ORU to Host 2010 Mechanical Engineering Student Professional Development Conference

TULSA, Okla. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student chapter from the Oral Roberts University Engineering Department will host the 2010 ASME Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC) and the Early Career Technical Conference (ECTC) on the ORU campus Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27. The SPDC is an annual gathering of students from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico. At this year's event, over 90 colleges and universities will be represented. The students attend the SPDC to compete in a series of contests and competitions that are designed to expose the students to the engineering profession by letting them experience some of the tasks performed by engineers every day.

These contests help prepare the students for the workplace by enabling them to develop their skills and abilities and providing them with real-world experience. It also provides an opportunity to win prizes and the chance to compete against other regional winners at the next ASME Congress.

The ECTC is a forum for Mechanical Engineering graduate students and early career engineers (practicing engineers graduating 5 years ago or less) to develop their technical credentials and to establish their professional identity. This program is designed to enhance the ability of graduate students and early career engineers to compete in an ever more demanding and changing global marketplace by providing and developing the skills and the demonstrated technical performance that will make them stand out among their peers.

For complete information about the SPDC and ECTC, go to http://districts.asme.org/SPDC/OK.

To learn more about ORU's engineering department go to http://www.oru.edu/academics/cose/engineering/. Oral Roberts University is an interdenominational Christian liberal arts university located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 1963 by evangelist Oral Roberts, ORU serves students from 49 states and 53 countries, representing over 40 denominations. Offering 63 undergraduate majors, 14 master's programs and two doctoral degrees, plus NCAA Division I athletics, ORU is preparing its students spiritually, mentally, and physically to go into every person's world. For more information about ORU, visit www.oru.edu.