Global Programs

Engineering Global Development (EGD)

Bringing Engineering Talent and Rigor to the Global Goals

ASME’s Engineering Global Development sector of ASME’s Programs and Philanthropy strives to improve the quality of life by building engineering capacity and talent around the world to solve urgent, local and global challenges. We do this by providing training, resources and platforms that accelerate the development of impactful solutions. ASME is supporting up to 14 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our global community of 1 million people, codifying engineering knowledge and supporting hardware social ventures around the globe.

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. Interested in supporting our efforts? Please, fill out this form.

Watch the video with ASME CEO Tom Costabile on the groundbreaking work done at the Engineering Global Development team:


Knowledge & Community

Engineering For Change

Engineering For Change (E4C) is a knowledge organization and a digital community 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 of over 1 million people 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 Community

Engineering Global Development Research Community is a growing group of academic researchers dedicated to the development of academic research in the field of engineering for social impact. The group is lead by the EGD Research Committee and strives to enhance researchers’ academic legitimacy and publishing and funding opportunities. 



The ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) is an international accelerator for hardware-led social innovation. Regional events are hosted annually in India, Kenya, and the United States, where social impact entrepreneurs compete for opportunities to tap ISHOW’s global network of engineers, designers, investors, and entrepreneurs for the support they need to scale their innovative prototypes market-ready products that address one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

ASME ISHOW annually matches up to 30 carefully selected innovators with appropriate engineering experts to ensure that the proposed hardware solutions are technologically, environmentally, culturally, and financially sustainable. These subject-area experts provide technical and strategic guidance based on ISHOW’s four key pillars: customer/user knowledge, hardware validation, manufacturing optimization, and implementation strategy. Innovators receive product exposure, advice, technical insights, seed grants, in-kind support, design services, and marketing assets, as well as access to ISHOW’s growing alumni network and partner ecosystem. To date, ISHOW has enabled over 150 startups from more than 20 countries to solve critical quality-of-life challenges for people in underserved communities worldwide. Learn more about our impact here in our ISHOW Dashboard.

E4C Research Fellowship

The E4C Research Fellowship is a workforce development program in social innovation that matches engineering talent with research projects addressing critical qualify-of-life challenges.  E4C Research Fellows work remotely with diverse, interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral teams and develop their professional and technical skills by investigating technologies advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Research outcomes inform implementation projects with data-backed recommendations and are published via ASME’s global digital platform - Engineering for Change, expanding the engineering knowledge base and amplifying its use and impact. Learn more about our impact in our Engineering for Change Research Fellowship Dashboard.

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