12th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium (DESS 2016)



1 November 2016

Wright State University Student Union

Dayton, OH


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Sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Dayton Section, the symposium is designed to facilitate communication between members of the regional technical community, as well as to provide a forum for students (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate), engineers, and researchers to present their work. The symposium program includes seven parallel sessions in the morning and afternoon, a luncheon and keynote address, sponsor exhibits, and poster session.

Prof. Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler
Prof. Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker for the 12th DESS will be Dr. Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also currently MechSE's Associate Head of Undergraduate Programs. She is a leader in locomotion biomechanics and assistive device design with a focus on investigating and improving movement control and function in able-bodied and disabled populations. Professor Hsiao-Wecksler directs the Human Dynamics and Controls Laboratory (HDCL). Her research group uses methods from design, control theory, mechatronics, pneumatics and soft robotics, musculoskeletal biomechanics, and movement analysis. The HDCL's interest in assistive device development stems from a desire to improve function, mobility, and the quality of life of persons with disability. To address these areas, the HDCL has been involved in the development of pneumatically powered orthotic devices for the upper and lower extremities and multi-speed wheel systems for manual wheelchairs in conjunction with IntelliWheels, Inc., a Champaign, IL start-up which she co-founded. IntelliWheels is developing novel multi-geared wheels for manual wheelchairs to improve propulsion biomechanics and reduce shoulder loading. Her recent work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and US Department of Homeland Security.

Prof. Hsiao-Wecksler holds affiliate faculty positions in the Neuroscience Program, the Center on Health, Aging and Disability, the Beckman Institute, the Department of Bioengineering, and the Department of Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as membership in the national Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. Prior to starting at the University of Illinois as an Assistant Professor in 2002, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Integrated Rehabilitation Engineering Program at Harvard Medical School and Boston University. Before getting her Ph.D., she worked in various mechanical engineering positions at Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY. She holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University (BS), Rochester Institute of Technology (MS), and the University of California-Berkeley (Ph.D.). Professor Hsiao-Wecksler was elected to the Executive Board for the American Society of Biomechanics serving as the Program Chair for the 2012 Annual Meeting. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Medical Devices.

Keynote Flier (PDF)

We will also be hosting an Undergraduate Student Presentation Competition at the symposium. Detailed information concerning the competition requirements and eligibility are available below.

Undergraduate Student Presentation Competition (PDF)

Abstracts (150 words max.) are solicited for both oral and poster presentations in all areas of the engineering sciences including but not limited to: Applied Engineering, Biomechanics, Computer Engineering, Controls Science, Design & Optimization, Electronics & Sensors, Engineering Education, Fluid Mechanics, Industrial & Human Factors, Materials & Processing, Nanotechnology, Power Propulsion & Energy Systems, Structures & Solid Mechanics, Thermal Sciences, Undergraduate and High School Research, and entrepreneurship. Each oral presentation is limited to 20 minutes, including questions and answers. No written paper is required and works in development for other technical forums are welcome. Posters should be no smaller than 24 x 36 inches. Easles, along with rigid poster board and binder clips will be available to attach posters to for presentation. Power for demostrational/visual aides to help with poster presentations is available, but should be requested at least one week before the event. Best Presentation awards will be given for each technology area and the poster session. Winners will be recognized at the Honors & Awards Banquet held annually at the end of May 2017. The dealine for abstract submissions has been extended to October 11.

Call for Abstracts (PDF)

To submit an abstract and/or register for the symposium, you must first create and activate an account. If you participated in DESS in previous years, your account is still active, and you may login to it by entering your Username and Password on the right and clicking "Login". If you've forgotten your username and/or password, you can have it emailed to you by using the password recovery feature on the right under "Forgot your Username/Password?" When you log in, you'll be given the opportunity to correct your information from last year along with selecting a registration type for this year. Otherwise, click on "Create an account" and follow the onscreen instructions. Once your account is created, you must activate it by validating the email address you used during creation by following the directions in the automated e-mail sent to you.

If you are interested in being a part of the organizing committee or have questions/concerns about the event, please contact the General Chair, Joe Miller (dess@asmedayton.org) 

The symposium relies on sponsors for financial support to help keep registration costs low and allow recognition of the award winners. Three levels of sponsorship are available, platinum ($1000), gold ($500), and silver ($250). If interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Sivaram Gogineni (goginesp@gmail.com) 


Registration Rates:

General Registration $125.00

ASME Member $90.00

Luncheon and Keynote only $35.00

Student Non-presenter $35.00

Graduate Student Presenter $30.00

Undergraduate Student Presenter $10.00

High School Student Presenter - FREE


Useful information in PDF format:

Call for Abstracts

Driving Directions to Wright State Univ.

Parking Information for DESS

Map of Wright State Univ. Campus

Map of Student Union

Past DESS Events:

DESS 2015

DESS 2014

DESS 2013

DESS 2012

DESS 2011

DESS 2010

DESS 2009

DESS 2008

DESS 2007

DESS 2006

DESS 2005

For questions or comments about the event, please contact the DESS Committee <dess@asmedayton.org>

For problems with the DESS website, please contact the Webmaster<leger.2@wright.edu>


Last Updated: 6 July 2016





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      The 2016 DESS Organizing Committee:

General Chair - Joe Miller (dess@asmedayton.org)

Vice-Chair - Daniel Richardson

Past Chair - Drew Caswell

Registration/Website - Tim Leger (leger.2@wright.edu)

Technical Program - Ben Halls
     Tim Erdmann, Sam Nabolsi

Session Chair Organizer - Daniel Richardson

Venue/Facilities/AV/Food - Justin Warner
     Marcus Bracey, Tim Leger

Outreach - Ginger Ross
     AJ Rolling, Daniel Richardson

Student Chapter Relations - Darren Holland
     Josh Heyne, Marcus Bracey, Sivaram Gogineni

Sponsorship and Exhibits - Tim Erdmann
     Sivaram Gogineni

Keynote/Gifts - Drew Caswell
     Sivaram Gogineni

Communications - Ben Halls
     Tim Leger, Darren Holland

Public Relations - Chris Fugger
     Sivaram Gogineni, Rob Stachler

Government Approval - Brent Rankin

Chair, ASME Executive Board - Tim Leger

Treasurer - Vince Miller

      Academic Representatives:

AFIT - Adedeji Badiru

Cedarville - Darren Holland

OSU - Datta Gaitonde

UC - Gutmark Ephraim

UD - David Myszka

UDRI - John Leland

WSU - Ramana Grandhi