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American Society of Mechanical Engineers Marks 125th Anniversary

New York, Feb 07, 2005

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers was founded in 1880 "to promote the art, science and practice of mechanical engineering and the allied arts and sciences." One hundred and twenty-five years later, ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on the technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community.

ASME’s schedule of celebrations commemorating the anniversary begins this month with Founders Day on February 16, followed by Engineers Week, celebrated February 20-26. Heritage Day is April 7, the day that the first formal organizational meeting was held at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. About eighty engineers were in attendance — industrialists, educators, technical journalists, designers, shipbuilders, military engineers, and inventors.

In 1916, ASME joined with four other associations to establish a national body to coordinate standards development and to serve as a clearinghouse for the work of standards developing agencies. Two years later, the organization that would later be known as ANSI was founded by these five organizations.

“ASME’s leadership and support, as well as its ongoing commitment to the development and promulgation of voluntary consensus standards, has served as a hallmark for standards and conformity assessment activities utilized by countless industries and individuals around the globe,” said Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO.

“ANSI is proud and appreciative of the positive, cooperative relationship between our two organizations. We are pleased to congratulate ASME on this milestone, and commend the support this organization has provided for the community and constituents it serves.”

For more information on the history of ASME or to learn how to get involved in the anniversary celebrations, visit

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