Meet Victoria A. Rockwell

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

October 5, 2012

Victoria RockwellVictoria A. Rockwell ’76, at left, immediate past president 2011-2012 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a former member of the Board of Governors and has been an active volunteer during her 30-plus years as a member of the organization.

Rockwell sits on the Committee of Finance and the ASME Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to her member-at-large position with the Board of Governors, her previous posts have included chair of the Annual Meeting committee, senior vice president of the Strategic Management Sector, senior vice president of the Council on Public Affairs, vice president of the Board of Public Information and chair of the project task force to implement the Society’s Continuity and Change restructuring initiative several years ago.

Currently, she is employed as director of Investment Development at Air Liquide America, a Houston-based developer of gases for the industrial, health and environmental sectors. The international company is present in 80 countries with 43,600 employees.

Rockwell’s long history of ASME service includes stints on the Society’s 125th Anniversary committee, Council on Engineering Education, Inter-Council Task Force on Public Information, Committee on Staff, Board on Pre-College Education and the ASME Nominating Committee.

Rockwell’s presidential objectives are to “create and foster an energy and excitement that will enable ASME to achieve our strategic goals — Energy, Global Impact and Engineering Workforce Development,” and “use these achievements to develop an external awareness of ASME so that industry, government and other organizations including educational institutions value and recognize our contributions and those of our members.”

During her term, Rockwell also aspires to promote the positive impact of engineering on society-at-large, the importance of engineering to the health of people living in developing nations, and to help demonstrate how the profession has improved the quality of life of the world’s population. She also hopes to “utilize and enhance ASME’s leadership role within the engineering community to achieve our strategies” and “engage the ASME membership to advocate and implement programs that align with our strategies and goals.”

In addition to the ASME Fellow Grade, which was conferred upon her in 1999, Rockwell’s other ASME honors include the ASME Dedicated Service Award, the South Texas Section’s Alan J. Chapman Award for extended ASME service and the Region III Service Award.

Rockwell graduated from the Northeast Center with a B.S. in Science, Mathematics and Technology.