AAES General Assembly Meeting Bios

November 3, 2016

Morning Education Session

Engineering is a Global Profession: preparing the U.S. engineer and supporting the international one


Proctor P. Reid directs the Program Office of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation.  As Director of Programs, Dr. Reid is responsible for overall direction and management of NAE program activities and staff.  Beginning his tenure with the NAE Program Office in 1988 as an NAE Fellow, Reid was appointed senior program officer in 1991, associate director in 1996, co-director in 2000, and director in 2005.  Since joining the Academy, he has served as the lead professional staff to multiple NAE committee studies, workshops, and symposia on issues related to the globalization of engineering, technological dimensions of competitiveness, U.S.-China cooperation on energy and environment, systems approaches to health and healthcare, future of engineering education, research, and practice, and vitality of the engineering workforce.

In addition to his work with the Academy, Reid has served as Secretary to the AAAS Section on Industrial Science and Technology and as a professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he received his Ph.D. in international relations in 1989.  Before joining the NAE, he was an instructor in political economy at Oberlin College (1986-1987) and worked as a consultant to the National Research Council (1988) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (1984-1985).  He was elected a Fellow of the AAAS in 2013.



 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 first-ever 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.


Cathy Leslie has served as Engineers Without Borders USA’s (EWB-USA) Executive Director since 2004. She has overseen the growth of the organization from one university chapter to over 275 student and professional chapters. The over 16,000 passionate, highly skilled volunteers that comprise these chapters work in more than 40 countries around the world.

Under her leadership, EWB-USA has impacted the lives of millions through the implementation of engineering projects to provide clean water, sanitation, access to market and health facilities, renewable energy and more.  It has also impacted the lives of thousands of STEM students by providing transformational and authentic co-curricular educational opportunities which have better prepared them to meet the global challenges of tomorrow.

Ms. Leslie is a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of Colorado with over 25 years of practice in civil engineering design and management.  Her career has included working with municipalities and governments, in conjunction with the private sector, to develop solutions to better meet the needs of people and the planet.


For over 35 years, Peter Turner has worked as a business and product development executive in the association management sector having worked in senior positions for three international associations including the IEEE Computer Society. For the past nine years, Peter has served as MCI Group’s leader in the US market for outbound market development for clients including ASQ, SAE International, and IEEE through MCI’s global Association Management & Consulting practice and its worldwide network of 60 offices. MCI is committed to improving association business capacity through better market data and member/customer insight and the Global Engagement Index is the latest example of research that is changing how associations develop better strategy.


Nate Lavigne is currently the Director of Technology and Analytics at NACE International, where he oversees information technology, market research and business intelligence. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems with ten years’ experience in information technology and six in association management. Early in his career at NACE, Nate founded the business intelligence division helping the organization make smarter and faster decisions. He is currently partnering with the NACE membership team to build a data based membership engagement and retention strategy. Nate currently resides in Houston, Texas and is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration.


Michael K. J. Milligan is the Executive Director and CEO of ABET, a nonprofit organization that accredits over 3,700 college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology located in 30 countries. In this role, Milligan leads a full-time staff headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, supporting the operations of over 2,200 accreditation experts. Milligan is responsible for all aspects of ABET’s global operations, and reports directly to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of members appointed by ABET’s 35 member societies.

Prior to joining ABET in 2009, Milligan held various leadership positions in the government and academia. Milligan also served 24 years as a career U.S. Air Force officer working in operations, international research & development, technology acquisition, and education. Milligan earned a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.S.E. from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.S. from Michigan State University—all in electrical engineering. He also earned an M.B.A. from Western New England College. Milligan is a senior member of IEEE, a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Maryland.


Jerry Carter is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). In this position, Carter serves as Secretary of the NCEES Corporation, subject to the Board of Directors and Council policies. As the Council’s chief employed officer, Carter has full authority for the management of Council affairs, to include oversight of a staff of seventy professionals.

Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer, Carter served as Associate Executive Director at the Council. He has been employed by NCEES since 2001.

Before joining NCEES, Carter was the Executive Director of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors in Raleigh, N.C from 1992-2001. During his tenure with the North Carolina Board, Carter was instrumental in pursuing revisions to the North Carolina Engineering and Surveying Practice Act to update requirements and to reflect current day practices to include mandatory continued education for all licensees as a condition of renewal. Carter also was responsible for updating the technology employed at the Board office to include the development of propriety software for use in processing applications, renewals and retaining historical information on licensees.

Carter is a graduate of Atlantic Christian College located in Wilson, North Carolina with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in history. He has pursued graduate studies in Public Administration at both East Carolina University and North Carolina State University.