American Society Of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that promotes the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences throughout the world. The core values of ASME are rooted in its mission to better enable mechanical engineering practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind.
Who We Are
ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 151 countries. Thirty-two thousand of these members are students.
From college students and early-career engineers to project managers, corporate executives, researchers and academic leaders, ASME's members are as diverse as the engineering community itself. ASME serves this wide-ranging technical community through quality programs in continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations and other forms of outreach.
To serve diverse global communities by advancing, disseminating and applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life; and communicating the excitement of engineering.
ASME seeks to deliver locally relevant engineering resources to advance public safety and quality of life throughout the world.
ASME seeks to have a positive impact on the quality of life throughout the world by providing locally relevant standards, certification, technical information, networking, and advocacy for business, government, academia and practicing engineers.
ASME serves as an essential energy technology resource for business, government, academia, practicing engineers and the general public and as a leading energy policy advocate for balanced energy policies in the U.S. and other areas of the world.
ASME is committed to fostering a broader, more competent, and more diverse engineering workforce to improve retention in the profession over all career stages.
ASME aims to expand the capacity and effectiveness of the engineering workforce, promote the public good and increase public awareness of the value of the engineering profession.
FUNDING EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING
Where Imagination Takes Flight
The ASME Foundation is committed to funding and developing programs that support, create, and advance the field of engineering. Your gift to the ASME Foundation supports the engineering solutions of tomorrow.
The ASME Foundation provides support for ASME programs, scholarships, awards and honors. The ASME Foundation champions ASME's mission to serve diverse global communities by advancing, disseminating and applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life, and communicating the excitement of engineering.
Gifts to the ASME Foundation support, create, and advance the field of engineering and molds future engineers by supporting K-12 STEM education programs, engineering for global development projects, university student and early career development, and public policy and federal fellows programs.
The tradition of service and philanthropy that characterizes ASME and the ASME Foundation goes back to the Society's founding in 1880. As one of many important donors to ASME, Honorary Member Andrew Carnegie recognized the benefits the Society gave to the world as a leader in technical innovation. Carnegie also knew that many valuable initiatives would be possible with his support.
As ASME grew in size and importance over the next decades, members sought to increase their charitable impact. By the time of ASME's Centennial in 1980, these efforts led to many new need-based programs focused on serving the needs and expectations of members. ASME leadership realized that the tradition of people like Carnegie would be increasingly important to realizing the Society's philanthropic mission. In 1987, after several years of planning, ASME's Board of Governors established the ASME Foundation as a way to maintain the Society's commitment to philanthropy for and by the mechanical engineering profession.
About Codes and Standards
ASME is the leading international developer of codes and standards associated with the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering. Starting with the first issuance of its legendary Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code in 1914, ASME's codes and standards have grown to nearly 600 offerings currently in print. These offerings cover a breadth of topics, including pressure technology, nuclear plants, elevators / escalators, construction, engineering design, standardization, and performance testing.
Developing and revising ASME codes and standards occurs year-round. More than 4,700 dedicated volunteers — engineers, scientists, government officials, and others — contribute their technical expertise to protect public safety, while reflecting best practices of industry. The results of their efforts are being used in over 100 nations; thus setting the standard for code-development worldwide.
ASME develops voluntary standards that enhance public safety, health, and quality of life as well as facilitate innovation, trade, and competitiveness.
ASME develops and revises standards based on market needs through a consensus process whose meetings dealing with standards-related actions are open to all members of the public. ASME consensus committees are comprised of volunteer subject matter experts from a diverse range of interests, including manufacturers, users, government, and general interest. ASME standards and subsequent revisions are based upon review of reliable technical data by the consensus committee and its sub-tier committees.
The ASME process includes a broad public review for all of its standards actions. Any interested member of the general public may review and comment on proposed ASME standards or revisions, as well as initiate an appeal based on previously submitted concerns. ASME's voluntary standards may be adopted by jurisdictional authorities as a means of complying with their governing regulatory requirements.
ASME standards are accepted for use in more than 100 countries around the world.
Standards & Certification Vision:
To be the world leader in mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering codes, standards, conformity assessment programs, and related products and services.
Standards & Certification Mission:
Develop the best, most applicable codes, standards, conformity assessment programs, and related products and services in the world for the benefit of humanity. Involved the best and brightest people from all around the world to develop, maintain, and promote the use of these ASME products and services world about.
Certification and Accreditation
ASME conformity assessment programs—under which a company or an individual is assessed and certified based on demonstrated ability to meet the requirements of an ASME standard—continue to provide a vital service to enhancement of public safety and facilitation of international commerce.
130 Years and Counting
ASME was founded in 1880 to provide a setting for engineers to discuss the concerns brought
by the rise of industrialization and mechanization. The Society’s founders were some of the more prominent machine builders and technical innovators of the late nineteenth century; led by prominent steel engineer Alexander Lyman Holley, Henry Rossiter Worthington and John Edison Sweet.
Holley chaired the first meeting, which was held in the New York editorial offices of the American Machinist, on February 16th, with thirty people in attendance. From this date onward, the society ran formal meetings to discuss development of standard tools and machine parts as well as uniform work practices. However, it wasn’t until 1905 that a major turning point gave new definition to ASME’s purpose and impact on civilian life.
Steam powered the technology of the late 19th century. Despite their power, boilers and pressure vessels were temperamental, requiring constant attention and maintenance. Although there were numerous boiler explosions throughout the 19th century, there were no legal codes for boilers in any state in the Union. Undoubtedly one of the most important incidents that proved the need for developing boiler laws was the Grover Shoe Factory Disaster in Brockton, Massachusetts on March 10, 1905.
An older boiler, used as a backup during maintenance on the newer model, exploded, rocketing through three floors and the building’s roof. Broken beams and heavy machinery trapped many workers who survived the initial explosion and collapse. Burning coals thrown from the boiler landed throughout the crumbling superstructure, starting fires that were fed by broken gas lines. The explosion resulted in 58 deaths and 117 injuries.
It was this catastrophe that gave Massachusetts the impetus to establish a five-man Board of Boiler Rules, whose charge was to write a boiler law for the state; this board published its boiler laws in 1908.
Having established the Boiler Testing Code in 1884, ASME formed a Boiler Code Committee in 1911 that led to the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) being published in 1915. The BPVC was later incorporated into laws in most US states and territories and Canadian provinces.
ASME’s rich publication history—including standards, theory, and technical journals—made a great deal of technical and biographical information available to engineers and policy makers. These publications form a substantial and tangible connection to the past that proves inspirational to ASME members to this day.
Setting the Standard
ASME is best known for improving the safety of equipment used in manufacturing and construction, particularly boilers and pressure vessels. One founding interest was ensuring reliability and predictability in machine design and mechanical production. Boilers and pressure vessels were an innovation that advanced long-range transportation and heavy lifting in ways that had never been possible before. However, the machinery was temperamental, and frequent corner cutting and delayed servicing had disastrous consequences.
ASME published the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) in 1915, which was later incorporated into laws in most North American territories. In the years following the publication of the first BPVC, ASME continued the proliferation of safety in industry, developing engineering standards in numerous technical areas including pipeline production, elevators and escalators, materials handling, gas turbines, and nuclear power. Today, ASME has more than 600 codes and standards available in print and online.