ASME Presidents

ASME was founded in 1880 to provide a forum for engineers to discuss the concerns brought by the global rise of industrialization and mechanization. The founders were among the more prominent machine builders and technical innovators of the late nineteenth century.


First President Robert Henry
Twenty Fifth President Frederick Taylor
Twenty Ninth President George Westinghouse
Forty Eighth President Elmer Sperry

Other presidents were well known in their time, though less familiar today. All, however, were leading mechanical engineers and contributors to the common good. And they all helped advance the Society's professional and public service goals.

In general, ASME presidents remain involved after their terms end. The Committee of Past Presidents, providing a significant advisory asset to the Society's current leadership, is composed of all living past presidents.


Robert Henry Thurston (1880-82)
E. D. Leavitt (1883-84)
John E. Sweet (1884-85)
J. E. Holloway (1885-86)
Coleman Sellers (1886-87)
George H. Babcock (1887-88)
Horace See (1888-89)
Henry R. Towne (1889-90)
Oberlin Smith (1890-91)
Robert W. Hunt (1891-92)
Charles H. Loring (1892-93)
Eckley B. Coxe (1893-94)
E. F. C. Davis (1894-95)
Charles E. Billings (1895-96)
John Fritz (1896-97)
Worcester R. Warner (1897-98)
Charles Wallace Hunt (1898-99)
George W. Melville (1899-1900)
Charles H. Morgan (1900-1901)
S. T. Wellman (1901-1902)
Edwin Reynolds (1902-1903)
James M. Dodge (1903-1904)
Ambrose Swasey (1904-1905)
John R. Freeman (1905-1906)
Frederick W. Taylor (1906-1907)
F. R. Hutton (1907-1908)
Minard L. Holman (1908-1909)
Jesse M. Smith (1909-1910)
George Westinghouse (1910-11)
E.D. Meier (1911-12)
Alex. C. Humphreys (1912-13)
W. F. M. Goss (1913-14)
James Hartness (1914-15)
John A. Brashear (1915-16)
David S. Jacobus (1916-17)
Ira N. Hollis (1917-18)
Charles T. Main (1918-19)
Mortimer E. Cooley (1919-20)
Fred J. Miller (1920-21)
Edwin S. Carman (1921-22)
Dexter S. Kimball (1922-23)
John L. Harrington (1923-24)
Fred R. Low (1924-25)
Wm. F. Durand (1925-26)
Wm. L. Abbott (1926-27)

Charles M. Schwab (1927-28)
Alex Dow (1928-29)
Elmer A. Sperry (1929-30)
Charles Piez (1930-31)
Roy V. Wright (1931-32)
Conrad N. Lauer (1932-33)
A. A. Potter (1933-34)
Paul Doty (1934)
Ralph E. Flanders (1934-36)
Wm. Batt (1936-37)
James H. Herron (1937-38)
Harvey N. Davis (1938-39)
Alexander G. Christie (1939-40)
Warren H. McBryde (1940-41)
Wm. A. Hanley (1941-42)
James W. Parker (1942-43)
H. V. Coes (1943-44)
R. M. Gates (1944-45)
Alex D. Bailey (1945-46)
D. R. Yarnall (1946-47)
Eugene W. O'Brien (1947-48)
E. G. Bailey (1948-49)
James Todd (1949-50)
James I. Cunningham (1950-51)
J. Calvin Brown (1951-52)
R. J. S. Pigott (1952-53)
Frederick S. Blackall Jr. (1953-54)
L. K. Sillcox (1954-55)
D. W. R. Morgan (1955-56)
Joseph W. Barker (1956-57)
Wm. F. Ryan (1957-58)
James N. Landis (1958-59)
Glenn B. Warren (1959-60)
Walker L. Cisler (1960-61)
Wm. H. Bryne (1961-62)
Clifford H. Shumaker (1962-63)
Ronald B. Smith (1963-64)
D. Elmer Bergman (1964-65)
Henry N. Muller (1965-66)
James H. Harlow (1966-67)
Louis N. Rowley Jr. (1967-68)
George F. Habach (1968-69)
Donald E. Marlowe (1969-70)
Allen F. Rhodes (1970-71)
Kenneth A. Roe (1971-72)

Richard G. Folsom (1972-73)
Daniel C. Drucker (1973-74)
Richard B. Robertson (1974-75)
Charles L. Tutt Jr. (1975-76)
Earle C. Miller (1976-77)
Stothe P. Kezios (1977-78)
Orval L. Lewis (1978-79)
Donald N. Zwiep (1979-80)
Charles E. Jones (1980-81)
Robert B. Gaither (1981-82)
Serge Gratch (1982-83)
Frank M. Scott (1983-84)
George Kotnick (1984-85)
Leroy S. Fletcher (1985-86)
Nancy D. Fitzroy (1986-87)
Richard Rosenberg (1987-88)
Ernest L. Daman (1988-89)
Charles O. Velzy (1989-90)
Arthur E. Bergles (1990-91)
Nathan H. Hurt (1991-92)
Joseph A. Falcon (1992-93)
John H. Fernandes (1993-94)
Paul J. Torpey (1994-95)
Daniel T. Koenig (1995-96)
Richard J. Goldstein (1996-97)
Keith B. Thayer (1997-98)
Winfred M. Phillips (1998-99)
Robert E. Nickell (1999-2000)
John R. Parker (2000-2001)
William A. Weiblen (2001-2002)
Susan H. Skemp (2002-2003)
Reginald I. Vachon (2003-2004)
Harry Armen (2004-2005)
Richard E Feigel (2005-2006)
Terry E. Shoup (2006-2007)
Sam Y. Zamrik (2007-2008)
Thomas M. Barlow (2008-2009)
Amos E. Holt (2009-2010)
Robert T. Simmons (2010- 2011)
Victoria Rockwell (2011-2012)
Marc Goldsmith (2012-2013)
Madiha Kotb (2013-2014)
J. Robert Sims (2014-2015)
Julio C. Guerrero (2015-2016)
K. Keith Roe (2016-2017)