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.Join ASCE
ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.
Through the expertise of its active membership, ASCE is a leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public.
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: 94 sections, 159 branches, 12 groups, 416 student chapters, and 131 younger member groups
- Technical strength: 9 specialty institutes
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- Innovate. Deﬁne and drive creative development and renewal of future-ready infrastructure.
- Advocate. Promote and facilitate civil engineering leadership in developing equitable solutions to global challenges.
- Inspire. Energize and cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and engaged civil engineering community.
- Stimulate. Accelerate development and adoption of emerging technologies, analytics, and systems thinking.
- Magnify. Amplify our collective impact through a vibrant, engaged, and growing membership.
- Deliver. Effectively manage our resources to provide exceptional value to members.
The ASCE Strategic Plan (PDF) details each goal and includes strategies.
On Nov. 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 its global headquarters to Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.
The Society and its members abide by a set of governing documents.
First adopted in 1914, the ASCE Code of Ethics is the model for professional conduct for ASCE members.
The Official Register provides ready access to governing documents, statistics, and general information about ASCE for leadership, members, and staff.
The ASCE Annual Report provides a look at the highlights of the Society's efforts for the year.
The Society is led by the Board of Direction which has fiduciary, legal and strategic responsibilities. The board focuses on continuous strategic planning, determines desired outcomes, develops and approves policy imperatives to guide operations, and ensures the Society uses these policies to work toward meeting its vision and fulfilling its mission.
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