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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.[4] Known for setting codes and standards for mechanical devices, ASME conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations,[5] holds numerous technical conferences and hundreds of professional development courses each year, and sponsors numerous outreach and educational programs. Core values include:[2]

Embrace integrity and ethical conduct Embrace diversity and respect the dignity and culture of all people Nurture and treasure the environment and our natural and man-made resources Facilitate the development, dissemination and application of engineering knowledge Promote the benefits of continuing education and of engineering education Respect and document engineering history while continually embracing change Promote the technical and societal contribution of engineers

ASME Codes and Standards

ASME is one of the oldest standards-developing organizations in the world. It produces approximately 600 codes and standards, covering many technical areas, such as boiler components, elevators, measurement of fluid flow in closed conduits, cranes, hand tools, fasteners, and machine tools. Some ASME standards have been translated into other languages other than English, such Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.[6] Note that according to ASME:[7]

A Standard can be defined as a set of technical definitions and guidelines that function as instructions for designers, manufacturers, operators, or users of equipment. A standard becomes a Code when it has been adopted by one or more governmental bodies and is enforceable by law, or when it has been incorporated into a business contract.

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC)

The largest ASME standard, both in size and in the number of volunteers involved in its preparation, is the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC). BPVC is a standard that provides rules for the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels. It is reviewed every three years. The BPVC consists of twelve volumes. Stamps for defining and certification of a boiler and a pressure vessel according to the ASME code include some of the more common S, U, U2 and U3 of many.[8]

ASME Performance Test Codes (PTC)

ASME Performance Test Codes (PTCs) provide uniform rules and procedures for the planning, preparation,execution, and reporting of performance test results. Test results provide numerical

characteristics to the performance of equipment, systems, and plants being tested. The codes provide guidelines for test procedures that yield results of the highest level of accuracy based on current engineering knowledge, taking into account test costs and the value of information obtained from testing. Code tests are suitable for use whenever performance must be determined with minimum uncertainty. They are meant specifically for equipment operating in an industrial setting. Most ASME PTCs are applicable to a specified type of equipment defined by the respective Standards. There may be several subcategories of equipment covered by a single document. Types of equipment for which PTCs apply can be classified into five broad categories as follows: (a) Electrical or mechanical power producing; (b) Combustion and heat transfer; (c) Fluid handling; (d) Emission control; (e) Other equipment.

Nuclear Quality Assurance-1

The ASME created and maintain the Nuclear Quality Assurance-1 (NQA-1) regulatory standard.

Notable members
The following people are, or were, notable members of ASME:[citation needed]

Dennis Assanis Charles Brinckerhoff Richards ( 18331919) Founder, manager from 18811882, Vice-president from 1888-1890 [9][10] Alexander T. Brown (18541929) Ken P. Chong Nancy D. Fitzroy[11] Henry Gantt (18611919) James Powers (1871-1927), inventor of the Powers Accounting Machines, whose business was a predecessor of Sperry Rand and Unisys.[12] John E. Leland, Director of the University of Dayton Research Institute William Mason (18371913)[13] Alexander C. Monteith (19021979) Hugh Pembroke Vowles (18851951) Samuel T. Wellman (18471919) John I. Yellott (19081986) Alexander Lyman Holley (18321882) - Founder [14] Henry Rossiter Worthington (18171880) - Founder[14] John Edson Sweet (18321916) - Founder[14] Walter Polakov[15]

Notable past presidents

1880-1882: Robert Henry Thurston 1883-1884: E. D. Leavitt

1884-1885: John Edison Sweet 1887-1888: George Herman Babcock 1889-1890: Henry R. Towne 1890-1891: Oberlin Smith 1895-1896: Charles E. Billings 1897-1898: Worcester R. Warner 1901-1902: Samuel T. Wellman 1904-1905: Ambrose Swasey 1906-1907: Frederick W. Taylor 1910-1911: George Westinghouse 1914-1915: James Hartness 1918-1919: Charles T. Main 1927-1928: Charles M. Schwab 1928-1929: Alex Dow 1929-1930: Elmer A. Sperry 1934-1936: Ralph E. Flanders 1958-1959: James N. Landis 1975-1976: Charles L. Tutt Jr.

Society Awards

ASME Medal Charles T. Main Award Henry Laurence Gantt Medal Student Section Advisor Award Worcester Reed Warner Medal

Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC)

ASME runs the Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC), which allows students and working engineers to network, hosts contests, and promotes ASME's benefits to professionals. Conferences are held in ten different districts. Districts A-F are held in North America, District G is in Asia and Australia, District H includes most of Europe, District I is in Central and South America, and District J covers the Middle East and parts of Africa. The location for each district changes every year.[16]

SPDC Competitions
There are five competitions held at each conference and they are:

Young Engineer Paper Award Competition

Best paper submitted to the Fluid Engineering Department Young Engineer Paper Contest Committee. Several hundred papers are submitted annually to the FED department of ASME and 5 finalists are selected to present their research at the Annual ASME Conference and the #1 spot

is given during the Fluid Engineering Award Ceremony at the conference. All the finalists papers are published in the conference proceedings and also receive finalists plaques.[17]

Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition Old Guard Technical Poster Competition Technical Web Page Competition Student Design Competition

Each competition has its own set of rules and prizes. The Student Design Competition allows engineering students to showcase their abilities, engineering knowledge, and creativity. Every year a problem statement is put up on the ASME SDC website which states the problem that must be solved and the various constraints that go along with it. The first-place team at each district is then invited to compete in an international competition held at ASME's International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE).[18]

Student Competitions
ASME holds a variety of competitions every year for engineering students from around the world.[19]

Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) Student Design Competition (SDC) Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition ASME/FIRST Robotics Old Guard Competitions Innovation Showcase (IShow) Design Review Competition Rapid Design Challenge Student Design Expositions

Following the reorganization of the ASME during the Continuity and Change process in 20042005, volunteer activity was organized into five sectors. Each sector is led by a volunteer Senior Vice President who reports directly to the Board of Governors.

Senior Vice President: Clark G. McCarrell Mission: Support the growth, vitality and diversity of mechanical and multi-disciplinary engineering, to cultivate future leaders, and to celebrate the contribution of engineers to the wellbeing of humankind. Groups (Centers) within Centers are led by Vice Presidents:

Education: Robert Warrington Leadership and Diversity: Mary Lynn Realff Career and Professional Advancement: Betty Bowersox Public Awareness: Vincent Wilczynski

Council on Standards and Certification

Mission: The Council on Standards and Certification under the direction of the Board of Governors, will supervise the activities of the Society relating to Standards and Certification. Groups (Boards) within Standards and Certification are as follows:

Codes & Standards Operations Conformity Assessment (BCA) Hearings and Appeals Nuclear Codes and Standards o BPV Committee on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components (III) o BPV Committee on Nuclear Inservice Inspection (XI) o Standards Committee on Cranes for Nuclear Facilities o Standards Committee on Nuclear Risk Management (CNRM) o Committee on Board (NCS) Strategic Initiatives o Standards Committee on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment o Joint Committee on Nuclear Risk Management (JCNRM) o Standards Committee on Nuclear Quality Assurance o Standards Committee on Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants o Standards Committee on Qualification of Mechanical Equipment Used in Nuclear Facilities New Development o Aerospace and Advanced Engineering Drawing Standards Committee (AED) o Committee on ASME C&S in Spanish o Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection Standards Committee o Slewing Ring Bearings Standards Committee Pressure Technology Codes and Standards[20] o ASME/API Joint Committee on Fitness for Service o B16 Standardization of Valves, Flanges, Fittings, and Gaskets Standards Committee o B31 Code for Pressure Piping Standards Committee o Bioprocessing Equipment Standards Committee (BPE) o Project Team on Glass Fiber-Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Piping o Project Team on Thermoplastic Piping o BPV Committee on Power Boilers (I), Materials (II), Heating Boilers (IV), Welding and Brazing (IX), Nondestructive Examination (V), Pressure Vessels (VIII), Fiber- Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels (X), Transport Tanks (XII) o Pressure Technology Post Construction Committee o Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy (PVHO) o Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion Resistant Equipment Main Committee (RTP) o Structures for Bulk Solids (SBS) o Technical Oversight Management Committee (TOMC)

o Committee on Turbine Water Damage Prevention (TWDP) Safety Codes and Standards o A120 Safety Requirements for Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance o A13 Scheme for the Identification of Piping Systems o A17 Elevators and Escalators o A18 Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts o A90 Safety Standards for Manlifts o B20 Safety Standards for Conveyors and Related Equipment o B30 Safety Standards Committee for Cableways, Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Hooks, Jacks, and Slings o BTH Standards Committee, Design of Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices o CSDAFB Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers o P30 Planning for the Use of Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Cableways, Aerial Devices and Lifting Accessories o Portable Automotive Service Equipment Committee (PASE) o QEI Qualification of Elevator Inspectors o Rail Transit Vehicle Standards Committee Standardization and Testing o A112 Plumbing Materials and Equipment o B1 Screw Threads o B107 Hand Tools and Accessories o B18 Standardization of Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Screws, Washers, and Similar Fasteners o B29 Chains, Attachments, and Sprockets for Power Transmission and Conveying o B32 Metal and Metal Alloy Wrought Mill Product Nominal Sizes o B40 Committee on Standards for Pressure and Temperature Instruments and Accessories o B46 Classification and Designation of Surface Qualities o B47 Gage Blanks o B5 Machine Tools - Components, Elements, Performance, and Equipment o B73 Chemical Standard Pumps o B89 Dimensional Metrology o EA Industrial System Energy Assessment Standards Committee o HST Hoists - Overhead o MFC Measurement of Fluid Flow in Closed Conduits o Performance Test Codes Standards Committee o RAM Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability of Power Plants o Special Committee H213 on Harmonization of Dimensional and Geometrical Product Specifications and Verification o STS Steel Stacks o V&V Verification and Validation in Computational Modeling and Simulation o Y14 Engineering Drawing and Related Documentation Practices Committee on Strategic Planning and Performance