The Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) was established in 1917 by Ti-Cheng Chen (陳體誠), Yizhi Zhang (張貽志), Chengluo Wu (吳承洛), Hung-Hsun Ling (淩鴻勛), and other overseas Chinese engineers in New York. Since many founding members of CIE returned home after their study and practical training, the activities of CIE gradually moved to China in the 1920s. The membership of CIE reached 2,000 when the Chinese Institute of Engineers merged with Zhong Hua Engineers Society (中華工程師會) in 1931.

Despite the relocation of headquarter to China, CIE continued its activities in New York, where engineering seminars were organized by Liang-Fu Chen (陳良輔), De-Bang Hou (侯德榜), Chen Yun (惲震), and T. Y. Lu (盧祖貽) in the 1940s. Under the leadership of T. C. Tsao (趙曾珏), Edward K. Nieh (聶光坡), Ju-Chin Chu (朱汝瑾), CIE resumed its full operation in the United States as an independent entity in 1953, and registered in the State of New York as Chinese Institute of Engineers, New York (紐約中國工程師學會) in 1963. With its membership expansion to the West Coast in the 1970s, the Institute revised its name to Chinese Institute of Engineers, U.S.A. (美洲中國工程師學會) in 1978.

To further coordinate national events and promote international collaboration, the CIE-USA National Council was formed in 1986 with the Greater New York Chapter and San Francisco Bay Area Chapter as its charter members. Since then, the membership of CIE-USA National Council has expanded to Seattle in 1988, Overseas Chinese Environmental Engineers and Scientists Association in 1988, Dallas-Fort Worth in 1989, New Mexico in 1994, and Southern California in 2013.

In partnership with the Chinese Institute of Engineers in Taiwan, CIE-USA has co-organized the biennial Modern Engineering and Technology Seminar (METS) since 1966. In collaboration with the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs in China, CIE-USA has also co-organized the biennial Sino-American Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC) since 1993. In 2002, CIE-USA established the Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) program to recognize the achievements and contributions of Asian American engineers. By 2017, CIE-USA has successfully co-organized 26 METS programs, 11 SATEC programs, and hosted 16 AAEOY events.

On October 14, 2017, we will celebrate our Centennial at the picturesque HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center in Rockland County, New York. If you would like to sponsor or participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event, please contact the CIE Centennial Planning Committee (

Schedule of Events

October 13 (Friday)09:00 - 16:00VIP Fall Foliage TourMohonk Mountain House (weather permitting)
October 13 (Friday)17:00 - 20:00VIP ReceptionCulinary Institute of America
October 14 (Saturday)09:00 - 12:00Leisure ActivitiesPalisades Conference Center
October 14 (Saturday)12:00 - 13:00Centennial LuncheonHearth Dining Room
October 14 (Saturday)12:00 - 13:00OCEESA LuncheonPrivate Dining Room 4
October 14 (Saturday)13:00 - 18:00Centennial SymposiumAmphitheater C350
October 14 (Saturday)18:00 - 22:00Centennial BanquetWatson Room
October 15 (Sunday)08:00 - 12:00National Council MeetingAmphitheater B350
October 15 (Sunday)12:00 - 13:00National Council LuncheonHearth Dining Room

Centennial Proceedings

Centennial Videos

CIE celebrated its 80th anniversary in New York in 1997.

After submitting his thesis "Secondary Stresses in Bridge Trusses" in 1919, Thomson Eason Mao (茅以昇) received the first Doctor of Engineering degree conferred by the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now known as Carnegie Mellon University.

2017 Asian American Engineer of the Year Award