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UCF ASME is kicking off 2020 by reaching for the stars with former astronaut Nicole Stott and Albert Manero, UCF alum and founder of Limbitless Solutions.

The two luminaries will be speaking at ASME EFx, to be held Sunday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the UCF Student Union.

Tailor-made for mechanical and aerospace engineering students, ASME EFx is a unique one-day experience that combines the professional development opportunities of a conference with the chance to showcase abilities and network, as at a career fair.

Buckle up — attendees are in for a full day of engineering excellence. The day begins with brunch, followed by the event’s keynote speaker, former astronaut Nicole Stott. Afterward, participants will have a number of professional development opportunities, including an Autodesk workshop, an information session on patent filing, and a seminar on branding and marketing.

Attendees can also show off their ingenuity and ability to think creatively thanks to an impromptu design and build challenge, judged by representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mid-afternoon, guest speaker Shirishbhai Patel, a NASA physicist and aerospace technologist, will share his thoughts on the U.S. returning to the moon. The event concludes with dinner featuring guest speaker Albert Manero, UCF aerospace engineering alum and founder of Limbitless Solutions.

The event promises to offer attendees a very different experience from the average conference or fair.

“We wanted to allow students to connect with employers on a personal level, rather than on a larger scale event such as the UCF career fair,” said Luke Shetler, EFx committee director. “Recruiters will spend the whole day with attendees, seeing how they perform in workshops and challenges, and building a connection with attendees.”

The event registration fee is $25. Attendees may purchase tickets and view the complete agenda at