Engineering Foundation Gets New Leadership


Columbia Engineering Grad to Lead $22M-plus fund

New York, June 25, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the ASME Foundation has appointed Noha El-Ghobashy as executive director. The announcement was made at the 2015 Annual Meeting of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in Jacksonville, Fla.

A mechanical engineer, El-Ghobashy will lead an organization that, in 2014, funded $1.8 million in total program support, including university scholarships, K-12 STEM initiatives, and other programs aimed at benefiting the global engineering profession.

“Noha has the necessary experience and leadership skills to carry on the important philanthropic work of The ASME Foundation as it changes and expands in new directions, particularly in the area of social and environmental responsibility,” said Julio C. Guerrero, president of ASME.  “She will be a strong asset to the profession.”

El-Ghobashy has more than 19 years of experience in the corporate, academic and nonprofit sectors, serving most recently as the Society’s managing director of Engineering Workforce and Global Development.  She is the founding president of Engineering for Change, LLC, a global alliance of 15 organizations that works to provide sustainable technology solutions to underserved communities.

A strong advocate of the engineer’s role in social change, El-Ghobashy has spearheaded collaborations around the world to find sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges of underserved communities. In 2013, El-Ghobashy was named the recipient of the AAES Kenneth Andrew Roe Award and was recently selected as one of New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence.

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