Keith Roe named president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Keith Roe

Keith Roe

Keith Roe, a technical expert in nuclear engineering and former chairman of the energy firm Burns and Roe, has been named president of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for a one-year term that continues to July 2017.

The announcement was made during proceedings of the 2016 ASME Annual Meeting held earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky.  Roe becomes the 135th president of ASME, which has more than 130,000 members worldwide.

A fellow of ASME, Roe has been a dedicated member of the mechanical engineering Society for more than 44 years. He has held a number of leadership positions in ASME including a three-year term as a member of the Board of Governors, founding chair and member of the ASME Industry Advisory Board, a member and chair of the Board of Directors of the ASME Foundation and chair of the Board of Trustees.

Among his many honors and recognitions, Roe is the recipient of the ASME Dedicated Service Award and the Society’s Outstanding Leadership Award. He is also a recipient of the prestigious ASME President’s Award and the ASME Foundation Legacy Award. In addition, Roe has received a number of industry and academic recognitions including the James Porter Technology Award from Fiatech, the Silver Certificate from the American Nuclear Society, and the Industry Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Roe recently retired as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Burns and Roe Enterprises, Inc., one of the leading power generation Engineering-Procurement-Construction services firms in the world.  Roe joined the company in 1974 as a design engineer.   

Roe received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton University. He earned both a master’s degree and engineer’s degree in nuclear engineering from MIT. He also served in active duty in the U.S. Navy (1968-74) before being honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant.

Roe also holds the distinction of being the first ASME president whose father was also president of the Society. Kenneth Andrew Roe served as the Society’s 90th president during the 1971-72 term.

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