American Society of Civil Engineers

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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt professional body founded in 1852 to represent members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. Based in Reston, Virginia, it is the oldest national engineering society in the United States.


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 Founders' Plaque ASCE Metropolitan Section. Accessed January 3, 2009. In 1869 the "and Architects" part was dropped from the name, after the architects formed their own society American Institute of Architects in 1857.

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