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Empowering Future Visionaries

Gala 2024

An inspiring evening celebrating leadership, innovation, and philanthropy to empower the next generation of engineers. 

Mandarin Oriental

80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

Thursday, April 11, 2024

6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

*Dress Code: Business/Cocktail Attire

Meet Our 2024 Award Recipients
Andrew Anagnost

President and CEO / Board Director

Andrew Anagnost’s career spans more than 25 years of product, business, and marketing experience focused on driving strategy, transformation, and product development.


Former CEO, Girl Scouts of America, Former NASA Engineer, Trailblazer

Sylvia Acevedo is a devout believer in the power of transformation and disruption to change and improve lives, communities, organizations – and the world.

changemaker sponsor

Innovator & Accelerator Sponsors

Gala Co-Chairs
What is Optimism Engineered?

Engineering changes everything. It can solve our global challenges and create a healthy, sustainable place for people and planet. Tomorrow’s engineers must lead the way. Optimism Engineered 2024 celebrates leaders who care deeply about this work and support the ASME Foundation’s groundbreaking programs to empower diverse next generation engineers. The evening will honor two amazing individuals who embody the spirit of our mission – Autodesk’s visionary CEO, Andrew Anagnost, with the Excellence in Industry Award and Sylvia Acevedo, extraordinary rocket scientist and STEM advocate with the Next Gen Award. Optimism is only the catalyst. Together, we will harness optimism to engineer a better world for everyone.

Mandarin Oriental

80 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023

Thursday, April 11, 2024

6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

*Business/Cocktail Attire