The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) was organized in 1880 to provide a focal point for discussion among engineers regarding the key issues and concerns brought by the rising industrialization and mechanization of the period, particularly in the area of machine safety and reliability. ASME today helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Its varied programs enable collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.
The purposes of the Society are to promote the science and practice of mechanical and interdisciplinary engineering, encourage original research, foster engineering education, advance the standards of engineering, and promote a high level of ethical practice. ASME holds ethics paramount in the professional makeup of the engineer, and maintains a Code of Ethics of Engineers. The code requires engineers to uphold the integrity, honor and dignity of the profession and addresses environmental protection, safety compliance, technical communications, conflicts of interest, and other issues.