On November 16, 2021, the ASME Foundation held its 3rd annual Philanthropic Impact Event, celebrating the progress ASME’s philanthropic programs are making toward the goal of empowering a more diverse and inclusive next generation of engineers.
Chief Engineer and Senior Fellow, HP, Inc.
Chandrakant Patel, chief engineer at HP Inc., delivered an inspiring keynote address, focusing on the role community colleges can play in filling millions of available, well-paying technical jobs. During the event, we introduced ASME’s new Community College Engineering Pathways initiative, honored Alba Colon Rodriguez with the presentation of the Kate Gleason Award, and highlighted our K-12 education work to elevate the E in STEM, our scholarship program, and our support for ASME’s global development initiatives.
In addition to showcasing beneficiaries of ASME’s philanthropic programs, we also recognized some of the donors and volunteers who make this work possible.
Chandrakant Patel, Workforce Blog: Opening Doors to Opportunity
Meet our Host Committee
Campaign for Next Generation Engineers Leadership
Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd
Dr. Jean Zu
Dr. Oscar Barton
Bob & Alma Fallon
Leroy (Skip) Fletcher
John N. Irwin III
Dr. Columbia Mishra
John R. Parker
Engineers Build The Future.
Help Us Build Theirs.
By joining one of the ASME’s Foundation Giving Societies, you can carry forward your legacy and encourage the next generation of engineers. Your gift provides support for ASME programs that inspire ideas, ignite passion, and develop future engineering leaders.
The George Westinghouse Society
$ $1,000,000Per Month
George Westinghouse is best known for inventing an air brake system that made railroads safer and promoting alternating current technology, which revolutionized the world’s light and power industries. George Westinghouse was one of the most prolific inventors and businessmen of the Industrial Revolution. He would eventually start the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company to improve alternating current (AC) power generators.
The Kate Gleason Society
$ $500,000–$999,999Per Month
Known for several engineering and business firsts including: first female member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, first female president of a national bank, first woman appointed as the receiver of a bankrupt company and first female member of the American Concrete Institute. She was the first woman to be admitted to study engineering at Cornell University.
The James Watt Society
$ $100,000–$499,999Per Month
James Watt was a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist who improved on Thomas Newcomen’s 1712 Newcomen steam engine in 1776, which was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both his native Great Britain and the rest of the world.
The Lillian Moller Gilbreth Society
$ $25,000–$99,999Per Month
One of the first female engineers, Lillian Moller Gilbreth worked with her husband, Frank, to invent ‘time and motion study,’ analyzing ways to make industrial processes, office tasks, and housework more efficient, reduce human error, and enhance the safety and satisfaction of workers. Gilbreth became the first female engineering professor at Purdue University. In 1965, Gilbreth was the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
The Lewis Howard Latimer Society
$ $10,000–$24,999Per Month
Inventor and engineer Lewis Howard Latimer was born to parents who had fled slavery. Latimer learned the art of mechanical drawing while working at a patent firm. Over the course of his career as a draftsman, Latimer worked closely with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, in addition to designing his own inventions.
The Alexander Holley Society
$ $1,000–$9,999Per Month
The Alexander Holley Society was established in 2011 in honor of Alexander Lyman Holley (1832–1882), a mechanical engineer who helped found ASME and revolutionized steel production in the United States. It recognizes the leadership of individuals who make an annual commitment of $1,000 or more to the ASME Foundation.