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About ASCE

ASCE in Brief

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 145,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. 

ASCE's Mission
Provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good.

In carrying out that mission, ASCE:

  • Advances technology 
  • Encourages lifelong learning 
  • Promotes professionalism and the profession 
  • Develops civil engineer leaders 
  • Advocates infrastructure and environmental stewardship

Read our vision and goals.

Open Positions

ASCE History

ASCE Staff

Strategic Initiatives

To achieve its vision for civil engineering, ASCE has established these strategic priorities:

Propose practical solutions to improve America's neglected infrastructure.

Raise the bar 
Establish educational and legal standards necessary to prepare professional engineers to address the future's most pressing challenges.

Embrace civil engineers' role as contributors to a sustainable world.


Every civil engineer needs access to the technical, educational, and professional issues in their practice area to succeed. That's why every ASCE member receives FREE membership in one of ASCE's eight Institutes.

Gain the knowledge you need to meet your career goals by finding the ASCE Institute that's right for you

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Official Register

The Official Register is published annually to provide ready access to governing documents, statistics, and general information about ASCE for leadership, members, and staff.

About Civil Engineering

Learn what civil engineering is all about.

History of ASCE

When the twelve Founders gathered at the Croton Aqueduct on November 5, 1852, and agreed to incorporate the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects, one can only wonder if they dreamed the profound significance and long lasting impact ASCE. Today ASCE is a worldwide leader for excellence in civil engineering which delivers the highest quality publications, programs and services to its worldwide membership, demonstrating a daily commitment to sustaining the profession.

About ASCE headquarters. 

The twelve ASCE founders. 

Bechtel Conference Center Contacts

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