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Reinventing the Future

Equity in Engineering.
Sustainability for the World.

Thank you to all those who helped make this an unforgettable evening, including the more than 230 attendees and many other donors. 

Together, we are advancing a diverse and equitable engineering community, inspired and equipped to innovate a sustainable future for everyone. 

Though the event has passed, there’s still time to support this important work. 

“I have attended many galas, and this was by far my favorite. Everything was so meticulously planned… The cocktail reception was fun and allowed that extra time that we all need to get through traffic, mingle, and decompress. The dinner was delicious. However, my favorite part of the event was almost always my least favorite at other events like this…the speeches.”

“Sometimes, school and this major can get tough, but after spending the evening and hearing the speakers I was reminded why I chose to major in ME in the first place and it brought back a kind of spark.”

From the evening

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Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd
with the ASME Fitzroy Medal
Executive Director/CEO of ASME
Tom Costabile
Featured Speaker
Maryland Lieutenant Governor
Aruna Miller


And to our Event Sponsors

Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd Endowed Scholarship Fund for Equity in Engineering

Thank You to our Early Supporters

Engineering a sustainable future requires the talent and creativity of the full spectrum of humanity. To ensure that the mechanical engineering profession leaves no one behind, the ASME Foundation will establish The Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd Endowed Scholarship Fund for Equity in Engineering with the express goal of achieving equitable representation of women and members of other underrepresented groups among the ranks of professional engineers. Powered by directed donations to ASME’s Campaign for Next Generation Engineers, the Fund will support undergraduate aspiring engineers from diverse backgrounds who reside in the United States.  

Mr. Mahesh Aggarwal
Dr. John Anderson
Dr. Oscar Barton
Mr. Reuben A. Bell
Ms. Nicole A. Bernard, Esq.
Michelle D. Bernard, Esq.
Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd
Ms. Donella Brockington
Mrs. Jennifer Campbell
Mrs. Melissa Carl
Mr. Leonard & Mrs. Laura Chalk 
Mrs. Gretchen Crutchfield
Dr. Carol Dahl
Ms. Mary Anne Davis
Mr. Claude Dickerson
Mr. Bruce Falstein
Ms. Annie Goodman
Mr. Johney Green
Mr. Kenneth Grimes
Rev. Dr. Michele V. Hagans
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III
Mrs. Carla Harris
Mr. John Hasselmann
Dr. Nnamdi & Mrs. Allysa Ike
Ms. Shelly Jackson
Mrs. Barbara Johnson
Mr. Noshir Langrana
MedStar Health
Dr. Victor McCrary
Mr. Keith Miles
Ms. Alexis Mohrey
Ms. Caroline Naggiar
Ms. Karen Ohland
Mr. Jeff & Mrs. Melissa Patterson
Mr. Keith & Mrs. Brownie Roe
Ms. Karen Russo
Dr. Carmen Sidbury
Janay Smith, Esq.
Dr. Sonya Smith
Ms. Linda Water Thomas
Ms. Nicole Venable
Ms. Stephanie Viola
Ms. Ellen Wells
Ms. Michelle Wilson

With your support, we can build a more equitable and sustainable future.

Host Committee
Frank C. Adamek, P.E.

Chair, ASME Foundation Board

Rosie Allen-Herring

President & CEO, United Way, National Capital Area

Iana Aranda

Director, Engineering Global Development, ASME

Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradley

President & CEO, National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

Dr. Oscar Barton, P.E.

Dean, Morgan State University, College of Engineering; Member, ASME Foundation Board

Reuben A. Bell

President, Quality Packaging Specialist International

Michelle D. Bernard, Esq.

President & CEO, The Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy

Nicole A. Bernard, Esq.

Senior EVP, Mandarin/Wolf Entertainment

Michelle Blaise

Senior Vice President, Technical Services, ComEd; Member, Campaign Cabinet

Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd

Engineer, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (ret); Former President, Alabama State University; Member, ASME Campaign Cabinet

Melissa Carl

Director, Diversity and Volunteer Training, ASME

Commissioner William Clyburn, Jr.

Principal, Clyburn Consulting, LLC

Dr. Carol Dahl

Former Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation; Member, Campaign Cabinet

Dr. Aprille Ericsson

New Business Lead, Instrument Systems and Technology Division (STD), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Lesli Foster

News Anchor, WUSA-TV

Dr. Johney Green, Jr.

Associate Laboratory Director, Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Rev. Dr. Michele V. Hagans

President & Chief Executive Officer, Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation

Deborah Harrington

Founder & CEO, Energy Audits and Green Solutions, LLC

Dr. Tequila A.L. Harris

DEI Chair Fellow, Associate Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech

John Hasselmann

Managing Director, Global Public Affairs, ASME

Hon. Alexis M. Herman

23rd  U.S. Secretary of Labor

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

President Emeritus, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Sundiata “Sunji" Jangha

Director of Pipeline Programs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Calvin Mackie

President & CEO, STEM NOLA

William D. Magwood, IV

Former Commissioner, United States Regulatory Commission; Member, Campaign Cabinet

Camelia Mazard, Esq.

