Innovators in Sustainable Development Honored by ASME
The Fourth Annual Impact.Engineered Awards Recognize the World’s ‘Pragmatic Optimists’ Improving Life in Underserved Communities
NEW YORK (Dec. 9, 2020) – The fourth annual Impact.Engineered Awards has named this year’s “best of the best” winners in the following categories:
- Women Leading in Technology and Impact
- Connecting the Unconnected
- Industry Driving Social Impact
- Hardware Trailblazer
- Rising Star
The awards ceremony took place Dec. 4 at the fourth annual Impact.Engineered forum, held virtually. Hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)’s Engineering for Change, the event convenes leading engineers, impact investors, scholars, and social entrepreneurs to cultivate and accelerate engineering driving sustainable development. ASME Foundation Executive Director Kathleen Lobb and ASME Past President Madiha Kotb co-emceed the awards ceremony.
This year’s Impact.Engineered Award winners are:
- For the Women Leading in Technology and Impact award:
Jackie O’Brien, CEO of Engineers Without Borders (EWB)-USA presented the award to Gibbens.
- For the Connecting the Unconnected award:
Phyllis Westerman, senior manager of Red Hat’s global services knowledge management organization presented the award to Roy Njoka, co-founder of Digiduka.
- For the Industry Driving Social Impact award:
Joe Speicher, executive director of Autodesk Foundation presented the award to Brian Sifton, sustainability program manager of Black & Veatch.
- For the Hardware Trailblazer award:
Shaun Stewart, CEO of New Lab, presented the award to Anurag Agarwal, co-founder of New Leaf.
- For the Rising Star award:
Heather Fleming, co-founder and executive director of Change Labs and past member of the ASME Engineering Global Development Committee, presented the award to Razeen.
The awards ceremony capped off a two-day program that included interactive workshops and presentations, a technology showcase, and networking opportunities focused on “partnerships advancing the decade of action,” in recognition of the 2030 agenda for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and acknowledging that global challenges from climate change to COVID-19 and economic downturn require technical solutions, workforce development, resilient infrastructure, and public leadership to drive implementation.
Keynote speakers Asha Varghese, president of The Caterpillar Foundation, and Jenny Frankel-Reed, climate adaptation strategy lead for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, opened and closed the event with their remarks. Varghese, a thought leader in workforce readiness, international business development, and sustainable infrastructure, and Frankel-Reed, an advocate of technology enabling climate resilience, shared their unique perspectives on engineering pathways to achieve the SDGs.
This year’s cohort of ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) companies from Canada, India, Kenya, Nigeria, and the United States, and two Innovate for Impact: Siemens Design Challenge winners were also honored and featured for their important contributions.
Impact.Engineered is made possible by sponsors United Engineering Foundation, Red Hat, and ASME’s
Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities, program partners including Citypreneurs, Engineering Change Lab USA, Engineers Without Borders Australia, Futureworks NYC Incubator, Global Business Inroads, The Resolution Project, SecondMuse, Siemens Stiftung, Society of Women Engineers, Techstars, U.S. Department of Energy, and Wingu, and academic partners Australian National University College of Engineering & Computer Science, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Cornell Tech, Lehigh University Office of Creative Inquiry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge, New York University Tandon School of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley Development Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, and University of Toronto.
For more information, visit impact-engineered.org.
About Engineering for Change (E4C)
Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Engineering for Change (E4C) is a knowledge organization dedicated to preparing, educating, and activating the international engineering workforce to improve the quality of life of underserved communities worldwide. E4C provides access to resources, talent and platforms that accelerate the development of impactful solutions and infuse engineering rigor into global development. Our diverse, global community of more than one million people comprises engineers, technologists, social entrepreneurs, and development practitioners.
Jointly founded by ASME and other leading engineering societies, E4C has attracted the support of a variety of partners and sponsors ranging from industry, academia, non-profits and multilateral organizations, and corporations including Siemens.
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. ASME recently formed the International Society of Interdisciplinary Engineers (ISIE) LLC, a new for-profit subsidiary to house business ventures that will bring new and innovative products, services, and technologies to the engineering community. For more information, visit www.asme.org.
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