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Networking Events

These networking sessions are available to all Turbo Expo virtual conference attendees. Register to attend these networking events to strengthen existing relationships, establish new ones, connect with key influencers and to socialize with like-minded individuals.

Women in Engineering Networking Event

Tuesday, June 8
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Eastern Time

Female registrants are invited to join their colleagues for a networking event that will feature a motivating talk by Heather M. Quedenfeld of National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Attendees will have the opportunity to network with women in the industry and learn about the career paths of some successful women in the industry.

Heather M. Quedenfeld

Heather M. Quedenfeld
Deputy Director, Technology Development Center
U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Biography: Heather Quedenfeld is employed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and serves as the Deputy Director for the laboratory's Technology Development Center. In this capacity Ms. Quedenfeld is responsible for implementation of the Nation's $5.0B portfolio of active energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects in support of the Office of Fossil Energy and other Department of Energy programs. With an emphasis on maturing technology from "early concept development to market-ready", under her leadership, teams of federal project managers work collaboratively with partners in academia, industry, small businesses, non-profit organizations and national laboratories to deliver federally sponsored energy technological innovations to the nation.

Ms. Quedenfeld has 30 years of federal service. She has diverse experience at laboratory, having worked in all technology program-related areas. She has held senior level positions, including her current role as Deputy Director for the Technology Development Center, and previous positions as Associate Director for Advanced Coal and Carbon Management research, Acting Chief of Staff for the Laboratory Director, Acting Lead for the Office of Science and Technology Career Management.

Ms. Quedenfeld holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University. She resides in the Washington, Pennsylvania area, just south of Pittsburgh, with her husband and three kids.

Natalie Smith

Session Chair
Natalie R. Smith, Ph.D.
Senior Research Engineer
Southwest Research Institute





Student Networking Opportunities

The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) has arranged for three virtual networking opportunities for students. This is an opportunity for students to reconnect with friends, make new friends, and build their professional network in a casual atmosphere. Students are encouraged to attend one or ALL of the following student mixer networking events:

The ASME IGTI Student Advisory Committee workshop is available to all Turbo Expo virtual conference attendees. Register to attend this highly informative workshop organized by the SAC. View the complete technical sessions program.

Join us for a roundtable and networking opportunity to learn about student memberships, benefits, the mentorship platform and our new! Stick around to get any of your questions answered!

Two opportunities: Monday, June 7th 11:30-12pm & Wednesday, June 9th 11:30-12pm.

Questions may be sent to


AMRGT 2021

NUMECA Lunch & Learn Session

Monday, June 7th 11:15 am EDT
Complimentary Registration – register here!

Our traditional Turbo Expo Lunch & Learn session goes virtual. Join us and be part of a major revolution in Turbomachinery design and analysis as we talk about the next generation of multiphysics simulation and optimization, with live demos.