The American Society of Engineers, the primary standard-setting organization for engineers, selected Buffalo as the site for its annual engineering trade conference and expo.

From Aug. 17-20, an estimated 1,500-2,000 engineers from around the world will visit the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for the conference, called the 2014 Advanced Manufacturing and Design Expo. (A story in the July 13 The Buffalo News print edition included incorrect dates for the conference.)

Jointly hosted by the University at Buffalo, it will showcase exhibits and presentations that cover some of the hottest topics in manufacturing, including self-driving cars, “Avatar”-like vertical lift aircraft and 3-D printing, to name a few.

This year, for the first time, the conference also will include a career fair and expo that is open to the general public — both ideas of Venkat Krovi, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UB, who was the driving force in luring the conference to Buffalo.

The ASME selected Buffalo, Krovi said, because it is considered a regional destination with its long history of engineering and the allure of Niagara Falls.

The Buffalo News’ Q&A with Krovi can be found here.

A full schedule of the conference’s speakers and events can be found online at go.asme.rog/impactforum.