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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


  • 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

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  • Enables You ....

    • Professional

    • Higher Purpose

    • Diversity, world wide

    • To pursue your interests

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Principles of Unit Leadership

Gary L. Hickman

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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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ASME Student Member Benefits

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About ASME




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  • Student Section Activities

  • Networking and Leadership

  • Financial Aid

  • Career Assistance

  • Technical Knowledge

  • How to Join ASME

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Financial Aid

  • Over $500,000 annually in scholarships and loans to ASME student members.

  • ASME Student Loans

  • ASME Auxiliary Student Loans

  • ASME Scholarships

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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

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  • Over 200 pair of e-mentors and mentees.

  • More mentors waiting for you to sign up.

  • Visit to choose a mentor.

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Internships and Co-ops

  • Lists of companies, with direct links to each company website.

  • Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE):

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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

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Free Publications

  • Mechanical Engineering Magazine

  • Mechanical Advantage/ME Today Newsletters, e-mailed 4 times a year

  • ASME E-library – 75 interactive technical titles


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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:

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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

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The Goal -What Can You Do To Stand Out In The Crowd?

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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)

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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.

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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