Assistant professor selected for international leadership development program


By Ashley J. WennersHerron

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Guha Manogharan, Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was selected to join the 2022-23 Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering (ECLIPSE). Administered by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, this year’s international ECLIPSE class includes six early career engineers.  

 Each intern is paired with a business unit in the organization for the year, working under the guidance of a high-level adviser. Manogharan will intern with the ASME public affairs and outreach sector, which  aims “to expand global awareness, knowledge and application of engineering and technology through education, outreach and advocacy with the public, industry, academia and government,” according to the unit’s website.  

The ASME ECLIPSE program was established to provide professional development opportunities for early career members and prepare them to take on leadership roles in ASME, according to the ECLIPSE website. Selected participants must have served in industry or academia for three to 10 years and volunteered with ASME in some capacity.  

During the year-long internship, Manogharan will attend meetings and participate in workshops and training sessions to further enhance leadership and management skills. He will also have opportunities to network with fellow interns, as well as with senior ASME officers.  

“Advanced manufacturing is one of the key strategic priorities for ASME,” Manogharan said. “I look forward to leveraging my area of expertise in digital manufacturing as an interweaving ‘digital thread’ into these various areas, including government relations and policy, cybersecurity, workforce development, and codes and standards.” 

Manogharan noted that he is particularly interested in ASME’s efforts to understand the social return on investments.  

“It provides another set of success metrics for both ASME and some of my work that may not have a classically measurable economic impact in the short term,” Manogharan said. “As an ECLIPSE intern with the public affairs and outreach sector, I will have the opportunity to observe and engage leaders with a strong record of long-range and strategic thinking to positively impact the ASME, the nation and the world.” 

Manogharan, who directs the Systems for Hybrid-Additive Process Engineering (SHAPE) Lab at Penn State, joined ASME in 2015. Since then, he has served as a member of the Manufacturing Engineering Division. He is currently the lead chair on the metals track for the inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Conference, which will take place in October in Lisbon, Portugal, and is jointly sponsored by ASME and the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting.  

He also serves as a peer reviewer for the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Sciences, and he regularly presents at annual ASME meetings, participates on ASME panels, referees various proceedings and organizes symposia and technical sessions.  

Manogharan attended the kick-off meeting for this year’s ECLIPSE program in April, where he met his fellow interns.  

“I am looking forward to further networking with my peers as we learn important skills from ASME leaders and prepare for future leadership opportunities to serve the engineering community,” Manogharan said.   


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