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NSME is a fictional trade association that appears now and then in Wes's books. NSME stands for National Society of Mechanical Engineers.GT8 The name is also used as a short-hand for the NSME-organized industry annual convention in Chicago.

Lambdatron had a booth at the February 2002 convention.GT5

Pete Chladek attended the 2002 convention.
Before that, Jon Chladek said "he'd only been to one NSME convention in the previous five years because he thought it was all getting to be the same stuff over and over."GT2

Real World Note

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is the real-world counterpart.

They have a web page at http://www.asme.org, and a Wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASME.