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The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.
The Society advances civil engineering technical specialties through nine dynamic Institutes and leads with its many professional- and public-focused programs.
- Member strength: all career stages + students; all sectors & disciplines
- Local strength: 75 Sections, 158 Branches, and 130 Younger Member Groups
- Technical strength: 9 specialty Institutes
Civil engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life.
Provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good. In carrying out our mission, ASCE:
- Advances technology
- Encourages lifelong learning
- Promotes professionalism and the profession
- Develops civil engineer leaders
- Advocates infrastructure and environmental stewardship
On November 5, 1852, a dozen eminent civil engineers gathered at the Croton Aqueduct in New York City in the office of Chief Engineer Alfred W. Craven to establish the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects. In 1868, a few years after architects had formed a professional society of their own, ASCE adopted its current name. For the first 144 years of its existence, ASCE maintained its headquarters in New York City, relocating six times to progressively larger facilities. In 1996, ASCE moved to its current global headquarters in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.
The ASCE Annual Report provides a look at the highlights of the Society’s efforts for the year.