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ASME. & STUDENTS. Global. It’s Big. We are here. About ASME. COMMUNITY 100,000 members, 20,000 student members 220 sections, 480 + student sections worldwide KNOWLEDGE More than 600 Codes and Standards in use One of the world’s largest technical publishers

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about asme
About ASME


  • 100,000 members, 20,000 student members
  • 220 sections, 480 + student sections worldwide


  • More than 600 Codes and Standards in use
  • One of the world’s largest technical publishers
  • Quality technical conferences and professional development programs


  • A recognized technical reputation around the world
  • Advice to federal and state governments on technology-related public policies
  • Promoting the accomplishments of engineers and the engineering profession
  • Enables You ....
    • Professional
    • Higher Purpose
    • Diversity, world wide
    • To pursue your interests
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Session Goals and Outline

Leadership, ASME and Your Roles

Recruiting Volunteers

Effective Meetings

Succession Planning

Principles of Unit Leadership
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Principles of Unit Leadership

Leadership Cycle





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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • Function/History of the Society
    • In the Beginning or Adam Smith Revisited
    • And Now

The ASME Mission Statement:

To promote and enhance the technical competency and professional well-being of our members,

and through quality programs and activities in mechanical engineering,

better enable its practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind.

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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • One Size Does not Fit All
    • Unit Function
    • Geography - Membership
    • Industries
    • Student Sections
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • Your Role - Lead the Unit Membership
    • Drive the Agenda
      • Understand Your Roles and Responsibilities
      • Understand Your Assets
      • Understand Your Deadlines
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • Your Responsibilities
    • Lead (Who, What, Where, When, and Why)
    • The Unit Operating Roles – Four Primary Jobs/Functions
      • Supreme Leader, Grand Poobah, The Big Cheese
      • Money Bags
      • Recorder
      • Worker Bees
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • Your Assets
    • ASME Leaders
    • ASME Staff
    • ASME Body of Knowledge
    • Industry
    • Universities
    • Internet
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Principles of Unit Leadership

Volunteers - Your Greatest Resource and Challenge

  • The Bad News - You’ve Got Competition
    • School/Work
    • Family
    • Hobbies
    • 475 Channels on TV
    • Other Societies
    • Alumni Associations
    • Organized Religious Activities
  • The Good News – Others Have Volunteered
  • Group Exercise – What Volunteers Need
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • What Volunteers Need: A White Paper by the Volunteer and Retention Task Force

1.Specific Manageable Task

2. Task Matches Interests

3. Good Reason

4. Written Instructions

5. Reasonable Deadlines

6. Freedom -When and Where

7. Everything Necessary Up


  • Adequate Training
  • Safe Comfortable Working Environment
  • Follow-Up by Leaders
  • Post Task Feedback
  • Appreciation
  • Useful Skill Development
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • How Do You Get Volunteers
    • The Simple Answer – Ask for Them
    • Variety of Approaches
      • Broadcast
      • The Personal Touch
        • Know the “Volunteer”
        • Be Someone they will Volunteer FOR
        • Time the Approach
        • Get Them a Mentor/Coach
    • Individual Mental Exercise
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Principles of Unit Leadership

Group Exercise - Meetings

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Principles of Unit Leadership

Successful Meetings Have:


  • Preparation
  • Understand the Purpose
  • Stay Focused
  • Be Efficient
  • Assignments
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • Dealing with Derailments
    • Work to Prevent in the first Place
    • Keep it Professional
    • Agendas are Your Friend
    • Take it Off Line
    • Table the Discussion
    • Use Physical Presence
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • Succession Planning
    • Who, What, Where, When, and Why?
      • Sharp Volunteers
      • Train Them to Take Over
      • Unit Functions and Prep Work
      • Start Yesterday
      • For the Good of the Society
    • Individual Mental Exercise
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • Resources
    • Volunteer White Paper
    • ASME Career Development Series
    • Member Recruitment
    • 2006 LTC Presentation by Roberta Gorman ASME Unit Resources
    • Volt Academy
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • Acknowledgements
    • Scot MacEwan
    • Bill Robbins/Lynden Davis
    • Marian Heller/Burt Dicht
    • Ken Gentili and Paul Biba
    • ASME Body of Knowledge
    • Scott Adams/United Media Reprints
    • Mary-Grace Hickman/Denny Delafield
    • Bechtel
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Principles of Unit Leadership
  • Closing
    • ASME – A Noble Organization with Great Members
    • Understand and Recruit Volunteers
    • Run Great Meetings
    • Start Yesterday on Succession
    • Assignments
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About ASME




