Santa Clara University
Member, Committee of Past Presidents
Past Chair, ASME Foundation Board of Directors
Member, Archimedes Club
"Giving is a wonderful way to make a difference and Archimedes guarantees the future of ASME long after I'm gone," Dr. Shoup says. "Any engineer who is planning their future needs to look at the big picture," he says of the Archimedes Club. "What am I going to need and what is going to be the most meaningful when I'm gone? It's important that people plan and make decisions well in advance. A small investment now has a huge impact on the ASME Foundation for the future. You don't have to be wealthy to make a difference through the ASME Foundation. All you have to do is have some heart and the desire to make a difference.
"Giving to the ASME Foundation is an opportunity to give back to my profession. There have been so many admirable people who I respect for making a difference to the world and their communities. I give to the ASME Foundation in appreciation for the friendships and knowledge I've received from ASME and from engineers throughout my career," he continues. "There are two ways to give back. One is by donating time and energy. The other is by writing a check. Both make a difference. Both make you feel good. I feel very proud about being part of the ASME Foundation and improving the quality of life for others because of ASME standards on products. Being a part of ASME keeps you connected with a network of people who are important to the field," he adds. "I've enjoyed the friendships I've made. You have the opportunity to learn leadership skills in a safe environment. I've been able to bring the values and tools I've gained through ASME to my teaching position and to the university."
Dr. Shoup credits his first mentor, Robert Page, who encouraged him to join ASME. "I'm so grateful to him for suggesting that I join ASME," recalls Dr. Shoup. "I met so many wonderful people and many of my closest friends are people I've met through ASME. These are people making a difference."
His legacy is also his students. "I always enjoyed working in teaching and molding young minds. I am a college professor as well as an engineer so I blended two passions, engineering and teaching," Dr. Shoup explains. At SCU since 1989, he served as the Dean of Engineering for 13 years and currently serves as Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management for the University. Dr. Shoup is the author or co-author of over 100 technical publications in the field of machine design. His recent R&D activities have focused on the use of spreadsheet modules to augment the design process in the analysis and synthesis of machine elements. "Engineers make things that make the world a better place," he says. "Times change. Technology changes. But problem solving has remained a constant."