Online Ballot Officer Biographies

The 2016 Nominating Committee has selected the following members for Society Office with terms starting in June 2017. Selected nominees will be voted on in the fall via an online ballot. Please watch for an email with the announcement for the online ballot.

President - Nominee

Charla K. Wise (Member, ASME) has been selected as the president-nominee of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for the 2017-2018 term of office. Throughout her years of association with ASME, Ms. Wise has held a number of leadership positions including a three-year term as a member of the Board of Governors (2011-2014), Chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board, member of the ASME Foundation's Board of Directors, and member and Vice-chair of the Committee on Honors. Her committee work includes tenures on the Executive Director Evaluation and Staff Compensation Committee and Chair of the BOG Strategic Growth Planning Task Force.

Ms. Wise recently retired from Lockheed Martin where she served in numerous key positions throughout her career. Her most recent positions include Vice President Engineering for Aeronautics, Vice President and Program Director for the F-22 Program/Fort Worth, and Vice President, Technology, Corporate EESH in Maryland. She has also served as Program Director for F-16 USAF Programs.

Among her many professional affiliations, Ms. Wise is an SAE Fellow and has served on the Board of Directors of SAE International, where she also served as Vice President for Aerospace and a member of the SAE Foundation Board.  She has served as Chair of the Technical Operations Council for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), as well as a member of the Executive Committee.  Her memberships include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) where she is an Associate Fellow and the Society of Women Engineers.  She is a member and past Chair of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth and served on the Board of Directors of FW United Way and the Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth.  She is a member of Rotary International.

Ms. Wise is the recipient of many honors and recognitions including the ASME Henry Laurence Gantt Medal and the AIAA/SAE William Littlewood Lecture Award.  Other recognitions she has received include:  Society of Women Engineers’ Upward Mobility Award, Women in Aerospace Lifetime Achievement Award, Silver Knight of Management Award from the National Management Association, and the Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award from the University of Michigan.  

She is a firm believer in encouraging and inspiring others and has done so through numerous mentoring programs.  Her mentoring efforts included formal programs with students at University of Michigan and SWE.  She has mentored across industry, through the MENTTIUM program as well as Mentor Net.  She has mentored in the LM Executive Development and Growth Enhancement (EDGE) program.  She has served on the Action Forum on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce for the National Academy of Engineering.

Ms. Wise has served on numerous advisory boards including: the College of Engineering National Advisory Committee for the University of Michigan; University of Texas at Arlington Industrial Advisory Board; Smith College Corporate Advisory Committee for the Picker Engineering Program; and the UM Tauber Manufacturing Institute Advisory Board. 

Ms. Wise attended Aquinas College and received her Bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is a graduate of the LM Program Managers Institute.

Board of Governors - Nominee


Stuart W. Cameron, (Fellow, ASME) recently retired as Chief Engineer with Doosan Babcock in the UK after 40 years of service and continues as a consultant on strategic issues and advisor to the Engineering Centre of Excellence.  His main expertise is in the mechanical design of power plant, risk analysis, and the application of standards and legislation.

He served on various ASME committees, including the Section I Power Boiler Committee, the Council on Standards and Certification, the Committee on Boiler and Pressure Conformity Assessment and is Vice Chair of ASME Board on Strategic Initiatives for the Standards and Certification Sector. He recently received the ASME Dedicated Service Award for his work on the global application of ASME Standards.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK and also the Institution of Mechanical Engineers where he was Vice President, chairing their International Strategy Board.

He was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a national UK honour, in 2010 by the Queen for voluntary services to mechanical engineering.

He is very proud of the heritage of Scottish engineers and their impact on engineering throughout the world. He promotes this as a member of the Selection Committee for the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland where he established their MSc programme for Power Plant Systems for which all graduate trainees in Doosan Babcock completed at least five modules. He is past chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Strathclyde.

He received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with first class honors from University of Strathclyde in Scotland in 1970 and received his MBA in Engineering Management from the University of Glasgow in 1983.


Robert E. (Bobby) Grimes, P.E. (Fellow, ASME) currently serves as a technical advisor for the drill bits product line at Baker Hughes, Inc., where he has been employed for over 36 years.  He has specialized in all aspects of drill bit technologies for the oil & gas and geothermal industries.  He worked as a project engineer, research engineer, and field engineer for the first eight years of his career, and then assumed numerous managerial roles for the next 23 years, where he managed several product engineering and R&D groups.  He served as product line manager for five years, where he was responsible for chartering new product development teams, and developing strategies for product pricing, branding, and positioning.  He traveled to all the major drilling areas around the world, visiting 30 countries across five continents.  He then led an extensive testing services organization which expanded to cover three major product lines across four technology centers.  Mr. Grimes became a technical advisor in 2014, and now serves as a subject matter expert for various drill bit product development teams, and mentors other engineers.

He has been an active member of ASME for more than 25 years.  He has held a number of leadership positions including Senior Vice President of Institutes (2012-2014) and the TEC Sector (2014-2016), Vice President of IPTI (2008-2011), and served on the Committee on Finance and Investment (2006-2008).  He led the effort that founded the ASME International Petroleum Technology Institute (IPTI) in 2004, and served as IPTI board chair from 2004-2007.  As Senior VP he served on the Sector Management Committee (SMC), and continues to serve as the SMC vice chair for 2016.

He has been active for many years in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Drilling Engineers, and the International Association of Directional Drillers.  He has authored over a dozen papers and holds a dozen patents on various drill bit technologies.

Mr. Grimes is the recipient of several honors and awards including the ASME Dedicated Service Award, the Frank Walk Service Award, the Eckart Service Award, and the IPTI Exceptional Volunteer Award.  He received ASME’s Dean W.R. Woolrich Engineer of the Year Award in 2006.

He earned his BSME degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and his MSME degree from the University of Houston.  He also attended Caltech’s Industrial Relations Center program, where he took various courses on management of technology and innovation. 


Mary Lynn Realff, Ph.D. (Fellow, ASME) is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the mechanics of textile structures and polymer science areas. Dr. Realff has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the mechanical behavior of woven fabrics. She is continuing her work in modeling the mechanical behavior of textile structures utilizing both theoretical and experimental approaches. She currently conducts research on the analysis and design of fibers containing carbon nanotubes.

Dr. Realff is the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech and a Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology. She facilitates a student/industry mentoring program which matches industry mentors with Georgia Tech undergraduate students for 9 month mentoring relationships. The program has been shown to increase the retention of students.

Dr. Realff is a member of The Fiber Society, American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Society of Women Engineers. In ASME, she has served in leadership positions in the Textile Engineering Division, Manufacturing Group, Board on Diversity and Outreach, Center for Leadership and Diversity and the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Committee.

Dr. Realff is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, on the board of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA and volunteers at Inman Middle School (directing the GEMS girls’ science club) and at Buckhead Church.

She received her BS in Textile Engineering from Georgia Tech and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Polymer Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.