At a Glance

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 120,000 members in over 150 countries worldwide.

From college students and early-career engineers to project managers, corporate executives, researchers and academic leaders, ASME's members are as diverse as the engineering community itself. ASME serves this wide-ranging technical community through quality programs in continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations and other forms of outreach.

Mission Statement

To serve diverse global communities by advancing, disseminating and applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life; and communicating the excitement of engineering.

Quick Facts

  • Founded in 1880
  • Over 120,000 members in over 150 countries
  • Over 200 Sections and 32 Technical divisions
  • Headquartered in New York, NY
  • 600 technical standards improving the safety and efficiency of boilers elevators, cranes, nuclear energy, pipelines, and many other areas
  • ASME Standards used in over 100 countries
  • ASME members provide engineering and technical expertise to policy makers in Congress, the White House Office of Science and Technology policy, and key federal agencies
  • Holds more than 30 technical conferences annually
  • Offers over 200 professional development courses in multiple formats
  • ASME's online digital library features over 30,000 journal articles and more than 30,000 conference proceedings papers as well as eBooks.
  • Nearly 250 mechanical engineering landmarks and collections of historical importance designated since 1971

Hong Kong Section History

ASME Hong Kong Section (formerly known as ASME Hong Kong Chapter) was set up in 1995 by the founding Chair Professor Pin Tong with support from Dr Steve Lee (Chapter Hon. Secretary). In those days, the entire ASME had only 10 chapters (Hong Kong Chapter was one of them) to serve their overseas members’ interest.

Under the foresight of the Chapter’s founding leaders, they set the direction that the Section should be chaired by volunteers from both academia and industry with alternate arrangement (i.e., one term from academia, and then one term from industry, and so on and so forth). This directive is still being followed by the Hong Kong Section to date.

In order to serve their international member interest better, ASME in late 90’s introduced Region XIII to cover the rest of the world outside US. Along the said organization re-structuring, Hong Kong Chapter was renamed as Hong Kong Section in 1999 and Professor Ronald So was elected as the 1st Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Sub-Region under Region XIII.

With Hong Kong Section’s unique leadership arrangement, it has attracted visionary and able individuals to volunteer their time for the Section. As such, Hong Kong Section apart from providing value-adding services (e.g. organizing symposiums, technical talks, industrial plant visits, and CPD courses) to their local members, had also led a key role in the Asia-Pacific Sub-Region and organized regional events such as the “Asia-Pacific Symposium on Gas Turbine Power Generation – Application & Gaseous Fuel Technology” in Shenzhen in 2001 with over 400 local and overseas participants attending the 2-day symposium.

Recognizing the need of attracting new blood into the engineering profession, Hong Kong Section in partnership with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University had jointly inaugurated the ASME Hong Kong Student Section in 1999. Hong Kong Student Section was to represent all mechanical engineering undergraduate students in Hong Kong. This unique feature of having a global student section for the entire Hong Kong, instead of having a student section one for each institution etc., was considered as such a followable model that HQs had indicated that they would replicate it in the other parts of the ASME sphere of influence.

Past Hong Kong Section Chairpersons

1995-1997 Prof Pin TONG

1997-2000 Mr CHOW, Wai Keung

2000-2002 Prof Christopher Yu-Han CHAO

2002-2005 Ir Dr TSO, Che Wah

2005-2007 Prof Ricky LEE

2007-2010 Mr Henry Kwok-Piu HO

2010-2013 Dr Randolph LEUNG

2013-2015 Mr Chris Kin-Chung CHEUNG

2015-2017 Prof Ronald Chi-Kit CHUNG

2017-2019 Ir Thomas CHEONG

2019-2021 Ir Prof Tat Leung CHAN