Successful ASME Student Professional Development Conferences are exciting events providing ASME student members valuable
professional development and networking opportunities, and bringing satisfaction and valuable leadership opportunities for all
involved in planning them. The conferences incorporate a number of elements: the student design competition; the Old Guard
Competitions; social and networking activities. Optional activities and events include impromptu design competitions, Early Career
Forums, Panel Discussions with members of industry, training opportunities for student and senior section leaders, and Graduate
Student Technical Conferences.
Among the benefits of hosting an SPDC -
Hundreds of the top mechanical engineering students will come to your campus. They are excellent candidates to recruit
for your graduate program. They may have sisters, brothers, and friends who might be interested in your undergraduate
or graduate programs.
You will have the opportunity to present information about your department and give tours of your department during the
You may showcase outstanding faculty members by having them speak at one of the meal functions or leading workshops
on topics related to the engineering profession.
You can network with the faculty who serve as student section advisors of visiting sections to present information about
your department and to arrange joint research projects.
Your student leaders will have an opportunity to develop valuable skills such as project management, grant-writing, and
public speaking as they conduct the logistics of the conference.
The SPDCs require the dedicated efforts and collaboration of an entire team of people. This section summarizes the primary
responsibilities of the various people involved in the planning and conduct of these conferences. Detailed descriptions of planning
subcommittees are found in Sub-Committee Responsibilities, and timelines and checklists are included in the Appendices.
How to Use this Guide
The information presented in this guide is not meant to supersede information, instructions or policies currently in use, rather to
serve as a complementary guide.
SPDC Host Guidelines: Introduction
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