ASME in the Community

community through several events.  Not only did ASME stay involved with established events from years past, such as volunteering at the food pantry and Trick or Treating for canned goods, but also started participating with a few new organizations as well, including the Henry Vilas Zoo and Young Scientists of America (YSA).

About four Fridays out of the semester a group of approximately eight ASMErs traveled out to the River Food Pantry on the east side of Madison.  Here the students got the rewarding feeling of helping those in need by serving a hot meal, passing out grocery items, and helping carry food out the cars.  This was an excellent way to start the weekend off with some good karma, all while helping a great cause.  A second event that ASME has been involved in the past is Trick or Treating for Canned Goods, which also benefits a food pantry.  A few days before Halloween two ASME groups split up and put fliers on houses west of campus.  The fliers stated that on Halloween ASME would be coming around and collecting cans for the food pantry.  This way the residents had time to prepare and go grocery shopping.  Then, on October 31st, fighting the rain and chilly conditions, ASME went back out to the previously fliered houses and gathered two car loads of food!  Together with a few other student organizations, a total of over 3,000 pounds of food went to the Second Harvest Food Pantry!

One of the newer events that ASME participated in was a 5K race held at Henry Vilas Zoo early in the semester. Here a few ASME members went down to the zoo early on a Sunday morning to help prep for the race.  Some even stayed later and passed out refreshments as the runners went along the course.  The second new, big organization that ASME got involved with is YSA.  This consisted of ASME traveling out west to Mt. Horeb middle school once a week to help middle schoolers with their science projects.  Many of the younger students have a build project that will be entered into a regional competition in the spring.  ASME’s duty was to assist the students with ideas and give them knowledge on projects such as: building mini helicopters, levers, robots, vehicles, and many other intense projects.  Good luck to all of the Mt. Horeb students!

Looking back at the fall semester, ASME was truly involved outside of the UW-Madison campus.  Thanks to all that have volunteered your time in the community!

-Jeff Albrecht ASME Outreach chair



UW-Madison SPDC: The Best of the Best

The UW-Madison ASME student chapter was one of 5 lucky schools to host the national Student Professional Development Conferences (SPDC) throughout the country.  A committee of 13 people was formed to take on this great challenge, and we prepared for over a year in anticipation for the event on March 28-30, 2014.  And….we pulled it off!  The official count saw 338 students, section advisors, company sponsors, and guest speakers all come together over the weekend to put on a great conference.  The theme of this conference that was emphasized was “innovation and outside the classroom learning” in order to bring students, faculty, and industry together.

Friday afternoon started out with registration at the DoubleTree and Hampton hotels where many of the guests stayed as attendees traveled from the Dakotas, Nebraska, Missouri, even Canada, and everywhere in between.  Friday afternoon also consisted of tours to the local companies, Epic and Wisconsin Brewery, which were a huge hit.  All attendees then gathered at the Lowell Center located on Lake Mendota for a great buffet dinner where Dean Robertson, the dean of the College of Engineering, welcomed everyone to Madison.  As dinner wrapped up, many students stuck around to compete in a quick impromptu design completion where mousetrap racecars were made.  To conclude the opening night there were social options to play volleyball at our recreational center or hit the town and partake in a bar crawl throughout the city.

Waking up bright and earlier to get Saturday started, a nice breakfast was serve in the Union South which severed as the home base for the conference all day Saturday.  From here, the action really picked up with many events starting to run in parallel throughout our engineering campus.  The competitions split off in order to prepare for the main events.  The design competition this year was to construct an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) and have it complete a predetermined obstacle course to receive as many points possible.  As this was being prepared for, the Old Guard Competitions (Webpage, Poster, and Oral) moved over to Engineering Hall to hear final instructions from the judges and start up their competitions.  Finally, in the morning there were two time slots of 4 different sessions to attend during each time period which related back to our innovation theme.  Speakers included company representatives, professors, and business leaders.  Topics included: solar cells, sterling engines, and 3D printing just to name a few.  Lunch came around very quickly where recent UW-Madison grad, Kristine Engel, gave a brief ASME update and how to stay involved in ASME after students graduate.  Once we departed from Union South, one of the main events, the design completion, started up in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID).  27 teams competed with many different designs, and in the end, we left the building standing.  It was a great event!  Also in the afternoon there was a graduate school tour for those interested in amazing UW-Madison labs and research centers, a career fair with about 10 companies for students interested in industry, and a few more sessions similar to the morning ones.  A very busy afternoon was then wrapped up with a great dinner in Union South were Professor Ghandi and Professor Osswald both gave mind-blowing updates in the research they were conducting.  Finally, awards were presented and the conference came to a close, but not before we watched the badgers basketball team dance their way into the Final Four!  ASME took on this great challenge of putting on the SPDC, and looking back, it was well worth all the time and effort for such a rewarding weekend.


Jake Sindberg

Conference Director

ASME Loves Trivia!


