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American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is an American professional association that, in its own words, "promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe" via "continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations, and other forms of outreach."[4] ASME is thus an engineering society, a standards organization, a research and development organization, an advocacy organization,[5] a provider of training and education, and a nonprofit organization. Founded as an engineering society focused on mechanical engineering in North America, ASME is today multidisciplinary and global.

Quick facts: Formation, Type, Headquarters, Location, Regi...
Typenot-for-profit membership organization
HeadquartersNew York City, U.S.
  • Two Park Avenue
    New York
    NY 10016-5990
    United States
Region served
85,000+ in over 150 countries [1]
Official language
President [2]
Karen Ohland
Immediate Past President
Mahantesh Hiremath
Executive Director[3]
Thomas Costabile
Engineering for Change

ASME has over 85,000 members in more than 135 countries worldwide.[6][7]

ASME was founded in 1880 by Alexander Lyman Holley, Henry Rossiter Worthington, John Edison Sweet and Matthias N. Forney in response to numerous steam boiler pressure vessel failures.[8] Known for setting codes and standards for mechanical devices, ASME conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations,[9] holds numerous technical conferences and hundreds of professional development courses each year and sponsors numerous outreach and educational programs. Georgia Tech president and women engineer supporter Blake R Van Leer was an executive member.[10] Kate Gleason and Lydia Weld were the first two women members.[11]