The ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition

Jake Newberger earned his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. In addition to maintaining a position on the dean’s list, Jacob Newberger participated in several extracurricular activities, including membership in the Penn State and International Student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

In existence since 1880, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) promotes the development and shared research regarding multiple aspects of engineering, as well as public concern. The ASME maintains several institutes and geographical locations dedicated to research and members, and hosts several events and competitions each year, including the ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition.

The ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition provides both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to display their abilities in fields such as practicality, creativity, and integrity of analysis and design methodology. These talents are shown through the creation of a prototype and final report, which are presented to a panel of judges whose expertise in mechanism design spans both academic and industrial settings.

Individual or group participants must create a mechanism, defined as a device that performs a mechanical task through a force or motion. Size, construction, and activation requirements of these devices remain relatively flexible. In addition, participants may also create robots, which also fall under their own definitions and stricter requirements for functionality.

In the past, awards for competition winners included software, as well as cash prizes ranging from $100-$400.

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