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American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Abbreviation ASME
Formation 1880
Type not-for-profit membership
Headquarters New York City, U.S.
Location Two Park Avenue
New York
NY 10016-5990
United States
Region served
Membership 130,000+ in over 150 countries
Official language
Marc W. Goldsmith, P.E.
President-elect (June
Madiha Kotb
Affiliations AIChE
ASME, founded as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a professional
association that, in its own words, "promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary
engineering and allied sciences around the globe" via "continuing education, training
and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications,
government relations, and other forms of outreach."
ASME is thus an engineering society,
a standards organization, a research and development organization, a lobbyingorganization, a
provider of training and education, and a nonprofit organization. Founded as an engineering
society focused onmechanical engineering in North America, ASME is today multidisciplinary and
ASME has over 130,000 members in 158 countries worldwide.

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
Known for setting codes and standards for mechanical devices, ASME conducts one of
the world's largest technical publishing operations,
holds numerous technical conferences and
hundreds ofprofessional development courses each year, and sponsors numerous outreach and
educational programs.
1 ASME Codes and Standards
o 1.1 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC)
o 1.2 ASME Performance Test Codes (PTC)
o 1.3 Nuclear Quality Assurance-1
2 Notable members
o 2.1 Notable past presidents
3 Society Awards
o 3.1 ASME Fellow Member
4 Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC)
5 Student Competitions
6 Organization
o 6.1 Centers
o 6.2 Council on Standards and Certification
o 6.3 Institutes
o 6.4 Knowledge & Community
o 6.5 Strategic Management
7 Controversy
8 See also
9 References
10 Further reading
11 External links
ASME Codes and Standards[edit]
ASME is one of the oldest standards-developing organizations in America. 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 languages other
than English, such as Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and

Note that according to ASME:

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)[edit]
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 two 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.

ASME Performance Test Codes (PTC)[edit]
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
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.
Examples of ASME Performance Test Codes:

ASME PTC 6 Steam Turbines
ASME PTC 8.2 Centrifugal Pumps
ASME PTC 11 Fans
ASME PTC 12.5 Single Phase Heat Exchangers
ASME PTC 19.1 Test Uncertainty
ASME PTC 22 Gas Turbines
ASME PTC 25 Pressure Relief Valves
ASME PTC 40 Flue Gas Desulfurization
ASME PTC 42 Wind Turbines
ASME PTC 46 Overall Plant Performance
ASME PTC 55 Aircraft Engines
Nuclear Quality Assurance-1[edit]
The ASME created and maintains the Nuclear Quality Assurance-1 (NQA-1) regulatory standard.
Notable members[edit]
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

Alexander T. Brown (18541929)
Ken P. Chong
Nancy D. Fitzroy

Henry Gantt (18611919)
James Powers (1871-1927), inventor of the Powers Accounting Machines, whose business
was a predecessor of Sperry Rand and Unisys.

John E. Leland, Director of the University of Dayton Research Institute
William Mason (18371913)

Alexander C. Monteith (19021979)
Hugh Pembroke Vowles (18851951)
Samuel T. Wellman (18471919)
John I. Yellott (19081986)
Alexander Lyman Holley (18321882) - Founder

Henry Rossiter Worthington (18171880) - Founder

John Edson Sweet (18321916) - Founder

Walter Polakov

Notable past presidents[edit]
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[edit]
ASME Medal
Charles T. Main Award
Henry Laurence Gantt Medal
Student Section Advisor Award
Worcester Reed Warner Medal
ASME Burt L. Newkirk Award
ASME Fellow Member[edit]
ASME Fellow Member is a Membership Grade of Distinction conferred by The ASME Board of
to an ASME member with significant publications or innovations and distinguished
scientific and engineering background. Over 3,000 members have attained the grade of
The ASME Fellow membership grade is the highest elected grade in ASME.

Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC)[edit]
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.

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

Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC)
Student Design Competition (SDC)
Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition
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 2004-
2005, 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
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[edit]
Groups (Boards) within Standards and Certification are as follows:
Codes & Standards Operations
Conformity Assessment (BCA)
Hearings and Appeals
Nuclear Codes and Standards
BPV Committee on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components (III)
BPV Committee on Nuclear Inservice Inspection (XI)
Standards Committee on Cranes for Nuclear Facilities
Standards Committee on Nuclear Risk Management (CNRM)
Committee on Board (NCS) Strategic Initiatives
Standards Committee on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment
Joint Committee on Nuclear Risk Management (JCNRM)
Standards Committee on Nuclear Quality Assurance
Standards Committee on Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants
Standards Committee on Qualification of Mechanical Equipment Used in Nuclear
New Development
Aerospace and Advanced Engineering Drawing Standards Committee (AED)
Committee on ASME C&S in Spanish
Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection Standards Committee
Slewing Ring Bearings Standards Committee
Pressure Technology Codes and Standards

