Spring Kickoff Meeting 

The first meeting of the school year will be on February 4 in Duke Centennial Hall, room 345.   We will be joined by Nahir Habet, MS, Orthopedic Research Engineer at Carolina Health Care Systems.   Nahir graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering science in 2008. Nahir is also an alumnus of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, who will be co-sponsoring the event. Theta Tau is a co-ed organization dedicated to helping engineering students develop themselves professionally and socially while cultivating leadership skills  Refreshments will be provided.  ASME membership is not required to attend these events, but there is a nominal three  dollar fee to cover the cost of providing refreshments.  Please register by following this Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asme-meeting-orthopaedic-research-engineering-tickets-15556891080) link.  Registration deadline is February 2nd!SCHOLARSHIPS ASME offers almost $200,000 dollars in scholarships each year, as well as low cost student loans and graduate teaching fellowships.  Applying is easy, just fill out one application and you will automatically be considered for any scholarship you are qualified to receive.  All student members of ASME in good standing are qualified to apply.  Not a current member?  Click here to join or renew your membership.  Applications are open through March 1, 2015, so don’t wait! Scholarship Application (http://Applications are open through March 1, 2015, so don’t wait! https://www.asme.org/career-education/scholarships-and-grants/scholarship/asme-scholarships-how-to-apply)


Career Development Conference To celebrate National Engineers Week ASME is hosting a Career Development Conference in partnership with Theta Tau on Saturday, Feb 21st.  This one day conference will give aspiring engineers the opportunity to learn from practicing engineers about how to set and achieve career goals.  Presenters and panelists will include project managers, consultants, and manufacturing engineers from companies both large and small.   A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  There is no cost to attend this event for ASME student members in good standing.  Register now by clicking here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asme-career-development-conference-tickets-15557090677). Siemens Design Competition National Engineers Week is a great time for engineers.  It brings positive attention to our (future!) contributions to society and celebrates all our hard work, but it’s also full of fun events like the Siemens Engineers Week Design Competition.  ASME is looking for student representatives to compete in this event, hosted at Siemens on Friday February 27 from 10:45 am to 4 pm.  There will be a competition, panel discussion, and tour of the manufacturing facility.  There is no cost associated with this event, but space is very limited.  Contact ablum@uncc.edu (mailto:ablum@uncc.edu?subject=Siemens%20Design%20Competition)  for details. Siemens Tour ASME will be offering another opportunity to tour the Siemens manufacturing facility in south Charlotte this spring on Thursday, February 19th.  The Charlotte campus manufactures gas turbines, steam turbines, and generators; the gas turbine facility alone is 460,000 square feet in size!  This event is free of charge to ASME student members.  Space is limited, so register by clicking the Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/siemens-energy-inc-tour-thursday-february-19th-tickets-15278384058) link ASAP.  Carpooling is available – contact ablum@uncc.edu (mailto:ablum@uncc.edu?subject=Siemens%20Tour) for details. Trimech Solidworks Seminar Tired of only knowing Creo?  Want to learn how to use Solidworks and see if it really is so much easier to use?  Come to the Trimech Solidworks Fundamentals Seminar on February 12 at 6:00 p.m.  This seminar is hosted by Trimech’s Ryan Zech, Solidworks Certified Expert.   There is no cost to attend this event for ASME student members in good standing.  Register now by clicking here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trimech-solidworks-seminar-tickets-15556691483).  NEED MORE HELP? Visit our OrgSyn, where you can ask questions and find answers.

Alexander Blum


2014-2015 Student Group Officers 

Chair, Alexander Blum:

After Co-Founding the ASME student Group at Central Piedmont Community College Alexander transferred to UNC Charlotte as a sophomore in the Mechanical Engineering department. He has completed internships at Andritz Hydro and Siemens Energy and hopes to use the experience gained to make a meaningful impact in the energy field. Alexander is also the 2014 recipient of the ASME Foundation Scholar scholarship.

Vice Chair, Jonathan Bridges:

Now a junior, Jonathan first came to UNCC as a Mechanical Engineering major during his sophomore year of college after transferring from Wingate University in 2012. He is an integral member of the ASME the Human Powered Vehicle Team, which competed in the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Competition last year for the first time, presenting and racing a vehicle they built from the ground up. Jon also serves as Vice-Chair of the UNCC chapter of ASME.

Treasurer, Zachary Geiser:

Zach transferred to UNCC from a nationally ranked Early College in North Carolina and is now a second year mechanical engineering student at UNCC.  He developed his financial management and entreprenurial skills in high school when he started a small business selling t-shirts to class mates and friends. Zach is a valuable addition to UNCC’s ASME Group, he  intends to use the skills he learned from the logistics of running his own business to help UNCC’s ASME student chapter grow and manage its resources wisely.

Secretary, Jim Carroll:

Born in the United States but raised in Ecuador, Jim joined the United States Marines in 2003 after graduating high school. He continues that career to this day as a reservist, as well as attending UNCC as a junior in the Mechanical Engineering department. Jim is also active with the Human Powered Vehicle Team and a proud new father, his time management skills are an inspiration to everyone around him.

2013 – 2014 HPV Project





We all know about internal combustion powered vehicles that run off of gasoline, diesel fuels, electric and natural fueled vehicles but what about human powered vehicles? ASME has a Student involved program that teaches design, concept, builds and compete for those who are driven by innovation. Here’s the concept on the competition.


Human-powered transport is often the only type available in underdeveloped or inaccessible parts of the world, and if well designed, can be an increasingly viable form of sustainable transportation.

The HPVC provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. Students work in teams to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.

All participants must be enrolled as full-time students in an engineering program of study. Any student who was enrolled in an engineering program during the previous semester or quarter, but graduated no earlier than six months prior to the competition date, is eligible to participate.

The first stage of the competition involves the preparation of a comprehensive design report. The second part includes a demonstration of a technical innovation included in the design, a speed event (either 100 meter flying start time trial or head-to-head drag race) and a 2.5 hour endurance race held over the course of a weekend.

The Senior Group of Piedmont-Carolina supported financially and guidance in process tracking during the build of the HPV at UNCC over the past year. They were driven by several students who transferred from CPCC where those same students competed while attending CPCC. Here’s their report.

The 2014 Human Powered Vehicle Team represented University of North Carolina Charlotte for the first time since 2008 in the ASME sponsored competition hosted in Orlando, Florida.  The team finished out the season with a placement of 15th at competition. The mechanical engineering students that worked on the design and manufacture of the vehicle gained experience in areas such as steering systems, aerodynamic design, CAD modeling and evaluation, frame construction, and budget management.  In the category on innovation an automatic shifting and data logging system wowed the judges and received an honorable mention.  Looking forward, the team is beginning preparation for the 2015 season with six core members working under Mark Ortiz and Dr. Karen Thorsett-Hill.