He will speak about "Scientific Literacy: Why Are We Losing the Battle and What We Can Do About It" when he receives the Prestigious Ralph Coats Roe Medal on June 23, 2013
NEW YORK, June 12, 2013
— G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is the recipient of the 2013 Ralph Coats Roe Medal from ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), an honor recognizing contributions that increase public understanding of the engineer's value in contemporary society.
Clough, the 12th secretary of the Smithsonian, who has spearheaded several new initiatives and improved operations at the world's largest museum and research complex, will accept ASME's prestigious Roe Medal on June 23, during proceedings of the Society's 2013 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.
A former president of Georgia Institute of Technology and recipient of a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, Clough is cited for "numerous contributions to both higher education policy and U.S. technology policy."
ASME also honors Clough for his "distinguished leadership at the Smithsonian Institution" and for demonstrating "that an accomplished engineer can be the guardian and primary advocate for preserving and promoting our national cultural heritage."
Since accepting the leadership of the Smithsonian in 2008, Clough has focused the famous educational institution on the mysteries of the universe, world cultural diversity, the American experience and the Earth's biodiversity, while overseeing the opening of more than 400 exhibitions. Among these exhibitions are the Hall of Human Origins at the National Museum of Natural History, the new elephant habitat and trail at the National Zoo and the new wing at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The Smithsonian has an annual budget of $1 billion and more than 6,400 employees.
At the ASME Annual Meeting, Clough will give a lecture titled "Scientific Literacy: Why Are We Losing the Battle and What Can We Do About It?"
Before his appointment to the Smithsonian, Clough was president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years. He was a member of the faculty at Duke University, Stanford University and Virginia Tech. He was the head of the department of civil engineering and dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and provost of the University of Washington. Clough is the recipient of ten honorary doctorates.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.