The ASME Foundation provides support for ASME programs, scholarships, awards and honors.


The ASME Foundation champions ASME's mission to serve diverse global communities by advancing, disseminating and applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life, and communicating the excitement of engineering.

Gifts to the ASME Foundation support, create, and advance the field of engineering and molds future engineers by supporting K-12 STEM education programs, engineering for global development projects, university student and early career development, and public policy and federal fellows programs.


Our History


The tradition of service and philanthropy that characterizes ASME and the ASME Foundation goes back to the Society's founding in 1880.

As one of many important donors to ASME, Honorary Member Andrew Carnegie recognized the benefits the Society gave to the world as a leader in technical innovation. Carnegie also knew that many valuable initiatives would be possible with his support.

As ASME grew in size and importance over the next decades, members sought to increase their charitable impact. By the time of ASME's Centennial in 1980, these efforts led to many new need-based programs focused on serving the needs and expectations of members. ASME leadership realized that the tradition of people like Carnegie would be increasingly important to realizing the Society's philanthropic mission. In 1987, after several years of planning, ASME's Board of Governors established the ASME Foundation as a way to maintain the Society's commitment to philanthropy for and by the mechanical engineering profession.


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