MEM Faculty Leads Philadelphia ASME Chapter to National Recognition

Jennifer Atchison
MEM Assistant Teaching Professor Jennifer Atchison is currently leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the ASME

The Philadelphia section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) received national recognition  for its innovative events and K-12 engagement. Held in conjunction with ASME Engineering Global Development, Engineering for Change, and Drexel’s student chapter of the ASME, ASME-Philadelpha held the Mini Impact Engineered panel event in February, centered on Clean Reliable Modern Energy.

Hosting representatives from local energy producers, startups, academia (including Drexel’s Dr. Jin Wen), and the development sector, the panel focused on how the Philadelphia region is working to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 in providing clean affordable energy for all. Prior to the panel discussion Drexel’s student ASME chapter and the student organization I am ME gave a workshop on Human Centered Design.

ASME-Philadelphia continued the conversation with a series of novel events, including guest talks addressing solutions for nuclear and offshore wind energy, as well as perspectives on the growth of electric vehicles (featuring Alex McBride BS ’17), given by experts from industry and academia, and a workshop on Human Centered Design held in conjunction with Drexel’s student ASME chapter and I am ME. Finally, the section provided a $500 grant, as well as judging support, for the Future City Philly competition, a hand-on engineering challenge which requires middle school students to present their vision of a city of the future.

Led by Jennifer Atchison, BS ’99, PhD ’12, Treasurer Dean Cave, MS ’87, Secretary Marcus Besser, PhD ’91, Outreach Director Arulselvi Selvaraja, BSME ’18, MS ’19, and Awards Committee Leader Brian George, the section was notified of the award in July and also was recognized with a Section Achievement Award.

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