Old Guard Competitions
The oral presentations allows students to showcase their technical presentation skills. The poster competition demonstrates their ability to visually convey technical information.
Oral Presentation Competition:
Like all professionals, engineers must possess a well-developed ability to synthesize issues and communicate effectively to diverse audiences. This competition is designed to emphasize the value of an ability to deliver clear, concise and effective oral presentations, particularly pertaining to some sphere in which an engineer is or should be involved.
Each student presentation lasts fifteen minutes and is followed by a five minute “Question and Answer” (Q&A) period. Two finalists from each E-Fest event are invited to compete at the Society level at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition.
Each presentation in the Oral Presentation Competition must be delivered in English. The subject matter of each presentation must address a technical, economic or environmental aspect of engineering or other basic engineering theme, provided it pertains to some sphere in which an engineer is or should be involved. A major portion of a contestant’s total score is based on the judges’ evaluation of his/her relative capability to communicate orally, including evidence of a talent to respond effectively during the Q&A period.
Technical Poster Competition:
Engineers, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate. This poster competition is designed to emphasize the ability to deliver a visual presentation. Subject matter is to be related to some area in the field of mechanical engineering.
To be eligible to participate, a competitor must be a Student Member of ASME who satisfies the criteria established for the Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition. Students entering the Old Guard Technical Poster Competition may not enter the Old Guard Oral Competition at the same E-Fest.
Failure to abide by the following rules will disqualify the poster.
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- Each poster may be no larger than 48 inches (122 cm) by 36 inches (91.4 cm) unfolded. Posters may be assembled using A4, A5 or 8½" by 11" paper panels.
- The poster must be able to stand free on a supporting table by means of one or more vertically hinged joints separating the poster into multiple panels, or by physical supports attached to the back of the poster that are not visible from the front of the poster.
- Except for fasteners (such as thumbtacks) all poster material must be flush with the board, not protruding more than 1/8 inch (3.2 mm).
- There may be no mechanical or electrical devices attached to the poster.
- There may be no materials placed in front of, above, below, or to the side of the poster.
- All material must be accessible without having to lift or turn a page.
- Each entry may have only one author printed on the poster. However, ethical policies require credit (acknowledgements) to be given on the poster for any assistance by other students or advisors.
- The name and affiliation of the author must be in a prominent place on the Poster.