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SPDC at Drexel University

April 25 - 27

student professional development conference

What is SPDC?

A brief overview of what we are planning at Drexel University.

ASME's Student Professional Development Conference provides students an opportunity to showcase their research and compete against fellow students in the surrounding district. Drexel ASME is also organizing an engineering fair along side the competitions on Saturday, in which multiple industry professionals will discuss how they excelled after graduation and what young professionals can do to succeed in the evolving world of engineering. The career fair will be on Saturday and will have up to twenty-five (25) companies in attendance with about four (4) industry speakers.

This three day conference brings together all students of District A to share knowledge, learn what fellow students/universities are researching, have the opportunity to talk with engineering industry companies and professionals, and explore the historic city of Philadelphia.

Planned Agenda & Speakers List

Competitions at SPDC

Present your effort in engineering for an attempt to compete internationally.

Old Guard Oral Presentation

Give a 15-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A for a chance to win $500 plus a trip to compete in the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition! Judges will be scoring based on the ability to deliver clearly and effectively. Grand-prize wins an additional $2000!
Official Rules | Competitor List

Old Guard 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. First place prize of $200 for each SPDC!
Official Rules | Competitor List

Old Guard Technical Web Page Competition

Prepare an autonomously operated website no bigger than 100MB and saved on a flash drive. Judges will score based on content and ability to portray the technical subject. First place prize of $200 for each SPDC!
Official Rules | Competitor List

Student Design Competition

The use of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) has proved to be very efficient. They not only save the pilot from being placed in harm's way but the expense is much lower. There are uses of UAV's that have been identified. Design a small UAV to carry a cargo through two gates, drop a payload, and return to the starting point.
Official Rules | Competitor List


We're constantly looking for open hotels near public transit.

You can access the Drexel discounts by visiting this link. More hotels will be added as details are gathered.

Drexel University

A little bit about Drexel University.

Drexel University, founded in 1891, is located in Philadelphia, PA. It offers over 70 full time undergraduate programs and over 100 graduate programs. It has over 25,000 students enrolled in 15 schools and colleges. It is well known for it's co-op program where students spend six months a year on an internship in their field of study. Most students follow a five year plan of study including a co-op in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year. Drexel's Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department is among the largest in the University with over 800 students and 30 faculty members. For more information visit the Drexel University and MEM Department websites.

Helpful Information

Here are some helpful resources to use during the event.

Address for Main Building: 3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia's Official Visitor and Travel Site

SEPTA operates a regional rail train that provides cheap transportation between Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. The "Airport Line" is an $8 train ride between the Philadelphia International Airport and 30th Street Train Station, just a short walk away from Drexel University's campus. There are buses and subway lines that provide quick and easy access to Drexel from anywhere within the city.

Drexel University maintains discounted rates through various travel services for guests of Drexel events. A list of discounted car rental services can be found here. If you are a member of ZipCar or Enterprise CarShare (PhillyCarShare), Philadelphia - especially Drexel's campus - has many locations and vehicles that may benefit you as you traverse the city over the weekend.

We also have a map of our campus, highlighting the important buildings for the event. You may also be interested in a student made app that includes searching by rooms and building floor plans. Get it on Android.


We hope everyone enjoyed themselves at SPDC. Here are the results!

Drexel's SPDC provided the opportunity for thirteen oral presentation competitors, twelve poster competitors, three web page competitors, and eighteen student design competition teams to prove their skills to be the best. After ten hours of straight competing, the scores were tallied and the results are in. Below you shall find the winners of each competition.

While the members below may have placed high, all competitors deserve recognition for their hard work. Thank you to everyone who attended and we wish good luck to those moving on to IMECE in November! You may view photos from the conference on our Facebook Album.

Old Guard Oral Presentation

  1. Joseph Kim, Yale University
  2. Alex Paolicelli, Union College
  3. Maggie Serra, Stevens Institute of Technology

Old Guard Technical Poster

  1. Harrison Bourikas, Union College
  2. Ashley Johnston, Union College
  3. Margaret McGuire, Northeastern

Old Guard Technical Web Page

  1. Syeda Zehra, Stevens Institute of Technology
  2. Charles DeLorenzo, Germanna Community College
  3. Jade Thompson, Germanna Community College

Student Design Competition

  1. Germanna Community College, Fighting Mongooses
  2. Baker College of Flint, Perseverance 3
  3. Drexel University, The Dragon
  4. The College of New Jersey, Flying Lions

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