April 21, 2017
ASME Past President Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb, Eng., was one of nine honorees and featured panelists at the gala book launch for Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing their World. The luncheon was held March 14 at Egypt’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City.
ASME Past President Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb, Eng., was one of nine prominent women recently honored at Egypt’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City as part of a gala book launch for Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing Their World. The luncheon celebration, held on Tuesday, March 14, included two panel sessions featuring Kotb and eight of the other accomplished “daughters of the Nile” whose stories comprise the new volume.
Kotb, a resident of Montreal, served as ASME’s 132nd president from 2013-2014 and is the former head of the Pressure Vessels Technical Services Division for Régie du Bâtiment du Québec. She joined in panel sessions featuring the remarkable success stories of Egyptian women professionals in a range of pursuits, both in here North America, in Europe and around the world. In her panel, Kotb shared the story of her own distinguished career, including the pivotal moment she was inspired to pursue engineering, which took place at age 16 while watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. She also told the audience about her experiences as the very first female engineering student at Loyola University. Kotb, an ASME Fellow, credited her work in ASME Codes and Standards, and the encouragement she received from legendary ASME Codes leaders Mel Green and June Ling, as the driving force behind her rise to the pinnacle of ASME leadership.
The panel sessions were moderated by author Dr. Samia Spencer, a professor at Auburn University and the editor of the new book, and Dr. Daya Morsy, a president of the Egyptian National Council for Women and head of the Egyptian Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women. The event included remarks from Egypt’s Ambassador to the United Nations Amr Abul Atta as well as from Mohammad Naciri, regional director for the Arab States for the U.N.