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Marc Goldsmith begins term as ASME president

Pledging continued support for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education – while urging current and future generations of engineers to embrace humanitarian mandates around the world – Marc W. Goldsmith, P.E., on June 5 took office as the 131st president of ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers). “We are sowing the seeds of a great future for humanity and for engineers,” said Goldsmith in his inaugural speech at the ASME Annual Meeting held recently in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Among other aims for ASME, said Goldsmith, is the global expansion of the Society’s renowned safety standards and certification programs and related initiatives to steer engineers of all age groups to leadership positions in industry, government, and academia. Focusing on STEM education, Goldsmith reaffirmed the goal of ASME to bolster programs and activities that raise awareness of engineering in the K-12 school years, thus inspiring young people to take career pathways in engineering.  “I see a great journey of hope and inspiration,” he said. Goldsmith succeeds Victoria A. Rockwell and will serve as ASME president for a term of one year. An expert in energy and nuclear engineering, Goldsmith is a management consultant who advises gas and electric firms on strategies for addressing technology, policy, and business processes.  He has led many national and international consulting projects in energy strategy, efficiency, development and generation. He is the founder of the management consulting firm, Marc Goldsmith & Associates LLC. An active member of the Society for 24 years, Goldsmith has held numerous leadership positions within the organization, serving on the ASME Board of Governors from 2007-2010 and as vice president of the Center for Public Awareness from 2005-2007.  He is the founding chair of the General Management Board of the ASME Innovation Technologies Institute (ITI) and has served on the ITI board. Other leadership positions in ASME include vice president of the Board on Public Information, chair of the task force on Strategic Marketing for the Board of Governors, and a member of the task force on the Board of Minorities and Women.  He is a Fellow of ASME and recipient of the Society’s Dedicated Service Award (2001). Prior to starting his consulting firm, Goldsmith was a vice president at Stone & Webster Management Consultants, where he was responsible for strategic energy businesses.  He also served as a director in Technology and Innovation Management at Arthur D. Little.  From 1975-1998, Goldsmith was president of Energy Research Group, Inc., a Massachusetts-based energy technology company, which he co-founded. In addition to ASME, Goldsmith is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the American Nuclear Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) and the International Association of Energy Economists.  He has served on the national board of directors of EWB-USA. Marc Goldsmith holds a Degree of Nuclear Engineer as well as a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in marine nuclear science from State University New York Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, N.Y.