Black History Month
Feb 3, 2020
by Tom Costabile, P.E. ASME Executive Director/CEO
As you know, Diversity and Inclusion is of paramount importance to me, and to all of us at ASME. As we grow and evolve, it is my goal that we foster and promote a strong, diverse workforce, while also building a diverse and inclusive membership so that we can challenge each other to be our best as we advance ASME’s mission.
ASME partners with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) on joint membership. The vision of NSBE is to “envision a world in which engineering is a mainstream word in homes and communities of color, and all Black students can envision themselves as engineers.”
ASME was also pleased to recently support the “Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act,” which was signed into law in December of 2019. The Act recommended that Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson – the four female African American NASA mathematicians, engineers and researchers highlighted in the 2016 book and movie “Hidden Figures” for their contributions during the Space Race – receive congressional gold medals. While each woman received her own Congressional Gold Medal recognition, a fifth Gold Medal was designated to honor all of the women who worked at NASA during the Space Race.
For more information about this legislation, please visit: https://www.asme.org/about-asme/media-inquiries/press-releases/supports-hidden-figures-congressional-gold-medal
I encourage all of you reflect this Black History Month on how we can better embrace our diverse cultures and communities, which enable us to collaborate, thrive and persevere with optimism and mutual respect. You are ASME’s greatest asset and I look forward to continuing our journey of diversity and inclusion at ASME together.
Thomas Costabile, P.E.
ASME Executive Director/CEO