Global Programs

Engineering For Global Development (EGD)

Bringing Engineering Talent and Rigor to the Global Goals

The Engineering for Global Development segment of ASME’s Programs and Philanthropy strives to maximize technology’s potential to improve lives by building engineering capacity and talent around the world to solve urgent, local and global challenges. We do this by providing resources and platforms that accelerate the development of impactful solutions and ensure public health and environmental sustainability. ASME is supporting 12 of the 17 SDGs through our global community of 1.2 million people, codifying engineering knowledge and supporting over 100 hardware start-ups to date.

We believe that everyone deserves the benefit of excellence in engineering - especially resource constrained communities that have been traditionally underserved or excluded.

Increasingly, engineers are seeking to use their skills to create social and environmental impact for their communities - EGD delivers a suite of programs delivering knowledge, training and platforms connecting and catalyzing engineering talent.

Knowledge & Community

Engineering For Change (E4c)
E4C, is a knowledge organization and a community of over 1 million dedicated to preparing, educating and activating the international engineering workforce to improve the quality of life of underserved communities around the world. We do this by providing resources and platforms that accelerate the development of impactful solutions and ensure public health and safety around the globe. Our global community believes that engineering can change the world.


Impact.Engineered is an annual event and forum for recognizing and celebrating the engineering profession’s commitment and contributions to social and environmental innovation. This unique event convenes our global network of pragmatic optimists including engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and disruptors to explore their shared ambition to making a positive impact and figuring out how.

Egd Research Forum
ASME’s annual Engineering for Global Development Research Forum spotlights the growing body of academic research dedicated to the field of engineering for social impact. Its mission is to enhance researchers’ academic legitimacy and publishing and funding opportunities. The 7th EGD Forum will be hosted at ASME’s 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conference (IDETC).


The ASME Innovation Showcase is a hardware-led social innovation competition. Held annually in India, Kenya and the U.S., ISHOW focuses on the design and engineering journey of taking physical products to market in the context of solving social and environmental issues through enterprise. ISHOW ensures that social entrepreneurs deliver sustainable and scalable solutions fiercely focused on users and customers in emerging markets.. Participants have access to over $300,000 in technical training, engineering advice, global development expertise, and seed capital.

E4C Research Fellowship
E4C Research Fellowship provides training opportunities for engineering students engaged in global development through Internships and Fellowships. Sponsored by mission aligned organizations, E4C’s Research Fellows deepen their understanding of development engineering through research, analysis and engagement with the E4C community while advancing knowledge resources for designers, manufacturers and implementers of essential technologies.

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