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.

We were founded in 1880 and currently have over 130,000 members in over 158 countries. There are over 200 Sections and 32 Technical divisions, headquartered in New York, NY. We have contributed 600 technical standards improving the safety and efficiency of boilers, elevators, cranes, nuclear energy, pipelines, and many other areas, and the ASME Standards used in over 100 countries. ASME members provide engineering and technical expertise to policymakers in Congress, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and key federal agencies. We hold more than 30 technical conferences annually and offer 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. There are nearly 250 mechanical engineering landmarks and collections of historical importance designated since 1971. [Excerpted from]