About ASME


At a Glance

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 140,000 members in 151 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.

Read more about the Society in the
"ASME At A Glance" brochure
"ASME By The Numbers" fact sheet

Additive Manufacturing which includes 3-D printing technology makes it possible to design and create more complex and functional components or spare parts than is possible using traditional techniques. Some objects are so intricate and complex that they can only be made using 3-D printing technologies.
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Manufacturing Group

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Mission Statement

To serve diverse global communities by advancing, disseminating and applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life; and communicating the excitement of engineering.

Our Strategic Initiatives

  • Global Impact
  • Energy
  • Workforce Development

More on ASME's Mission, Vision & Strategic Initiatives
View the 2013 State of the Society Video

Member Overview

Strategic Priorities

Global Impact
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.

View the 2013 Global Impact Report

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.

Workforce Development
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.