Charla K. Wise, a senior executive in aerospace and aeronautical engineering who directed programs to develop two of the most complex aircraft in the history of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), has been named president of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for a one-year term that continues to July 2018. The announcement was made during the 2017 ASME Annual Meeting held earlier this month in Newport Beach, Calif. Wise becomes the 136th president of ASME and fifth woman to serve in that post. As ASME president, Wise will play a central role in growing ASME’s outreach and activities in codes and standards, industry certification, professional development, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, among other programs impacting the worldwide mechanical engineering profession. A longtime supporter of ASME and former member of the ASME Board of Governors, Wise is charged with enhancing member services while overseeing the development of new programs in the areas of bioengineering, clean energy, manufacturing, pressure technology and robotics.