September 18, 1964: The American Society of Plumbing Engineers is incorporated in Los Angeles. The first board of directors serves a one-year term.
1964: The first ASPE Data Book is produced in loose-leaf binder format.
1965: The elected board of directors for the 1965–1966 term is as follows:
1965: The ASPE logo is established based on a design submitted by Richard Regalado Jr.
1966: The ASPE Bylaws are amended to allow the creation of local chapters across the country. Also, the board of directors vice presidents are changed to named positions representing the major areas of Society involvement. The elected board of directors for the 1966–1968 term is as follows:
July 19, 1967: The board of directors retains the services of Harry Kerman (Conventions West Inc.) to assist in the planning and execution of the ASPE Convention & Engineered Plumbing Exposition.
1968: The first issue of The American Plumbing Engineer magazine is published. ASPE contracts with a commercial magazine publisher to produce this magazine.
September 11-15, 1968: The first ASPE Convention & Engineered Plumbing Exposition is held at the Ambassador Hotel Convention Center in Los Angeles. The ASPE Bylaws are amended, eliminating the corresponding secretary position and decreasing the size of the board to six members. The elected board of directors for the 1968–1970 term is as follows:
1970: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Chicago. The elected board of directors for the 1970–1972 term is as follows:
1972: The ASPE Award of Merit is established to honor individuals for their dedication and inspired service to the advancement of the ideals and goals of the Society.
1972: The ASPE Industry Award is established to recognize companies or individuals for outstanding service to the advancement of plumbing engineering technology.
1972: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Atlanta. The elected board of directors for the 1972–1974 term is as follows:
1973: The American Plumbing Engineer changes its name to Plumbing Engineer and is declaired the official magazine of the Society. It is published by Miramir Publishing.
1974: The Data Book is converted to a hardbound format.
1974: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Houston. The elected board of directors for the 1974–1976 term is as follows:
1976: The ASPE Research Foundation is established, with George W. Runkle as president. Click here to read about the early history of the ASPE RF.
1976: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in San Francisco. The elected board of directors for the 1976–1978 term is as follows:
1978: The Data Book is split into two volumes: Volume 1, Fundamentals of Plumbing Design and Volume 2, Special Plumbing Systems Design.
1978: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in New Orleans. The elected board of directors for the 1978–1980 term is as follows:
1979: Construction Industry Press purchases Plumbing Engineer.
1980: ASPE publishes its first single-topic handbook, Solar Energy System Design.
1980: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Atlanta. The elected board of directors for the 1980–1982 term is as follows.
January 9, 1981: ASPE board of directors appoints Daniel W. Johnson the first ASPE historian.
1981: The ASPE Chapter Award of Merit is established to honor significant accomplishments by local chapters.
1981: ASPE inaugurates an internal newsletter, “ASPE Board Review,” to establish a direct link between the national leadership and individual members.
1981: Wen-Yung W. Chan is hired as the Society’s first technical director.
1981: The first ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Dallas.
January 1982: John Shaw begins his tenure as ASPE’s executive director.
1982: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Boston. The elected board of directors for the 1982–1984 term is as follows:
1983: ASPE publishes its second single-topic handbook, Pumps and Pump Systems.
1984: ASPE’s Honor Roll of Employers is established to recognize companies whose employees participate in Society programs and activities.
1984: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Chicago. The elected board of directors for the 1984–1986 term is as follows:
1986: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Miami. The H. Harry Kerman Award was created to recognize the company whose display in the Exposition best exemplified the theme of the Convention and Exposition. The elected board of directors for the 1986–1988 term is as follows:
1987: Delta purchases Plumbing Engineer from Construction Industry Press.
1988: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Long Beach, California. The elected board of directors for the 1988–1990 term is as follows:
1990: Tom Brown (TMB Publishing) purchases Plumbing Engineer.
1990: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Cincinnati. The elected board of directors for the 1990–1992 term is as follows:
1991: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Salt Lake City.
1992: The board of directors decides to appoint an affiliate liaison to the board.
1992: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Washington, D.C. The elected board of directors for the 1992–1994 term is as follows:
1993: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Atlanta.
