American Society for Civil Engineers


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a professional body founded in 1852 to represent members of the civil engineering profession worldwide.

It is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. ASCE’s vision is to have engineers positioned as global leaders who strive toward building a better quality of life. Its world headquarters is in Reston, Virginia.

ASCE presently has more than 1,46,000 members.


ASCE was founded in New York City on November 5, 1852 when twelve engineers met at the offices of the Croton Aqueduct and formed the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects. ASCE was the first national engineering society created in the United States.


ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to its members and their careers; to its partners and to the public. ASCE seeks to provide value by:

    • Developing leadership skills in its members and supporting civil engineer leaders;
    • Facilitating advancement of the technology utilized by the profession;
    • Encouraging and providing tools for lifelong learning within the profession;
    • Advocating infrastructure and environmental stewardship; and
    • Promoting professionalism and the civil engineering profession.


ASCE offers three type of memberships:

    • Member
    • Associate Member
    • Affiliate Member

For more information on grades of membership and Qualifying criterion for membership, visit ASCE’s official website.