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David Soukup, P.E.

Managing Director, Governance

Dave has been an engineering association executive since 1976. He is also an adjunct professor of engineering at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.


Managing Director, Governance  
ASME, October 2011 to Present

Responsible for managing ASME's volunteer leadership training, officer nomination and training, ethics program, early career leadership program, and corporate governance documents. Handles logistics and confidential documents, including the minutes and agendas, for ASME's governing board. Leads the profession-wide effort, "Licensing That Works," to maintain educational requirements for professional licensure. Provides staff support for the inter-society Hoover and Sperry Boards. Manager of three direct reports, and staff support for nine volunteer committees. Responsible for $2,000,000 budget.

Managing Director, Centers  
ASME, June 2005 to October 2011

Responsible for management of ASME's engineering education, public awareness, professional practice, volunteer leadership and diversity activities.

Adjunct Professor  
New York University Tandon School of Engineering, January 1997 to Present, New York, NY United States

Teach graduate-level computer simulation course, emphasizing supply chain issues; project management course, focusing on risk-based decision-making; manufacturing systems course; and work systems course. Created on-line versions of simulation and manufacturing systems courses.

Managing Director, Operations; Executive Director, ASME Foundation; Director, Governance Support  
ASME, October 1988 to June 2005

Managed capital campaign that raised over $5,900,000 for the ASME Foundation. Increased international membership by 40% over a five-year period. Motivated and guided 40 international volunteers. Established ASME Project Office to standardize procedures for portfolio of cross-sector projects throughout ASME. Designed new enterprise-wise organization structure as staff lead for the Project Management Task Force. Developed strategic planning process and updated plan annually using the Balanced Scorecard. Began ASME's video and podcast on-line postings. Started first open source design project.

Associate Director  
Institute of Industrial Engineers, January 1984 to January 1988

Conducted direct-mail and corporate fund raising. Served as staff manager for industry advisory board, academic department heads board and research council. Was staff liaison for professional registration issues and industrial engineering academic activities, including work with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Wrote and designed organization's annual report.

Assistant Secretary-Treasurer  
Tau Beta Pi, January 1976 to January 1984

Developed membership marketing materials that attracted over 12,000 new members annually. Managed staff support for annual fund-raising campaign whose revenue increased from $159,000 to $405,000 per year. Prepared data for Internal Revenue Service Form 990. Supervised logistics for annual convention budgeted at $100,000 and attended by over 300 members. Designed and maintained management information system for 265,000 members. Editor of quarterly newsletter.


University of Tennessee-Knoxville  
M.S, Industrial Engineering, Jan, 1978 to Jan, 1982

University of Arizona  
B.S., Systems Engineering, Jan, 1972 to Jan, 1976


  • Licensed Professional Engineer
    State of Georgia (016315)
  • Certified Association Executive
    American Society of Association Executives 


"Open Source Water Purifier Design"     
Published by (Engineers Without Borders Annual Conference)
Authors: David Soukup, Schmaltz K. S., Choate R. E., Hagen W. T., Pearl Z. D., Lopez J. D., La Verde J. N..  Published October 01, 2008

“Public Policy, Government and External Relations”     
Published by (New York Society of Association Executives Study Session for CAE Exam)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published March 27, 2007

"Project Management for Engineers"     
Published by (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published October 01, 2000

On-line training module

“Making Agreements of Cooperation Work for Your Society”     
Published by (Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives Annual Meeting)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published July 01, 2000

“Justifying an Annual Fund Raising Campaign”     
Published by (Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives Annual Meeting)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published July 01, 1998

"Expanding Your International Membership"     
Published by (Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives Annual Meeting)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published January 01, 1993

"Establishing Successful Relationships Overseas"     
Published by (American Society of Association Executives International News)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published November 01, 1990

"Continuing Industrial Engineering Education"     
Published by (World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published May 01, 1986

"Successful Fund Raising Using Engineering"     
Published by (Fund Raising Management)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published December 01, 1984

“An Automatic Checkers Player: A Demonstration of Computer Vision for Robots”     
Published by (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers Symposium on Intelligent Robots)
Authors: David Soukup, Lesac,J, Tio, J.B.K., Hall,E.L..  Published November 01, 1983

"A Markov Analysis of Fund Raising Alternatives"     
Published by (Journal of Marketing Research)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published August 01, 1983

"An Educational Computer Vision and Robotic System"     
Published by (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society Conference)
Authors: David Soukup, Hall, E.L., Lesac, J., Woodrick, W.E..  Published June 01, 1982

“A Solid State Camera for Low Cost Image Processing”     
Published by (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Southeastcon ’82)
Authors: David Soukup, Woodrick, W.E., Lesac,J., Hall, E.L..  Published April 01, 1982

“Marketing Honor Society Membership”     
Published by (Association of College Honor Societies Annual Meeting)
Authors: David Soukup.  Published February 01, 1980


2010 Outstanding Professional Engineer in Education Award
Presented by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers at its 2010 Annual Meeting

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society