Biographies of Nominees for the Board of Governors'
The ASME Board of Governors voted to modify the Board of Governors nominating process.
To begin the process change, this year the FY22 Nominating Committee selected four nominees for the Member- at- Large for the Board of Governors. The term for the Governor Nominees will start in June 2023.
In line with the new constitution changes the Board will select its own president next year during the June 2023 board meeting.
The nominees are as follows and their names will appear on the ballot for election in September 2022.
Please watch for an email with the announcement for the online ballot. Questions regarding the ballot may be forward to AnnualBallot@asme.org.
Kathryn W. Jablokow, Ph.D. (Fellow, ASME) is a Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University and currently serves the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division as Program Director for the Engineering Design and Systems Engineering (EDSE) program.
As a faculty member, Dr. Jablokow is recognized for her expertise in cognitive diversity and its impact in engineering education and practice, including manufacturing education, student design experiences, and high-performance design teams. As an NSF program director, Dr. Jablokow manages a portfolio of research projects focused on advancing design science and systems science and also collaborates in the creation of new funding initiatives. Prior to joining Penn State, she served as an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institut für Bildsame Formgebung (Institute for Metal Forming) at RWTH Aachen, Germany, where she helped promote the automation of heavy manufacturing processes.
Dr. Jablokow’s ASME service includes more than 30 years’ experience as session chair, program/technical committee member, special session/track organizer, workshop organizer, and paper reviewer for multiple ASME conferences and journals. She has also served in key leadership positions within ASME, including Chair of the Emerging Technology and Society Program Committee and Chair of the Technology and Society Division. Dr. Jablokow was an ASME-ABET evaluator for Mechanical Engineering degree programs for nearly a decade. Most recently, she served on the ASME Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award Selection Committee, an award she received in 2016. Dr. Jablokow continues to advocate for female STEM students at all levels through a wide range of outreach activities and actively mentors students considering careers in research or academia.
Dr. Jablokow earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Kelly McGrath, P.E. (Member, ASME) has had a career involving hands-on management of new build, risk management, development, construction execution and operations of power generation facilities. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in the power industry. He has extensive experience in international business development, in the management of international teams and large multidisciplinary projects in the power industry, including nuclear new build projects, preparation and negotiation of complex contracts and agreements. Mr. McGrath has experience negotiating EPC contracts for large conventional and nuclear projects. He is a project management professional (PMP). He has been a senior manager responsible for up to twenty-six power generation facilities at a time. He was responsible for the installation of a 13-mile subsea pipeline transporting gasified LNG. He is currently a Partner Expert within NucAdvisor, an international nuclear industry consultancy.
Mr. McGrath’s ASME service includes membership in the organizing committee for the 2023 Conference for Advanced Reactor Deployment (CARD).
Mr. McGrath received his bachelor’s in Nuclear Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and his master’s in Business Administration from Rockhurst University.
Monica Moman-Saunders, P.E. (Fellow, ASME) retired from the utility industry in 2019. She began her career with Southern Company as a controls design engineering co-op. Upon graduation, she went to work for Entergy - Arkansas as a nuclear design engineer. Ms. Moman-Saunders held various positions with Entergy before moving to Louisville Gas & Electric Company. There she held several leadership positions including Engineering Policy Manager responsible for all engineering assets, including power plants in Kentucky, England, and Wales. Additionally, she served as an expert witness before the Arkansas and Kentucky Public Service Commissions.
Ms. Moman-Saunders has been an active member of ASME her entire professional career. She is experienced in changing policy, developing others, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and enabling the sharing of technical expertise. She has served on boards, committees, been appointed to BOG task forces, and served as Conference Chairs. Ms. Moman-Saunders was the Vice President of the Board on Minorities and Women, the first board established to focus on DEI within ASME. She also served on the Board on Government Relations, and the Councils on Member Affairs and Public Affairs. Ms. Moman-Saunders has promoted STEM education and STEM research on Capitol Hill. She also testified before the U.S. 150th Congress in support of STEM education. Most recently her work has been with the Old Guard Committee and the Member Development and Engagement Council. She received the ASME Dedicated Service Award and been recognized as the ASME/Girl Scouts Woman Engineer on the Web. Her experience spans all levels in ASME - the Section level, the Region level, and at the Society level.
Ms. Moman-Saunders earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama, a Master of Science in Business and Management from Webster University, and an Executive Certificate in Management from IMD Business School. She is also a Registered Professional Engineer.
Dave Schlesinger, (Member, ASME) is a Senior Technical Director at Parsons, a digitally enabled solutions provider that primarily serves the defense, security, and infrastructure markets. Mr. Schlesinger manages and conducts expert-level training on project management and business development, enterprise-wide. He is the project manager for several rail projects and the training lead for positive train control and bus radio projects. He is the rail safety compliance lead across the enterprise and led a team that developed Parsons’ formal employee recognition program.
Mr. Schlesinger’s ASME service includes Chair of the Rail Transportation Division, Co-Chair of the 2022 Joint Rail Conference (JRC), the Safety and Security Track Chair for the JRC and the JRC Co-Chair representing the Transportation Research Board (TRB), part of the National Academy of Sciences. He was previously a member of the Segment Leadership Team. Representing ASME, he was interviewed on camera for two sessions of a Science Channel TV series, as an authority on accident investigation and the rail transportation industry.
Mr. Schlesinger invests in the next generation as a Board Member of his local charter school non-profit organization, which has a vibrant Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program. He provides interactive and empirical guest lectures for the College of Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona covering human factors and engineering. Dave mentors staff through the American Public Transportation Association, Parsons, and the University of Southern California (USC). He was the safety manager for a 350-foot suspension bridge project in the remote jungles of Panama in support of Bridges to Prosperity. He has a BS in Business from USC and an MS in Transportation Management from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.