1994: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Kansas City, Missouri. A bylaws change voted on and approved at the Convention creates the position of vice president, education and combines the positions of secretary and treasurer. These changes go into effect for the 1996–1998 term. The elected board of directors for the 1994–1996 term is as follows:
1995: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Cleveland. 182 people register, an 18 percent increase over the previous Symposium.
1996: Stanley Wolfson is hired as ASPE’s executive director.
1996: A version of the original Society logo is put back into use in lieu of the letter logo.
1996: The board of directors votes to create an ASPE Chapter Membership Growth Award.
1996: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Phoenix. The elected board of directors for the 1996–1998 term is as follows:
1997: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Baltimore.
1998: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Indianapolis. The bylaws are amended to allow the Society to move its headquarters out of California. The elected board of directors for the 1998–2000 term is as follows:
1999: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Philadelphia.
2000: ASPE moves its headquarters from Westlake, California to Chicago, Illinois.
2000: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Nashville, Tennessee. The elected board of directors for the 2000–2002 term is as follows:
September 2001: A Members Get Members drive is implemented to increase Society membership by 10 percent. Along with this campaign, ASPE Bucks are introduced, which can be used for anything offered by ASPE, from merchandise to registrations.
2001: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in St. Louis.
April 26, 2002: A group of industry representatives meet to discuss the development of a fluid systems engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
September/October 2002: The inaugural issue of Plumbing Systems & Design, ASPE’s award-winning magazine, is published.
2002: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Delegates at the Business Meeting vote to change the member dues collection date from July to the month of joining. ASPE also implements an electronic card swiping system for tracking delegates and attendee attendance at the technical program at the Convention. The elected board of directors for the 2002–2004 term is as follows:
2002: The ASPE Research Foundation forms an affiliation with Texas A&M to study drainline carry.
2002: ASPE Data Book Volume 1 is put online for member access. Due to connection speeds at the time, it could take up to an hour to download the entire file.
2003: ASPE launches a Manufacturers Resources area on its website with direct links to PS&D advertiser websites and a product directory.
January 2003: The second day of the January 2003 board meeting lasts until 2 a.m. to allow for sufficient discussion of all matters on the agenda. During the meeting, the board of directors appoints the first Main Design Standards Committee and three working groups: hot water temperature and control, venting systems, and water pipe sizing. The boardalso revitatilizes the Long-Range Planning Committee, which meets for the first time at the 2003 ASPE Technical Symposium, and reorganizes the Certification Committee into the Certification and Recertification Committee with four subcommittees: CIPE Examination Development and Examination Manual, PE Registration, CIPE Examination Implementation and Conduct, and CPD Recertification Audit.
March 29, 2003: The first Grassroots Budget Meeting is held at the ASPE office in Chicago.
June 16, 2003: ASPE signs an agreement with Boxwood Technology to provide an online career center on aspe.org.
September 1, 2003: ASPE implements a 40th Anniversary Membership Campaign with a goal to reach 8,400 members.
October 31-November 2, 2003: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in San Antonio, Texas.
August 2004: The U.S. Court of Appeals rejects an attempted claim by TMB Publishing that it owned and controlled the use of the terms “plumbing engineer” and “plumbing engineering,” ending a costly and lengthy civil suit.
August 7, 2004: Representatives from NICET (National Institute for Certified Engineer Technicians), the ASPE Board of Directors, and the ASPE Certification Committee meet to discuss having NICET take over the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) program, exam, and recertification to increase the visibility of the CPD program and provide a significant amount of credibility and recognition to those holding the CPD.
October 23-27, 2004: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Cleveland, the first Convention & EPE to offer a tiered sponsorship program. ASPE implements an electronic voting system for the Business Meeting; attendees to the Engineered Plumbing Exposition receive 1 hour of CEU credit for every hour spent on the floor; and the first "How Fast Can It Go?" chapter grand prix is held. The elected board of directors for the 2004–2006 term is as follows:
November/December 2004: ASPE publishes its first manufacturers directory in PS&D magazine.
January 2005: ASPE changes the name of the Data Book to the Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook with Volume 1.
May 20, 2005: ASPE sponsors the One Plumbing Code Summit in Chicago to bring interested parties together to discuss the development of a single national plumbing code.
October 28-30, 2005: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Rosemont, Illinois.
2006: ASPE holds a contest to design a new Society logo. A winner is chosen, but the board decides against changing the logo at the time.
