ME student wins first place in ASME Old Guard regional contest

Senior Nathan Grady, mechanical engineering, has won first place in the ASME Old Guard regional oral competition.

The Old Guard competition held at the ASME student conference in Florida last weekend, allows students to make oral presentations on their undergraduate design projects or research. Grady’s presentation is entitled “Design of a UV Raman System for Scramjet Combustion Measurements.”

“I would not have been surprised if any one of my fellow presenters had won the competition.  They each had fascinating topics and solid presentations,” Grady said. “I was honored to be able to represent Vanderbilt and consider it a privilege to represent the district.”

Grady received a cash prize and the right to present his research at the national mechanical engineering conference in November. The entire trip is funded by ASME.

“I am proud of Nathan’s accomplishment and pleased with how all the participants represented Vanderbilt at the conference.  Nathan and Hanum Jumastapha, president, ASME student chapter; deserve recognition for their efforts and accomplishments,” said faculty adviser Greg Walker.

The Old Guard is a group of experienced ASME members dedicated to helping early career engineers bridge the gap between college and professional life and to involving them in ASME activities.

In 2006 The Old Guard celebrated its 70th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of The Old Guard Oral Competition.