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  ATMAE 50th Anniversary Logo Contest for Students

The purpose of this contest is to develop the 2017 conference logo and tagline for the 50th anniversary of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) in Cincinnati Ohio.  It will be unveiled at the Celebrate ATMAE Reception in Orlando, Florida, November 3rd during the 2016 Conference. 

Entry Deadline

September 30, 2016


Applicants must be students enrolled in college programs related to Graphic Communications, Graphic Technologies, Cross Media, Graphic Design, or similar areas, at accredited institutions of higher education.  Applicants need a faculty sponsor who is also member of ATMAE. Applicants need to be members of ATMAE at the time of submission.  Click Here for more information on joining ATMAE.


1st Place

Honorable Mention

  • Free registration to ATMAE conference
  • Complete set of books on the Adobe Creative Suite from Against the Clock worth over $400

Theme & Content

The logo and tagline should reflect ATMAE’s inclusive nature, and its mission to prepare the next generation workforce with critical competencies.  It should also reflect our past while looking to the future.

Required content:

  • ATMAE's 50th Anniversary Conference
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • November 1-3, 2017

For more information on ATMAE, including mission and previous conferences, please go to  The taglines from the last (5) five conferences are listed at the end of these instructions.


Entries will be judged on their strong visual impact; a clear message that is relevant to the organization and occasion; effective use of text, images, and symbols; and positive relationship and flow between elements.

Acceptable Digital File Formats

Adobe Illustrator native format or other vector format, and a PDF version.

Entry Cost

None. Limit of (3) three entries per student.

How to Enter

Send your design and the following information to John Hausoul, Executive Director of ATMAE, at

  1. Student’s name, email, phone number, school or university, and academic program
  2. The actual design in Adobe Illustrator (.ai) and pdf formats.
  3. Brief written explanation of the design’s intent (as pdf file)
  4. Name, title, and email for faculty sponsor

Previous Conference Taglines

 2015 ATMAE Conference
“Building Bridges“
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
November 11-14, 2015
2012 ATMAE Conference
“Strengthening Our Connections”
Nashville, Tennessee
November 14-17, 2012 
 2014 ATMAE Conference
“Technology - Tomorrow’s Gateway”
St. Louis, Missouri 
November 19-22, 2014
2011 ATMAE Conference
“Rethinking the Future”
Cleveland, Ohio
November 9-12, 2011 
 2013 Annual ATMAE Conference
“Developing the Future Workforce”
New Orleans, Louisiana
November 19-22, 2013
2011 ATMAE Conference
“Rethinking the Future”
Cleveland, Ohio
November 9-12, 2011 










Additional Information

For more information on the history and nature of the organization, please see:


Haig Vahradian Technology Challenge

General Format

Student members of ATMAE may test their knowledge of engineering technology by participating in the annual Haig Vahradian Technology Challenge held every year at the ATMAE annual convention, ‘Jeopardy’ style. There is no preregistration, all are welcome to compete!

Question Topics:

  • Computer technology
  • Electrical engineering technology
  • Industrial technology
  • Mechanical engineering technology
  • Quality control
  • Safety
  • Miscellaneous

Individuals compete against each other through multiple choice, true/false, questions in preliminary heats. The event culminates in a final heat of 3-4 contestants. Questions are presented through Microsoft Powerpoint:

Students with positive points at the end of their heat get to play the "Final Jeopardy".
The students with the overall most points in a round go on to the quarter, semi-final, and the final heats.

Answering Format

  • The first student to ‘buzz’ in gets to answer.
  • Correct answers are rewarded with the value of the question added to individual’s score.
  • Incorrect answers result in the value subtracted from the individual’s score.
  • If the first answer is wrong, the second student to ‘buzz’ in may answer.

Double Jeopardy

There are ‘daily double’ questions throughout the contest:

  • Only the student who selected the question may risk a daily double.
  • The student may risk all or a portion of their current total score.
  • If their total is zero or less, they may risk up to the maximum value of any single question (30 pts).  