  • Student Section Activities
  • Networking and Leadership
  • Financial Aid
  • Career Assistance
  • Technical Knowledge
  • How to Join ASME
student section activities
Student Section Activities
  • Make a difference
  • Learn about the profession from practicing engineers
  • Visit engineering plants and factories
  • Meet students and engineers from other schools and places
  • Enjoy social activities (e.g sports, picnics, fundraising)
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Student Section Activities
  • Make a difference!
    • Engineers Without Borders
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • K –12 School visits
    • FIRST Robotics
networking and leadership opportunities
Networking and Leadership Opportunities
  • Student conferences
  • ASME technical conferences and meetings
  • Local student and professional section events
  • Leadership opportunities at the section, district and international levels of ASME
asme congress 2007
ASME Congress 2007

Seattle, WA November 9 – 15, 2007

  • Innovation Showcase – Friday
  • Invention to Venture Workshop – Saturday
  • Old Guard Oral Competition Finals - Saturday
  • Student Design Contest Finals - Sunday
  • Early Career Engineers Forum – Sunday
  • Student Design Competition Reception - Sun
  • Early Career Development Series - Monday

conferences contests and competitions
Conferences, Contests and Competitions
  • Student Professional Development Conferences (April and May)
    • Student competitions
    • Professional development workshops on transition to engineering practice

  • Local, regional and international level contests and competitions.
  • Listing at
financial aid
Financial Aid
  • Over $500,000 annually in scholarships and loans to ASME student members.
  • ASME Student Loans
  • ASME Auxiliary Student Loans
  • ASME Scholarships

career assistance
Career Assistance
  • Professional Practice Curriculum (PPC)
  • E-mentoring
  • Internships and Co-ops
  • Online Jobs Database
  • Resume posting service
  • ASME Job Coach
  • Online communities of practice for career & technical questions

e mentoring
  • Over 200 pair of e-mentors and mentees.
  • More mentors waiting for you to sign up.
  • Visit to choose a mentor.
internships and co ops
Internships and Co-ops
  • Lists of companies, with direct links to each company website.

  • Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE):


Technical Knowledge

  • Developing And Enhancing Technical Skills:
    • Continuing Education Institute – 200+ short courses
    • Certification – FE and PE exam preparation & Engineering Management Certification
    • Technical Conferences
    • Technical Division Membership
free publications
Free Publications
  • Mechanical Engineering Magazine
  • Mechanical Advantage/ME Today Newsletters, e-mailed 4 times a year
  • ASME E-library – 75 interactive technical titles
find it online www asme org
Find it Online!
  • Student Center:
  • Career center with links to ASME Job Coach, job board, and salary information
  • Internships & Co-ops
  • All publications and e-zines
  • Loans, scholarships and fellowships
  • Free E-mail alias
  • Communities of practice:
why join asme
Why Join ASME?
  • Make a difference!
  • Network with students and working engineers
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Apply your engineering skills in contests and competitions
  • Enhance your job prospects and experiences

How do I join ASME?

  • Any student in curriculums leading to an engineering degree at a regionally accredited school.
  • Dues (10/1 thru 9/30):
    • Free for freshmen; then $25 per year
  • Applications: Student Section Advisor or ME office
  • Apply online or download application:
  • Call (800) 843-2763 (THE-ASME)
thank you
Thank you!
  • If you have any questions, please call any of the staff or volunteers listed on the resource guide or your “Ideas and People” handout.
diversity action grants

Diversity Action Grants

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Diversity Action Grants
  • Given to sections to help promote the inclusion of women and other underrepresented minorities in ASME Student Sections and mechanical engineering
  • Inspire K-12 students in STEM
  • Collaboration with international partners
  • Assist minority or women owned business
  • Amounts range from $500 to $1500
  • Deadline – November 1st
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Diversity Action Grants
  • Cost sharing, method of measuring success
  • Funds must be used by end of school year
  • A final report about the project is required by June 1st of the academic year in which the grant was awarded
  • Questions? At ASME Contact Marina Stenos [email protected]