ASM Milestones

For nearly a century, ASM International has been known for developing new products and services that meet the needs of ASM members and the materials community. Here are some of the major ASM milestones of the past 100 years.

2015

ASM redesigns its flagship publication, Advanced Materials & Processes to enhance readability and visual appeal.

2014

ASM debuts a new brand platform, logo and identity.

2013

ASM celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

2012

Publication of 6 new ASM Technical Handbooks and the ASM Handbook, Volume 23: Materials for Medical Devices.

2011

Renovation of Materials Park is complete and ASM staff moves back to the historic dome.

2010

Renovation of Materials Park begins.

2009

New Corrosion Solutions Center and Energy Materials Center announced - first collaborative online database and networking products. Materials Park named to National Registry of Historic Places.

2008

ASM hosts second successful Materials & Medicine Summit with Cleveland Clinic.

2007

ASM becomes partner society in Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) annual conference and exposition.

2006

ASM hosts Materials & Medicine Summit with Cleveland Clinic, develops Mtrl initiative to serve the industrial design community and introduces the first online services based on the Integrated Enterprise.

2005

ASM Integrated Enterprise solution launched.

2004

Comprehensive approach to ASM strategic planning results in development and implementation of a successful, sustainable plan and International Organization on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST) joined ASM.

2003

ASM introduces Alloy Center Online.

2002

ASM Handbooks Online and ASM Online Training launched.

2001

American Council on Education recommends ASM courses for college credit.

2000

First ASM Materials Camp a success as ASM Materials Education Foundation hosts 30 high-school students for week of hands-on, lab-based learning.

1999

ASM Materials Education Foundation rededicates Training Center. Eisenman Memorial Garden completed.

1998

Leading corporate supporters pledge $2 million in contributed equipment for a new, state-of-the-art Training Center at Materials Park and Electronic Device Failure Analysis Society (EDFAS) was formed.

1997

First ASM Materials Solutions Conference held as part of The Complete Metals & Materials Experience.

1996

Heat Treating Vision 2020 introduced.

1995

Vision 2001 strategy completed. First electronic product published.

1994

Thermal Spray Society (TSS) was formed as an affiliate society.

1993

Vision 2000 strategy focuses on member needs and electronic services.

1992

International Metallographic Society (IMS) joined ASM as the first affiliate society and International Organization on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST) was formed.

1991

One-millionth abstract published by Materials Information.

1988

First World Materials Congress held in Chicago. ASM membership reaches 53,000 with 280 chapters in 17 countries. Society observes 75th anniversary.

1986

Society name changes to ASM International.

1985

Advanced Materials & Processes inaugurated.

1983

New ASM Strategic Plan initiated, featuring focus on quality, materials and international.

1981

First Metals Week held. Data Program for Alloy Phase Diagrams initiated. Membership passes 50,000 level.

1978

Ninth Edition of Metals Handbook begins.

1977

Nine technical divisions established. Metals Engineering Institute enrolls 50,000th student.

1974

Inaugural ASM Heat Treating Conference/Workshop held.

1970

ASM membership passes the 40,000 mark with 165 chapters. First class of Fellows installed. First four technical divisions established.

1964

The first Western Metal and Tool Exposition and Conference (WESTEC) is presented.

1963

Society observes 50th anniversary with 35,000 members, 124 chapters.

1962

Member interest in materials other than metals first becomes apparent.

1961

Volume 1 of Metals Handbook, 8th Edition published.

1960

Full-scale operation of computerized information searching service announced.

1959

New World Headquarters at Metals Park (now Materials Park) completed.

1957

First educational courses offered for home study. Second World Metallurgical Congress held in Chicago. Eighth Edition of Metals Handbook (first multi-volume edition) begins.

1955

Pilot operation begins to determine feasibility of electronic searching of technical literature.

1954

Metals Engineering Institute established as educational arm of the society.

1951

First World Metallurgical Congress held in Detroit.

1945

Membership reaches 20,000.

1939

ASM membership surpasses 10,000.

1933

Society changes name to American Society for Metals (ASM).

1930

First issue of Metal Progress published. Membership reaches 6,000.

1929

First bound-edition of ASST Handbook published. Inaugural Western Metal Congress and Exposition held in Los Angeles.

1923

First Handbook begins. Data sheets are furnished for loose-leaf binder; issued through 1928.

1922

Society's first award, the Henry Marion Howe Medal, established.

1921

ASST membership grows to over 3,200 with 31 chapters.

1920

Two groups reunited. American Society for Steel Treating (ASST) becomes new name. Headquarters established in Cleveland. First issue of Transactions published.

1919

Chicago group secedes and forms American Steel Treaters Society. First Metal Show held in Chicago.

1918

Club becomes the Steel Treating Research Society. Membership reaches 1,250 as sections are established in Chicago and Cleveland.

1915

Organization becomes the Steel Treaters Research Club as technical members are admitted.

1913

Steel Treaters Club formed in Detroit with fewer than 20 members.