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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) strives to be the premier worldwide organization for promoting the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 140,000 members in 151 countries (1). Thirty-thousand of these members are students; the society serves engineering professionals, students, and educators alike.

The Iowa State University section of ASME is completely student run. The section has many activities throughout the academic year that are geared towards providing student members with opportunities to grow beyond the classroom. These events include:

  • Industry-Sponsored meetings: Company reps frequently visit our campus to participate in info sessions and social events. This allows the representatives to meet members, share information about their company and its opportunities, and grow connections with the University.
  • Community outreach programs: Members of ISU’s chapter of ASME organize a few events per semester which are aimed at interacting with the non-university Ames community. This includes participating in events where younger students (elementary, middle, and/or high school) visit ISU, visiting local schools to spread the word about mechanical engineering, and other miscellaneous events which vary from year to year.
  • Social events: ASME puts together pizza socials, K’Nex bridge-building competitions, and other events which aim to provide social and networking opportunities for members.
  • Design projects: ISU’s ASME section has a moderately autonomous design division. This group puts together various projects, ranging from preparing for formal design competitions (both regional and national) all the way to building a melon smashing device for the 2014 Melon Mania event on ISU’s campus (2).

Page updated 11-01-2016 by Will.