October 21-25, 2006: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Tampa, Florida. The ASPE Bylaws are changed to increase the number of voting members on the board of directors from six to 12. The additional officers are vice president, affiliate, region 1 director, region 2 director, region 3 director, region 4 director, and region 5 director. The elected board of directors for the 2006–2008 term is as follows:
2007: The ASPE board of directors votes to eliminate all use of the Certified in Plumbing Engineering (CIPE) designation. All those still holding the CIPE designation are grandfathered into the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) program.
April 21, 2007: The CPD examination is conducted online for the first time.
2007: ASPE publishes its first plumbing design standard, ASPE 45: Siphonic Roof Drainage.
November 2-4, 2007: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Atlanta, incorporating the first Technical Symposium Product Show for event sponsors.
January 9, 2008: The first ASPE webinar, “Green Building: Sustainable Plumbing System Designs and the Plumbing Code,” is held.
2008: The floor of the 2008 Engineered Plumbing Exposition sells out—the first time ever—six months before the event.
October 25-29, 2008: The ASPE Convention & EPE is held in Long Beach, California. At the banquet on October 28, the Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows is launched, and 20 ASPE members are inducted into the first class. The elected board of directors for the 2008–2010 term is as follows:
January 2009: William Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, is appointed the non-voting Technical Liaison to the ASPE Board of Directors to fill in for Norman Parks, who fell ill during the 2008 Convention. He subsequently was elected by the BOD as Vice President, Technical after Norman's passing.
October 23-25, 2009: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Dearborn, Michigan.
June 2010: ASPE and ICC sign a memorandum of understanding to advance and promote codes and standards for the design, specification, and installation of plumbing systems.
June 2010: ASPE launches its Facebook page and LinkedIn group.
October 30-November 3, 2010: The ASPE Convention EPE is held in Philadelphia. The elected board of directors for the 2010-2012 term is as follows:
January 2011: Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, begins as ASPE's executive director/CEO.
February 21, 2011: ASPE Joins the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition.
March 2011: ASPE joins the World Plumbing Council.
July 2011: ASPE launches the CEU Provider Program.
September 2011: ASPE signs an agreement with the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association to develop a joint standard on rainwater catchment systems.
October 2011: ASPE launches its first app, the Tables Book App, as a member benefit.
October 2011: ASPE and IAPMO sign an MOU to develop a green plumbing design certification program.
October 27-30, 2011: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Orlando, Florida.
January 2012: ASPE signs an agreement with TMB Publishing to make Plumbing Engineer the official publication of ASPE.
March 2012: ASPE's Plumbing Systems & Design magazine ceases publication.
March 24, 2012: ASPE's first president, Donald Dickerson, passes away.
April 24, 2012: ASPE signs an MOU with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating to enable the exchange of information between the U.S. and Canadian plumbing industries.
May 15, 2012: ASPE signs an MOU with NSF International to advance and promote public health and sustainability initiatives within the plumbing industry.
May 18, 2012: ASPE is approved as an ANSI-accredited standards development organization.
August 1, 2012: ASPE receives a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an associates degree program and certification for plumbing design technicians with the City College of San Francisco.
August 2012: ASPE launches the ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) (later changed to ASPE Young Professionals) special-interest group.
October 2012: ASPE joins the Get the Lead Out Consortium.
October 27-31, 2012: The ASPE Convention EPE is held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Racing legend Kyle Petty delivers the keynote address, and ASPE offers a new educational program: a tour of the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry. The elected 2012-2014 board of directors is as follows:
November 2012: The ASPE Research Foundation releases the results of its research study on roof drain flow rates.
March 2013: ASPE signs an agreement with the National Institute of Building Sciences buildSMART alliance to provide input on plumbing systems deign to the development of the National BIM Standard-United States.
April 20, 2013: ASPE and ASSE International sign a memorandum of understanding to jointly advance and promote their mutual interests in the plumbing industry.
July 1, 2013: ASPE launches a new logo.
August 28-29, 2013: ASPE hosts the first International Water Saving Workshop in coordination with the Asian Saving Water Council.
September 3, 2013: ASPE signs a memorandum of understanding with the National Society of Professional Engineers with the goal of promoting the image of professional engineering and its ethical responsibilities to the public as well as the need for professional engineering licensure and certification programs.