Student Research Presentation Competition
Call for Entries
Submission Deadline October 3 2016, 5:00 PM

Technology, Technology Management, Applied Engineering and other technology program students (undergraduate through doctoral level) are invited to submit an abstract of on-going research and/or results of your research for the ATMAE 2016 Student Research Presentation Competition. Research must include data collection and analysis. Theoretical and proposal stage research is not enough for this competition. Students must be currently enrolled in a program and not yet graduated at the time of the competition. ATMAE University Division leaders will review and select the top six abstract submissions for the competition presentation session held at the 2016 ATMAE Conference. Winner will receive a $250 prize and certificate.

All students who submit abstracts for the research competition must have a faculty sponsor/mentor to ensure that proper research guidance is provided. The faculty sponsor/mentor for each student finalist who is asked to present at the 2016 ATMAE Conference will be contacted to ensure that research has been conducted with the guidance of a qualified researcher and that all research is compliant with human subject guidelines.

Finalists selected to present their research are required to be active ATMAE members and must attend the ATMAE 2016 Conference

Abstract Format

One page, 8.5” x 11”, with no less than 1” margins on all sides. Font size 12-point, Arial Narrow is recommended. Do not submit “read only” documents. Please do not use ALL UPPER CASE text. Use Bold for headings and italics for subheadings.

Abstract Content

Required sections: 1) Title, 2) Author information: Name, degree program name and status (i.e. Undergraduate, MS program, PhD candidate, DIT candidate, etc.), sponsoring institution, mailing address, daytime phone number, and email address, 3) Faculty Sponsor Name, phone and email, 4) Need (statement on why the presentation/research is needed), 5) Overview of study, 6) Major Points (bullets recommended), 7) Summary or Conclusion.

The Abstract should:

  • Clearly articulate the research or work undertaken
  • Use correct language, spelling, and grammar
  • Convey a topic of current interest or relevance
  • Research Sponsor
  • Your research sponsor should provide guidance, assistance, feedback in developing and refining oral presentation, poster, video and to ensure proper professional attire is understood
  • Enlist support from institution as appropriate
  • Ensure that finalist will be able to attend 2016 ATMAE Conference

Submit Abstracts via e-mail to:
Dr. Michelle Surerus, Email:
Department of Communication Arts 
One University Place, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Phone: 252-398-6205
Fax: 252-398-1237

Emails on acceptance of abstracts for competition will be sent on October 14th.

PART 2: The Competition at the ATMAE Conference

Presentation, Wednesday November 2: Based on the merits of the submitted abstract, six students will be selected to make 15-minute presentations of on-going research and/or results on Thursday, November 12th at the 2015 ATMAE conference. The competition time is 9:30 a.m. to ~ 12:00 p.m.

  • The competitors will make a 15-minute presentation, followed by a 5-minute question and answer session.
  • Competitors are also expected to incorporate a media or PowerPoint component into their presentation.

Judging Criteria: Selected participants in the conference competition session will have their presentation evaluated on the factors of Technical Content, Methodology, Personal Appearance, Oral Presentation, and Media - Power Point Presentation (see Judging Criteria).


  • The winner of the 2016 ATMAE Student Research Competition will be announced at the ATMAE Conference
  • Reception on Thursday, November 3rd. The winner is required to attend the reception in order to receive their award.
  • The winner will be presented a certificate and a $250 cash award following the conference.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: October 3rd at 5 p.m.
Acceptance Notification: October 14th by 5 p.m.
(Sooner depending upon number of entries)

  Student Evening Event
Thursday, November 3rd @ 8:30 PM

Miller's Ale House
5573 Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32819

ATMAE loves its students! We want to say thank you for your support with free appetizers and fun at the awesome Miller’s Ale House! Just steps away from the conference - come by, hang out with friends and meet other students!



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