A Celebration of Engineering at E-Fest West

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The clock is ticking to ASME’s E-Fest West, which will be held from March 23 to 25 at Fairplex in Pomona, California. Engineering is turning complex with the merger of multidisciplinary skills, and the three-day event will be a platform where students get timely takeaways through talks from industry experts and workshops. The event will also be a stage where attendees can put engineering ideas to work.
 
The headliner event will be a panel discussion where some of Disney’s top minds will share secrets on how they bring magic to the movies, theme parks, games and augmented reality experiences. Executives from Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) will talk about how they brainstorm ideas, tell stories, and develop interactive experiences associated with brands that also include Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars. The speakers include Kathy de Paolo, vice president of engineering at DCPI’s technology business, Nikki Katz, vice president of technology at DCPI, and Mike Goslin, vice president of advanced development at DCPI’s technology business. The panelists will mix in valuable career advice into details about several cool projects they have worked on.
 
New engineering concepts are constantly being explored, and sometimes it helps to go back to the basics. That’s the charm of E-Fest’s HPVC (human powered vehicle competition), which serves as a good throwback in a world where vehicles are getting highly electrified. Attendees get their hands dirty by engineering human powered vehicle concepts, which meets a goal of developing sustainable transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Enthusiastic students think outside the box and come up with new designs, all while having fun.
 
Some great career advice will be on hand at the show. Experts will talk about transitioning from college into successful careers, and also ways to build appealing resumes. The goal is to arm students with the skills to prepare for the real world.
 
Engineering can be cool, and that’s what ASME is out to show with E-Fest West. The show follows the successful E-Fest held this month in India. The next E-Fest East will be held from April 13 to 15 at Penn State University at University Park, Pennsylvania.
 
Agam Shah is associate editor at Mechanical Engineering magazine.
 
View the complete program for E-Fest West.