September 19-22, 2013: The ASPE Technical Symposium is held in Orlando, Florida.
September 2013: ASPE is named the Administrator of the newly formed U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 282: Water Reuse.
October 2013: ASPE signs an agreement with the Water Quality Association to develop American National Standards related to water treatment.
October 16, 2013: ANSI approves ASPE 45: Siphonic Roof Drainage as an American National Standard.
November 7, 2013: ASPE partners with the Water Quality Association (WQA) to promote and advance WQA water treatment standards for recognition as consensus American National Standards.
November 11, 2013: Chicago Faucets joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
November 14, 2013: ANSI approves ARCSA/ASPE 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems as an American National Standard.
November 15, 2013: ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, is elected as a Director on the World Plumbing Council's Executive Board.
December 2013: ASPE launches the CEU Center to help members track continuing education credits they have received from the Society.
January 2014: Lubrizol, Uponor, and Equipment Controls Co. join ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
January 31, 2014: Cory Powers is sworn in as the first ASPE Young Professionals Liaison to the Board of Directors.
April 2014: CSA Group joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
May 2014: Holdrite and Copper Development Association join ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
May 12, 2014: Former ASPE Vice President, Affiliate William "Billy" Smith, FASPE, joins the ASPE staff as Senior Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs.
May 15, 2014: ASPE launches a new online, members-only publication called ASPE Journal.
June 5, 2014: Team USA, of which ASPE was a sponsor, wins the inagural Water Innovation Challenge hosted by the World Plumbing Council.
June 25-26, 2014: ASPE hosts a Water Reuse Workshop in Chicago to provide a forum for water reuse experts to discuss the current state of water reuse codes and standards in the U.S.
September 2014: Bradford White joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
September 4, 2014: WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2014): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems is approved as an American National Standard by ANSI.
September 20-24, 2014: The 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition is held in Chicago and commemorates the Society's 50th Anniversary. During the Business Meeting, the 2014-2016 ASPE Board of Directors is elected:
November 2014: ASPE signs memorandums of understanding with CSA Group, the Japanese Society of Plumbing Engineers, and the Architectural Institute of Taiwan.
November 20-21, 2014: The Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) Exam is held for the first time.
November 24, 2014: WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 (2014): Sustainable Activated Carbon Media for Drinking Water Treatment is recognized by ANSI as an American National Standard.
January 2015: Culligan and Zurn join ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
January 28, 2015: ASPE announces the appointment of William "Billy" Smith, FASPE, as the Society's Executive Director/CEO.
February 3, 2015: WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801: Sustainable Management is approved by ANSI as an American National Standard.
June 2015: Trade Show News Network names the ASPE Convention & Exposition in Chicago as one of the 25 fastest-growing shows in 2014 based on total attendance.
July 2015: Watts Water Technologies joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
August 2015: NSF International joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
August 3, 2015: ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 78-2015: Stormwater Harvesting System Design for Direct End-Use Applications is approved as an American National Standard by ANSI.
September 2015: Navien joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
October 1-4, 2015: The 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium is held in St. Louis.
October 1, 2015: The inagural ASPE Young Professionals Leadership Conference is held during the 2015 Technical Symposium in St. Louis.
October 3, 2015: During the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium, ASPE and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) sign a memorandum of understanding.
November 2015: Rada, a Kohler Company, joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
November 5, 2015: Team USA, which ASPE helped sponsor and in which three ASPE members participated, wins the Community Plumbing Challenge in Nashik, India.
December 2015: ASPE launches the Women of ASPE (WOA) special-interest group.
February 2016: ASPE launches a new member benefit, ASPE Cares, to help members in need.
March 2016: Morris Group International and ICC-ES join ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
March 2016: The Women of ASPE introduce ASPE's new Mentoring Program.
April 2016: ASPE launches the Society's new mascot, ASPE Alex.
May 10-11, 2016: The International Emerging Technology Symposium, which ASPE helped co-sponsor, is held in Chicago.
July 2016: Tyler Pipe joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
September 2016: Liberty Pumps joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program.
October 28 - November 2, 2016: The 2016 ASPE Convention & Exposition is held in Phoenix, AZ. During the Business Meeting, the 2016-2018 ASPE Board of Directors is elected: