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Diversity Driving Innovation​

Thank you to all who attended and/or supported Reinventing the Future 2024.
Please mark your calendars for our next event, coming to Washington, D.C. March 20, 2025!

The ASME Foundation’s second annual celebration of our progress toward equity in engineering. Proceeds of this fundraiser benefited ASME’s Campaign for Next Generation Engineers in support of our programs in engineering education, early-career resources, and support for breakthrough innovations. 

Capitol Crossing
200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Thursday, March 21, 2024

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Capitol Crossing
200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Thursday, March 21, 2024

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Snapshots of Our Evening:

Our 2024 Honoree

Dr. Oscar Barton, Jr.

Ph.D., P.E., F.ASME

Recipient of the 2024 Edwin F. Church Medal

Dr. Oscar Barton, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., F.ASME is Dean of the Morgan State University Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering, an ASME Fellow, and a member of the ASME Foundation Board of Directors. After earning a doctorate in Applied Mechanics from Howard University, he served for 22 years on the faculty of the United States Naval Academy and authored over 60 articles and publications. ASME is honored to recognize Dr. Barton with the 2024 Edwin F. Church Medal for his distinguished service advancing mechanical engineering education.

The ASME Foundation is proud to launch the Dr. Oscar Barton, Jr., Endowed Scholarship Fund. Fueled by directed donations to ASME’s Campaign for Next Generation Engineers, the Barton Scholarship will broaden participation in engineering of those in underrepresented communities, particularly male students, entering a four-year engineering program from a Community College.

Donate by selecting Dr. Oscar Barton, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund from the pull-down menu.
2024 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Gregory Washington

President, George Mason University

Gregory Washington became Mason’s eighth president on July 1, 2020, taking leadership of the largest and most diverse public university in Virginia, a Carnegie Tier 1 research institution, and a beacon of access for students of all backgrounds. During his first year at Mason, student enrollment grew by 3.5% amid an average statewide decline of more than 8%. Sponsored research expenditures increased by 8% and Mason posted its third-highest fundraising year in the university’s history. In Spring 2021, Mason graduated its largest and most diverse class ever.

Hosted by
Michele Norris

Washington Post columnist, former NPR All Things Considered host, founder of The Race Card Project, author of Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race, Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist and one of the most recognized voices in radio. She engages audiences in candid discussion about race, culture, and communication in America.

The Host Committee
Thank You to Our Early Supporters

Of the Dr. Oscar Barton, Jr., Endowed Scholarship Fund for Equity in Engineering

Mr. Kenneth Ball

Dr. Oscar Barton, Jr.

Mr. Keith Bloesch

Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Ms. Jennifer Campbell

Mr. Matthew Carr

Mr. Ken Chong

Dr. Robin Coger

Dr. Keyanna Conner

Mrs. Gretchen Crutchfield

Dr. Odesma Dalrymple

Mr. Howard Dittmer

Mr. Bruce Falstein

Ms. Sydni Frontanez

Mr.  Bob Hauck

Mr. Roger Isom

Mr. Eric Jackson

Mr. Reginald Jackson

Mr. Yong Ku Kim

Ms. Mary Grace Luke-Stefanchik

Mr. Seydou Mbaye

Mr. Keith Miles

Ms. Alexis Mohrey

Ms. Caroline Naggiar

Dr. Paul Natishan

Ms. Karen Ohland

Mrs. Allysa Oliver

Dr. Karl Ricanek, Jr.

Ms. DeBoRah Robertson

Ms. Serita Sanders

Dr. Craig Scott

Ms. Gina Simpson

Mr. J. Robert Sims

Mr. John Smallwood

Prof. Andrew Smith

Ms. Dora Smith

Dr. Sonya T. Smith

Mr. Edward Stehulak

Ms. Kim Sydnor

Ms. Janis Terpenny

Dr. Lewis Thigpen

Mr. Zachary Tudor

Mrs. Stephanie Viola

Mr. Ralph Volino

Mr. Emanuel Waddell

Ms. Julie Walker

Ms. Sophoria Westmoreland

Dr. Nicole Westrick

Ms. Janet Wilson

With your support, we can build a more equitable and sustainable future.
An equitable future is possible. Let's build it together.
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