American Society of Plumbing Engineers celebrates 50-year anniversary

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CHICAGO, IL, Jan. 6, 2014 -- This year, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) will celebrate its 50-year anniversary of providing solutions dedicated exclusively to the needs of the plumbing engineering community.

Due to a lack of a national, unified voice for the plumbing engineering profession -- given that plumbing engineering was an indistinct branch of the overall mechanical engineering industry in the mid-1900s -- the ASPE was founded by a group of 35 plumbing engineers and designers from Los Angeles, Calif., on April 8, 1964.

Accordingly, the group reconvened on September 18, 1964, to approve the draft bylaws and elect a board of directors. The first official local chapter (Los Angeles) was formed two years later, and the Society held its first national convention in Los Angeles in 1968. Since then, the ASPE has grown into an international association of more than 6,000 members and 60 chapters.

The Society is engaged in codes, standards and public health initiatives globally via partnerships with other industry organizations such as the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials, International Code Council, Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating, Plumbing Manufacturers International, Asian Saving Water Council, and the World Plumbing Council. The ASPE offers numerous professional development opportunities both online and in-person, technical publications, American National Standards, and local and national networking.

The ASPE will celebrate the accomplishments of the plumbing engineering industry all year long with local chapter events, a 50th Anniversary website (aspe.org/50), news releases, and special features at the Society's biennial Convention & Exposition held on September 20-24, 2013. Registration for the event will open on May 1 at aspe.org.

About the ASPE

The ASPE is the only professional organization devoted to the training and certification of plumbing engineers and designers. ASPE and its 6,000 worldwide members are dedicated to protecting the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the dissemination of technical data and information to expand the base of knowledge among plumbing engineers, designers, contractors, code officials, inspectors, and manufacturers. For more information, visit ASPE.org.

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