ASME/API Joint Committee on Fitness for Service
B16 Standardization of Valves, Flanges, Fittings, and Gaskets Standards Committee
B31 Code for Pressure Piping Standards Committee
Bioprocessing Equipment Standards Committee (BPE)
Project Team on Glass Fiber-Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Piping
Project Team on Thermoplastic Piping
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)
Pressure Technology Post Construction Committee
Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy (PVHO)
Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion Resistant Equipment Main Committee (RTP)
Structures for Bulk Solids (SBS)
Technical Oversight Management Committee (TOMC)
Committee on Turbine Water Damage Prevention (TWDP)
Safety Codes and Standards
A120 Safety Requirements for Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance
A13 Scheme for the Identification of Piping Systems
A17 Elevators and Escalators
A18 Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts
A90 Safety Standards for Manlifts
B20 Safety Standards for Conveyors and Related Equipment
B30 Safety Standards Committee for Cableways, Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Hooks,
Jacks, and Slings
BTH Standards Committee, Design of Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
CSDAFB Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers
P30 Planning for the Use of Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Cableways, Aerial Devices and
Lifting Accessories
Portable Automotive Service Equipment Committee (PASE)
QEI Qualification of Elevator Inspectors
Rail Transit Vehicle Standards Committee
Standardization and Testing
A112 Plumbing Materials and Equipment
B1 Screw Threads
B107 Hand Tools and Accessories
B18 Standardization of Bolts, Nuts, Rivets, Screws, Washers, and Similar Fasteners
B29 Chains, Attachments, and Sprockets for Power Transmission and Conveying
B32 Metal and Metal Alloy Wrought Mill Product Nominal Sizes
B40 Committee on Standards for Pressure and Temperature Instruments and
B46 Classification and Designation of Surface Qualities
B47 Gage Blanks
B5 Machine Tools - Components, Elements, Performance, and Equipment
B73 Chemical Standard Pumps
B89 Dimensional Metrology
EA Industrial System Energy Assessment Standards Committee
HST Hoists - Overhead
MFC Measurement of Fluid Flow in Closed Conduits
Performance Test Codes Standards Committee
RAM Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability of Power Plants
Special Committee H213 on Harmonization of Dimensional and Geometrical Product
Specifications and Verification
STS Steel Stacks
V&V Verification and Validation in Computational Modeling and Simulation
Y14 Engineering Drawing and Related Documentation Practices
Committee on Strategic Planning and Performance
Senior Vice President: David Wisler
Groups (Institutes) within Institutes are led by Vice Presidents:
International Gas Turbine: Dilip Ballal
International Petroleum Technology: Terry Lechinger
Continuing Education
Engineering Management Certification International
Emerging Technologies
Knowledge & Community[edit]
Senior Vice President: Richard Laudenat
Groups (Communities) within Knowledge & Community are led by Vice Presidents:
Affinity: Justin Young
Financial Operations: Lawrence A. Kielasa
Global: Thomas Libertiny
Programs & Activities: John W. Wesner, PE
Technical: Dan Segalman
Strategic Management[edit]
Senior Vice President: Robert Pangborn
The Strategic Management Sector Board of Directors (SMBOD) under the direction of the Board
of Governors, is responsible for the activities of the Society relating to identification, capture and
transfer of knowledge that will support ASMEs strategies for the technical innovation and
advocacy of public policies that are important to advancement of industry and the profession. The
units of the Sector include the Board on Government Relations, the Industry Advisory Board, the
Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Committee and the Strategic Issues Committee. The operation
guide defines the voting members, election of sector leadership, committee duties, meetings and
Groups (Boards) within Knowledge & Community are led by a Vice President, Members-at-
Large, and Committee Chairs:
Member-at-Large: Susan Ipri-Brown
Member-at-Large: Elizabeth Kisenwether
Vice President, Government Relations: Michael Reischman
Chair, Strategic Issues: Win Phillips
Chair, Strategic Initiatives and Innovation: Chris Przirembel
Chair, Industry Advisory Board: Charla Wise
ASME became the first non-profit organization to be guilty of violating the Sherman Antitrust
Act in 1982. The Supreme Court found the organization liable for more than $6 million
in American Society of Mechanical Engineers v. Hydrolevel Corp.
See also[edit]
ASME Y14.41-2003 Digital Product Definition Data Practices
List of Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks
ASME Medal
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC)
ASME Fellow
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Calvert, Monte A. The Mechanical Engineer in America, 1830-1910: Professional Cultures in
Conflict. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1967.
Hutton, Frederick Remson (1915) A History of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers. ASME.
Sinclair, Bruce. A Centennial History of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1880-
1980. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 1980.
John H. White (1979). A History of the American Locomotive: Its Development, 1830-1880.
Courier Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0-486-23818-0.
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