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.


Robert Henry Thurston

1880-82

Our 1st president, Robert Henry Thurston served 1880-82. Since then, new presidents have been elected each year, a rotation that continually brings fresh ideas and new energy to ASME's mission.



Fredrick Taylor

1906-07

Some presidents attained prominence both in and beyond the mechanical engineering profession. Frederick Taylor, our 25th president, had a revolutionary impact on mass production and high-speed steel development.



George Westinghouse

1910-11

George Westinghouse, our 29th president, held more than 400 patents, including a signal American contribution to rail technology: the air brake.


Elmer Sperry

1929-30

Elmer Sperry, our 48th president, founded eight manufacturing companies and also held more than 400 patents, including a gyrocompass and a nonmagnetic navigational aid.


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 healped 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.


The Committee of Past Presidents

Robert Henry Thurston (1880-82) J. Calvin Brown (1951-52)
E. D. Leavitt (1883-84) R. J. S. Pigott (1952-53)
John E. Sweet (1884-85) Frederick S. Blackall Jr. (1953-54)
J. E. Holloway (1885-86) L. K. Sillcox (1954-55)
Coleman Sellers (1886-87) D. W. R. Morgan (1955-56)
George H. Babcock (1887-88) Joseph W. Barker (1956-57)
Horace See (1888-89) Wm. F. Ryan (1957-58)
Henry R. Towne (1889-90) James N. Landis (1958-59)
Oberlin Smith (1890-91) Glenn B. Warren (1959-60)
Robert W. Hunt (1891-92) Walker L. Cisler (1960-61)
Charles H. Loring (1892-93) Wm. H. Bryne (1961-62)
Eckley B. Coxe (1893-94) Clifford H. Shumaker (1962-63)
E. F. C. Davis (1894-95) Ronald B. Smith (1963-64)
Charles E. Billings (1895-96) D. Elmer Bergman (1964-65)
John Fritz (1896-97) Henry N. Muller (1965-66)
Worcester R. Warner (1897-98) James H. Harlow (1966-67)
Charles Wallace Hunt (1898-99) Louis N. Rowley Jr. (1967-68)
George W. Melville (1899-1900) George F. Habach (1968-69)
Charles H. Morgan (1900-1901) Donald E. Marlowe (1969-70)
S. T. Wellman (1901-1902) Allen F. Rhodes (1970-71)
Edwin Reynolds (1902-1903) Kenneth A. Roe (1971-72)
James M. Dodge (1903-1904) Richard G. Folsom (1972-73)
Ambrose Swasey (1904-1905) Daniel C. Drucker (1973-74)
John R. Freeman (1905-1906) Richard B. Robertson (1974-75)
Frederick W. Taylor (1906-1907) Charles L. Tutt Jr. (1975-76)
F. R. Hutton (1907-1908) Earle C. Miller (1976-77)
Minard L. Holman (1908-1909) Stothe P. Kezios (1977-78)
Jesse M. Smith (1909-1910) Orval L. Lewis (1978-79)
George Westinghouse (1910-11) Donald N. Zwiep (1979-80)
E.D. Meier (1911-12) Charles E. Jones (1980-81)
Alex. C. Humphreys (1912-13) Robert B. Gaither (1981-82)
W. F. M. Goss (1913-14) Serge Gratch (1982-83)
James Hartness (1914-15) Frank M. Scott (1983-84)
John A. Brashear (1915-16) George Kotnick (1984-85)
David S. Jacobus (1916-17) Leroy S. Fletcher (1985-86)
Ira N. Hollis (1917-18) Nancy D. Fitzroy (1986-87)
Charles T. Main (1918-19) Richard Rosenberg (1987-88)
Mortimer E. Cooley (1919-20) Ernest L. Daman (1988-89)
Fred J. Miller (1920-21) Charles O. Velzy (1989-90)
Edwin S. Carman (1921-22) Arthur E. Bergles (1990-91)
Dexter S. Kimball (1922-23) Nathan H. Hurt (1991-92)
John L. Harrington (1923-24) Joseph A. Falcon (1992-93)
Fred R. Low (1924-25) John H. Fernandes (1993-94)
Wm. F. Durand (1925-26) Paul J. Torpey (1994-95)
Wm. L. Abbott (1926-27) Daniel T. Koenig (1995-96)
Charles M. Schwab (1927-28) Richard J. Goldstein (1996-97)
Alex Dow (1928-29) Keith B. Thayer (1997-98)
Elmer A. Sperry (1929-30) Winfred M. Phillips (1998-99)
Charles Piez (1930-31) Robert E. Nickell (1999-2000)
Roy V. Wright (1931-32) John R. Parker (2000-2001)
Conrad N. Lauer (1932-33) William A. Weiblen (2001-2002)
A. A. Potter (1933-34) Susan H. Skemp (2002-2003)
Paul Doty (1934) Reginald I. Vachon (2003-2004)
Ralph E. Flanders (1934-36) Harry Armen (2004-2005)
Wm. Batt (1936-37) Richard E Feigel (2005-2006)
James H. Herron (1937-38) Terry E. Shoup (2006-2007)
Harvey N. Davis (1938-39) Sam Y. Zamrik (2007-2008)
Alexander G. Christie (1939-40) Thomas M. Barlow (2008-2009)
Warren H. McBryde (1940-41) Amos E. Holt (2009-2010)
Wm. A. Hanley (1941-42) Robert T. Simmons (2010- 2011)
James W. Parker (1942-43) Victoria Rockwell (2011-2012)
H. V. Coes (1943-44) Marc Goldsmith (2012-2013)
R. M. Gates (1944-45) Madiha Kotb (2013-2014)
Alex D. Bailey (1945-46) J. Robert Sims (2014-2015)
D. R. Yarnall (1946-47) Julio C. Guerrero (2015-2016)
Eugene W. O'Brien (1947-48) K. Keith Roe (2016-2017)
E. G. Bailey (1948-49) Charla K. Wise (2017-2018)
James Todd (1949-50) Said Jahanmir (2018-2019)
James I. Cunningham (1950-51) Richard Laudenat (2019-2020)