Originally published May 30, 2013

Several mechanical engineering students from MSOE and Lübeck University of Applied Science (Lübeck, Germany) excelled at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) District C Student Professional Development Conference at South Dakota State University. Students who attended the conference were: John Cote ’13 and Sean Larsen ’14 from MSOE, and Lübeck students Maike Ketelhut ’13, Hendrik Michaelsen ’13, Ronny Sperlich ’16 and Mukunda Tamang ’13. MSOE has a study abroad agreement with Lübeck. Dr. Mohammad Mahinfalah, MSOE mechanical engineering professor, was the students’ advisor.

Congratulations to those students who received awards at the conference:

  • John Cote ’13 took first place in the competition and also was the best technical winner in the ASME Old Guard Oral Presentation. He won a cash prize and will be paid for his travel to compete at the international level in San Diego in November.
  • All students who attended the conference participated in an impromptu design competition and took first place.

Congratulations also to Bradley Meissner ’13 and Richard Oliphant ’13, both of MSOE, who took first and second place, respectively, in an ASME poster contest that was held outside of the conference.

Like all professionals, engineers must possess a well-developed ability to synthesize issues and communicate effectively to diverse audiences. Among the highlights of ASME’s Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC) program is the Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition. This competition is designed to emphasize the value of an ability to deliver clear, concise and effective oral presentations, particularly pertaining to some sphere in which an engineer is or should be involved.

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 158 countries. Thirty-thousand of these members are students.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 94% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.