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Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (English: Association of German Engineers) is an organization of over 150,000
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and natural scientists. More than 12,000 honorary experts process the latest technical findings each year to promote the technology location. Established in 1856, it is the largest engineering association in Western
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. Its role in
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is comparable to that of the
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(ASCE) in the
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or Engineers Australia (EA) in
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, but includes broader field work. It is not a union, but promotes the advancement of technology and represents the interests of engineers and engineering businesses in Germany.


The organization was founded on May 12, 1856 by fellow researchers from the Academic Fraternity Hütte, in the small town of
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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, the Dampfkesselüberwachungsvereinen (English: Steam boiler 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 as a type of
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. In 1923 the VDI Verlag was founded, publishing monthly newspapers which are distributed to members. After the
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the VDI moved its headquarters from
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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 Paul Gottfried von Linde (11 June 1842 – 16 November 1934) was a German scientist, engineer, and businessman. He discovered a refrigeration cycle and invented the first industrial-scale air separation and gas liquefaction processes, whi ...
(1904–1905) *
Oskar von Miller Oskar von Miller (7 May 1855 – 9 April 1934) was a German engineer and founder of the Deutsches Museum, a large museum of technology and science in Munich. Biography Born in Munich into an Upper Bavarian family from Aichach, he was the son o ...
(1912–1914) * Fritz Todt (1939–1942) * Hans Bluhm (1947–1952) * Hans Schuberth (1953–1956) * Gerhard Wilhelm Becker (1978–1982) * Karl Eugen Becker (1983–1988)''Absatzwirtschaft:'
vom 1. Dezember 1988
* Joachim Pöppel (1989–1991) * Klaus Czeguhn (1992–1994)''Absatzwirtschaft:'
vom 1. Juni 1994
* Hans-Jürgen Warnecke (1995–1997) * Hubertus Christ (1998–2003) * Eike Lehmann (2004–2007) * Bruno O. Braun (2007-2012) * Udo Ungeheuer (2013–2018) * Volker Kefer (since 2019)

Notable Members

* Blake R. Van Leer, United States Army officer and president of
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Blake Van Leer Named Dean Of Engineering
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Carl von Linde Carl Paul Gottfried von Linde (11 June 1842 – 16 November 1934) was a German scientist, engineer, and businessman. He discovered a refrigeration cycle and invented the first industrial-scale air separation and gas liquefaction processes, whi ...


In 2013 the VDI had over 150,000 registered members worldwide, which also included
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and I.T professionals. 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 suffix.


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* {{Authority control Engineering societies based in Germany