As part of a busy fall schedule, the ASME Student Section hosted the 1996 Regional Student Leadership Seminar in late October, attracting 88 attendees from throughout Region 6, which includes Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky as well as Wisconsin.
Chapter President Todd Kearney said that highlights of the program included the keynote speech by Don Kiefer of Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company, who spoke about leadership and Harley's history; Andersen Consulting's seminar on leadership skills, a tour of Trek Bicycle's plant in Waterloo; open discussion sessions for students to meet and discuss common student section problems; and tours of the UW Engineering campus.
Kearney said that the UW-Madison chapter has 215 members, a membership that allows them to be involved in a long list of activities. For example, in the fall semester, they toured Nicolet Instrument Corporation in Madison. The chapter held High School Day in December, bringing about 50 juniors and seniors to campus for tours, short seminars on computer assisted design and using the Internet, and a chance to meet engineering students and learn about college life.
In the spring, ASME students plan to attend their Regional Student Conference to compete in the ASME National Student Design Competition as well as the Old Guard Oral Presentation and Poster Competitions. They also plan to enter a robot in the UW Engineering Expo Robot Triathlon.
The local student chapter meets bi-weekly and always has a faculty or industry speaker. Fall semester speakers included Professor Wayne D. Milestone who spoke on hybrid electric vehicles, Julie Johns for a resume workshop, a Kohler representative who talked about co-ops, a Honda rep for tools in engineering, a Northstar rep on financial planning, and Professor Sanford A. Klein on solar heating and refrigeration systems. Jay Samuel is the faculty advisor of the ASME student chapter.
We have nine student professional society chapters in the Mechanical Engineering Department. More on these activities in future
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