Newswise — A STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education program and a forum on advanced manufacturing – exploring the powerful impact of 3D printing on product design and fabrication – will be among the highlights of the 2013 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, which opens Nov. 15 in San Diego.

A student design competition will also take place at the global technology conference, which continues to Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

More than 2,600 engineers and scientists will convene at the 2013 Congress, the Society's largest technical conference, to discuss and demonstrate new tools, methodologies, and processes that are advancing engineering across global industries. In addition to manufacturing, topics include aerospace technology, dynamic systems, safety engineering, and transportation.

Reporters are invited to cover:

  • The Inspire Innovation Workshop, a STEM program bringing together engineers and teachers in grades 4-8 to consider the best instructional methods and practices for connecting the fundamentals of engineering design to the math and science curriculum. (Saturday, Nov. 16, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Reuben H. Fleet Science Center) * See attached flyer *
  • The 2013 ASME Student Design Competition, in which student teams representing 24 colleges and universities from around the world run small, remotely controlled vehicles through danger zones and around obstacles, competing for three cash prizes. (Sunday, Nov. 17, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.)
  • ASME Social Meet-up for Early-career Engineers, a networking event for engineers in the early stages of their careers. (Sunday, Nov. 17, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Impact Forum, including the keynote panel and a series of presentations which will explore the emerging field of additive manufacturing and the role of the 3D printer in producing a variety of products on demand. (Monday, Nov. 18, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Media representatives interested in covering the 2013 Congress are asked to R.S.V.P. to Deborah Wetzel at [email protected].

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