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 158 countries. Thirty-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.

Quick Facts:

  • Founded in 1880
  • Over 130,000 members in over 158 countries
  • Over 200 Sections and 32 Technical divisions
  • Headquartered in New York, NY
  • 600 technical standards improving the safety and efficiency of boilers
    elevators, cranes, nuclear energy, pipelines, and many other areas
  • ASME Standards used in over 100 countries
  • ASME members provide engineering and technical expertise to policy
    makers in Congress, the White House Office of Science and Technology
    policy, and key federal agencies
  • Holds more than 30 technical conferences annually
  • Offers over 200 professional development courses in multiple formats
  • ASME’s online digital library features over 30,000 journal articles and
    more than 30,000 conference proceedings papers as well as eBooks.
  • Nearly 250 mechanical engineering landmarks and collections of historical
    importance designated since 1971


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