Industry Leaders, Technical Researchers and Future Engineers Gather online Nov. 16-19 for ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition

Program highlights include cutting-edge research presentations, thought leader keynotes, student competitions, and annual awards event

What: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) hosts its annual International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), the largest interdisciplinary mechanical engineering conference in the world, online Nov. 16-19. IMECE plays a significant role in stimulating innovation from basic discovery to translational application and fosters new engineering collaborations. This year’s program includes more than 2,300 total presentations and offers hundreds of technical sessions across 17 technical tracks during the week. Special events include technical sessions on how mechanical engineers can help the medical community and educators address the COVID-19 pandemic, the student oral presentation and poster competitions, and an annual awards event that includes a tribute to the careers of outstanding engineering leaders, along with other special award recognitions, networking and entertainment.

Who:  Engineering professionals from a variety of disciplines and a range of industrial sectors, including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, advanced energy, applied mechanics, bioengineering, design engineering, energy production, conservation and recovery, environmental engineering, fluids engineering, heat transfer, materials, nanotechnology, and rail transportation, have registered to attend IMECE virtually from all over the world. Presenters include academic, research and industry leaders. Exhibitors and sponsors include universities, publishers, and businesses from a variety of industries.  

The annual awards gala will be hosted by ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile and President Bryan Erler, and features special guest master of ceremonies Roy Firestone, a seven-time Emmy Award winner and ESPN host, as well as musical performances by Jeffrey Li of “America’s Got Talent” and YouTube sensation Allie Sherlock.  

Keynote speakers include:

  • Emily A. Carter, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor and provost, distinguished professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, UCLA
  • Dragos Maciuca, Ph.D., executive technical director, Ford’s Research and Innovation Center
  • James J. Truchard, Ph.D., founder and former CEO, NI (formerly National Instruments), and ASME 2020 Richard J. Goldstein Energy Lecture Award Recipient

Where:           online/virtual; Journalists on assignment to cover any part of the event can contact for login information.

When: Monday through Thursday, Nov. 16-19

Program highlights include:

Keynote presentations

  • Monday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.–noon EST
    Opening Keynote Session with Emily A. Carter, Ph.D., UCLA, “Insights into Sustainable Energy Materials Optimization from First Principles”

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-noon EST
    Keynote Lecture by Dragos Maciuca, Ph.D. , Ford’s Research and Innovation Center , on “ Opportunities & Challenges for Mechanical Engineering in Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence

  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-noon EST
    Closing Keynote by James J. Truchard, Ph.D. , ASME 2020 Richard J. Goldstein Energy Lecture Award Recipient , entitled “A Future for Energy

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