $750 will be provided to the presenting author to help defray costs of attending IMECE 2023 in-person. All finalist papers will receive certificates acknowledging the First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mention award winners.

The MEMS Division along with the Micro- and Nano-Systems Engineering & Packaging Track is sponsoring a student paper competition for 9 total paper awards each with $350 towards registration fee.

  • "Best Paper" – 3 Awards (no order)
  • "Innovative Paper" – 3 Awards (no order)
  • "Global Impact Paper" – 3 Awards (no order)

The winners will be announced and presented to the first author of the winning papers at the MEMS Division reception at IMECE (Time to be announced in the final program). The winner will receive an acknowledgment certificate and a monetary award. For a paper to be eligible for this award, it must be written solely or primarily by a student. The first author should be a student. The evaluation will be completely based on the accepted full manuscript. The paper must also be presented at the Track 13 Micro-and Nano- Systems Engineering & Packaging at IMECE. All eligible papers that are submitted to the Track will be considered for the competition.

Uttam Chakravarty,
Annie Xian Zhang,

Students and graduates are invited to present and/or compete with their posters based on work from NSF-funded research. This forum provides the students an opportunity to disseminate their research to their junior, peer, senior, and experts-in-the-field colleagues. IMECE provides the unique environment for students to interact with fellow researchers from single-focus, multidisciplinary, and/or international backgrounds. The track is divided into the topics of (1) NSF-funded research grants/programs and (2) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).

16-1 Poster Session: NSF-funded Research (Grad & Undergrad)
16-2 Poster Session: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

(Select NSF Poster Presentation as your submission type. Do not submit to any other topics than what is listed above. We will not re-assign your submissions at the 11th hour.)

Both topics will be held simultaneous at the same venue to encourage networking and sharing of information by the participants. Awards will be presented to recognize and rank the outstanding posters and presenters. Judging of the posters will be made on-site. The Track Organizers will provide additional information after abstract acceptance, including poster format and the availability of limited travel grants.

Schedule: TBA

Competition Qualifications
All NSF-funded research and REU students are welcomed to present their posters at Track 16, with additional requirements for those wishing to be included in the competition. Qualifications for the competition include lead author, who must also be the presenting author, must be a currently registered student (undergraduate or graduate level) or has recently graduated (within 1 year from graduation date). Work must be primarily based on efforts from the past 2 years and majority funding source sponsored by NSF (such as research, educational, fellowship, or SBIR/STTR program). If there is travel grant award money available, then authors will be provided the information associated with competition entry and limited travel award application for supplementing travel costs in early July.

Forms and Information: After abstract acceptance, the competition General Information Packet, supplemental travel grant application form, templates for posters, and all relevant forms and templates will be available for download.

Judging: If you are interested to serve as a judge (no students allowed) for the poster session, please contact the Track Organizers at and provide your name, email address, and work affiliation.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission: June 23
Abstract Acceptance Notification: July 10
Poster Registration and Submission of electronic posters and supplemental Travel Grant Application (TGA):
• August 3: If presenting another submission in the regular technical program
• August 21: If only presenting in the NSF Poster Track
Supplemental Travel Grant Selectee (TGS) Notification: September 7

The IMECE Undergraduate Research and Design Exposition is a poster forum that provides undergraduate mechanical engineering students with a professional and technical forum for presenting their research, design project, and other engineering solutions and endeavors. IMECE provides the unique environment for students to interact with fellow researchers from single-focus, multidisciplinary, and/or international backgrounds. Interested students should submit an abstract by September 8th. Posters will be judged based on the submitted poster and video. ASME is sponsoring monetary awards for first, second and third place.

Abstract Requirements: Abstracts should be submitted using the IMECE webtool. Login as an "Author/Organizer" and then click the button to submit an abstract. You must submit your abstract to the "Undergraduate Research and Design Expo Student Poster Competition" track. The abstract should be 400-600 words long and should include the following elements: An introduction that provides the motivation and purpose of the research. The contribution of the work toward advancing science and/or engineering. The methodology used (e.g., experimental techniques, analytical, computational, etc.). Preliminary results and conclusions. A minimum of one student author per poster must register after the abstract is accepted. The student registrant will be provided access to the conference. Please note that this is a POSTER PRESENTATION competition, only. A paper is not required, nor will it be accepted or will it be an option.

Sunday, October 29, 2023
Mardi Gras Float Guidelines
Theme: School Spirit and Mechanical Engineering

For ASME IMECE 2023 in New Orleans (Oct. 29 through Nov. 3), on Sunday, Oct. 29th starting at 10:00 am CST students can showcase a Mardi Gras-like float to demonstrate their school spirit along with how it relates to Mechanical Engineering. A competition as to the best design along with the ability to throw a provided set of beads exactly 20 feet will occur. This will be a team competition requiring at least 4 students and a maximum of 10 students per float.


  • Registration for float design: Sept. 1, 2023
  • Finished float picture upload to Discord site: Oct. 15, 2023

Contest Timing:

  • Unloading: 8am CST to 9am CST
  • Setup: 9am to 12pm CST
  • Contest: 1pm CST to 3pm CST
  • Judging Discussion: 3pm to 4pm CST
  • Awards and Tear Down: 4pm CST


  • $200 for each school entry; $50 additional for each student more than a team of 4.
    • Multiple entries per school are allowed
  • Upon registration, the school logo will be displayed on the IMECE 2023 webpage under a specific heading
  • A mechanical device must be incorporated to throw a single set of Mardi Gras beads exactly 20 feet measured from the front of the float; the Mardi Gras beads will be provided by ASME staff
  • 1st place receives $1000, 2nd place receives $500, and 3rd place receives $250
  • The top 3 floats will be left at IMECE for showcasing in the Exhibit Hall during the conference until Wednesday, November 1st


  • All floats must be decorated to comply with the official parade theme
  • The winning floats must have multiple dimensions with unique decorations
  • Safety is paramount; safety glasses are required when the mechanical device is in operation, or the float is under construction
  • The mechanical device must operate without power; e.g., use of a spring or catapult would be acceptable
  • Contestants will get three tries for the beads to travel 20 feet (air + ground distance)
  • Business names and advertisements are not allowed; obviously, school/university names are allowed
  • The maximum height can be no more than 4 feet tall
  • The maximum width and length are 4 feet by 6 feet
  • The float should be able to be rolled or carried into place and it must be locked and secure when people are standing on it
  • All standing areas must have secure solid walls or railings
  • Only LED/LCD lighting is allowed; static props are also allowed
  • No open flames are allowed as part of the design
  • Transportation of the floats to and from the venue are the responsibility of the contestants
  • Teams must assemble and disassemble the floats on site without help from ASME staff
  • A judging rubric will be developed and uploaded to the ASME IMECE website


  • A Discord channel has been set up to handle questions related to this contest.

To Participate:

Details: Annually, SERAD hosts a challenge to undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers on Safety Engineering, Risk, and Reliability Analysis topics. The papers are peer reviewed by experts in these areas. The top two winning papers in each the undergraduate and graduate groups will be presented in a special SERAD session and honored at a SERAD awards banquet during the conference. Recognitions also include cash honorariums for first place winning authors, and reimbursement with a limit for conference related expense (travel, registration) for all students presenting paper at the special session.

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