The History of ASPE
There had long been a “community” of precision engineers within the U.S., but a formal structure and common focus was lacking. This was not the case in Japan, as evidenced by the large and active Japanese Society of Precision Engineers. In November, 1985, a joint U.S. – Japanese meeting on precision engineering included a special session to discuss the possibility of forming an American Society. The enthusiasm of the participants and the overwhelming response to a subsequent questionnaire provided momentum. By November 1986, the American Society for Precision Engineering was incorporated and held its first Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. The theme of the well attended meeting, “Thresholds in Precision Engineering,” was reflected in 28 papers covering a broad spectrum of applications. At this meeting, a Board of Directors was elected with members drawn from industry, private laboratories, government and academia. Today, ASPE continues to hold its Annual Meeting with over 150 papers represented in technical talks and poster sessions. The Annual Meeting includes tutorials taught by the world’s leading experts in the field, an open forum to allow brief, informal presentations, a business forum to discuss the management of technology and technical exhibits displaying a wide range of advanced technology products. ASPE also holds topical meetings throughout the year that covers a specific precision engineering topic.