Charla Wise Named President of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME

Jun 20, 2017

Charla K. Wise

NEW YORK, New York, June 20, 2016 – Charla K. Wise, a senior executive in aerospace and aeronautical engineering who directed programs to develop two of the most complex aircraft in the history of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), has been named President of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for a one-year term that continues to July 2018.

The announcement was made during the 2017 ASME Annual Meeting held earlier this month in Newport Beach, Calif. Wise becomes the 136th president of ASME and fifth woman to serve in that post.

As ASME president, Wise will play a central role in growing the Society’s outreach and activities in codes and standards, industry certification, professional development, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, among other programs impacting the worldwide mechanical engineering profession. A longtime supporter of the Society and former member of the ASME Board of Governors, Wise is charged with enhancing member services while overseeing the development of new programs in the areas of bioengineering, clean energy, manufacturing, pressure technology, and robotics.

Wise worked at Lockheed Martin, holding key positions including Vice President of Engineering for Aeronautics. She also served as Vice President and Program Director for the development of the F-22 Raptor aircraft at Fort Worth used by the United States Air Force as well as Program Director for F-16 for the USAF.

In addition to the ASME Board of Governors, Wise has served the Society as Chair of the Industry Advisory Board and Vice Chair of the Committee on Honors. In addition, she was a member of the Board of Directors of The ASME Foundation, providing leadership and guidance to the programs that support and advance the field of engineering. Wise is the recipient of the ASME Henry Laurence Gantt Medal, among several other industry awards recognizing distinguished achievement and meritorious service.

Other affiliations include the SAE International, American Institute of Aerospace and Astronautics, Aerospace Industries Association, and Society of Women Engineers. Wise attended Aquinas College and the University of Michigan. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth.

About ASME
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