Spring Research Forum

Join us for the 2023 ASMS Spring Research Forum!

Date: April 28th, 2023

Time: Short schedule day - Classes end at 1:45 pm. The Spring Research Forum begins at 2:15 pm and ends at 4:30 pm.

Location: ASMS Bedsole Building (1st and 2nd floors) and Auditorium


Keynote Address, Auditorium

Time: 2:15 - 2:45 pm

Guest speaker: Dr. Ryan Shelby, Career Diplomat & Foreign Service Engineering Officer, ​USAID/Southern Africa, ASMS C/O 2002

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Poster Session

  • Time 3:00 - 4:15 pm
  • Location: Library Hallway

Paper Presentations

  • Time 3:00 - 4:15 pm
  • Locations: Media Room, B208, B126, B129
  • Panels of 3 students per room, 10-20 minutes per presentation, Q & A

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ryan Shelby, Career Diplomat & Foreign Service Engineering Officer, ​USAID/Southern Africa

Dr. Shelby graduated from ASMS in 2002 and will speak to us about his ongoing research experiences. He serves at the US Embassy in Southern Africa, serving as the main infrastructure and construction expert for 15 countries in Sub Saharan Africa. He provides technical guidance for the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of infrastructure for economic growth, education, health, governance, and sanitation goals.

Prior to his current position at USAID/Southern Africa, Dr. Shelby served in USAID/Haiti and managed a team that concentrated on climate resilient infrastructure, housing rehabilitation, clean energy systems, and Disaster Risk Reduction policies for housing. From 2013-2017, he was a Senior Energy Engineering Advisor within USAID’s Office of Energy & Infrastructure where I supported & led the Powering Agriculture: Grand Challenge for Development.

Dr Shelby has received the 2019 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for National Security and International Affairs, given to the U.S. Government officials who have fostered innovation and have provided the greatest benefit to the American people, and in 2021 was selected as a Power 50 US National Security and Foreign Affairs Leader by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Diversity in National Security Network.

Prior to joining USAID in 2013, Dr. Shelby was a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Science, Technology, & Innovation Fellow focused on the design and implementation of mini- and micro-grids to aid the expansion of modern electricity services in six Sub Saharan African countries.

Prior to joining MCC, I was a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow and a J. Herbert Hollomon Fellow at The National Academies that focused on engineering education and the application of system engineering to peace building initiatives as a fellow in the Program Office of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Shelby holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Alabama A&M University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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