founding pResident at engineering for change llc
Noha El-Ghobashy is the founding president of Engineering for Change, LLC (E4C), a global alliance of 15 organizations and 30,000+ individuals dedicated to promoting sustainable and accessible technology-based solutions for underserved communities worldwide. Noha is also Executive Director of the ASME Foundation in New York City, focusing on K-16 STEM education, social innovation and sustainable design.
Noha has over 20 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors promoting social and environmental responsibility while advancing core business objectives. Her diverse professional background has positioned her as a natural connector with networks extending across technology, media, education, policy and global development sectors. She has been invited to stages around the world to share practical advice on bridging the gap between technology’s impact and global development and on leveraging the expertise of engineers for community empowerment at the Base of the Economic Pyramid. Noha was also invited to deliver the firstever National Science Foundation workshop on “Research in Materials and Manufacturing for Extreme Affordability”, examining ways in which technology and market-based solutions can address such varied socioeconomic challenges as access to adequate housing, electricity, clean water, education and health care.
Noha earned her BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and has two U.S. patents related to broadband equipment design. In addition to her role at E4C and ASME, she served as Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, N.Y. Noha is also a member of the External Advisory Board of Columbia University's Mechanical Engineering Department. In 2013 she was named the recipient of the American Association of Engineering Societies’ Kenneth Andrew Roe Award and most recently, she was selected as one of New York Business Journal's Women of Influence.