This semester the underclassmen of ASME met up for a fun
night of trivia. We attended the weekly Monday night trivia at the Sett in
Union South on the 10th of March. A few of the upperclassmen couldn’t
keep away and joined us for this event. Overall, the night went awesome. We
started with delicious pizza from Urban Slice. The food planner (aka: me) was
so excited about the pizza that she forgot to buy soda for everyone; as a result
the attendees had to struggle through with only water to wash down their pizza.
Aside from this small hiccough in the plan, the actual trivia night went well.
There were close to 30 teams at the trivia night and team ASME managed to pull
off an 8th place finish. Many of the underclassmen showed their
incredible knowledge of random facts, while the rest of us could only
contribute to the “science” questions. At the end of the game team ASME played
it safe and decided not to bet any points securing the 8th place
slot. It was a great event; thanks to everyone who attended! 
-Kasey Connor, Sophomore Representative/ Historian

I Voted, ASME Style.

Historic.  To you, the casual Lobby reader, elections may seem monotonous, trivial, or boring; but let me digress and explain the gravity of what occurred on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013.

Besides from historic, these elections were the most highly contested in recent memory.  This is the first year since before the “Adriana Scheiner Era” that every position had a candidate running.   All 19 open positions were contested for.  That’s an impressive statistic and speaks to the quality of ASME-Madison as a student organization.  Becoming an officer is an honor and should be reserved for those who are fully committed to the ensuing responsibility and that is precisely what these elections showcased.

Not only was it a great turnout, but every candidate that ran for a position made an election slide beforehand (somewhere Tom Pocrnich, alumni, is smiling).  The most outrageous and memorable slide of the night was that of sophomore Jess Grev (Yes, she is Nate Grev’s sister).  This slide conveyed important and relevant information about her personality, passions, and ability to use smartphone-based technology.  Wielding this slide Jess won the election for the lucrative Membership Chair position.  Jess was not the lone sophomore elected, she was joined by a notable six other sophomores looking to get more involved in ASME (see list below).

Membership: Jessica Grev, Sophomore

Banquet: Brian Barry, Sophomore

Polygon Rep: Jack Hinze, Sophomore

Academic: Aaron Schmitz, Sophomore

Programming: Eric Johnson, Sophomore

Publicity: Tyler Wied, Sophomore

Webmaster: Jack Trotman, Sophomore

Perhaps one of the most highly contested races of all time was the 4 person race for Industrial Relations Co-Chair.  Experts on the subject have compared it to the famous 1912 Presidential Election.   Regardless of what you label it as the 4 person race was one for the ages.   The Industrial Relations Co-Chair is one of the most sought after officer positions (besides Historian Chair) and always pulls the top candidates.  It has been postulated that this year was so highly contested because the elected candidate gets the honor of working alongside the subtly suave ‘Captain’ Jack Lund.    After the votes were counted, and recounted, Mark Gavin (Senior) was victorious.  Gavin will finish off his epic 3 year career as an ASME Officer in this two-semester position.

Other notable new comers are the two contest chairs: Eric Schmalzer (Junior) and Nik Flahavan (Junior).

This election is an excellent display of the strength of ASME-Madison.  There is no question after these elections that ASME-Madison will continue to ‘set the standard’.  I wish the best of luck to all the officers, new and old.  For general members, please consider running in the fall.  Becoming an officer was one of the best investments I made in college with social, academic, and career-based returns larger than I ever imagined.

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”

-William Arthur Ward

— Nick Malahy, ASME Vice Chair, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

Broom On.

It was a year of success and failure for this years broomball squad. Expectations were not high going into the season after previous years of sub-par broomball teams. This years team resembled the 2008 brewers squad; a bunch of scrubs that somehow performed. The season started out with a bang with the team winning all of its regular season games with much ease. Star players on the team could be found in almost every position. It almost seemed that this was a team of destiny with each member fitting into their respective role perfectly. Whether it was Nick “Mr. Dangler” Malahy dribbling through an entire team to score an unbelievable goal or Jack “Yeah, I play lacrosse” Lund with his sneaky goals this team just worked. Mike, an emerging prodigy goalie, protected the net for the team while Mark “Grind it out” Ericson took care of the corners. Brady, our fearless capitano, organized and lead the team on the ice. Often he could be seen taking a player aside for a “coaching session”, or extolling defenders to get back. Finner and Zach provided a solid core in the middle that was almost unpenitrable for opposing team; striking fear into even the most manly. Blanchard was the great off season signing (CC Sabathia anyone?) who kept the team together like glue with his never give up attitude. The team advanced through the first few games of the playoffs with some ease and their toughest test of the season up until that point when they played the team who had bought broomball shoes. Being fearless, the team rallied together to put together what can only be described as “pure broomball”. Defeating the team with broomball shoes 1-0 in the semi-finals showed that maybe, just maybe, this was a team destined to be champions. Going into the final game of the season the team was a little beaten up from injuries sustained while sacrificing body for ice glory. The team made a valiant effort in the final game but ended up being outmatched by a team who was clearly the Wisconsin hockey “b” team. In the end every person on the team ended up with a sense of pride knowing that he contributed to what is highly regarded as “the most surprising thing to ever happen to the sport of broomball”. Good work team. Broom on.

— Mark Ericson, ASME Historian, Spring 2013