About ASPE

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

An international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. ASPE is dedicated to the advancement of the science of plumbing engineering, to the professional growth and advancement of its members and the health, welfare and safety of the public. The Society disseminates technical data and information, sponsors activities that facilitate interaction with fellow professionals, and, through research and education, expands the base of knowledge of the plumbing engineering industry. ASPE members are leaders in innovative plumbing design, effective materials and energy use, and the application of advanced techniques throughout the world.

Our History

Established in 1964.

n the United States in the mid-1900s, plumbing engineering was an indistinct branch of the overall mechanical engineering industry. The reason for this was the lack of a national, unified voice for plumbing engineers and designers, although most other segments of the engineering industry had their own representation. The American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers were founded in the 1800s, and in 1959, the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers merged to form the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. A minor segment of the American Society for Sanitary Engineering was comprised of plumbing system designers, but no specific association dedicated exclusively to plumbing engineers existed. In early 1964, a Los Angeles-area manufacturer representative, Arnold "Bogey" Bogart, who specialized in air-conditioning products, took on a line of plumbing products. In his search for more information on plumbing systems, he could not find a convenient source of reference material for plumbing design or a place where engineers, designers, manufacturer representatives, contractors, and local officials involved in plumbing engineering and design met on a regular basis. After discussing the matter with Donald F. Dickerson of John Kerr Associates, Bogart contacted approximately 50 plumbing engineers and designers in the Los Angeles area about the possibility of starting an organization for plumbing engineers. On April 8, 1964, the first organized meeting was held in the office of John Kerr Associates, with approximately 35 people in attendance; John Kyzivat was Acting President for control of the meeting. After a two-hour session, a temporary Interim Committee was established, called the Charter Executive Committee, consisting of the following members: Donald Dickerson (President), Edward Saltzberg, Eugene Handel, Horace Yeh, Jess Donovan, Al Stromerson, and Herbert Berger. Around the same time, a plumbing design organization was being formed in New York City, led by Vince Pantuso. The Charter Executive Committee contacted Pantuso about merging the efforts of the two organizations; unfortunately, no agreement could be negotiated, and the Los Angeles group decided to go its own way. Therefore, the Charter Executive Committee drafted plans for formal organization.

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