The Spring 2006 meetings of the Executive Committee, General Committee and Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound of the ASME Design Engineering Division were held at ERF on Sunday, March 19, 2006. These meetings are held annually in conjunction with the National Manufacturing Week Conferences and Show, March 20-23, 2006 that moved to Rosemont Convention Center this year fromMcCormick Place. .

Many prominent people in the design area from across the country attended these meetings. Several others joined in through teleconferencing.

Several MIE faculty members who are active in the Design Engineering Division were in attendance: Krishna Gupta (Division Chairman), Laxman Saggere (Chairman of the Technical Committee on Micro & Nano Systems), Ahmed Shabana (Division Secretary) and Tom Royston (Member of the Technical Committee on Vibrations and Sound). There is no other university with such a strong level of participation in the ASME Design Engineering division. A former MIE faculty member, Wei Chen (Chair of Design Automation Committee), now at Northwestern University, also was in attendance. Following graduate students served as volunteer guides: Bassam Hussein, Cheta Rathod, Graham Sanborn and Tariq Sinokrot.

For the last several years, UIC ERF has been a preferred site to hold these important meetings. This year, the facilities were generously made available by the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (Conference Room ERF 1043) and Civil and Materials Engineering (Conference Room ERF 1047 and East Atrium). Buffet breakfast and lunch were also arranged for all attendees under the sponsorship of ASME.

ASME Design Engineering Division is among the largest divisions of ASME. Information about the division, including its sponsored conferences and journals, can be found at


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