Partner Doyle, Barlow & Mazard, PLLC

Dr. Victor McCrary

NSB Vice Chair, Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs, Professor of Chemistry, University of the District of Columbia

Karen J. Ohland

Associate Director, Finance & Operations (Princeton University Art Museum) 141st President, ASME

Thomas D. Pestorius

Member, ASME Philanthropy Committee & Campaign Cabinet, President & CEO H&P Incorporated (retired)

K. Keith Roe, P.E.

Chair, ASME Philanthropy Committee & Campaign Cabinet, Chairman & CEO, Burns & Roe Enterprises (retired)

Derrick E. Scott

Former Executive Director – MI/LSAMP and Former Minority Engineering Program Director, University of Michigan (retired)

Dr. Carmen Sidbury

Senior Director for Research & Development, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Dr. Sonya Smith

Professor, Howard University, College of Engineering, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Member, ASME Foundation Board

Dr. Lydia W. Thomas

Former President & Chief Executive Officer, Noblis

Michelle A. Wilson

President, Rock Creek Business Systems

ASME Foundation

Through education that inspires, helping young people pursue careers that matter, to nurturing ideas that innovate, the ASME Foundation opens the world of engineering to diverse young people who will transform the world. We are helping to build a more equitable and sustainable future.


The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a professional association that promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe via continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publication, government relations, and more.

Sustainability for the World

We believe the future depends on sustainability. Climate change and sustainable development are the paramount challenges of our time. Through our philanthropic programs that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the ASME Foundation is working to mobilize a global ecosystem of engineers to innovate a sustainable world. 

Equity in Engineering

We believe diversity drives innovation. Building a sustainable world demands that we harness the talent and creativity of the full spectrum of humanity. Only a diverse, equitable, and inclusive engineering profession can meet the sustainability challenge, so the ASME Foundation is working to double the number of women and other underrepresented minorities in engineering by 2030. 

Thank You!

Your support of the ASME Foundation helps build a better future for all of us. Together, we are empowering the innovative problem-solvers of tomorrow.

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Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd

Former President, Alabama State University​
Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab (retired)

The ASME Foundation honors Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd with the ASME Fitzroy Medal in recognition of her outstanding service to the engineering profession. Dr. Boyd is a renowned mechanical engineer and a widely respected advocate of STEM education. During more than three decades at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, she was a leader in the development and operation of critical national security systems. She served on and later chaired the University’s Diversity Leadership Council. After leaving JHUAPL, Dr. Boyd was named the first woman president of Alabama State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Dr. Boyd was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a trustee of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in 2009. Dr. Boyd earned her B.S. from Alabama State University with a major in mathematics and a double minor in physics and music. She received a fellowship and was the first African American female to earn an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. She holds both the M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Howard University. Dr. Boyd exemplifies the highest standards in engineering achievement. Her extraordinary advocacy for increased diversity and inclusion in technical fields is reshaping the future of engineering.

Keynote Speaker

Tinia Pina

Founder & CEO of Re-Nuble

Tinia Pina has a B.S. in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech. She began her career in sustainability as a former student pursuing a Masters of Science degree at Columbia University prior to becoming the CEO and Founder of Re-Nuble, Inc., an agricultural technology company and social enterprise headquartered in New York City. A strong advocate for sustainable waste management and closed loop agriculture, she has been involved in management and business development roles within the sustainability industry for at least 10 years and in finance for eight years. Her professional interests focus on using unique and distributed technologies to extract the optimal value from organic waste streams for closed-loop agriculture for indoor growers.

Maryland Lieutenant Governor

Aruna Miller

Founder & CEO of Re-Nuble

Aruna Miller is the second woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor and the first woman of color and immigrant elected to statewide office in Maryland.

Born in Andhra Pradesh, India, Miller has devoted her life to public service and removing systemic barriers to opportunity.

As a civil and transportation engineer in Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation, she worked to improve the safety of the public and alleviate traffic by creating equitable access to transportation throughout the county. For 25 years, she oversaw programs that advanced access to schools and employment centers, and made community facilities safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and people with differing abilities.

From 2010 to 2018, she represented District 15 in the Maryland House of Delegates, where she worked with her constituents to create legislation to invest in STEM education, streamline the regulatory process for small businesses, and was a champion for working families, survivors of domestic abuse, and the environment.

Dr. Calvin Mackie

Founder & CEO of Re-Nuble

Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award-winning mentor, inventor, author, former engineering professor, internationally renowned speaker, and successful entrepreneur. He is the founder of STEM NOLA, a non-profit organization created to expose, His message and life’s mission continues to transcend race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and time. Dr. Mackie founded STEM NOLA as a non-profit organization to expose, inspire and engage communities in learning about opportunities in STEM. Since 2013, STEM NOLA has engaged over 75,000 students—mostly under-served students of color—in hands-on STEM project-based learning.

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Dr. Mackie graduated from high school with low test scores requiring him to take special remedial classes at Morehouse College. In 1990, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehouse College with a B.S. degree, as a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. Simultaneously, he was awarded a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he subsequently earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996.