All About ASPE’s Annual Meeting

If you turn to a search engine and type in the acronym, “ASPE,” you are bound to be thrown a million results. In our world at ABTech, though, ASPE means one thing: American Society for Precision Engineering. The American Society for Precision Engineering hosts an annual meeting, this year being the 36th, for manufacturing and engineering professionals to learn and connect. The meeting has a lot to offer in terms of professional speakers, exhibits, and tutorials, and is accessible for anyone and everyone. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect at this year’s conference from November 1st to November 5th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A Keynote Speaker with Value

The keynote speaker at this year’s meeting is Dr. Rainer Weiss, a physicist best known for his work in gravitational physics and astrophysics. He is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has been an adjunct professor at various prestigious universities. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2017 due to his work on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and the first direct detection of gravity waves, something Albert Einstein discussed back in 1916. Needless to say, Dr. Rainer Weiss, himself, is worth the visit to the meeting. 

Learning via Exhibitors & Tutorials 

Even beyond the impressive speaker at the 2021 ASPE meeting, there will be a lot of opportunities to learn. Between the actual exhibitors, such as ABTech, and the tutorials put on by knowledgeable professionals, every attendee will be busy and learning at all times. The tutorials will teach everything from optical lens design to thermal effects. And even if you are unable to physically attend the conference, you may be able to attend some of these events virtually.

Down to the Nitty-Gritty: Accessibility 

ASPE has gone out of the way to ensure everyone is able to learn and grow from this year’s conference. As aforementioned, there will be options to attend some of the tutorials and events virtually. But that’s not the only way the ASPE show has been made accessible. ASPE offers a student scholarship program that can fund part of students’ attendance, including money toward travel expenses. The society is also offering the Graham Siddall Scholarship, which covers the entire attendance to the show. So whether you want to go to the show from the comfort of your own home, or you need extra funds to support your visit, ASPE has you covered. 

To Attend or to Not Attend

There are many reasons to attend ASPE’s 2021 meeting, such as the interesting keynote speaker and the various exhibits to peruse. And with accommodations like virtual attendance and scholarships, the question does not come down to “why go?” but to “why not?” If you work in precision engineering and manufacturing, or you would like to, this conference is undoubtedly for you. And we at ABTech hope to see you there.