ASME’s 141st President begins term

Source: press release, 8 August 2022

Karen Ohland, 141st president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Karen Ohland, 141st president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (photo: ASME)

Effective July 1, Karen Ohland has begun her term as the 141st president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society announced during its annual meeting in June. Ohland is an ASME Fellow and has been an active member of the Society since 1983.

Ohland is the associate director for finance and operations at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she provides strategic leadership, strengthening and sustaining the process for planning and management across the Art Museum while serving in an advisory role for the museum’s operations and other priorities. She also served as finance and senior administrator in New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of education and concerts and lectures. Prior to her career in museum administration, Ohland worked as a biomedical engineer in industry, academia, and government, most recently as research manager for Howmedica Inc., an orthopaedic implant manufacturer, and Howmedica Osteonics Inc., acquired by Stryker Orthopaedics in 1998.

Ohland served on the ASME Board of Governors from 2016 to 2019, and in 2020 was selected by the Board to return to complete a vacated Governor position. Since joining ASME, she has held several leadership positions including as a student leader, section chair, regional secretary, district leader, vice president, and senior vice president. She served on several presidential task forces as well as the committees on finance, organisation and rules, and the board on professional development. She has mentored and contributed to the professional growth of many ASME members as a lead trainer, member of the ASME Leadership Training Conference (LTC) planning committee, chair of the Advanced Leadership track for the 2010 LTC, and as a member of the ASME Volunteer Orientation & Leadership Training (VOLT) Academy executive committee.

Ohland is a recipient of the ASME Dedicated Service Award. She is also a member of the engineering honour society Tau Beta Pi, the American Society of Engineering Education, the Orthopedic Research Society, and the American Society of Biomechanics. She received Bachelor’s degrees in engineering and biology from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in anatomy from the University of Chicago.

“Remember the African proverb: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’. Let’s go together and invite others to join us to advance engineering for the benefit of humanity,” said Ohland during her inaugural remarks.

Outgoing president, Mahantesh Hiremath, Ph.D., P.E., FASME, an ASME Fellow, expressed his thanks to the Board of Governors and ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile, staff, and volunteers for their support throughout the past year.

“For a kid from a middle-class family in India, to have the opportunity to lead one of the premier engineering societies in the world has been a humbling experience and a journey of providence and privilege,” said Hiremath.

In addition to Ohland, three new members of the ASME Board of Governors also have begun their 2022-2025 terms:

Newly appointed ASME Governor and ASME Fellow Susan Ipri Brown is the director of ExploreHope Academic Outreach and assistant professor of engineering instruction at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she manages policy development, fundraising, grant writing, and staff and volunteer leadership. Previously, she was associate director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she directed teacher professional development programs, grant writing, and new program development for outreach with other area organisations. Ipri Brown has also held positions with several North Carolina school districts, Delphi Automotive, and the Michigan Legislative Service Bureau. As an ASME Federal Fellow, she worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Jared Oehring, an ASME Fellow and newly appointed Governor, is the chief technology officer and co-founder of VoltaGrid LLC, a clean, intelligent, mobile, microgrid power generation company. As a senior executive engineer, he pioneered electric hydraulic fracturing and mobile power generation operations in the oilfield. Prior to working at VoltaGrid, he served as CTO at U.S. Well Services (USWS) where he led the development and manufacturing of electric powered hydraulic fracturing equipment. His engineering work has earned numerous patents and garnered multiple accolades within the oil and gas industry. He helped take USWS public in 2018. Prior to USWS, he designed heavy off-highway equipment at Stewart & Stevenson headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Patrick H. Vieth, an ASME Fellow and newly appointed Governor, is senior vice president of Dynamic Risk of The Woodlands, Texas, where he leads the technical consulting discipline focused on the energy pipeline infrastructure. Throughout his 30‑year career, he has been recognised for leading teams of technical experts that bring unique solutions to the challenges at hand.