Verein Deutscher Ingenieure
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (English: Association of German Engineers) is an organization of 139,000 engineers and natural scientists.
Established in 1856, the VDI is today the largest engineering association in Western Europe
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The role of the VDI in Germany
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 is comparable to that of the American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
The American Society of Civil Engineers is a professional body founded in 1852 to represent members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. It is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. ASCE's vision is to have engineers positioned as global leaders who strive toward...

 (ASCE) in the United States
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 or Engineers Australia
Engineers Australia
The Institution of Engineers Australia, often shortened to IEAust and trading as Engineers Australia, is a professional body and not-for-profit organisation dedicated to being the national forum for the advancement of the engineering field within Australia...

 (EA) in Australia
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 barring the broader field of work of the VDI. The VDI is not a union. The association promotes the advancement of technology and represents the interests of engineers and of engineering businesses in Germany.


The Organisation was founded on May 12, 1856 by fellow researchers from the Academic Society Hütte, in the small town of Alexisbad
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, with the first journal officially being released to the public in 1857. In 1866 the VDI helped establish the predecessor of Technischer Überwachungsverein
Technischer Überwachungsverein
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, the Dampfkesselüberwachungsvereinen (English: Steam power inspection association). At the time, engineering was not regarded to be of the same ranking as scientific disciplines, which the VDI changed in 1899, with the re-categorisation of the Technische Hochschule
Technische Hochschule
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 as a type of University
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. In 1923 the VDI Verlag was founded, publishing monthly newspapers which are distributed to members. After the Second World War the VDI moved its headquarters from Berlin
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 to Düsseldorf, where it remains now today. It also helped establish the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kerntechnik (English: Society for Nuclear Technology) in 1956, which resulted in the German Atomforum, in 1959. In recent times, the VDI worked in conjunction with EXPO 2000 Hannover GmbH to establish the first worldwide engineering day.


Throughout its history, the VDI has been served by many presidents, including:
  • Carl von Linde
    Carl von Linde
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  • Oskar von Miller
    Oskar von Miller
    Oskar von Miller was a German engineer and founder of the Deutsches Museum, a large museum of technology and science....

  • Fritz Todt
    Fritz Todt
    Fritz Todt was a German engineer and senior Nazi figure, the founder of Organisation Todt. He died in a plane crash during World War II.- Life :Todt was born in Pforzheim to a father who owned a small factory...

  • Hans Bluhm (1947–1952)
  • Hans Schuberth (1953–1956)
  • Gerhard Wilhelm Becker (1978–1982)
  • Karl Eugen Becker (1983–1988)
  • Joachim Pöppel (1989–1991)
  • Klaus Czeguhn (1992–1994)
  • Hans-Jürgen Warnecke (1995–1997)
  • Hubertus Christ (1998–2003)
  • Eike Lehmann (2004–2007)
  • Bruno O. Braun (since 2007)


In 2010 the VDI had 139,000 registered members worldwide, which also included scientists and I.T professionals. The VDI is thus one of the largest scientific and industrial organisations in Europe
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and worldwide. Members have opportunities to ask for help regarding job prospects and opportunities, receive news about the engineering profession, especially in Germany, as well as other services such as specialized insurance.
Members are also able to attach the suffix VDI upon becoming a member, and is classified as a legitimate name.
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