Executive Director, Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, Florida Atlantic University
Chair, ASME Foundation Board of Directors
Member, Alexander Holley Society
Member, Archimedes Club
"I give to the Holley Society because I feel a sense of responsibility to ASME. You can give once to a program and it has a direct impact but it's not sustainable. Giving annually means that your gift sustains the programs. It's needed to ensure the viability of the future of engineering," notes Susan H. Skemp, Director of the Center of Ocean Energy Technology at Florida Atlantic University. "For an investment to be well founded it has to be sustained and you have to continue to reinvest. You don't invest in one year of college for your kids. You make sure you have a plan for your kids, so that it's sustainable for them and there's a framework for them to build their lives. Giving is not a one-time event."
A member of both the Archimedes Club and Holley Society, she has created a legacy not only for herself, but also for others. "Some people would rather give as part of planned giving and others would rather give annually as part of the Holley Society," she says. "It has to be the individual who makes that decision. Both of these giving societies are needed to ensure the viability of the future of engineering." As a member of the teaching profession, the students who represent the future of engineering pass through her office. "I tell students to become involved with their professional organization. It helps increase their capabilities and knowledge outside of the workplace," she says. "They are part of giving back to the profession so that next generation of engineers will be able to support and mentor others. I've been giving towards programs that ensure that the next generation has the means to really expand on their careers."
Kemp believes in unrestricted gifts, because all of the ASME Foundation programs are linked together. "If we don't invest in public policy, then we don't have a continuous power board of people to guide our nation's leaders to ensure less risk of unmitigated risk. That being said, many of those same policies involve education, research, and public awareness."
Being a member of ASME greatly impacted Kemp's career, beginning when she was a student at Florida Atlantic University. "I grew as a person at the University and I grew as a person taking on leadership roles at ASME," she recalls. "It offered me the opportunity to network and expand my horizons. Being a member of ASME helped me to increase my knowledge and skill set by being part of the profession. I tell this to my students. It adds to their resume and toolbox of skills."
"At ASME," she says, "One of the greatest things is to be able to see firsthand how engineers impact the world around them. We tend to take things for granted. Where we are today, where we come from, where we can go tomorrow. So you begin to see that future frontier."