Alexander Holley Society

The success of the ASME Foundation stems from our members whose generosity contribute to the future of engineering and enable ASME programs to change the engineering landscape and the world. Your charitable annual gift of $1,000 or more automatically places you into the Alexander Holley Society, ASME’s most prestigious category of annual support.

Your annual contributions directly impact future generations of engineers and support a wide range of ASME programs in the areas of K-12 STEM Education/Pre-College; Engineering for Global Development /Engineering for Change; Student and Early Career Development; Public Policy and the Federal Fellows Programs.

Membership Benefits

  • Special recognition as a Holley Society member on the ASME Foundation’s website and annual donor report
  • Exclusive invitations from ASME Executive Director
  • Invitations to ASME congressional briefings on Capitol Hill
  • Invitations to special programs and events
  • VIP seating at the ASME Foundation’s Honors Assembly
  • Alexander Holley Society recognition lapel pin
  • Personal Tour of Foundation Headquarters in NYC
  • ASME Foundation Concierge TM – A personal contact for all things ASME Foundation

Leave Your Mark

The Alexander Holley Society was established in 2011 in honor of Alexander Lyman Holley (1832 - 1882), a mechanical engineer who helped found ASME and revolutionized steel production in the United States. It recognizes the leadership of individuals who make an annual commitment of $1,000 or more to the ASME Foundation.

Considered the most renowned steel and plant engineer and designer of his time, Alexander Holley’s ideas and concepts influenced education and industry for decades. His innovations influenced the growth of commerce and the industrial economy in the U.S. He is recognized for introducing the Bessemer process of steelmaking to the U.S., which made large quantities of steel economically available to support a rapid growth in American industry during the late-nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. He chaired the first meeting of the founders of ASME in the offices of the American Machinist on February 16, 1880, and is credited for establishing the intellectual boundaries of the mechanical engineering profession and ASME. ASME Foundation is proud to recognize and preserve the legacy of such an extraordinary engineer who has given much to the profession.