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Helpful Hints For Sucess At Old Guard

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Improving Communication Skills in ME

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8.630.1 - 8.630.5



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Robert Chasnov

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Helpful Hints for Success at Old Guard by: Robert Chasnov, Ph.D., P.E. The Elmer W. Engstrom Department of Engineering Cedarville University


Cedarville University enrolled its first class of mechanical engineering students in 1990. ABET evaluators visited the school in the fall of 1994 following the first graduation of B.S.M.E. students and accreditation was granted. After attending a few Region V Regional Student Conferences (RSC) of ASME to get an idea of how the Old Guard Oral Competition was judged, Cedarville students began competing in the spring of 1998. The following are the results to date: 1st place in 1998 (trip to Anaheim, CA), 3rd place in 1999, 1st place in 2000 (trip to Orlando, FL), 2nd place in 2001, 2nd place and 3rd place in 2002. Some ideas will be presented which may improve your chances of sending your Old Guard presenters to the annual conference.


The Old Guard of ASME are the retired ASME members who have determined to support programs which will assist college students as they transition to a professional life as an engineer. As such, they raise and distribute funds which act as incentives for students to participate in a variety of ASME sponsored competitions. The ASME Old Guard Oral Competition is one of these.

Each college with an ASME Student Section is permitted to send two students to their Regional Student Conference (RSC) each year to compete for the following prize money: $300 for 1st place, 1 $150 for second place, $100 for third place, $50 for fourth place, and $25 for fifth place. The first place winner at each region receives an all-expenses paid trip to the International Congress and competes against the other regional winners for up to $2000 in additional prize money.


Cedarville College was chartered as a Presbyterian school in 1887. Its small campus was nestled among the farms of southwest Ohio. In 1953, the trustees transferred ownership of the college to a group of Baptists who began expanding its programs from the traditional liberal arts programs to include education, business, nursing, and in 1990, engineering. The state of Ohio authorized the two most popular engineering majors at that time, electrical and mechanical, for baccalaureate degree programs. Now a university, the 400-acre campus is home to about 3000 undergraduate and graduate students.


Chasnov, R. (2003, June), Helpful Hints For Sucess At Old Guard Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11793

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